Dynamic Catholic Bulletin Blurbs

Dynamic Catholic Bulletin Blurbs

January 7th Blurb- Solemnity of the Epiphany

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Introducing the Year of Evangelization

2018 is dedicated to evangelization, the fourth sign of a dynamic Catholic!  The Gospel today is certainly appropriate for our reflections on evangelization.  The wise men journey from the East to pay homage to the King of the World.  They then return to their homeland.  Evangelization follows a similar process.  We must give our Lord homage and worship and journey to see Him and know Him better.  Only then, after we have spent time in prayer and worship, can we share the fruits of our prayer with others.  Evangelization is simply sharing our experience of Jesus Christ with others and guiding them into relationship of joy with Him.  During this year of evangelization, consider how often you share the Good News of Christ with others in simple ways and in more bold ways.         archstl.org/dynamic

January 14th Blurb- 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Evangelization

How quick the first disciples were to follow Jesus!  They immediately recognized Him as the Lamb of God and followed Him to where He was staying.  How quickly do we go to the church or the chapel for Mass and prayer, to encounter the Lamb of God?  In order for us to be effective evangelists, we must nourish our own spiritual life and know the One whom we are called to share with others.  This week, take some time to nourish your spiritual life and focus on encountering the Lord anew so that you can share Him with conviction in your thoughts, words, and actions.              archstl.org/dynamic

January 21st Blurb- 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Repentance

The message we hear from the Gospel reading today is one that we must hear again and again: repent and believe the good news.  This is the constant task of the faithful Christian, to seek to grow in virtue and root out sinfulness.  The authentic witness of a disciple who has truly repented of his sins can work wonders in the cause of evangelization.  We love conversion stories of the saints and people we know in our own lives today.  One who has repented and has chosen to live for Christ alone provides an extraordinary example for us who want to be better evangelists.    archstl.org/dynamic

January 28th Blurb- 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Divine Authority

Jesus drives out the unclean spirit in the man in the synagogue in today’s Gospel.  He thus reveals His authority as being fully divine and capable of subjecting evil spirits to His power.  Similarly, the psalm reminds us that it is important for us to heed the powerful voice of the Lord and not to harden our hearts.  When we feel moved by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the Good News to another person or to do a kind act of charity, follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  Seize the opportunities that you have each day to give witness to your faith in the Son of God.  Use His Name to take authority in trying situations!     archstl.org/dynamic

February 4th Blurb- 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Perseverance

One can sense from the readings today that a real need exists for the preaching of the Gospel.   Jesus is so resolved to preach the Gospel to as many people as possible even though he certainly must have felt fatigue and the desire for more time in solitude as he prayed in the early hours of the morning.  These readings teach us the blessing we have to proclaim the Gospel to others in word and deed.  Seize the opportunities you have to speak of Jesus Christ to others!  The time is always ripe to share the Good News.  God can work through our simple “yes” to chances we have each day to bring Jesus Christ to the lives of others.          archstl.org/dynamic

February 11th Blurb- 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Sharing our Testimony

Jesus heals the man with leprosy in the Gospel today.  Even after instructing the man not to spread the report abroad, the man shares it freely.  In our own lives, how difficult it is not to proclaim the wonderful things that God has done for us, both big and small!  This is the essence of sharing our personal testimony: telling others how Jesus has transformed our lives and given us a fullness that we previously lacked.   I invite you to consider the many opportunities you have to learn how to prepare and share your testimony, which is unique and not quite like that of anyone else.  Look into Parish Missionary Disciples, our evangelization training for parishes, or contact us to visit your parish.  We are happy to help!  archstl.org/dynamic

February 18th Blurb- 1st Sunday of Lent

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – The Desert

Lent has officially begun.  Into the desert we go.  The desert is a place we find ourselves in at various points in life, sometimes intentionally and sometimes not.  During Lent, we choose to enter the desert of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  These practices impel us to rely more on God and to trust in His faithful love.  We face many challenges in the desert and sometimes feel as if God is not with us, but entering prayerfully into penance and self-denial, we are able to be transformed and to grow in the ways we often find most necessary.  How do we need to repent this season?  How can we proclaim the saving message of the Gospel?    archstl.org/dynamic

February 25th Blurb- 2nd Sunday of Lent

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!­ – Amazing Love

The readings today are so powerful and show the amazing love that God has for His Son Jesus as well as His people.  God often tests our love to see if it is true and genuine.  He tested Abraham in an extraordinarily startling manner, and He tests us in our lives to help us assess if we are truly loving Him with all that we are.  God chastises those whom he loves and purifies us so that we are able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  In our work of evangelization, we should constantly pray for the grace to love God and others radically as the saints have.  archstl.org/dynamic

