"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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Bill - Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Posted 199 days ago
As a Permanent Deacon I have learned that the high points of my life are continuing to search for God and continuing to improve my relationship with Him/Her. I have tried and used and find fruitful the techniques mentioned in this wonderful course, but, for me, the WAY is to help others as best I can and in any way I can. I believe that is the path God has gifted me. What a gift it is, to produce (with His direction) love and happiness in others. The most direct way I have done this is through my prison ministry with Jesuit Father Michael Kennedy. While that has been a dramatic practice, the opportunities to extend the love of Jesus to others is endless. Even in the Covid era, we can bring peace and joy to all we know and meet. Like the gospel for this First Sunday of Advent says: STAY AWAKE! BE ALERT! WATCH! He's COMING!
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 304 days ago
I had completed Lesson 8 on a Spiritual Rule of Life and sent a comment. When reviewing some notes I made in the past I came across the following from C.S. Lewis that I wanted to share: "A Rule of Life is an intentional pattern of spiritual disciplines that provide structures and direction for growth in holiness . . . the disciplines that we build into our rhythm of life helps us to shed the 'old self' and allow our 'new self' in Christ to be formed."
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 308 days ago
Since I am now in the formation process in the Dominican Third Order I do have a full daily spiritual practice and I thank my lay Dominican brothers and sisters for guiding me. I pray the Divine Office and the Rosary every day. I like to do daily mass if I am able. What is most important for me is that I keep in touch with God throughout the day, and with our Blessed Mother, my guardian angel and my saint benefactors. While it may sound a bit hectic, it is actually a peaceful practice for me.
Emma-Kissimmee, FL
Posted 750 days ago
I start my prayers first thing in the morning. I have a selection of prayers that I do every day and on Sundays I also pray the Rosary. On Saturdays I go to the Holy Hour at church right before Vigil Mass. I pray before meals and at the end of the day before sleeping, I thank God for all his blessings. I do spiritual reading and meditate. I know I am not called to a religious order, but I do want to have a deeper spiritual life. I look forward to learning more how to accomplish that.
Lori in Puerto Octay,Chile
Posted 1009 days ago
My spiritual life has its up and downs. I already have many practices in place and at this time I am pretty faithful about meeting most of them most days. This course has been great for me in renewing my spiritual life but their have been times when I barely remember to say grace before meals. I pray for the perseverance to continue my daily commitments to the end. One thing I have found useful in giving my daily commitments a theme or focus is to find out my root sin and how it manifests itself and then a plan with means to form the opposite virtue. For example - if my root sin is pride then my opposite virtue might be humility and compassion so many of my daily commitments would reflect my desire for greater humility and compassion.
Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 1114 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 1135 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 1260 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 1419 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 1494 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.


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