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The Path to Sainthood: Navigating the Three Stages of Spiritual Growth

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The Path to Sainthood: Navigating the Three Stages of Spiritual Growth In our journey of faith and spiritual growth, the desire to become closer to God and ultimately achieve sainthood is a common aspiration for many Catholics. But what does this path entail, and how can we navigate it successfully? In this week's podcast episode, we delve into the three stages of spiritual growth: purgative, illuminative, and unitive. We'll also explore key steps that lead us closer to sainthood. The Purgative Stage: Purification of the Soul The first stage, the purgative stage, is a period of self-examination and cleansing. Just as purgatory purifies the souls of the departed, this stage involves purifying our own souls. It's a time for self-reflection, repentance, and letting go of attachments that hinder our spiritual growth. Key steps include: Examination of Conscience: Regularly assessing our actions and seeking forgiveness for our sins.

Repentance: Turning away from sinful habits and seeking reconciliation through the sacrament of confession.

Detachment: Letting go of material possessions and worldly desires that distract us from God.

The Illuminative Stage: Deepening Understanding and Holiness The illuminative stage is characterized by a deepening understanding of God and a growing sense of holiness. It's a time of spiritual enlightenment, where God's grace illuminates our path and guides us toward greater intimacy with Him. Key steps include: Prayer and Contemplation: Deepening our prayer life and seeking God in silence and solitude.

Spiritual Reading: Nourishing our soul with the wisdom of saints and spiritual masters.

Virtuous Living: Cultivating virtues such as humility, charity, and patience in our daily lives.

The Unitive Stage: Union with God The unitive stage is the culmination of the spiritual journey, where the soul achieves union with God. It's a state of deep intimacy, love, and oneness with the Divine. Key steps include: Spiritual Surrender: Surrendering our will to God's will and trusting in His guidance.

Selfless Love: Practicing selfless love and service to others, following the example of Christ.

Perseverance: Continuing to grow spiritually and remaining steadfast in faith.

The path to sainthood is a challenging but rewarding journey. Understanding and navigating the three stages of spiritual growth – the purgative, illuminative, and unitive stages – can provide us with a roadmap for drawing closer to God and ultimately achieving sainthood. These stages are not rigid or linear but rather fluid, allowing us to continually grow and deepen our faith. As we embrace the purgative stage's purification, the illuminative stage's enlightenment, and the unitive stage's union with God, we take meaningful steps on the path to sainthood. Learn more listen to this week's Podcast, The Saintly Path: Unveiling the 3 Key Steps to Sainthood

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I’m Lori Balderas, I created this podcast for those who are converting, reverting or simply want a FRESH perspective of the Catholic faith to help them to open their hearts and minds to become closer to the love and goodness of Christ.

I converted to Catholicism at the age of 49.  It was, by far, the best decision I’ve ever made! I don’t claim to be an expert or Theologian, but what I DO know is that my heart is bursting with love for the Lord and I want others to feel the same way!  

I feel impassioned and drawn to Evangelize people by sharing my experiences and transformation that have gotten me where I am today.

I will be sharing my personal conversion story and speaking with others about theirs.

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