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“If we think we can grow in Christ apart from the Holy Eucharist, we ignore the means he has chosen to unite with us during our earthly pilgrimage.” Reception of the Holy Eucharist The Second Vatican Council teaches that the Eucharistic sacrifice is “the source and summit of the entire Christian life” (LG, no. 11). To grow in Christ, we must be Eucharistic. Some groups claim that the Christian life can be pursued apart from the help of the Sacraments. The Council of Trent, however, anathematized those who maintained “that the Sacraments of the New Law are not nec- essary for salvation, but that they are superflu- ous” (Denz.-H, 1604). Sadly, in the sixteenth century, many Christian communities broke from apostolic succession and deprived their followers of the great gift of Christ’s Body and Blood in the most Holy Eucharist. Jesus teaches that “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you” (Jn 6:53). We cannot truly grow in Christ if we do not par- take of his Body and Blood in the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Spiritual experi- ences are important, but the most intimate union we can have with Christ in this life is the worthy reception of his Body, Blood, soul, and divinity in Holy Communion. If we think we can grow in Christ apart from the Holy Eucharist, we ignore the means he has chosen to unite with us during our earthly pilgrimage. 10 Feeding Upon Sacred Scripture St. Jerome teaches that “ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (CCC, no. 133). If we wish to grow in Christ, we must receive nourishment from the books of Sa- cred Scripture. The Second Vatican Council teaches: For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life. Con- sequently these words are perfectly appli- cable to Sacred Scripture: “For the word of God is living and active” (Heb. 4:12) and “it has power to build you up and give you your heritage among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32; see 1 Thess. 2:13). (Dei Verb մĤ)QѥɅѥѡ ɍ)ٕ́́ѡɕЁɅѥѥ٤)ݡɕ́ѼѡɅəհɕ)Mɥɕ́́é]ɐѡ՝ѡ)]ɐ́ɽѡ͍ɥɅ)ɕ́Ё5̰ɽݥ ɥЁ͡ձ)ͼՑѡٽЁɕѡ )ѡ̸)Mɕ!Ё5ȁM5ͅMɥ)] ɥӊé 䁅 )ѡ!ՍɥаЁݔ͡ձͼɅ)ɥ͡Ёɽé]ɐչM)ɕMɥɔ)ɽݥѠ! ɥ)MиAհ́́ѼѠɥ)̃qѡɔፕЁ݅tѡ ɥѥ)ā ȀĤ]ѕٕȁ́ݔЁɔ)ٔɽѡ!MɥЁɔݥѡЁ)ѡ䁅ɔЁѕ䁱ٔȁɥ)=ѡ́MиAհ́եє胊q%$)յѽՕ̰Ё)ٔٔ$ɕͽչȁ)͡嵉$ٔѡЁ)ɽ䰁ɕѕɥ)ݱ쁥$ٔѠͼ́Ѽ)ٔչх̰ЁЁٔٔ$)ѡtā ȀNJLȤ ɥ䁍)̃qѡѡ٥Ք)ݡݔٔٔѡ́ȁ)ݸͅȁȁ͕ٕ́́)ѡٔt Ȥ)ɽݥѡѡ٥ՕϊQѠ)ɥQ́хͬQ)ɽѠЁȁݸ])Ёɕ䁽ѡɅ ɥЁѡ)ݕȁѡ!Mɥи]ЁѼ) ɥЁ͔́ѡ٥ݔɔѡ)Ʌ́ݥѡЁݔѠ))ĴԤ