"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 #5:
Problems and Progress in Prayer

Assignment:

Do I experience any problems with prayer and what are they? What did I learn that might help 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 97 days ago
Loved this lesson. Reminders of why God may not answer my prayers the way I want them answered. I do have difficulty sitting in meditation, and saying the rosary or vocalizing some prayers seem to work better for me. I do find that sometimes during prayer or during Mass I am suddenly overcome with emotion - gratefulness of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us or an overwhelming feeling of just pure love. Those are the moments I really treasure and feel that I am connecting on a much deeper level with God.
Roy, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Posted 158 days ago
I have learned the importance of discipline and persistence in prayer. I will continue with verbal and formula prayers till the grace is granted me to progress to the next stage, that I can see as meditation. God-willing, that I can be bold enough to aspire one day to communicate with Him in contemplation.
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
I do better when I speak aloud my prayers. I love praying in nature vs a building. My mind wanders but eventually I come around to my point; but speaking with God is like speaking to an old friend who loves you anyway even if you are a bit tangential. When I speak to God it is done in love.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 460 days ago
Yes, I too have problems with prayer. I get distracted very easily, even when I am doing vocal prayer. Meditative prayer is even more difficult.
I really liked Mother Angelica's Dryness in Prayer, especially when she writes "God is spirit, so we must communicate with Him on a spirit-to spirit level". Learning to communicate in spirit is where my prayer problems come from. Of course, St. John of the Cross advises that we focus on the honor and glory of God when we pray and not worry so much about our spiritual experiences.
I just wanted to add one more thing. I read the feedback from others and I was struck by a comment that said not yet feeling really intimate with God. I feel the same way.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 460 days ago
Yes, I too have problems with prayer. I get distracted very easily, even when I am doing vocal prayer. Meditative prayer is even more difficult.
I really liked Mother Angelica's Dryness in Prayer, especially when she writes "God is spirit, so we must communicate with Him on a spirit-to spirit level". Learning to communicate in spirit is where my prayer problems come from. Of course, St. John of the Cross advises that we focus on the honor and glory of God when we pray and not worry so much about our spiritual experiences.
eileen patchogue ny usa
Posted 614 days ago
Yes I have experienced dryness. I like the Nun who could just pray the Our Father but get so lost in compilation . I tend to get distracted in vocal prayer I am trying to concentrate on the words so I don't get so bogged down and tripped up.
Isidore Rita, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 730 days ago
Yes, I do experience problems with prayer especially finding a fixed time and quiet space alone at home with the LORD. I believe to set a suitable time and quiet time with the LORD would prevent distractions such as thinking what to do for the day. Raising one's heart and mind to God in prayer should come first before attending to the daily life duty. I have yet reached this stage of fixed quiet time prayer with the LORD. Furthermore, some of my prayer requests are not answered yet by God. I should continue to persevere in praying during adversity. It can be frustrating at times. I often meditation while praying the rosary. When suffering or troubles assail, prayers can be dry as bone at times. Lamenting on the suffering of life which is all vanity. At times the temptation of the world and materialistic values distract my prayer life. I need to go back and follow God's way and not the world's way.

I learn that infused contemplation prayer is a close bond or rather an intimacy between friends, i.e. God and me. This infused contemplation is a gift of God and cannot be forced. I truly hope that someday I am able to learn how to pray from transition of meditation prayer to contemplation. It seemed to be so spiritual uplifting as God will enlighten.

My encounter with God happened often in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. His outpouring graces of healing and inner conversion and transformation.

Fr. Timothy Gallagher - 'Discernment of Spirits" is very helpful especially in the Teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola' in contemplative prayer.

In this lesson, we can learn from great Saints such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux about their prayer life and how we can follow them.

Even when prayers are unanswered, prayer is dry, one should never give up praying but to persevere on and always give thanksgiving to God whether good or bad happens.

When I cannot pray, the Holy Spirit is groaning in me will teach me how to pray.

To experience solitude with God alone and "I just look at Him and He looks at me', is what I desire most, an intimacy that I continue to thirst. Also, the importance of praying with others as a church which is the Body of Christ. We pray for what we need and not we want according the the will of God.
Jackie,Malta,NY,USA
Posted 800 days ago
Yes, I do experience problems with prayer. Distractions in prayer seem to be just about every time I spend time with the Lord. Because they are involuntary, I believe that just not engaging and coming back to Him is OK.

Answering prayers... From what I read in this lesson, God answers in His time and for our greater good. In asking we should always keep in mind the will of God as Jesus did when He prayed.

What stood out to me here in this lesson ..It is not up to us as to what kind of gifts God will give us in prayer. For some vocal prayer will be the way to go. For others it is His call...not ours...just open ourselves to His grace and He will pour out His blessings in contemplation if He so chooses. Prayer is communicating with our God. We may meet Him in a Bible scene and just let ourselves go...We may just look at Him in the Blessed Sacrament and He looks back at us. Whatever we are blessed with in prayer we should be extremely grateful for his gift.
Mike South Carolina
Posted 802 days ago
I'm beginning to learn that there is a difference from saying prayers and just praying. growing up Irish Catholic it was a must to say our prayers! but I never really learned how to really pray. But as i get deeper into these lessons, the sky is opening.
Justine, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted 946 days ago
My biggest problem is distraction during prayers. But which I have learnt not to be anxious about and just lead myself back into contemplation whenever I notice that my attention is wandering. I used to be very hard on myself when I get distracted and get very discouraged and sometimes abandoning prayer. Now, if the distraction keeps coming, I take a break from prayer, attend to the 'urgency' of the distraction and get back to prayer. Then I have no more excuses not to pay attention to God.
 

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