"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 #8:
Developing Your Own Spiritual Rule of Life

Assignment: What are your current spiritual practices and/or rule of life? What have you learned or decided to incorporate into your life as a result of this lesson? What practical tips on incorporating prayer or spiritual practices in your life have worked for you that you'd like to share? Please enter your lesson feedback below.

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Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 78 days ago
My current spiritual practices are of the order of St. Benedict. I am an Oblate with St. Meinrad Archabbey and we are required to pray the Liturgy of the Hours daily. I do spiritual readings in the evening and practice Lectio Divina. I am a Knights of Columbus 3rd degree and plan on getting my 4th degree by year end. Daily prayer has worked for me and at times I just like to spend quiet time sitting near the ocean relaxing and reflecting with Jesus. Praying and listening are very important for our spiritual journey in life, whether we do it alone or with others.
Kathleen Mansfield, MA. USA
Posted 100 days ago
I love to say the morning offering and St. Gertrudes Prayer first thing in the morning as well as a thanksgiving prayer. Then I want to be more faithful in a half hour each day of meditation on the daily gospel in the morning but sometimes I do it later. I try to read, reflect, respond, rest and resolve with the gospel passage sometimes journaling at the end. Spiritual reading I leave to nighttime and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Rosary in the car or sometimes at night or afternoon with my Relevant Radio app which says these prayers with you. Confession twice a month and sometimes daily Mass. But I need to establish a routine and persevere in this. After reading this lesson I am more detemined to stick with this routine.
Vacilio, Bella Vista Ar. US
Posted 224 days ago
Lesson #8- Developing Your Own Spiritual Rule Of Life Fromthis lesson I sawthe path to live not, just to holinessbut, the steps to perserving Gods Grace. What stood out to me was in," A Simple Rule Of Life." These are very good, strong and, faithful practiceses, Morning ad Evening Prayer. Offeringthe day to God, I myself pray the Liturgy Of The Hours this helps me know that Gods presence is always with me during the day, also meditateting on Gods Word readings and Gospel. The thing that really my attention was the General Examination Of Conscience by Fr. John Hardon, especially the Vitues the one basic virtue on which we should daily examine ourselves is Peace and Soul, and also ask myself which are the Virtues I know by experience I most needto develop? This will help me to stay in Grace and fulfill Gods will in me.
Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 383 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 458 days ago
My Own Spiritual Rule of Life
Thru discernment I have found a need to be active in social justice. I vow to speak for and to assist in anyway I can the poor, the unwanted, the unloved, the uncared for, and the forgotten; those in poverty suffer from both physical hunger and spiritual hunger, as well as a need for physical shelter and spiritual shelter.
Irene, England
Posted 675 days ago
For the past year I have been discerning/praying about whether to join a Carmelite third order.In my search, I was blessed to find this course.Working through these lessons has helped me with the spiritual formation that I couldn't find anywhere else.I have daily spiritual practices in place now which are similar to the other students.One of the most important ones for me, is a 30 minute morning meditation.I have found 2 small booklets from The Catholic Truth Society Publications very helpful.

1.Contemplative Meditation.
2.Silent Prayer. Fr. Andrzej Muszala.

I have also built up a small personal library on the works of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross which I use for some of my spiritual reading.I also have the Old and New Testament on cassette and I listen to them as often as I can.
patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 738 days ago
One spiritual practice that I have and would like to share is my Grace Circle. Several months ago I started a group, called The Grace Circle, in my home. We meet once a week to pray and share our past week experience of faith. We all truly feel blessed by our Grace Circle.
I am praying and reflecting on joining a Third Order. I particularly appreciated all the references in this lesson that will help me make a decision.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 804 days ago
I find the list about "A Christian's Rule of Life" are great stepping stones in creating discipline of prayer life effectively. It also serves as reminder in the pursuit of progress in prayer life in attaining holiness and virtues too.
1) The means of preserving the grace of God
2) To flee from the occasions of sins
3) The Frequentation of Sacraments
4) To hear Mass
5) The visit to the Most Holy Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin
6) Prayer
I intent to read a book by Fr. Gallagher Timothy M. on Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to prayer with scriptures.
Will try to reconnect with the BEC group in my area and participate in the prayers in church.
Say a short prayer at all times and keeping in mind that God is always with me.
"There will never be much perfection without much prayer" - St. Alphonsus Liguori
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 804 days ago
My current spiritual practices are simple but there are some rooms for improvement in creating a better spiritual rule of life.

1) Morning prayer - The Miracle Prayer, Morning Offering Prayer, the common Catholic prayers such as Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, The Apostles Creed, Hail Holy Queen, Guardian Angel Prayer, St. Gertrude prayer for Holy Souls in Purgatory in the car.

2) Rosary every Sat and Sun. Weekday whenever possible.

3) Divine Mercy Chaplet every day.

4) Scripture Readings every day.

5) Attend Holy Hours on Wednesday in Church whenever possible.

6) Attend Mass on every Sunday.

7) Short Meditation - The daily disconnect podcast with the Order of Carmelites

8) Programmes on EWTN.

9) Confession at least once a month or twice

10) St. Michael Chaplet on Sunday night.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 804 days ago


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