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

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