Blessings beloved ones,
In this brief commentary, I, “a soul”, of MaryRefugeOfSouls, want to share with you all three private stories involving myself where Jesus protected my reception of Holy Communion. I firmly believe that people should only receive Holy Communion on the tongue from a priest. I also firmly believe that people should spend at least 20 minutes interiorly adoring Our Lord in Holy Communion. I always do these two holy practices and I believe that both have brought me closer to God in my spiritual life.
The first story took place during Easter several years ago. I was out of town with my family attending a parish church that we often visited on vacation/holiday. We arrived a bit late and had to sit in the over flow section, in the outer wing/hallway of the church. This made me a bit concerned because it would be served by lay ministers. Then, at Holy Communion, I got in line and asked Jesus to help me, as I might need to receive from a lay minister on Easter.
What happened next shocked sense and sensibility into me.
As an answer to my prayer, I heard Jesus’ Voice plainly in the center of my chest within my soul. Jesus said my name in agony as I knew that He was hanging crucified on the Cross. And at His cry, I immediately understood what I was doing to hurt Him. So, I left the overflow line and ran inside the church. I ended up being the last person to receive from the priest on Easter.
The second story took place during a Holy Spirit conference involving a few thousand people. During holy Mass, I tried to sit near the altar, on the bottom floor; and despite contrary odds, I was the last person to receive Holy Communion from a priest. I was so grateful and the Holy Spirit made powerful manifestations within me. After Holy Mass, the ceremony went into Eucharist Adoration. So, I continued interiorly adoring Jesus in my soul. Then, despite the quietness in the conference hall, I began clapping and shaking for a great amount of time until I collapsed — slain in the Spirit — before thousands of people.
That holy Mass was the culminating event of a day full of visible miracles for me by the Holy Spirit. I had prepared for 8 months to be baptized in the Holy Spirit; and when my baptism took place, the 200 people that were present felt the presence of the Holy Spirit as an invisible tongue of fire whipping around the room, healing people as He touched them. I did not know this, as my eyes were closed as I was praying, as I was trying to stay standing up because I was shaking in the Spirit (I was the only person). But people knew the tongue of fire was headed in my direction and several people left their seats to surround me with their outstretched hands in prayer, as they could feel the power of the indwelling of the Spirit in me.
Then, the tongue of fire descended upon me, and the fire felt so pleasant and strong on me, as it went from my forehead throughout my body. I was trembling all over and had to sit down. A woman helped me with the experience, which, in retrospect, I believe that she was an angel, as she said that she was sent to help me. When I finally opened my eyes, everyone was looking at me including the priest leading the ceremony. Several people asked me afterwards if the Holy Spirit ever manifested like that before in my life. And I honestly said no, to people’s amazement.
So, that Holy Spirit conference was full of miracles for me, including my reception of Holy Communion at Holy Mass. The Lord blessed me by having me be the last person to receive from a priest and I am so grateful for the entire experience.
My third story involving the Lord protecting my reception of Holy Communion happened during a Sunday Mass several years ago. I always went to the line served by the priest for Holy Communion. This time, though, the priest went back to the altar before finishing the line. So, two lay ministers began to serve the line and I was last in line to receive.
I began to pray that the Lord help me, as I wanted to receive properly from a priest. Suddenly, it was my time to receive and all the lay ministers had run out of the sacred Host. So, there I was, standing all by myself before the entire congregation waiting to receive Holy Communion, and a miracle happened. The priest looked up and saw me still standing there by myself. So, the priest came down from the altar and I was able to bow and receive reverently before the entire parish, Holy Communion on the tongue from the priest. It was truly amazing how Jesus answered my prayer during that holy Mass.
In conclusion, I shared these three private stories to help explain why I believe that people should only receive Holy Communion from a priest. The Lord has continually shown me that this is the only manner that He wants me to receive the Holy Eucharist, and so, this will continue to be the only way that I promote on this blog, MaryRefugeOfSouls.