Who is the Center of Your Life?

Exploring the Source and Summit


Christ should be the center of our daily lives.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian Life” (CCC 1324 citing Lumen Gentium 11). First of all, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Last Supper as He offered His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity for the whole world. Christian spirituality flows from the Eucharist as the source. Secondly, all our actions should be directed towards the Eucharist as the summit of our faith. The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity are lived out when we cooperate with the grace brought about by God as we are in communion with Him. These virtues are necessary to grow in spiritual life because they “dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity” (CCC 1812).

Sacraments, especially the greatest sacrament of the Eucharist which we receive at Mass, are channels of grace which develop our spiritual life. And, we are directed to God through the Eucharist, which leads us to practice virtue.

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Art for this post on Jesus Christ: Jesus-Eucharist-Mass, Library of Dan Burke. Quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Lumen Gentium.

About Kristin Aebli

Kristin Aebli is the Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Receiving the position was providential and in God’s perfect timing. Although cradle Catholic, in college she reverted and became confirmed in the Church. Kristin graduated with a degree in Communications from Samford University and she still enjoys ministering to college students through the Samford Catholic Student Association. Kristin is happy to be a part of the Firelight college ministry, is involved with Apostoli Viae and also a Young Professionals Bible study. For fun, Kristin enjoys discussing theology with friends, recording her podcast, dancing, singing, cooking, writing and painting. She hopes to continue growing in her faith through the sacraments and involvement with faithful community.

This article is reprinted with permission from our friends at Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction.

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  • Cooky642

    Thank you for this excellent article! Living for God is so much harder when you have someone else in the center of your mind and heart! I’ve “suffered” through attachments to family, friends and even my cats! Loving them, caring for them is a lot of physical, mental and spiritual work, but only God satisfies. These thoughts were momentous for me today.