Members of CESD, the Lay Intellectual-Spiritual Apostolate, are called to promote peace, reconciliation and understanding among people and society at large through Biblical and Sacramental Mysticism so that more people know, love, serve and glorify Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the Word, and come to Trinitarian Communion. They will be engaged in the following:
i. Enrichment in the Word;
ii. Deepening of the Interior Life;
iii. Living the Beatitudes of Christ; and,
iv. Practising the Sacramental Life.
Members will initially be trained in the following 16 modules, titled Counsels for the Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection. Anyone with spiritual thirst and commitment to the Holy Eucharist is welcome to become a member.
i. Repentance: a Call to Greatness
ii. Bearing Witness with your Life
iii. Living the Dynamic Balance
iv. Wielding Authority Jesus's way
v. The Sacrament of Confession: A Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection
vi. Growing Ascetically and Mystically as a Disciple of the Word: Developing an Interior Life
vii. Prayer in the Home: The Secret to Unity and Joy in the Family
viii. The Christian upon the Cross: Living the Glory of Salvation
ix. Being a Student Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ
x. Living the Vocation of the Lamb
xii. Moving from Justice to Mercy
xiii. Reﬂections on Truth
xiv. The Beatitudes of Christ: The Policy of Heaven Given to Earth
xv. The Daily Eucharist: An Invaluable aid to the Serious Christian Life Moving Towards Perfection
xvi. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, has Called you
Other activities of CESD include:
A. Producing Spiritual Literature
i. A Scriptural Rosary, published by Claretian Publications, Bangalore
ii. My Yoke is Easy, My Burden is Light, published by Claretian Publications, Bangalore
iii. With Love from Galilee, published by St Paul's Better Yourself Books, Mumbai
iv. The Rich Inner Life, published by St Paul's Better Yourself Books, Mumbai
v. Contributions to the National Periodicals, The Examiner, Mumbai and The New Leader, Chennai.
vi. Invincible By His Grace: 31 Meditations on Jesus, published by St Paul's Better Yourself Books, Mumbai
B. Offering Spiritual Consultation
C. Offering a 25-hour course in Philosophy of Education to Seminarians
CESD is funded purely by voluntary donations, cheerfully given and gratefully accepted with the assurance of the highest financial rectitude where not a penny is applied to the personal benefit of its trustees or functionaries, who are committed to values of austerity, fidelity and obedience to authority. Remuneration to those who provide services to CESD will be made as appropriate. All remittances to Cornerstone must comply with the Income Tax Act of India, 1961.