March 4th Blurb- 3rd Sunday of Lent

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – The Cross

There is so much to reflect upon in the readings today.  First, we can reflect on the Ten Commandments in the proper way and what their true nature is: they are guideposts to living in authentic freedom for goodness.  They are not mere restrictions against fun as the world often tells us.  Second, Paul reminds us that we must preach Christ crucified and never offer less than the truth about our faith to others.  Christ’s Passion shows us that we too must endure suffering in order to enter into glory.  Finally, the Gospel shows the righteous anger of Christ and foreshadows His Resurrection from the dead.  We are called to walk the road to Calvary with Christ and enter into the mystery of His suffering.     archstl.org/dynamic

March 11th Blurb- 4th Sunday of Lent

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Light and Darkness 

Every single day of our lives, we have the freedom to make lots of choices.  We can choose to share the love and truth of God in different situations, making the conscious decision to choose goodness and light.  On the other hand, we can choose to reject God as the ancient Israelites did before going into exile.  The lay faithful have the beautiful blessing of sanctifying the world.  While priests and religious sanctify the Church, the lay faithful can sanctify the world in its increasing secularity.  What does this mean for us?  It means choosing prayer, silence, patience, compassion, and selfless love over unnecessary noise, anger, self-gratification, and individualism.  Choose wisely in each situation and help lead people to encounter God through you.    archstl.org/dynamic

March 18th Blurb- 5th Sunday of Lent

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!­Authentic Discipleship

Have you ever heard people say that the Christian life is easy and that we just need to be nice people?  People who say such things are woefully ignorant.  Jesus challenges us today in the Gospel and shows us that authentic discipleship is hard.  However, He also teaches us that great fruit can be borne for the Kingdom of God when we choose to die to ourselves and suffer with purpose in this earthly life.  We are called this Lent to make the journey all the way to Calvary with our Lord, for He tells us that where He is His disciples will also be.  Let’s kick it up a notch as we near the end of Lent with more prayer, fasting, almsgiving, works of charity, and self-denial so that others may taste the love of God and know the salvation found in Jesus Christ, salvation bought at an infinite price.   archstl.org/dynamic

March 25th Blurb- Palm Sunday

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!­Self-Emptying

We hear such powerful readings this Sunday.  This is such a solemn time as we enter this sacred week.  The readings remind us of the model our Lord Jesus Christ has given to us- one of patient, humble suffering.  He willingly accepted death for the salvation of all.  Led like a sheep to the slaughter, He did not revile those who killed Him but instead prayed for them.  We too are called to empty ourselves in this final stage of Lent.  What sins are we holding onto that others have committed?  Are we seeking revenge or holding onto anger?  Jesus shows us that we must empty ourselves of sin and hatred in order to enter into the glory God desires for us.  This week, let us seek to offer up our hardships, forgive those who have hurt us, and love others selflessly as the Master did and continues to do.   archstl.org/dynamic

April 1st Blurb- Easter Sunday

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!­- Do You Believe in the Resurrection?

He is risen, alleluia, alleluia!  This is the central belief of the Christian: Jesus Christ rose from the dead and conquered death so that we could spend eternal life with Him.  Stop and think today.  Do you believe in the Resurrection?  If not, consider why not.  Because of Christ’s Resurrection we can be people of hope and joy.  In the first reading today, Peter repeatedly mentions how they were witnesses to the life and great works of Christ while he walked the earth.  In the Acts of the Apostles, the early disciples are absolutely on fire with zeal for the truth that Christ has risen.  Let’s get busy sharing that same message and living convicted lives of boldness, paying no attention to the attacks from the world.  This is a truth worth dying for.  May Jesus Christ be praised!  

April 8th Blurb- 2nd Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Children of a Merciful God

The readings this week are so beautiful and simple.  They remind us that we are children of almighty God and because of this shared patrimony, all we have we must be willing to share with others.  All is gift.  One of the best ways to love God and to make a return for His gifts is to evangelize through works of mercy, both spiritual and corporal.  When we understand that we are begotten by God as His adopted sons and daughters, we conquer the world, as St. John tells us.  When we remember our identity as children of God, we see Him in our brothers and sisters.  We are impelled to bring the joy of the Gospel to our fellow men in service and charity.  Today, we also remember the great mercy of God as revealed to St. Faustina.  Let us always return to this infinite mercy our perfect Father offers to us and share it with those we meet, learning from our mistakes and sins and seeking to live as more obedient and loving children.    archstl.org/dynamic

