"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 #7:
Renewing our Minds and Hearts


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 course. For example, what did you learn about renewing your mind and "putting on the mind of Christ"? How might you implement some of the things you've learned? Please enter your lesson feedback below.

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Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 91 days ago
I liked the distinction between unavoidable suffering and unnecessary suffering. Both types of suffering can be offered up, but with unnecessary suffering we need to ask ourselves where we are in the midst of creating and furthering that suffering. We have a responsibility to be the best version of what God created us to be and to have a sort of reverence for who He wants us to be. I also liked the reminder that the evil one can create needless suffering in us by "planting' thoughts that are not our own in our head. Discernment is key here. The bottom line is that we need to do God's will (different for all of us) and be grateful and in the moment.
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
What Would Jesus Do? (WWJD) is not just a catchy slogan on a wrist band, but rather a recipe for our life. If what we think, say, and act upon is first thought by us as "what would Jesus do" in this instance and we follow that lead I believe we would be living as the Christ taught (AKA the mind of Christ ). And by doing so we would be rich in Spirit and rich in His Grace. It is a process, much like a 12-step program.
Irene England
Posted 442 days ago
On my spiritual journey/formation, this course was heaven sent. I don't know what I would have done without it.This lesson was packed with information and support which I haven't been able to find anywhere else..I continue to learn and grow in the Catholic faith,and in surrender to God, relying as I walk through this world on His plan for me,Thy will be done not mine.
Patricia, wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 444 days ago
Another very rich lesson. Two teachings stand out in my mind. "to grow in the spiritual life, we look not only to our actions but also our thoughts and words." I become more aware of what I am thinking, and especially what comes out of my mouth.
The second teaching concerns forgiveness. ". . . never judge the will of man in anyting you see done or said...My will alone should you consider both in them and in yourself...no one can judge the secrets of the heart of a man . . .that which you do not see you should not judge in your mind." Holy compassion.
I think the thought of holy compassion is really beautiful, and not to mention wonderful to think about whenever I am preparing to judge another whose health I cannot see.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 511 days ago
In this lesson 7, it struck my mind that embracing peace in us happened if we allow our mind to be renewed by God's intervention with our free will and how should one pursue on putting on the mind of Christ.

After Jesus resurrection, he appeared to the disciples at the upper room and he said, "Peace be with you!" (John 20:19) and also to the doubting Thomas (John 20:26). Jesus wanted to give us peace that was not of this world.
In John 8:32: "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
In John 14:6: Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one goes to the Father except by me."

After our baptism, we are required to constantly renewing our mind and putting on the mind of Christ in our prayer life, following the Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition according to the Magisterium and the Catechism of the Church. We are to put off our old self and put on our new self. (Ephesians 4:22-24) But this conversion and transformation of heart and mind is impossible if we do not cooperate with God freely with total surrender.

In my past involvement with protestants, I thought that Sola Scriptura is the ultimate authority of God.However, now I have learned that private interpretation of Scripture is not the final rule of faith. I was blind to the fact that I can be the person to interpret on my own will without proper guidance of the Magisterium.

Another beautiful thing that touched me was the scriptures on Philippian 4:4-8 on how to be in God's peace and how to be with God's peace.
These scriptures can meditated to understand that once we are in peace with God and not controlled by emotions, we are able to feel joy, to pray for our need with a thankful heart and not worry, be grateful for everything and thus keep one's heart and mind secure and united with Christ.

There are also the need to practice in filling our minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise; things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely and honourable.

Once we put into practice what we learnt and received from Christ, both his words and deeds. God who gives us peace will be with us.

Despite of our imperfection, trouble life and suffering, God is always there, he loves us and does what is best for us even we rebel at times. To bear cross without complaint but offering to him as redemptive suffering. God remains faithful even we are unfaithful. There is hope if we trust in the mercy God and learnt from Him everything through the Mother Church.
eileen patchogue ny
Posted 602 days ago
There was so much in this lesson. The most valuable is beware what you think you know. Go to good sources about church teachings, don't believe a sound bite or something someone tells you. Know what our faith is about and do what is right even if some one in power is telling you something wrong
jackie Malta NY USA
Posted 720 days ago
A few things that stood out for me in this lesson are:
The truth is "not relative". Truth is about what is real, regardless of our own opinions or what anyone thinks about it. We are to be a God pleaser and not a people pleaser or a self pleaser. God knows what is best for us and we don't.
G.K. Chesterton wrote: "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried."
Embie- Philippines
Posted 1104 days ago
Our FOCUS should be on God and doing His will...
Michael, Columbia, MO USA
Posted 1164 days ago
This powerful lesson is crammed full of scripture and tradition. It is truly on these two things that we are able to renew our minds. The links were fabulous and I book-marked almost all of them.
St. Faustina's Divine Mercy Chaplet is one of my favorite prayers. I sing it daily, several times. In her diary she explained how Christ's divine mercy is an ocean such that if all the sins ever committed were gathered into one large stone and thrown into that Divine Mercy Ocean they would sink. I find that I can best put on the mind of Christ by reciting, or singing, the Divine Mercy Chaplet. For when we pray for Christ to have mercy on us and on the whole world -- that doesn't leave anyone for us not to love. Our Lord also told her that for each of the nearly 1,500 stripes he took at his scourging before he was crucified, that these were for each of our un-confessed sins. That will humble you.
I am loving this course.
Paul Wakefield, RI, USA
Posted 1233 days ago
A few things that stood out to me in this lesson was how important prayer really helps us with everyday problems. Worrying less and placing our trust in God, knowing that his ways are more about present and not the past and future. Being thankful for all we have and can do is a true blessing that we take for granted. Lastly, reprogramming our mind with God's truth causing us to be humble and patient with ourselves. Trying to accept
 

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