"Seeking Union with God" Online Spiritual Formation Program
Lesson #1: Discovering Our Ultimate Purpose
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Lesson #2: Our Ultimate Decision
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Lesson #3: An Introduction to Prayer
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Lesson #4: Meditation
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Lesson #5: Problems and Progress in Prayer
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Lesson #6: Growing in Holiness and Virtue
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Lesson #7: Renewing Our Mind
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Lesson #8: Your Own Spiritual Rule of Life
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Lesson #9: Stages of the Spiritual Life
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Lesson #10: The Mass and Sacraments
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Lesson #11: Loving God and Neighbor
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Lesson #12: Discernment
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Lesson #11:
How to Love God and Our Neighbor

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Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 47 days ago
We must love our neighbors because it allows God to know we are fulfilling his commandments. Focus more on others not just on ourselves by doing what is good whether they like it or not. Try to correct with a gentle spirit whether our neighbors like it or not. Battle the pressures of society on a daily basis and follow God's ways by asking for grace and not give into peer pressure, but instead seek to please God. I will develop compassion and empathy and seek to improve lives of those around me. Be an example of love and do not expect love in return,but realize that God loves us, because God is against evildoers. Spending more time doing corporal and spiritual works of mercy. I realize that love is all that counts in the end!
Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 300 days ago
We are to treat others with love even when we are not loved in return. This can be so challenging for me. But it is part of what Jesus means when He says to pick up our cross. The life of a Catholic is not easy. The Commandments we follow run counter to everything our culture tells us. And the culture wants us to believe that we are the disordered ones. The Commandments are so simple, and yet so hard. Some are harder than others. Thou shalt not kill is simple, but to not covet what others have (envy) can be a daily struggle. This chapter was a good reminder of the challenges we face.
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 458 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 458 days ago
Irene/ England
Posted 601 days ago
To follow Jesus,and put him first, you sometimes have leave some people behind, and totally trust that God will send the right people into your life. It can be a painful process but with total faith and patience it all begins to happen, just as He has planned.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 705 days ago
In Lesson #11,

The Psalmist echoes the beautiful resonant of the blessing of God in keeping God's law in the scriptures such as Psalms 1:1-3, Psalm 119: 1-2 , Psalms 119:105 and others mentioned in the article lesson.

Next, the Ten Commandment from the Old Testament is a covenant between God and men so that they may be reconciled with Him and to live peaceful with each other. The Israelites people were the chosen ones that must observed what were required in the love of God and love of neighbour in the ten commandment.

Therefore to achieve the goal of spiritual life, we must do what Christ has highlighted in the New Testament the two greatest commandments that are to love God above all things and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves. Jesus came to fulfill the prophesy of the prophets.

In trying to live out the Ten Commandment, it is unattainable by any human as we are imperfect and still have sins of concupiscence except for our beloved Mother Mary is the 'Immaculate Conception." She is the first disciple of Christ. Mother Mary is our role model to live our true spiritual life in observing the commandments. Therefore, we rely on God's grace to transform and sanctify us so that we may become saint some day.

Fraternal correction with gentle love is necessary in learning how to love our neighbour. We do no live to be people-pleaser but to discern our every action in "faith" and "reason".

Sometimes, we also focus too much on ourselves that we failed to see the needs of others. We should try to cultivate the attitude of empathy and compassion towards the need of our neighbours especially our family members first. Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say, "Charity begins at home." - need for mercy and charity.

With the recent canonization of Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the saints of the poorest of the poor, she is a great role model to us as she has proven to be a faithful servant of God and had great love of her neighbours especially in the dying, destitute, lonely, abandoned, sick elderly and orphans.

We should take a cue from this Saint Teresa of Calcutta, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

Since this is the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the theme is "Merciful like the Father - Luke 6:36" I t is practical for every Catholic to perform the 7 spiritual works of mercy and 7 corporal works of mercy towards our neighbours.

Finally, we are to focus on loving God above all things and we do not need the approval of of happiness from others. We must love without expecting anything in return and learning to live in detachment from creatures.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 708 days ago
"God will send people into our lives to help us and love us." I have truly and gratefully had this happen to me more then once.
God Bless.
jackie Malta NY USA
Posted 828 days ago
About the second commandment and not taking the name of the Lord your God in vain.

I had the bad habit of saying oh my God, oh my God. I am working on not doing that because it is considered taking the name of the Lord in vain. I must find another way maybe oh my goodness. I will work on it.
eileen patchogue ny usa
Posted 881 days ago
That love doesn't mean giving people what they want it can mean doing what is best even if it angers them. That I do not do things to draw attention to me but to glorify God.
Mike B,Greenville, SC
Posted 971 days ago
This Lesson is helping to fine tune my ways of humility. It's not about me, it's about what God wants me to do. Love him, Love my neighbor. Being in my profession, I truly believe that daily I adhere to the Corporal work of Mercy: Bury the dead. Do God's work here on earth.


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