|Devotion to Our Lady||
Our Lord said to Sr. Benigna Consolata: “Make as many Spiritual Communions as possible, to supply for the many Sacramental Communions which are not made. One every quarter of an hour is not enough. Make them shorter, but more numerous.”
ACT OF CONTRITION #1 (or say the one below)
I desire, O my Savior, humbly to offer Thee the sacrifice of a troubled spirit and a contrite heart. I grieve from my inmost heart that I have ever offended Thee by my sins, Thee my God and my chief good, Thee who art so gracious to me, and so often refreshing me in Thy Blessed Sacrament. I grieve especially for the sins of [name(s) of the person(s)] which Thou knowest, Thou searcher of our hearts, and the sins which I, a miserable sinner, do confess in the bitterness of my soul. Would that I had never offended Thee! Yet a contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise; Thou who for love of us didst give to us Thine Only-Begotten Son, to wash us from our sins in His own Blood. Amen.
ACT OF CONTRITION #2 (or say the one above)
O Jesus, loving Spouse of my soul, the longed-for moment draws near; the happy moment, in which I, Thy unworthy creature, shall spiritually receive the most Holy Sacrament of Thy Body and Blood, as the most effectual remedy for all my miseries. For the love the Thee I grieve most bitterly for every one of my sins and for all my negligences, whereby I have offended Thy tender goodness, and defiled my soul, which Thou didst ransom with Thine own most precious Blood. How shall I presume to receive Thee into a heart all surrounded with briers and thorns of earthly attachments, reeking with unwholesome vapors of worldliness and vain desires!
But, my merciful Jesus, though I am sick of soul, I remember the words which fell from Thine own gracious lips, that they who are whole need not the physician, but they who are sick, and this gives me confidence. Surely, my Lord, if anyone has cause to trust Thee it is I! Others may have their innocence or their virtues to fall back on, but I have Thy mercy, Thy great mercy, only. I have made myself undeserving of it, but when hast Thou ever treated me as I deserved? Where should I be now if justice and not mercy had had its way?
Good Jesus, Who didst invite the blind and the lame, the poor and the needy, to Thy supper, behold, as one of them, yea, even as the poorest and most wretched of them all, I will draw near to the most sacred Feast of Thy Body and Blood, the banquet of the angels, not in presumption, but with a contrite and humble heart, with lowly confidence, with hope in Thy goodness and mercy, with love in return for all Thy love, with fervent desire to please Thee, to live henceforth according to Thy Spirit, and in the imitation of the virtues of Thy sacred Heart that I may praise and glorify Thee eternally. Amen.
ACT OF FAITH IN THE REAL PRESENCE
My Jesus, I believe that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the same as Thy Sacrifice on Calvary. I believe that in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Thou art present in the Holy Eucharist with Thy Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. I believe that Thou art present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in the tabernacle. I love Thee above all things, and I desire to receive Thee into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace Thee as if Thou wert already there and unite myself wholly to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.
ACT OF LOVE
O, that I could love Thee, Jesus, as if I had knelt at Thy feet and felt the touch of Thy hand on my brow, and heard Thy gentle voice that uttered absolutions and gave encouragement to the sick and the unfortunate.
O, that I could love Thee, as the poor of Galilee loved Thee, as Mary Magdalen loved Thee, as Saint Peter and Saint John, the beloved disciple, loved Thee, as she, who knew Thee best, Thy blessed Mother, loved Thee, and, most of all, O Lord, as Thou hast loved me.
Let me at least love Thee with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. And let my love be worthy of the name, showing itself by confidence, by generosity, by sacrifice, acknowledging cheerfully that all Thy dispensations are best for me, counting no cost when I work for Thee, giving up gladly what is dear to me when Thou dost ask it, when it will to serve Thee better and to further the interests of Thy Sacred Heart.
Dispose of me, O Lord, as Thou pleasest; for from henceforth I am entirely Thine. I offer Thee all that I am and all that I have. I shall labor and suffer for Thy glory, for the salvation of others, and for my own sanctification.
Come, my Jesus, crucified for love of me. Come, dear Jesus, in the sacrament of Thy love, and be Thou all mine, as I desire to be all Thine.
O blessed Virgin, my tender Mother, who didst obtain from thy divine Son a wonderful miracle at the wedding-feast at Cana, behold my misery and the need I have of thy assistance; obtain for me of Jesus a prodigy of His almighty power, that my coldness and tepidity may be changed into ardent charity. Amen.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Dear Lord and Savior! Though I am but a sinful servant, I approach Thee with confidence, for Thou hast said in Thy goodness and mercy: “Come to me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you.” Thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart. I am truly sorry for having offended Thee by my sins, because Thou art infinitely good.
I have wounded Thy Sacred Heart by foolishly resisting Thy holy will and transgressing Thy Commandments; but I love Thee now with my whole heart and above all things. I adore Thee truly present on the Altar. I have a great desire, dear Jesus, to receive Thee in Holy Communion, and since I cannot now approach the Holy Table to be united to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, I beseech Thee most earnestly to come to me at least spiritually and to refresh my soul with the sweetness of Thy grace.
Come, my Lord my God and my All! Come to me, and let me never again be separated from Thee by sin. I wish to become like Thee. Teach me Thy blessed ways; help me with Thy grace to practice meekness, humility, purity, charity, and all the virtues of Thy Sacred Heart.
Oh Thou Lamb of God! Who takest away the sins of the world, take away from me whatever may hurt me and displease Thee. With St. Francis of Assisi I pray: “May the fire of Thy love consume my soul, so that I may die to self and the world for love of Thee, Who hast vouchsafed to die on the Cross for the love of me!”
Jesus, I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections, my soul with all its powers, and my body with all its senses. In union with Thee I will labor and suffer to do the Heavenly Father's will. I will ever be mindful of the presence of my God and strive to be perfect. Bless me in life and in death that I may praise Thee forever in Heaven. Amen.