Becoming A Dynamic Catholic

Being a "Dynamic Catholic" involves four things, as discovered in the research of Matthew Kelly, and the Dynamic Catholic Institute:

1) Daily Prayer - consistent time set aside for speaking and listening to the Lord, growing a personal relationship with Him,

2) Daily Study - a brief time set aside to read and reflect on Scripture, the Catechism, spiritual reading, the lives of the Saints, etc.

3) Generosity - a spirit of giving of our Time, our Talents, and our personal Treasure, that demonstrates a mind-set that all we have been given is to flow through us (not stop at us) for the benefit of all,

4) Evangelization - a willingness to tell others about your faith, how living it has changed you, telling others about the good spiritual books or music that affects you, inviting them to parish events or classes.

Click here to listen to a homily Fr. Sunny gave on being a Dynamic Catholic. Perhaps it will inspire you to "step it up a notch".

What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is a way of life that is grateful and accountable to God, who is the Creator and Giver of all.

Stewardship is a responsible management of our God-given resources of time, talent, and treasure.

Stewardship recognizes that God’s blessings are not meant to stop at us – to be hoarded - but to flow through us to benefit others also, in order to accomplish all that God intended through His generous giving.

Becoming a Faithful Steward

You were made in the image and likeness of God, with a special set of blessings all your own.

Your special blessings were given to you for a unique purpose in God’s plan.

To be a good Steward, and to fulfill the job God intended you to do on earth, you must ask yourself:

  • What are the gifts I have been given? Am I using them for God’s purposes?
    • Time – 24 hours each day; 1440 minutes each day
      • What time do I currently give to God daily, out of love and gratitude, perhaps listening for His direction?
      • How could I better use my time daily to love God and neighbor?
    • Talents - abilities, strengths, hobbies, interests
      • What are my personal strengths and talents?
      • How could I use my talents for the building of God’s kingdom?
    • Treasure – financial blessings, material wealth
      • Do I consider the total financial blessings I receive and offer a just portion back to God for the work of the Church?
      • Based on what I currently give financially, could I give more?

What is Discipleship?

A “disciple” is a student; an avid follower of a teacher, who desires to learn and imitate his teacher’s teachings.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came to earth to help us to understand God’s plan and to sacrifice himself to heal the sin of the world.

If we are to be Disciples of Jesus, we must:

  • KNOW our Faith – have a relationship with the Teacher, and learn what he has taught.
    • We do this through Prayer and Study.
  • LIVE our Faith – model our lives after the teaching of Jesus.
    • We do this through a Generosity of our resources of Time, Talent, and Treasure.
  • SHARE our Faith – continue to draw others to follow Jesus.
    • We do this through Evangelization – telling the stories of how God has worked in our lives makes us witnesses to his Truth.