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Juan De Ávila And Frequent Communion: His Sermons On The Eucharist

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Juan De Ávilas veneration of the Eucharist and encouragement of frequent communion is evident throughout his extant writings. The 1596 edition of Ávilas works contains some twenty-five sermons on the Eucharist. He preached sermon fifty-eight in Granada on the eighth day after the festival of Corpus Christi in 1542. The idea bien comulgar is intimately connected to Ávila’s spiritual exercises and the spiritual discipline that he sought to forge among his disciples. Sermon forty-one, introduces an important corrective to the way that scholars have often thought about the link between asceticism and mysticism in Spanish spirituality. Most of Ávila’s surviving sermons on the Eucharist were preached during important liturgical festivals and his views on women can perhaps be described as typical of the period.

Keywords: Bien Comulgar; Corpus Christi; eucharist; Juan De Ávila; Spanish spirituality



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