"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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Lori in Puerto Octay,Chile
Posted 4 hours ago
I have struggled with distraction in prayer always but I don't give up and just drag my mind back to my prayers. I really like St. Teresa of Avila's idea and I have been searching for large colorful pictures of the mysteries of the rosary. When I look at them it is like a feast for my eyes and I can ponder and meditate better on the mystery or even visualize myself being there. It keeps me focused. You could use a book or calendar pictures but I also found a website - catholic tradition.org which has lots of beautiful artwork to enjoy including all the mysteries of the rosary.
Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 86 days ago
Prayer has become an important part of my daily life. I have experienced dry prayer occasionally and I have learned patience and the ability to just be peaceful with God. I believe that our quiet time with God is the most fulfilling and beneficial ways to become closer to his goals and plans for our journey here in the secular world.
Kathleen Mansfield, MA. USA
Posted 114 days ago
I often feel nothing in prayer and this makes me want to give up. I now know giving up is not an option. Just keep loving God with the will and telling Him you are seeking His will above all else. Then just keep praying with faith and hope, knowing He is there listening even though we don't feel Him present.
Vacilio, Bella Vista Ar. US
Posted 254 days ago
In Determination to Perservere and seek God above all elseis what stood out more for me is what St John of The Cross instructs us, to live by Faith alone. He tells us to focus on the honor and glory of God rather than on spiritual experiences, if these are from God, they will have good effects, and if they are not they will mislead us. Also from St Teresa of Avila, in Problems With Wandering Minds. That was to use Visual images such as religious statues or pictures to remind us of Jesus, she used this method that, is forming habits to focus. I too have problems praying and keeping my mind focused on God. On this lesson I havelearned different technics to use the Rosary the Bible or just Dry praying just sit quiet and listen.
Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 391 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 453 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 458 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 755 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 755 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 909 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.
 

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