April 15th Blurb- 3rd Sunday of Easter

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Fulfillment and Joy

The readings today remind us that Christ fulfills all that was written about Him in the Law and the Prophets.  The prophets foretold that the Christ would suffer and that He would rise again and be the King of all the nations.  When we are evangelizing, we should keep this message in mind:  Christianity is credible because the prophecies of the Scriptures are fulfilled.  Christian faith is not blind but is totally reasonable.  In addition, this fulfillment makes us “incredulous with joy” as we come to understand that Christ calls us to eternal life with Him.  “Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God,” said Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.  The next time you are bringing Christ to someone, remember that Christ fulfills and fills us with joy.    archstl.org/dynamic

April 22nd Blurb- 4th Sunday of Easter

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- The Greatness of Divine Love

Brothers and sisters, we are the children of God.  Let that sink in…  Consider the love a parent has for his or her child.  Then, consider that God’s love is infinitely greater than that.  God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Good Shepherd, the one who loves us so much as to lay down His life for us.  In the context of evangelization, this provides us with much to ponder.  If we are hesitant to evangelize, it can only be because we have not experienced God’s love or doubt His love.  The one who has experienced this great love has no choice but to share it with others, zealously and joyfully witnessing to how God has worked in one’s life.   archstl.org/dynamic

April 29th Blurb- 5th Sunday of Easter

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- “Without Me You Can Do Nothing”

How comforting it is to know that our Church has survived the storms of the last 2,000 years.  Nothing can ultimately defeat it.  Jesus Himself told us so.  The Holy Spirit is in charge and God continues to raise up saints in every generation who speak boldly in the name of Jesus to evangelize others.  We can only speak boldly and evangelize, however, if we remain in our Lord, for without Him we can do nothing.  Remaining in the Lord means spending frequent time in prayer and silence, going to Confession and Mass often, and seeking Him in the Scriptures.  We are called top proclaim the name of Christ in word AND action so that we might bear fruit for the salvation of souls.    archstl.org/dynamic

May 6th Blurb- 6th Sunday of Easter

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Loving Communion and Evangelization

God is a communion of persons, a communion of love.  God invites us to share in this communion, calling us to form communities of love in our own lives.  One of the most integral things we can do to evangelize is forming loving communities of joy.  Do you want to evangelize more effectively?  Form a community- at work, at your parish, among your friends.  The fruit of this loving community, as Jesus tells us in the Gospel, is joy.  A community, united in purpose and love, is one of joy, and this joy attracts others to seek what you possess.  Therefore, let us seek to form loving communities of joy that lead people to Jesus Christ.    archstl.org/dynamic

May 13th Blurb- The Ascension of the Lord

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Working with the Lord

All of our efforts of evangelization must be WITH the Lord, or else they will be futile.  The Gospel today reminds us that after Jesus ascended into heaven, He remained with those who follow Him, working with them and confirming their message of truth with accompanying signs.  The same is true for us today.  Jesus continues to bestow abundant graces on those who follow Him, pouring out manifold blessings from the Holy Spirit to individuals who are then able to speak words of comfort and healing to the distressed, pray for those in need, and counsel those who are lost.  We are a people blessed with grace.  It is time to use the gifts and graces we have been given to lead souls to the kingdom of heaven.  Pray for the grace to know your God-given gifts today and to utilize them as God wills.     archstl.org/dynamic

May 20th Blurb- Pentecost

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Filled with the Holy Spirit

In Baptism and Confirmation, as well as Holy Communion, the gifts of the Holy Spirit are poured out upon us so that we might build up the Church and lead others to faith in Jesus Christ.  Today, take a moment to consider the many gifts that you have been given, especially spiritual gifts, and pray for the grace to understand how you can utilize them most effectively for the mission of your family, parish, and the Church as a whole.  The Holy Spirit is powerful in our lives if we allow Him entry into our hearts.  He is the Consoler, the Advocate, the Paraclete.  The Holy Spirit, as the readings show us today, gives us joy and peace, a peace unlike any other the world can give.  When we respond generously to grace and allow ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we will set hearts on fire, one person at a time, and be truly free.      archstl.org/dynamic

May 27th Blurb- Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Make Disciples of all Nations

The Gospel for today is one of the most classic passages illuminating our call to be missionary disciples.  It is often called the Great Commission and reminds us that we have been sent by God to proclaim the Good News of salvation to all people.  The Christian life is a constant cycle of worship and being sent.  We worship in the Mass and are sent out to share what and whom we have received in the Holy Eucharist.  Then, we return again to this font of life in order to receive nourishment for the next time we are sent.  We journey from communion to mission and back again.  I invite you today to consider your daily life and what little ways you can make disciples of others.  Perhaps it is extra prayer and silence in your life, joining or leading a Bible study, inviting a person to a parish event, or sharing what Jesus Christ has done in your life.  There are many ways we can make more disciples for Christ.  Be creative!    archstl.org/dynamic

