"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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Bill - Thousand Oaks, CA, USA
Posted 195 days ago
I love to learn how great saints like Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross have traveled to the highest reaches of closeness with God, the Triune God. This lesson brings order to the rather chaotic approach I was following for a long time and gives me hope that I can progress if God so wills it. Prayer is a gift, the greatest, I think, God can give us on our journey. I find myself in the purgative state still, although I believe I have entered the second stage a few times. My hope is that I continue to surrender everything to God and that I recognize God's presence in all around me.
Patricia, Wayne, NJ, USA
Posted 273 days ago
This is such a rich lesson. For me what resonated the most on my own spiritual journey is "the importance of the virtue of humility for growth in the spiritual life." While studying this lesson I was also reading Thomas Merton's Seeds of Contemplation. Here is a quote from the Seeds of Contemplation: "... you must have the humility to work out your own salvation in a darkness where you are absolutely alone."
Emma - Kissimmee, FL
Posted 737 days ago
In this lesson I learned that no two souls are alike; that God acts differently with each person. God raises us up as we go along at the right time and when He desires to. Therefore, I will continue to pray, study and ask for God's guidance and mercy daily without measure or comparison to any of the pathways or charts describing what is "supposed to happen" at each stage of spiritual growth.
Lori in Puerto Octay,Chile
Posted 1007 days ago
I have always been intimidated by St John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila and I still am! I feel like a baby in the basement of the first mansion.
But what have I learned? Well, it reinforces for me, my love of St. Therese of Lisieux's little way. One of the reasons I enjoyed Br. Lawrence so much, too. I find the simple little way more attractive and less intimidating and I guess we should go with what we feel attracted to. Maybe God made us that way to draw us closer to Him.
Paul. Wakefield,RI,USA
Posted 1101 days ago
After reading this lesson it's obvious that everyone's spiritual life does not follow the same exact pattern. God desires holiness and our sanctification. Spending more time reflecting and listening to the Lord by just meditating and making my quiet time special. Lectio Divina has been very special to me and I will continue to reflect on daily happenings and learn from mistakes.
Kathleen Mansfield, MA. USA
Posted 1132 days ago
Spend time reading the daily gospel and reflecting and resting in His word. Listening to what He may be telling me. Responding in my heart as best as I can to the message and then resolve to incorporate that message in my actions during the day.
Vacilio, Bella Vista Ar. US
Posted 1254 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 1414 days ago
Chris, Dover, NH, USA
Posted 1494 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 1703 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.


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