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CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY

 

HISTORY

      Christian Spirituality is derived from Hebrew word “ruach”, which had a range of meanings such as spirit, breath and wind that which gives life and animation to something. Thus, spirituality is that which animates a person's life of faith; that which moves a person's faith to greater depths and perfection.

      Also, we may consider the elements that make up Christianity which are sets of beliefs, found in the Creeds and doctrines of the Church and sets of values, based on hope and promise of redemption, love of others, denial of self and a way of life, the real, human life in which our beliefs and values are embodied and expressed. Christianity Spirituality is part of our way of life as Christians.

      Christianity Spirituality is the quest for a fulfilled and authentic life, that involves taking the beliefs and values of Christianity and weaving them into the fabric of our lives so that they "animate," provide the "breath" and "spirit" and "fire" for our lives.

      The Holy Eucharist, Vatican II tells us, is "the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen gentium, no. 11; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324). Since the Christian life is essentially a spiritual life, we might say as well that the Eucharist is the "source and summit of Christian spirituality" too.

      To the pious Catholic, that proposition may seem obvious enough, even if he does not quite understand why. Intuitively, he knows that the spiritual life means using every means available to grow closer to Christ. And he knows that Christ Himself is present in the Eucharist in the most sublime manner. It makes sense, then, that the Eucharist should be central to the spiritual life of a Catholic.

      But what the devout soul knows about the Eucharist intuitively should, where possible, become better known and more deeply experienced through systematic reflection on the Church's Eucharistic doctrine. The better we understand the Eucharist's role in Christian spirituality, the better we will be able to love Christ present in the Eucharist.

What follows is a summary of Catholic teaching on the Eucharist as both the "source" and the "summit" of Christian spirituality. We will consider each of these ideas in turn.

Practice of Christian Spirituality 

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