Lori ElsassPastor

“This Food strengthens us little or much, according to the desire of him who receives It.” – St. Catherine of Siena

As we inch closer to Valentine’s Day, a day society has set aside as an expression of love, we should also continue to contemplate the love we hold in our hearts for our faith and our love for Jesus Christ through his Miraculous Gift of the Eucharist.  In last week’s bulletin we gave suggestions of faith: begging the Lord for a greater faith in the sublime mystery of the most Holy Eucharist and visit: make it a habit to visit the most Blessed Sacrament as often as possible.  Below are a couple more suggestions on how we can express our love for Our Lord and deepen our devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Spiritual Communion – When you are unable to receive Holy Communion but desire that union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist, you can make a fervent Spiritual Communion.  Thepractice of the Spiritual Communion can be done in a simple manner and as often as your heart desires.   You can say the simple prayer: “O my Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.  I love You above all things and I desire to possess You within my soul.  Since I am unable now to receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.” This can fan the flame of love for our Eucharistic Lord.

Read John 6 – The Gospel of John, chapter six has three parts: Jesus multiplies the loaves, walks on water, and then He gives a sublime discourse related to the Eucharist; actually it is a Eucharistic prophecy. Jesus points out in no unclear terms that our immortal salvation depends upon our eating His Body and drinking His Blood, which obviously refers to Holy Communion. “I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” – John 6:51. Read and meditate on this powerful chapter!