St. Teresa’s Nine Grades (Levels) of Prayer

St. Teresa’s teaching on the following grades of prayer clearly shows us that in varying degrees all souls on earth are invited to Grade Nine in prayer, a prelude to Heaven. Since each of us is born to spend eternity with God in Heaven and that everyone living in Heaven now is praying at least in Grade Ten, we can safely assert that every single person in the whole humanity without exception is created to attain Grade Nine here and reach Grade Ten in Heaven. If Grade Nine is Heaven on earth, then Grade Ten is Heaven in Heaven. There is always sufficient grace to do so. Everything depends really on our unceasing cooperation with God’s superabundant grace.

Souls, who pray and live oftentimes in a higher grade of prayer on earth, live and pray oftentimes in a higher level towards Heaven on earth. Apparently, if a soul in the state of grace cannot reach or maintain Grade Nine of Prayer upon death, then there seems to be three possible ways in which she would reach Grade Ten in Heaven: a) she may have to be given God’s special mercy, e.g., a baby who dies prematurely; b) she may have to be given God’s gracious intervention, e.g., a martyr in Grade 5 who would go to Heaven instantly; or c) she may have to be given extra time and grace to complete her homework in Purgatory. It appears that most of us have yet to do our very assignment here on earth.

A Christian more perfect in loving God and others is one who prays more perfectly or powerfully. Living and praying in a higher grade of prayer is living and praying in a greater intensity of love, grace or Divine Energy. All are called to be filled with God’s grace, resembling Holy Mary who was “full of grace” in the ninth grade while living on earth.

Grade One of Prayer, click here.

Grade Two of Prayer, click here

Grade Three of Prayer, click here.

Grade Four of Prayer, click here.

Grade Five of Prayer, click here.

Grade Six of Prayer, click here.

Grade Seven of Prayer, click here.

Grade Eight of Prayer, click here.

Grade Nine of Prayer, click here.

Source: Grace Institute of the Holy Eucharist

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Mother of nine has no plans on slowing down

Mother of nine has no plans on slowing down

Reporter Progress Newspaper

Downers Grove, IL –

These days, the average American mother has about two children. But Daria Skrzypczynski is not your average mom.

The former Westmont resident who now lives in Downers Grove has not only given birth to and raised nine children, she has also home-schooled all but one.

“Some people think I’m crazy, but now that I have functioning adults, people give me more credibility,” said Daria, whose three boys and six girls range from 3 years to 22 years old .

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It’s Time To Pray the Pentecost Novena


Novena to God the Holy Spirit
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Pray especially starting on the day after Ascension Thursday, ending on the Pentecost (June 3rd through June 11th)

First Day:
Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Second Day:
Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end.
Amen.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Third Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority.
Amen.
Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.
Fourth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Fifth Day:
Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Sixth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Seventh Day:
Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Eighth Day:
Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Ninth Day:
Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son.
Amen.

Recite one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and seven Glory Be’s.

Submitted by Doria2

Pentecost was a major Jewish Feast Day long before it became a Christian one

The first Novena