"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 #2:
Our Ultimate Decision

Assignment:

I suggest that you use a notebook for your class notes and assignments. Or if you prefer to work on the computer you could cut and paste the following questions in a Word document and type in the answers for your own reflection. Then from your notes send in something you'd like to share with others in the feedback form below.

Assignment #1: Assessing where we are right now...

1. Take time to ponder and write down for your own reflection in your notebook the following questions and your answers to them.

While doing this assignment, let's remember that God loves us, is on our side and wants only what is best for us. If we know we are loved we can more easily be honest and at the same time gentle with ourselves because we are loved, realizing that we can decide to do things differently if we see that we need to make some changes. We are working on perfection but aren't there yet and that is OK. At the same time we do have to repent of any serious sin and try our best to conquer any habitual sin so as to live in God's grace. (If we fall into sin through our own weakness, as long as we keep trying and don't give up, we can know that God is pleased with our efforts and will help us conquer through his grace.) Below are some things to reflect on regarding God's first commandment.

What is the highest good that I want and desire in my life? Is it a great spouse and family? Health? Wealth? A great job? Status? Recognition? Vacations? How does this relate to God's commandment to love Him above all things? Who or what am I currently putting first in my life?

What do I focus on as in spending most of my waking hours trying to get, thinking about, working for, dreaming about, loving? Am I making a little idol of anything or anyone by putting it or them above what God wants me to do?

Who or what persons, places, things or desires easily lead me to sin (i.e. to do something I know offends God and isn't right)? How can I avoid these persons, places of things in the future?

If we have turned our lives over to God's control and are putting God first, God is like the pilot of our lives, or in the driver’s seat. Who is the pilot of my life? Who is in the driver’s seat? As someone jokingly once said, “If God is your co-pilot, you better switch seats.”

Do I see the value in asking God to help me to put him in the #1 spot? Do I understand Jesus’s words, “If you love me you will obey my commandments.”?

What ways will I take the things I've just discovered about my life and make a more determined effort to make God #1 by giving up serious sin or doing the duties of my life more conscientiously? What am I going to decide to do differently in my life as a result of this reflection? Who or what am I going to decide from this moment forward to put first in my life?

Finally, if I don't want to decide yet to put God first in my life, what if any obstacles are holding me back from making God #1 in my life? Am I willing to give up anything that stands in my way? If not, would I be willing to ask God to help me become willing?

Assignment #2: Write down in your notebook your decision and compose your own prayer that reflects your decision to commit or recommit your life to God as the highest priority in your life, to make a choice to love God above all things (and to let God be in control of your life remembering that your Heavenly Father knows everything, including what is best for us, truly loves us and we can trust Him to do what is best for us and others). You can use the prayer that we said earlier as an example.

Assignment #3: Write down something you've learned or would like to share with others in the class about this lesson such as the prayer in #2 above. (When finished filling out the form, press “send e-mail” at the bottom of the form to send.)

Write down one or more things that stood out to you from what you've learned about prayer in this lesson that you would like to share with others in the class. Please enter your lesson feedback below.

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Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 130 days ago
Great lesson! Learned that I can always ask for the grace to want to give up any weaknesses I have. And re-committed my desire to put God central in my life. There is no other way.
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
My Yeshua
Son of Man
Son of God
My Salvation
Have mercy on me. a sinner
Your will be done
Amen
Roy, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Posted 164 days ago
Lord. Without You where would I go? Reassure and strengthen me to do only what is pleasing and right in your will.
Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 170 days ago
Dear God,
You are the way, the truth and the life.
I know you are there for me always.
Fill my heart with love and compassion and give me the strength to be your hands and feet to others that may cross my path on my journey here on Earth.

I have learned that spending time in prayer will bring me closer to God and allow me to be a better example to others I encounter throughout my journey here on Earth.
Rose, Fremont, CA, USA
Posted 224 days ago
Rose, Fremont, CA, USA
Posted 224 days ago
Tina, Raywick, KY, USA
Posted 236 days ago
I loved the links to resources in Lesson 2, thank you so much. It brought me back to the Catechism which I hadn't studied in 40 years, it has changed :)
Heavenly Father, I love you and am so grateful for the blessings in my life, especially the blessing of spiritual direction.
You were always present beside me even when I at times rudely turned my back on y9uo. You didn't forsake me! You beckoned me back to your dearly beloved son, Jesus. Thank you! I am truly sorry for all my sins from childhood until now and I beg for your mercy and the grace to never offend you again. Grant me the grace of Holy perseverance. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner. Amen
Angel, Piscataway, NJ USA
Posted 237 days ago
Patty, Oxnard, CA, USA
Posted 263 days ago
What stood out to me in Lesson 2 was to ask God to give me the grace to do His will.

Loving and forgiving Father,
Bestow on me the grace to do your will each day. Holy Spirit, open my heart to the Word of God. Holy Spirit open my heart to the Good. Holy Spirit open my heart to the beauty of God everyday.
Jesus, I Place my trust in you.
Denise, Frederick, CO USA
Posted 292 days ago
The reminder to put God first is a necessary one for me. Just when I think I am putting God first, something or someone else slips in to that first place and then I have to reorganize my priorities once again - - but I keep trying. A prayer that I say often (I don't know when/where I read this or who created it) is:

"O Wisdom, breath of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, come and save us."
 

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