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.
Are you being called to develop a higher relationship with our Lord? Are you looking to delve into the breadth and beauty of the Catholic prayer tradition? Do you yearn to know how to deepen your prayer life? Then join us at the Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation. Check out our Fall course descriptions on spiritualdirection.com
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Exploring the Source and Summit, a School of Spiritual Formation course, taught by Camila Malta, will explore the life-changing encounter with Christ and the Eucharist. The text will be “The Wellspring of Worship” by Jean Corbon published by Ignatius Press. Register for Fall classes on Avila Institute.com. Dates/Times: Fridays 10:30 AM -12:30 PM EST, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 15.
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Introduction to Spiritual Theology taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft.
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Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering taught by Dr. Michael Gama.
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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.