"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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Class Assignment and Feedback for
Lesson #1:
Our Ultimate Purpose and Happiness

Assignments:

Let’s take take some time to ponder a little about what God has revealed to us about Himself and why would we want union with God.

#1. Look up some attributes of God in the Bible (some online Catholic versions with search functions are: New American Bible, New Jerusalem Bible and the Douay-Rheims) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (see bottom of page search function) using the search functions at these links.

I'd suggest looking up the words like "Yahweh", "God", "Jesus", "Lord", "mercy", "truth" and "love". Here are some examples:
God is Love. (I John 4:8)
God is Truth. (2 Samuel 7:28)
God is Merciful and Gracious and Forgiving. (Ex 33:18-19, Ex 34:5-6; cf. 34:9.)

Take about 15 minutes to think and pray about it. Write down some of the characteristics or attributes of God that are most attractive to you in the box below that you'd like to share with others in the class.

#2. Describe something you've learned or was reaffirmed for you as a result of working through this lesson that you'd like to share with others in the class.

Please enter your lesson feedback below from #1 and #2 above.

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Jack - Brick, NJ
Posted 6 days ago
Rebecca, Pennsylvania
Posted 12 days ago
But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us
-Ephesians 2:4
Knowing that God is a God of mercy consoles my conscience.
Joanie, Kansas City, MO, USA
Posted 35 days ago
God is merciful. His love for me personally is unconditional and constant. he desires a personal relationship with me if only I will invite him to me. God is forgiving if I ask for his forgiveness. ,
Desy, New Jersey
Posted 37 days ago
To know that God loves me more than anyone in this world is so wonderful. I have to get to know my Heavenly Father who loves me more than my mom, dad, husband and children. I feel peace when I spend time with God. It's like the world stops existing and it's just me and your Majesty!
Ruth, Baguio, Philippines
Posted 59 days ago
God tremendous freedom is an archetype of Godly life. A freedom to choose between good and evil is a total trust of a loving God who hopes to get a glimpse of the goodness of His children.
Ruth, Baguio, Philippines
Posted 59 days ago
Reflecting on this great love of God for humanity, I have come to have different attributes to God. At this point in my life, He is Almighty, powerful as I see the way He keeps coming on my way towards wholeness. Sometimes I live obvious events that will surely cause trouble in my life but how he comes in to save my life, to assure me is incredible
Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 131 days ago
#1. God is the Way, the Light, the Truth. He is all forgiving, all merciful, and compassionate beyond measure. He is beyond description; words fail to describe Him.
#2. This lesson re-affirmed that I must love God and focus on Him first. This had previously been a challenging concept for me to live. How could I possibly love anyone or thing more than my family and loved ones? But I've finally come to understand that with God at the center of my love and focus, everything else is enhanced. And when I keep my eyes on God, everything seems to fall into place.
Colin, Hythe, UK
Posted 134 days ago
I see the main attributes of God as Power (omnipotence), Knowledge (omniscience), Presence (omnipresence), Holiness, Truth, Mercy and Love. The Bible is replete with God's promises. if we believe all these attributes of God and read of His mighty acts in Holy Scripture, we know that He will fulfill his promises. God has given us ample knowledge of Him through creation, the wonders of the natural world, and through His Word, principally Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who is the fulfillment of God's saving plan for the world.

The first lesson brought home to me very clearly the centrality of Love, that God is Love and that everything else in our understanding of the Christian faith flows from that. Jesus came among us to teach and demonstrate the dimensions of love and how we as human beings made in God's image can only reach our potential as disciples unless we pay heed to that key quality of love. Our friendship with Christ is life-transforming if sincerely based and lived out on love of God and love of neighbour. Pope Benedict's encyclical 'Deus Caritas Est' is a beautifully written study of this very question.
Colin, Hythe, UK
Posted 134 days ago
I see the main attributes of God as Power (omnipotence), Knowledge (omniscience), Presence (omnipresence), Holiness, Truth, Mercy and Love. The Bible is replete with God's promises. if we believe all these attributes of God and read of His mighty acts in Holy Scripture, we know that He will fulfill his promises. God has given us ample knowledge of Him through creation, the wonders of the natural world, and through His Word, principally Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who is the fulfillment of God's saving plan for the world.
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 164 days ago
My God is a God of love. A God of mercy and compassion. I know God loves me unconditionally. My God knows me better than I know myself. My God is kind and hears me cry; And guides me thru my life.

As a Catholic I was taught the 10 commandments as a child. As an adult I see the New Covenant to include two even greater commandments as taught by Jesus: love God with all your heart...and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Yes, my God is a God of love.
 

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