We call the Eucharist the Source and Summit of our Catholic faith. It is the source, the river of Life flowing from Christ's pierced side. This river is the fount of all the graces we could ever want to walk the path of the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is also the summit, the peak of communion with God. It is Heaven, toward which every effort and sacrifice is directed.
A source of fresh water, a pristine spring and the summit of a mountain are among the most beautiful sights on earth. They remind me of God and his Fatherly embrace. For our seminary vacation this summer, we spent the first couple weeks of July hiking the Appalachian Mountains of New Hampshire. We've seen many breath-taking springs and even more breath-taking summits in these past weeks. Read the rest of this entry »