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John McIntyre wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it sacrilegious to make a sincere act of Spiritual Communion with unconfessed serious sin on one's soul?


  { Is it sacrilegious to pray a Spiritual Communion with unconfessed serious sin on one's soul? }

Mike replied:

Hi John,

Thanks for the good question.

For those unfamiliar with a Spiritual Communion, the prayer goes this way:

Spiritual Communion

O Lord Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.
I love you (above all things with all my mind and my heart) and I long for You in my soul.
Since I cannot receive You now sacramentally, at least come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace myself entirely to You and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

Optional add-on: Come Lord Jesus and glorify Yourself through my weak body.


This prayer can be said by anyone living on the face of the Earth.

I know of no official Church teaching on this specific question but having a desire to communicate with the Lord is never sacrilegious.

If a Catholic knows that he is not worthy (or properly disposed) to receive the Eucharist at Sunday Mass, but obviously wants to, expressing his desire by saying a Spiritual Communion is fine and a manifestation of his love and desire for the Lord. The difference here is between:

  • Expressing a desire through prayer but not acting on the desire, and
  • Expressing a desire and acting on the inappropriate desire
    (Receiving Communion when you shouldn't.)

That is my two cents.


John replied:

John —

I concur with Mike.

It is never sacrilegious to ask God to commune with you especially if you do so with penitent heart. That is one of the purposes of praying a Spiritual Communion.

Indeed the Lord is pleased that you are conscientiously obeying Holy Mother Church and abstaining from sacramental Communion which, sad to say, too many Catholics don't do anymore.


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