June 3rd Blurb- Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

Dynamic Catholic, Alive!- Transformed by the Real Presence of Christ

The readings today discuss the covenants that God makes with His people, the most important of which is that of the Holy Eucharist given to us by Jesus Christ.  At the Last Supper,  Jesus gave the apostles His very body, blood, soul, and divinity.  He continues to offer the Eucharist to us so that we might be filled with His Real Presence.  We have the blessing as Catholics to approach the throne of grace and to receive Jesus Christ Himself every day at Holy Mass.  What a gift!  As we journey through this summer, let us be transformed and become whom we receive in this great sacrament.  As we celebrate this great solemnity today, let us be grateful for Christ’s perfect sacrifice offered for us and remember to share the truth of this great mystery with those we encounter.  We must receive Communion frequently in order to be effective in our efforts of evangelization, spreading the truth, beauty, and goodness of our Catholic faith.      archstl.org/dynamic

June 10th Blurb- 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! - We Must Not Divide

The readings are extraordinarily rich in their content as we return to Ordinary Time.  We are reminded of how quick the devil can lead us to blame others for our sins, as Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the serpent.  The Gospel shows that that which is divided cannot stand.  It is the same for us as Catholics today.  We must stand united in the truth and beauty of our faith and share that faith with others.  Fewer things are more detrimental to our cause of evangelization than interior division within.  We must put aside all quarreling, bitterness, envy, and hatred for one another and instead be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger in dealing with our brothers and sisters.  Let that be our message for today: seek unity in the truth and do not fight your own brothers and sisters in Christ.  When a non-Catholic sees Catholics arguing and fighting with other Catholics, why would that non-Catholic want to become Catholic?    archstl.org/dynamic

June 17th Blurb- 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! - Are you Humble?

 Are you humble?  What a tough question to answer!  When we look at our Catholic history and tradition, we see that all the great saints were humble people who understood just how weak and sinful they were.  In response, they continued to rely on the grace of God to overcome their weaknesses and to make them a new creation, capable of spreading the love and joy of Christ to others.  Think about St. Joseph, St. Francis of Assisi, or St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Are they not some of the most humble people you could ever imagine?  This humility we are called to involves understanding where sin remains in our lives and seeking to overcome it.  It involves walking the journey of life with sinners and not becoming self-righteousness.  It means that we must be quick to listen and slow to anger.  How can you grow in humility to become a better witness for the Kingdom of God?   archstl.org/dynamic

June 24th Blurb - Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Chosen and Called

How beautiful the readings are today for this solemnity!  They remind us that God knows us and loves us so deeply.  He knows us better than we know ourselves.  Even before we were born, He saw what our lives would be like.  Just like the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist, we are called to be servants of God who dedicate our lives to Him.  Our Triune God must be the center of everything that we do, not just another item among the many on a checklist.  Today, invite God to come into every dimension of your life, especially your family life.  With this approach of consecration to God, making Him the focal point of our relationships, our work, and our leisure, we can bring others into a similar relationship with God and help them recognize their true identity as sons and daughters called to serve.  Let us be like St. John the Baptist, who constantly sought to point others to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, during his short life.      archstl.org/dynamic

July 1st Blurb – 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – A God of Life

There is undoubtedly a culture of death around us in the realm of sexuality and interactions with our fellow human beings.  Abortion claims more than 50 million lives each year.  Human trafficking and pornography are extraordinarily lucrative industries.  Acts of violence and terrorism are constantly seen in the news wherever we look.  The good news is that our God is a God of life who is able to help us see these problems as radically opposed to His eternal designs.  God desires families to flourish and parents to have many children when it is prudent.  God calls spouses to be open to life and to cherish the dignity of all human life.  God is able to heal those who have been broken by the culture of death and remind them of their beauty and splendor as creatures made in His image and likeness.  From an evangelization perspective, seize opportunities to talk about God’s healing powers and the gift of life.  With patience and charity, let us remind others that God desires His creatures to live in love and to preserve life at all times.      archstl.org/dynamic 

July 8th Blurb- 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dynamic Catholic, Alive! – Sufficient Grace for Evangelization

We are reminded in the First Reading that God sends us to rebellious and obstinate people sometimes in order to bring the Good News to them.  When we seek to evangelize others, we might encounter coldness and even hatred. These trials and others remind us, as St. Paul does, that God’s grace is sufficient to sustain us through our earthly pilgrimage.  Evangelization is the work of the Holy Spirit, and so we must remember that our job is to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit, bringing the truth and the love of Jesus Christ to those who need it.  It is not about boosting our own egos or seeing how many souls we can win by means of our own ingenuity.  We must rely on God’s assistance and not be discouraged if we are met with confrontation and insults due to a lack of faith of the ones we meet. Even Jesus was amazed by the lack of faith of some people in His time and native place, as the Gospel of Mark mentions today.  Be patient and trust in God’s grace.     archstl.org/dynamic