"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 #2:
Our Ultimate Decision

Assignment:

I suggest that you use a notebook for your class notes and assignments. Or if you prefer to work on the computer you could cut and paste the following questions in a Word document and type in the answers for your own reflection. Then from your notes send in something you'd like to share with others in the feedback form below.

Assignment #1: Assessing where we are right now...

1. Take time to ponder and write down for your own reflection in your notebook the following questions and your answers to them.

While doing this assignment, let's remember that God loves us, is on our side and wants only what is best for us. If we know we are loved we can more easily be honest and at the same time gentle with ourselves because we are loved, realizing that we can decide to do things differently if we see that we need to make some changes. We are working on perfection but aren't there yet and that is OK. At the same time we do have to repent of any serious sin and try our best to conquer any habitual sin so as to live in God's grace. (If we fall into sin through our own weakness, as long as we keep trying and don't give up, we can know that God is pleased with our efforts and will help us conquer through his grace.) Below are some things to reflect on regarding God's first commandment.

What is the highest good that I want and desire in my life? Is it a great spouse and family? Health? Wealth? A great job? Status? Recognition? Vacations? How does this relate to God's commandment to love Him above all things? Who or what am I currently putting first in my life?

What do I focus on as in spending most of my waking hours trying to get, thinking about, working for, dreaming about, loving? Am I making a little idol of anything or anyone by putting it or them above what God wants me to do?

Who or what persons, places, things or desires easily lead me to sin (i.e. to do something I know offends God and isn't right)? How can I avoid these persons, places of things in the future?

If we have turned our lives over to God's control and are putting God first, God is like the pilot of our lives, or in the driver’s seat. Who is the pilot of my life? Who is in the driver’s seat? As someone jokingly once said, “If God is your co-pilot, you better switch seats.”

Do I see the value in asking God to help me to put him in the #1 spot? Do I understand Jesus’s words, “If you love me you will obey my commandments.”?

What ways will I take the things I've just discovered about my life and make a more determined effort to make God #1 by giving up serious sin or doing the duties of my life more conscientiously? What am I going to decide to do differently in my life as a result of this reflection? Who or what am I going to decide from this moment forward to put first in my life?

Finally, if I don't want to decide yet to put God first in my life, what if any obstacles are holding me back from making God #1 in my life? Am I willing to give up anything that stands in my way? If not, would I be willing to ask God to help me become willing?

Assignment #2: Write down in your notebook your decision and compose your own prayer that reflects your decision to commit or recommit your life to God as the highest priority in your life, to make a choice to love God above all things (and to let God be in control of your life remembering that your Heavenly Father knows everything, including what is best for us, truly loves us and we can trust Him to do what is best for us and others). You can use the prayer that we said earlier as an example.

Assignment #3: Write down something you've learned or would like to share with others in the class about this lesson such as the prayer in #2 above. (When finished filling out the form, press “send e-mail” at the bottom of the form to send.)

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. Please enter your lesson feedback below.

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Rebecca; New Mexico
Posted 222 days ago
I pray to have You and Your Merciful Love to be the first and foremost in my life. I learned that God loves me as I am, but He calls me to improvement.
Lydia Nairobi Kenya
Posted 230 days ago
From this lesson I have learnt that I have not been giving God the 1st place in my life because of my love of money due to poverty in my family. And this why I had no love for God and I have not been living His commandments faithfully thus living in sin. I decide to frequent confessions.
My prayer is to renew my love of God and be delivered from greed that block me from holding God as my driver. Iam weak but His grace is sufficient for me. I am ready to give up All that block me to remain faithful to my decision. I need more time for prayer for God to possess my heart but not things
Bill, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Posted 233 days ago
My biggest problem in the relationship I have with God is my constant attempt to control my life. I don't trust God enough to surrender to Him, which means I have very little humility because I think I can do a better job of it, which is of course silly. Intellect wise i admit that I should just let go to experience peace and happiness, but my faith is so weak that I never do. This course is bringing me around to see myself as I really am for the first time in many years and that is worth $28!

I need to think of the prayer of Jeremiah Denton which he said so often during his many years of torture in the Hanoi Hilton, "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in you." I think the "Jesus Prayer" is also good: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

I think prayer is action to a large degree anyway. The Pharisees asked Jesus...and who is our neighbor? and Jesus answered with the parable of the Good Samaritan. So I need to take action to treat everyone I meet with dignity, and compassion, and love. This is one thing I learned from this lesson.
Patricia
Posted 357 days ago
I did much pondering for this assignment because there was much reflection to do. I think we live in very challenging, and at times scary times. So my first offering is this from Isiah 43:1 "Fear not for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. Your are mine." Then there is the question of dealing with people, places or things that lead us to sin and I offer these words of Jesus in Matthew 10:16 " I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
mary houston texas
Posted 423 days ago
Just thinking of my sinful natural brought me to tears. I weep through most of this lesson stopping asking God to forgive me and praying my way to a better relationship with Him. Being free to love God and others you have to love yourself, be at peace. Not being tied down with sin. Forgiving yourself is very important, surrendering ALL. Knowing we serve a great and mighty God who can do so much more in us than we can ever hope or image.
Geri Canton,OH USA
Posted 447 days ago
Regretfully, I have used my will, for many years, to guide my personal and professional life. I'm older now and It is clear to me that putting God first is my ultimate desire in order to follow God's will. This is a better choice. My morning prayers will include the last prayer in this section which I have titled: Prayer for God's Guidance as well as a Prayer for a Spiritual Communion
Jean, Blairstown Iowa Benton
Posted 471 days ago
lesson 2 Q 3 #3 the content on scrupulosity was extremely helpful. I will spend much more time with those links than I have so far.
Q#1.I am going to remain a strong Catholic and continue to be the best wife, mother/step mother, sibling, retired nurse who has such knowledge about mental health and illness and use that to be effective in federal, iowa and Benton County, BCSD as I can so they too can be the best we can make them in 2020 on the money the government decides to spend. #2 I must stay mindful, use yoga, meditation and allow my stream of conciousness to be open to the message from the trinity.
Gerard Washington DC
Posted 505 days ago
I have learn that Jesus is front in my life,In order to Fod make he is the drivers seat. The first I need do is recomemit my to Jesus first part of my morning payer.
Emma - Kissimmee FL
Posted 793 days ago
What stood out to me from this lesson is that I need to make Jesus Lord of our life each day. I make a lot of decisions and choices which are good according to me, but I really have not prayed about them first and waited to receive an answer from Jesus.
Sheryl - Hamilton - Waikato - New Zealand
Posted 794 days ago
 

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