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    Rediscover the Saints - Beast Lent Ever

    Maximilian Kolbe: I Will Take Your Place

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    Last fall, Pope Francis invited me to the Vatican to speak at a conference on the New Evangelization. And I began my remarks by saying, “Everybody evangelizes about something.” Some people evangelize about their favorite vacation place. Some people evangelize about their favorite restaurant, their favorite movie, their favorite musician. Some people evangelize about their new iPhone. I made the point that there are 2.5 billion iPhones on the planet today, and that didn't happen without serious evangelization. The reality is that everybody evangelizes about something.

    Most people do not evangelize about God and the Gospel message. Why don't we? Well, maybe it hasn't impacted us enough yet. Maybe it hasn't touched our lives deeply enough. But whatever the reason, I think it is important to understand that we do have these muscles, that we do have this gift, that we do have this ability to bring our enthusiasm about something or someone to other people. And by bringing our enthusiasm about something or someone to other people, we can have an enormous impact on their lives. We can change their lives. It's a very powerful gift, and so what we choose to focus this gift on really matters.

    We have a similar experience with our saint today, who is Maximillian Kolbe. And if you're not familiar with the story, he was in Auschwitz and a prisoner escaped, so they decided to kill 10 prisoners to teach the prisoners a lesson. And one of the prisoners that gets chosen is a father with a family, and he's begging the guards for mercy saying, "I've got a family!" And Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest, steps up and essentially says, "I'll take his place." He lays down his life so that this other man can live.

    And so, the question I want to put before you today is really the question Maximilian Kolbe's life and example and witness and death puts before us. And that is what are you willing to lay your life down for? And are you laying your life down for what you intend to lay your life down for? Or are you laying your life down haphazardly for different things, different people every day, without intentionality? Because we are called to lay down our lives. We are called to lay down our lives in service, in generosity, and we're called to do it with great love and great intentionality.

    Yesterday Matthew spoke about a group of people who like Maximillian Kolbe are laying down their lives so that millions of people can rediscover their spiritual selves. We call that group of people the Ambassadors Club. Pray about becoming a Dynamic Catholic Ambassador today, so together we can continue to do great things to reenergize your faith and your parish.

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    El otoño pasado, el Papa Francisco me invitó al Vaticano para hablar en una conferencia sobre la Nueva Evangelización. Yo inicié diciendo: "Todo el mundo evangeliza sobre algo". Algunas personas evangelizan sobre su lugar de vacaciones favorito. Algunas personas evangelizan sobre su restaurante, película favorita o músico favorito. Otras evangelizan sobre su nuevo iPhone. Mencioné que hay 2.500 millones de iPhones en el planeta, y eso no pudo haber pasado sin una gran evangelización. La realidad es que todo el mundo evangeliza sobre algo.

    La mayoría de la gente no evangeliza sobre Dios y el Evangelio. ¿Por qué no lo hacemos? Quizás aún no nos ha impactado lo suficiente. Quizás no ha afectado suficientemente nuestra vida. Sea cual sea la razón, es importante entender que tenemos estos músculos, que tenemos este don, que tenemos la capacidad de llevar nuestro entusiasmo sobre algo o alguien a otras personas. Si llevamos nuestro entusiasmo sobre algo o alguien a otras personas, podemos impactar enormemente sus vidas. Podemos cambiar sus vidas. Es un don muy poderoso, por consiguiente aquello en lo que elegimos enfocar ese don es muy importante.

    Un ejemplo de esto es nuestro santo de hoy, Maximiliano Kolbe. Si no conoces su historia, él estaba en Auschwitz y un prisionero escapó, así que decidieron matar a 10 prisioneros para darle una lección a los otros. Uno de los elegidos era un padre de familia que suplicó misericordia a los guardias diciendo: "¡Tengo una familia!". Maximiliano Kolbe, un sacerdote católico, dio un paso al frente y dijo: "Tomaré su lugar". Él dio su vida para que el otro hombre pudiera vivir.

    La pregunta de hoy proviene del ejemplo de vida, testimonio y muerte de Maximiliano Kolbe. ¿Por qué estás dispuesto a dar tu vida? ¿Estás dando tu vida para lo que tú pretendías darla? ¿O estás danto tu vida al azar por cosas y personas diferentes todos los días, sin intencionalidad? Porque estamos llamados a dar nuestras vidas. Estamos llamados a dar nuestras vidas en servicio, en generosidad, y estamos llamados a hacerlo con mucho amor y gran intencionalidad.

    Ayer Matthew nos habló de un grupo de personas que como Maximiliano Kolbe dan sus vidas para que millones de personas puedan redescubrir su ser espiritual. Nosotros los llamamos el Club de Embajadores. Pon en oración el convertirte hoy en un embajador de Dynamic Catholic, para que juntos podamos seguir haciendo cosas grandiosas para reenergizar tu fe y tu parroquia.