"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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Lydia Nairobi Kenya.
Posted 98 days ago
I have learnt that prayer is to be of one mind of Jesus Christ. I have to be in union with all and have peace that Christ give. This Peace will be if I do God will and this will radiate peace from within. Thi peace will not be reduced by sufferings. I have learnt so much from Saint Catherine of Sienna who would see value and blessings from suffering. It was encouraging. I am going to implement what I have learnt by practising silence and solitude to adhere the directives of the Holy spirit. I will stop procrastination in spiritual matters like confessions. Iam to deal with emotions that has controlled my life for longthsat blocks me from putting on the mind of Christ especially anger, fear and unnecessary worries. Thi lesson has touched me, the core being.
Rebecca; New Mexico, US
Posted 166 days ago
I felt very much in tune with this lesson. I particularly appreciated the website regarding forgiveness. It explained a lot in regards to what forgiveness is and what penance is. It is helpful to know that sometimes there cannot be reconciliation if there is no movement on the other person's part. Also that I need to recognize the wrong that is in me for me to actually forgive.
Bill - Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Posted 169 days ago
The richness of the Catholic faith brings joy and gratitude to my soul. We Catholics are so fortunate to have the wealth of so many behind us. In this lesson, it became apparent to me that this does not mean we should rest on our laurels. If anything, Christ challenges us to continue producing for the storehouse of truth. I like the suggestion to spend 15 minutes per day in spiritual reading, but at my age (80) that is far too short for no matter the years I can't scratch the surface of the beauty before us as catholics, I can only humbly progress, a poor pilgrim, yet find each day brings me a step closer to beauty and truth, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For example, last lesson, I mentioned the retreat with recently released felons, who collectively feel that no one could or should love them. Using the parable of the Prodigal Son, mentioned in this lesson, I found as a great tool to show how this belief is not true. God holds out His hands to each of us and rejoices as we return to Him and the peace and uplift He provides. Thank you for showing us the "Way".
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 278 days ago
There is always much to learn about our Catholic Church. I too roamed away from the Church in my college years when I attended a public college in New York City and yes it was liberal. This was in the 1970s and I was definitely lost and confused for too long. Now I feel blessed that I can find and know the truth because of the Church. I will admit that the search is often difficult, but well worth it.
Jean, Blairstown Iowa Benton
Posted 403 days ago
this lesson was long and arduous. I can better feel the resistance my spirit has in following "authority" and trying to appreciate "free will".
I just got an e-mail saying that if I did not continue on Council then I need to find two people for the ballot. Power and authority rather than compassion and connection. Being Catholic is hard, and perhaps has not been tried yet....I will keep trying.
Emma-Kissimmee FL
Posted 717 days ago
In this lesson I was impressed by the excerpt of The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena
God spoke to St. Catherine about not judging others, accepting everything as allowed by God's will and plan for us and our sanctification. "that you should never judge the will of man in anything that you may see done or said by any creature whatsoever, either to yourself or to others. My will alone should you consider, both in them and in yourself. "how men should never discern by judgment, but with holy compassion."
Lori in Puerto Octay,Chile
Posted 974 days ago
I am always impressed by Divine mercy. This time reading the quote from St Faustina what really jumped out at me was the message that we need to bring our faults to Jesus. He loves all of us because He made us. But we must be determined to be the best person God can help us to be.
Another thing that jumped out at me was my spirit of interior criticism. I may not always voice my poor opinion of another but I am thinking it and it is affecting how I relate to people. In the wake of all the homosexual abuse scandal, my heart has been torn out over all the victims by the shepherds. It is so easy to be angry and judgmental towards these men we have trusted, these princes of the church. How am I to react? I can't read their minds, I don't know their temptations, I don't know what it is like to be a priest or a bishop,etc. Most don't appear to be repentant just full of excuses. Well, anyway, I will never meet these men but other broken men are all around and God has put them in my path. How would Jesus treat them?
Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 1079 days ago
Forgiveness, we hear it on a daily basis and still it is hard to practice. I learned from this lesson that we need to let go of the bitterness and resentment of our brothers and sisters who cross our path. Today's secular world is a free-for-all regarding what is true. Putting on the mind of Christ will guide us through this temporary life with all it's earthly troubles. I plan on bringing my issues to prayer and giving them to God. I plan on focusing on the present more than the past or future to help with what was or what will be. I will put my trust in God and be thankful, knowing God's mercy is great than our sins. Obeying God first and having a regular prayer life will guide me to put into practice what I learned in this lesson.
Kathleen Mansfield, MA. USA
Posted 1108 days ago
So much wonderful reading and links. I must spend time in prayer and reading of the bible and catechism to seek the truth and God's will for my life. Constantly renewing the mind with the guidance of the Catholic Church, spritual reading, the sacraments and the Mass will help me find each day the narrow path that leads to eternal life. Proverbs-Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do and He will show you the right way. Always be thankful in all circumstances and put on the mind of Christ and rejoice in His Love and Mercy always.
Vacilio, Bella Vista Ar. US
Posted 1231 days ago
Lesson #7 is pact w/alot of information.Renewing our Minds And Hearts. There are two Scriptures that stood out to me #1, 1Thessalonians 5: 18, about Being Thankful "It dosen't say"for" all circumstances but, "In" all circumstances that we should be thankful to God, for everything for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning all of us. #2 Philippians 4:4-14, Rejoice in the Lord alway's. We shold bring all our faults to Jesus and rejoice in his Mercy only then thrlugh Prayer and Petition, with Thanksgiving, this will guard our Minds and Heart in Jesus Christ and, then we will be able to reprogram our Mind and thoughts focusing on what pleases God, when we do this we will know the Truth and Jesus is the Truth.
 

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