Lesson 8: Assignments and Readings

Reading Assignments

Jordan Aumann, O.P., Spiritual Theology (Huntington, Indiana: Our Sunday Visitor, 1980), Chapter Nine: “Means of Spiritual Growth.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1066-1209 on the liturgy and the sacraments in general, and #1210-1321 on the sacraments of baptism and confirmation.

Writing Assignments

1. What is required in the person receiving a sacrament for grace to be communicated and for the sacrament to be most effective?

2. In what respects do the sacraments of baptism and confirmation initiate and perfect a person in the divine life through sanctifying grace?

Suggested Readings

Thomas Aquinas, “Treatise on the Sacraments,” Summa theologiae IIIa, qq. 60-65, translated with notes and introduction by David Bourke (London: Blackfriars, 1975).

Pontifical Council for the Laity, Rediscovering Baptism (Vatican City: Vatican Press, 1998).


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