"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 #4:
Meditative Prayer (Meditation)

Assignment: Some questions for your own private reflection that you might like to share parts of with others in the feedback form below:

What are my current practices of prayer and what do I intend to do from now on? What did I learn about prayer from reading the assignments?

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 110 days ago
I have done Lectio divine a few times with a group and it is powerful, but I'm drawn more to the rosary and silent prayer. This lesson is a reminder for me to vary how I pray. And more importantly to make sure that I make a space for the Lord when I pray.
Denise, Frederick, CO
Posted 125 days ago
I set aside time to pray every morning and every evening. Lectio divina has been a practice of mine for many years. ( I didn't even know I was doing "lectio divina" all this time until I read the definition of it here). It just makes sense to me and is natural for me as a reader and lover of reading. I hope to incorporate a daily saying of the rosary in my prayer time. Meditation on the mysteries seems so important and necessary for developing my spiritual life. I hear and see God in so many other things throughout my day: in nature in the sunlight and shadows and rainbow prisms, in the smiles of children, in my dog's dedication, in the lives of my adult children. It is wonderful to remember that God is always with us on the walk, never leaving or forsaking us but walking with us. Amen.
Roy, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Posted 159 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
Currently I pray informally and often each day. In addition to this I hope to solidify formal prayers twice a day. Lecto Divino I have been exposed to before and found it very rich; something I need to incorporate on a regular basis in my practice.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 472 days ago
I must say that this particular Lesson was so very rich. My prayer life has been daily prayers for myself and others, as well as meditation. I found the entire content on the Lecto Divina exactly what I was searching for. Now each day I check the daily Catholic Scripture readings. I read slowly, carefully, drinking it all in like cool water on a hot summer day. I continue to work on the discipline of quieting my mind so I can receive spiritual direction. I'd like to memorize the scripture that is most moving for me so I can reflect (ruminate) on it during the day. Wonderful lesson.
eileen patchogue ny usa
Posted 618 days ago
Since this is lent I have a beautiful stations of the cross rosary beads that I pray nightly they have the picture of the stations and you say a Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be after each station. I find it very soothing after a long day
Isidore Rita Lee, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 784 days ago
To be frank to have a good practice of prayer life is very challenging for me. My current prayer life is focus on praying the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the St. Michael the Archangel Chaplet. It is not always balance especially when something crop up in the morning or any day of time.

In the morning when I drive my sister to work, I pray the basic prayers such as the Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, The Miracle Prayer, Hail Holy Queen, Glory Be, I Believe and Morning Prayer.

At night, I normally pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Night Prayer, Guardian Angel Prayer and try to do Examine of Conscience with Act of Contrition.
Every Sat and Sun night, I tried to make an appoint to pray the St. Michael the Archangel Chaplet, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This is the time, I can be fully focus and just being with Jesus and Mary.

Since I finished work at night, Mon to Fri, I couldn't make it to Holy Hour for Adoration of Blessed Sacrament every Wednesday. However if I don't work I try to make an effort to attend mass and Holy Hour at the church.

From lesson #4, I learned the importance and difference between meditative and contemplation prayers, it is necessary to meditate deeply during prayer especially on the mysteries of the Rosary. Also, the need for at least 15 minutes in doing Lecto Divina for meditation and contemplation of the Scriptures of God. Currently, I am learning to meditate and contemplate with the Daily Disconnect Podcast by the order of Carmelites and 3-Minute Retreats Daily Online Prayer Loyola Press. It gives me time to be in silent with God alone.
I must make an appointment to pray daily whether good or bad day and be grateful to God for everything.
I hope to read the St. Teresa Avila classic - 'The Interior Castle'.

In addition to my research on prayer, as beautifully explained by Sister Mary Colombiere, Carmelites Sister on the difference between meditation and contemplation.

"Let us begin by saying that the basic difference between meditation and contemplation is that meditation is a human mode of prayer whereas contemplation is divinely infused prayer."
Please read further from this link:
http://www.carmelitesistersocd.com/ 2013/meditation-contemplation/
Jackie,Malta,NY,USA
Posted 806 days ago
My prayer life and life of service is in balance at this time. It took a long while to get to this point. It was great seeing so many of my regular prayers in this 4th lesson.

Each day I set aside an hour of adoration preferably in a church in front of the Blessed Sacrament. In that hour I set aside 20 minutes in Centering prayer to totally be there without thoughts or a mantra to return to the intention I have to just BE. The Liturgy of the hours follows that centuring prayer. During that time I find what I need to practice the Lectio Divina. Usually the antiphons strike me in such a way that I have what I need for meditation. Before you know the hour is ending. I love that time in chapel.

I celebrate the liturgy often during the week and when I can't get out for the Mass I take part in the EWTN programming where the homilies are usually super. The rosary from the Holy Land is on there, also, and I join them for that rosary. I have a regular time daily for this class and for other spiritual reading to learn more about my faith so I can share it.
Azalia Hebbronville, tx USA
Posted 830 days ago
I start with the Liturgy of the hours, morning prayer and daily mass. I pray my rosaries in the early evening and daily adoration. This lesson helped me how to stay focused on Jesus. I sing to the Lord all day to stay focused.
Mike, Taylors SC
Posted 904 days ago
I currently do my meditative Prayer as the Rosary every night before bed. I have recently started doing the Liturgy of the Hours and love it. This lesson has helped me to understand how to further "My time" with the God and Jesus.
 

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