"Seeking Union with God" Online Spiritual Formation Program
Lesson #1: Discovering Our Ultimate Purpose
Lesson #1 Feedback
Lesson #2: Our Ultimate Decision
Lesson #2 Feedback
Lesson #3: An Introduction to Prayer
Lesson #3 Feedback
Lesson #4: Meditation
Lesson #4 Feedback
Lesson #5: Problems and Progress in Prayer
Lesson #5 Feedback
Lesson #6: Growing in Holiness and Virtue
Lesson #6 Feedback
Lesson #7: Renewing Our Mind
Lesson #7 Feedback
Lesson #8: Your Own Spiritual Rule of Life
Lesson #8 Feedback
Lesson #9: Stages of the Spiritual Life
Lesson #9 Feedback
Lesson #10: The Mass and Sacraments
Lesson #10 Feedback
Lesson #11: Loving God and Neighbor
Lesson #11 Feedback
Lesson #12: Discernment
Lesson #12 Feedback
End of Course



Class Assignment and Feedback for
Lesson #9:
Overview of the Stages of the Spiritual Life


Assignment: What have you learned or decided to incorporate into your life as a result of this lesson? Please enter your lesson feedback below.

Lesson Feedback and Comments page 6 of 6
CLICK HERE to add your Lesson Feedback and Comments
Vacilio, Bella Vista Ar. US
Posted 105 days ago
On Lesson #9, Overview Of The Stages Of Spiritual Life This Lesson is very important in our journey into spiritual life of prayer, meditation and conversion. I was raised on a farm when I saw thewlrks of St Teresa of Avila and, St John of the Cross it took me back to the farm. I saw their process of spiritual growth as the planting on a farm. First you select the land(deside to follow God) then you cultivate it(reconciliation) then you fertilize it (the word of God)then you plant the seed ( conversion) then comes the up keep watering it (prayer life, meditation, pondering on Gods word) and let God do his work and before ylu know it you have a plant with its flower and then its fruit (Gods Grace) working in us I believe that I am almost at budding out, Praise Jesus.
Joan, Cape Cod, USA
Posted 266 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 345 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 555 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 617 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 639 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 639 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 771 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 806 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 864 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.
 

---

To go to Lesson #10 click here.

Private Comments or Questions: If you have questions or comments that you don't want to share with others, you are invited to:


©2010-2016 Kathryn Marcellino. Please do not forward these lessons to others.
If you want to tell others about this program, send them to the sign-up page:
http://www.catholicspiritualdirection.org/csfsignup.html. Thank you.



View statistic