"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 #9:
Overview of the Stages of the Spiritual Life

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Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 84 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 163 days ago
I am taken by Franciscan Spirituality. I have recently purchased Powerful 'Franciscan Prayers' by J.M. Joseph and plan to take my time delving into it. The Franciscan approach is rather mystical and calls to me.
Irene/ England
Posted 373 days ago
I had read some of the works of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross with a very, very, vague understanding of what they were trying to say about the stages of the spiritual life, so this lesson was light at the end of the tunnel for me.I cannot recommend the works of Fr Thomas Dubay highly enough. I have read all of his books and along with Kathy who put on this course/and led me to him, he is my hero.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 435 days ago
I too plan on getting a copy of "Fire Within". In this lesson I remembered my own conversion from the state of sin to the state of grace, which did occur after a painful crisis
What I did learn was that the transition from one spiritual stage to another is explained by the need of purgation, or as Paul said the necessity of a new conversion.
While spending time in this lesson I did begin to focus on exactly where I was. Then I was reminded that it is holiness that I must seek and not worry so much about where I am on the spiritual path.
I would like to spend more time with the Rosary. I also know that I will revisit this lesson again.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 457 days ago
I also plan to get the book "Fire Within" by Fr Thomas Dubay. I intend to set proper time to meditate and hopeful allow contemplative prayer to be infused by God himself and to cooperate in His Will. To accept His gift according to His desire for me. I must work on the virtue of humility more.
Isidore Rita Lee, Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
Posted 457 days ago
The stages spiritual life on Lesson 9 touched about the various stages of spiritual life where no two souls encountered the same experience according to St. John of Cross and we also have to bear in mind that God acts differently in each person. As a beginner, we generally start with vocal prayer and meditation.

Step by step, God elevates us according to his desire in contemplative prayer which is a gift from Him which we alone cannot create it by ourselves. God intend us to seek holiness and sanctification in line with His Will and plans that are good for each individual. There is the active life where God we do actively with God's grace and love while passive life is where God infused in our lives.

Fr. Garrigiou La Grange chart of the stages of spiritual life focus on the two Saints, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. St. Teresa of Avila herself experienced mystical union with her spouse, our Lord. This is a divine gift from God for whomever he found pleasing to Him.

It is a good reflection to read about about The Interior Castle by St. Teresa of Avila and the Dark Night of The Soul by St. John of the Cross.

Prayer is a union with God in active or passive mode but most importantly we continually cooperate with God who is doing His work in our lives daily to help us achieve holiness and sanctification. Bible quote: "for it is written, Be holy because I am Holy," 1 Peter:1:16
eileen patchogue ny usa
Posted 589 days ago
I am striving for a more intermit prayer life but trying to concentrate on learning more and being more open. I know there will be dry times and that is normal. I just need to learn to push on and not give up
jackie Malta NY USA
Posted 624 days ago
Some common challenges along the the Ways of our Spiritual Life ..We should not be obsessed with an overly specific location in spiritual maturity and progress through the phases. They are not perfectly linear as if moving up the steps of a ladder. Another challenge is to think that this progression leaves something behind as if it were a journey along a path up a spiritual mountain. And a fourth challenge is with our own vacillation between phases. It seems sometimes like we take one step forward and two steps backwards. That is the time we ask for humility and just keep on moving with the help of His grace. We have our whole life to move through the phases and only with His help can we move at all. It is more important to know the general direction of our journey than to obsess over each mile marker on the way. Some paraphrasing from Navigating the Interior Life by Daniel Burke.
Mike B,Greenville, SC
Posted 683 days ago
In this Lesson I have been moved by the many stages of Spiritual Life! I have been practicing and focusing on being humble. This is the life God has given me, it is up to me to let Him in and He is in control.
Justine, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Posted 740 days ago
This lesson really helped me and spurred me on to continue on my spiritual progressing.
I am not sure where I am in it, but it was encouraging to know that these disconsolations, aridity, distractions, trials, etc did not mean that I had stalled in my spiritual progress or that my relationship with God my love for Him had become tepid, but I just need to focus less on how I feel, but how much I love Him, and souls


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