Formation Documents

Apologetics

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Submitted by Nick on March 29, 2016 - 11:20pm
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This is the basic apologetics course that focusses on common misconceptions people have about God and religion.

This is the basic apologetics course that focusses on common misconceptions people have about God and religion.

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apologetics
level: 
beginner

Prayer

Submitted by Ignatius on December 8, 2014 - 12:54am
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We must have a daily prayer time if we are to build our friendship with Jesus and get to know him personally. Prayer is a journey deeper into God's love and truth. It is unique and personal for each of us. The best way to pray is the way you pray best. Always be open to God's action in prayer and ask for the gift of prayer.

If you just want to start to pray staight away, then we suggest start with this simple method.

To follow Jesus means to get to know Jesus. We can learn about Jesus by reading the Bible or going to Mass. But only if we do these things prayerfully will we encounter Jesus personally. We must have a daily prayer time if we are to build our friendship with Jesus and get to know him personally.

Prayer is a journey deeper into God's love and truth. It is unique and personal for each of us. The best way to pray is the way you pray best. Prayer should always be open to God. That seems obvious, but when explaining a method of prayer some people can become too focused on the method and not be open to God's action in prayer. So always be open to God's action in prayer and ask for the gift of prayer.

If you don't have a personal prayer time, then you have come to right place. This prayer course is aimed to help you deepen in prayer and eventually develop a prayer routine that is truly transformative and powerful in your life. We will be drawing on the best there is in the history of the Church to guide you on that journey. We have three stages of prayer development called Alpha, Chi and Omega. Jesus is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega (Rev 22:13) (alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) are the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet). Jesus is the Christ. Christ comes from the Greek word Christos which starts with the Greek letter Chi (Χ). So our prayer course starts and ends in Jesus and is centered on Jesus.

Topic(s): 
prayer
level: 
beginner

Jesus

Submitted by rjzaar on January 26, 2017 - 1:45am
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Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. (Deus Caritas Est, pope Benedict XVI)

And so just ask him into your life

Jesus is "the way, the truth and the life" (Jn 14:6). Jesus is the good news, the gospel (gospel means good news). Christianity is not about Jesus, but about an encounter with Jesus. Getting to know Jesus himself and having a friendship with him. 

Being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction. (Deus Caritas Est, pope Benedict XVI)

We can encounter Jesus in many ways. The simplest way is to just ask him into your life

Topic(s): 
jesus
gospel
level: 
beginner

D0 Discipleship

Submitted by rjzaar on December 6, 2015 - 12:02pm
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This is the core MAYO formation course. It covers the foundational topics of the Catholic faith. The full plan is here which is also in development.

This is the core MAYO formation course. It covers the foundational topics of the Catholic faith. The full plan is here which is also in development.

Topic(s): 
d0 discipleship
level: 
beginner

DX Advanced Discipleship

Submitted by rjzaar on January 1, 2016 - 10:56am
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This course covers the same topics as the discipleship course, but in greater depth. It starts to explain the sources and reasons for particular beliefs.

This course covers the same topics as the discipleship course, but in greater depth. It starts to explain the sources and reasons for particular beliefs.

Topic(s): 
advanced
level: 
Intermediate

Formation Docs

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Socrates

 

The father of philosophy.

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Objective Morality

 

Objective morality is objective.

Categories: morality, beginner
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Who is St. Thomas Aquinas?

 

Add info about his life here.

Categories: aquinas, philosophy, beginner
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Philosophy

 
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M Morality

 

This is the basic morality course.

Categories: morality, beginner
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Making an Election

 

PRELUDE FOR MAKING ELECTION

First Point. In every good election, as far as depends on us, the eye of our intention ought to be simple, only looking at what we are created for, namely, the praise of God our Lord and the salvation of our soul. And so I ought to choose whatever I do, that it may help me for the end for which I am created, not ordering or bringing the end to the means, but the means to the end: as it happens that many choose first to marry -- which is a means -- and secondarily to serve God our Lord in the married life -- which service of God is the end. So, too, there…

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CCEL Intro to the Spiritual Exercises

 

Written by the founder of the Society of Jesus, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius is a powerful book. Derived mostly from St. Ignatius' conversion experiences in 1521-3, Spiritual Exercises has provided guidance and encouragement to its readers for several hundred years. The aim of Spiritual Exercises is to assist people in finding God's will for their life, and to give them the motivation and courage to follow that will. It is not a continuous piece of writing, but more like a program of sorts, containing a collection of thoughts, rules, encouragements, readings,…

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Categories: exercises, prayer, Intermediate
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Method For Making The General Examen

 

It contains in it five Points.

First Point. The first Point is to give thanks to God our Lord for the benefits received.

Second Point. The second, to ask grace to know our sins and cast them out.

Third Point. The third, to ask account of our soul from the hour that we rose up to the present Examen, hour by hour, or period by period: and first as to thoughts, and then as to words, and then as to acts, in the same order as was mentioned in the Particular Examen.

Fourth Point. The fourth, to ask pardon of God our Lord for the faults.

Fifth Point. The fifth, to…

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Ω0 Omega Prayer

 

The Omega stage is both a right of passage and a spiritual stage. Those who have covered the requirements of the becoming an Omega member of MAYO are invited to become Omega members and be inducted. Induction is really a spiritual step and not really a commitment to MAYO itself. All the parts of the induction process itself is to Christ through Mary and the Church with the aim of doing God's will. The Omega member is then invited to take on an Ignatian retreat to discern what God is calling them to. In other words what should you be doing rather than MAYO. MAYO's job is done when…

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Categories: advanced, omega
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χ1 Deeper Prayer

 

Deep prayer is not just about learning about God or talking to God. It is about encountering God, deep in your soul. This is the real aim of prayer. It is the difference if giving yourself, rather than just giving things. It is about receiving God, not just things from God. The following is a guide to deep prayer. By the way, another name for deep prayer is contemplation.

Stage 1. Actively seeking God (meditation). You have to work to encounter God. There are many different ways to actively seek God. One is by reading a daily passage from Mark’s gospel, over and over again, slowly…

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Categories: prayer, Intermediate