Liturgy & Liturgical Law Forum: Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion QUESTION from Theodoric on December 30, 2002 In response to a posed question, Brother Ronald Barnabas Anthony stated that spiritual communion (if that is all that can be had) is perfectly accepted before our Lord, as though the person actually partook of the Body and the Blood of Jesus. St. Alphonsus Liguori also extols the benefits of receiving spiritual communion. My father has not received communion in quite some time, fearing that he may be unworthy and not wishing to be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. (1 Corinthians 11:27) I have encouraged him to receive communion physically after confession, but he continues to continues to prefer spiritual communion. Is spiritual communion able to substitute for receiving the actual physical species of the eucharistic?
ANSWER by Mr. Jacob Slavek on January 1, 2003 Dear Theodoric:
This question really does not deal directly with Litugical Law, so I am referring your question to Bro. Ignatius on the Faith and Spirituality Forum.
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