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