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by Matthew Kelly
BLESSED: My Little Mass Journal
by Fr. Bob Sherry
Remember when you were a little kid and you went to the store with your mom to buy your new school supplies for the year?
As I flipped through the newspaper last weekend, it seemed that on every page there was an ad for a school supply sale. I guess it’s that time of year. I couldn’t help but think back. I remember how much I loved opening a brand new box of pristine crayons . . . and that smell as I flipped through a perfectly clean notebook.
I spent some time reflecting, trying to put my finger on exactly what that feeling is. We don’t get it quite so often as adults, but it’s there from time to time. Starting a new job. First day in a new house. Those kinds of times.
Finally I had it. It’s the feeling of possibility.
It’s that feeling that something new is about to begin. That the world is open before you. There are a thousand different paths for you to take, each one filled with excitement and opportunity.
I had this feeling recently as I walked through our warehouse at Dynamic Catholic. I wish all of you could stop by our office and see it. Stacks upon stacks of books, CDs, workbooks, Bibles, and so many other resources to help inspire people like you. I like to slowly walk up and down the aisles of our warehouse and let my eyes fall over the shelves.
I pray for all the men, women, and children who will receive these resources. And I pray in gratitude for possibility. Every workbook, every Bible study, every CD represents the possibility of a heart moved, a life changed, a parish energized. Each and every book is not a book—it’s a possibility.
This is one of our busiest times of year. The warehouse is fulfilling thousands of orders to help parishes as they gear up to begin Confirmation classes, First Reconciliation and First Communion classes, Bible studies, parish book programs, and more. If you placed one of those tens of thousands of orders, I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and praying for you.
Please let us know if there is ever a way Dynamic Catholic can serve you or your parish better.
May God bless you and all those you love.
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A new phrase caught my attention recently: As wide open as tomorrow. Some of us have found satisfaction and contentment right where we are, and all our life decisions have been made. No need to have any wonder about our tomorrows. Others of us live in the future, always asking, “What is next? What am I missing as I just sit here?”
Is your tomorrow wide open?
Resources say that the current generation of young adults has little interest in making strong commitments or embracing any stability. In contrast, I recently met an older gentleman who, with pride, must have told me three times within ten minutes that he worked for the same company for forty-three years.
I guess I’ve always been naive about some people’s dedication to keeping a promise. I took a class on the sacrament of matrimony when I was in the seminary, and I recall asking the teacher, “Why do people think they can get divorced if they have promised that they would stay married to the other ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health’?” I was twenty-four years old. Really full of wisdom, right?
I’m sure I have broken many promises in my life, too. I have not honored all my commitments.
As someone famously said, “Who am I to judge?”
Rededication is one good reason to take time periodically to get some space, some solitude, some silence. Go on a retreat. Go on a pilgrimage. Consult a spiritual director. Write in your Mass Journal. Reach for spiritual excellence. Review your commitments, your promises. Repledge with the grace of the Holy Spirit of God. Develop a support group.
Most good works in life we cannot do on our own, even though we think we can. We think that because we’re doing something good, we’ll always be able to continue this. The influences in our culture and society build up against us, even against our best intentions.
C. S. Lewis reflected, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” And Alan Kay says, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” And good old Abraham Lincoln says, “Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.”
I’m so grateful for so many wonderful pilgrims I meet on our Dynamic Catholic pilgrimages. And the people who are committed to the Dynamic Catholic Mission to help re-energize our Catholic Church. And our Ambassadors who bring such happy support to our ministry. And the many people who give of themselves behind and in front of the scene. Commitment. It is all commitment and love!
Dear everyone at Dynamic Catholic,
I cannot express enough praise to this organization. I have been following Dynamic Catholic and reading Matthew Kelly's books—and many other books offered by Dynamic Catholic—for years. I cannot give enough praise for what you are doing for this world. I was raised Catholic my whole life. But looking back, I realize I was kind of a "stagnant" Catholic. There was no fire lit within me. I find what Dynamic Catholic is spreading to truly be the answer to God's call in our time.
Now that I am in my thirties, my faith has begun to mean more to me than ever before. I find myself craving God's teachings. Dynamic Catholic has helped me to really begin a journey within myself to greatly strengthen my faith and to discover my life's purpose and the-best-version-of-myself.
After being the elementary school music teacher at a really advanced public school for over twelve years, I recently decided to put my services to use for the Lord at the Catholic school I grew up going to.
I follow Dynamic Catholic year-round through email, and I am so particularly fond of BEST ADVENT EVER and BEST LENT EVER and the amazing videos you send out. I crave them when it's Ordinary Time! The way the videos are presented with Matthew's teachings and the Dynamic Catholic teams' personal stories mixed in with music brings me to tears nearly every day.
To top it off, my oldest daughter began preparing for her First Reconciliation and First Communion this year. I was ecstatic to hear that her school had switched over to the new Dynamic Catholic BLESSED program. Just this past week, my daughter brought home her completed workbook, and she and I pored over every single page. Whoever put together this book should receive great rewards in heaven. It is the most beautiful workbook I have ever seen. To call it a workbook is an insult—it is a work of art and a precious and perfectly simple retelling of important stories. I will keep and cherish this always!
I want to thank every single member of Dynamic Catholic who is working to make the incredible programs, books, videos, quotes, and emails to help rekindle such a beautiful faith and strengthen it in the people of today. You are changing my life and those of my own children.
Want to share your story? Write us at YourStory@DynamicCatholic.com
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