"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 #6:
Growing in Holiness and Virtue


Assignment: 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. For example what did you learn about holiness or virtue? How might you implement some of the things in your life? Please enter your lesson feedback below.

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Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 96 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
After doing some reflection on the lesson I see the love of God to be complex yet simple. It has virtue and holiness. My love to God should be mirror image. This love is unconditional, strong and bold, it is raw and yet forgiving. It is honest and true. To love God takes courage and means to give totally of yourself to Him. To be in love with God is to do so with humility and humbleness.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 453 days ago
In this lesson I have struggled with trying to understand what it means to truly love God with my whole self, with my mind, heart, soul and all of my strength. I've come to accept that I really want to be holy, even though fear to be so. Most specially I fear that "there is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle" [Catholic Encyclopedia]. Maybe I will not be able to renounce when called to do so, or maybe I am not strong enough for spiritual battle.
As I journey on y spiritual path I am humbled and overwhelmed by what it takes to get close to God, to love him beyond all else.
eileen patchogue ny usa
Posted 612 days ago
I was struck that holiness is different things to different people. God will for me will be very different than God will for another. The trick is to discern is it God;s will I am doing or my will.
Isidore Rita, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 695 days ago
In Lesson #6 - Virtues & Holiness

As mentioned by the Virtues Catholic Encyclopedia, virtue signfies manliness or courage. I must implement the theological virtues in life as a disciple of Christ, that is 'walk the talk' and not 'lip service'. Despite protest from my non-Catholic parents to continue as a catechist for Sunday School, I must persevere. There is a need to check on moral virtues such as sins that displeased God, this requires rejecting sins and going to confession at least once a month.

To attain holiness demands one to submit to God's will for sanctity. We do not merit from justification. Justification is something done by God for us.

"Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:12-15).

So, God saved us to do God's will. When we do God's will, we grow in holiness through sanctification. Therefore, a union with God in prayer is seeking his graces and holy will every day that allows perpetual sanctification in one's life.

Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta quoted, "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." So, it is necessary to do small things in life with great love that matters most." One must serve God with love and love for his neighbours. Sanctification is done by God in us and is manifested through obedience and good works in us.

To implement obedience to God require mortification, fasting, alms giving and prayer. To give oneself (detachment) fully to God will allow transformation and sanctification in my life.

I shall meditate on what St. Therese of Lisieux (Story of a Soul, Chapter 1) says: "Perfection consists in doing His will, in being what He wills us to be."

Finally, faith without work is dead - James 2:17
jackie Malta NY USA
Posted 746 days ago
Feeling good or having spiritual experiences are pleasurable. We must seek God and not those experiences. In the Ascent to Mt. Carmel, St John of the Cross says that we are to seek only the honor and glory of God to ascend the mount where God dwells. Love focuses on the one loved, not on oneself or one's own experience. To implement this in my life and with God's grace, I will seek His will and not mine in my prayer time and in service for others.
Mike South Carolina
Posted 802 days ago
Growing in Holiness and virtue this lesson made me feel like a Vatican Swiss Guard. I know, sounds weird but, if we think about it by the given points of the lesson, Virtue is Manliness and Holiness is divine. these brave men will do whatever is needed to protect the Holy See and the pontiff but yet will assist people with questions. God is firm in his actions they may not be what we want but it is His will.
Richard Gilbert az
Posted 1057 days ago
I found the section on humility to be very enlightening. Todays society is all about the self which is the opposite of humility. All the saints mentioned had humililty and only wished to do the will of God in the best manner that they could. At times I struggle with humility and I have to real work hard in prayer to get back to what I think is humililty. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament will humble me quickly. How can you not be humble when before the Lord.
Embie, Philippines
Posted 1132 days ago
There is no Holiness without renounciation and spiritual battle. Holiness can be measured by the LOVE one has for God , and the desire to please HIM...
Michael, Columbia, MO USA
Posted 1167 days ago
I was particularly impressed by the nine points of growing in holiness. God's will and mine need to come into union. I sense the need to become intentionally humble, temperate, patient and loving through my prayer-life.
I desire to be bathed in God's Divine Mercy in order to share that mercy with others.
 

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