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The Real Story
by Father Bob Sherry
by Lisa ZO.
People are always asking me what’s the difference between the work I do in the corporate world and the work we are doing at Dynamic Catholic. Others ask me what the biggest difference is between between the for profit and non-profit world.
Great work is being done in both these spheres, but here’s the difference: non-profits take on the biggest problems in the world.
At Dynamic Catholic when we sat down to set our strategy and put together a ten year plan we asked ourselves lots of questions: Where can we have the most impact? Who needs to discover the genius of Catholicism? How can we best partner with and serve the Church? What is God calling us to do?
We decided to focus on the Catholic Moments because we believe that each moment represents an opportunity to win people for Jesus and his Church forever. Unfortunately, we have been losing people through these key moments because we have been failing to demonstrate the genius of Catholicism in ways that are inspiring, engaging, and practical. We wanted to change that.
It’s a huge problem. It’s is one of the biggest problems in the Church today.
When we first published the ten year plan, some people told me we would never be able to accomplish it. But we didn’t set the plan because it was easy. We chose it because it was needed.
Nobody has said to me, “Oh, we don’t need these programs. We already have great programs.” Nobody. Not a single person. It is clear to even the most casual observer that world class Catholic programs are desperately needed for each of the Catholic Moments.
We have started. DECISION POINT – the Dynamic Catholic Confirmation program – was released about 50 days ago and the response has been absolutely incredible.
What I want to say is this: Thank you. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your financial support. Thanks for spreading the word about what we are doing at Dynamic Catholic. Thanks for being part of the team.
We are doing something together. It is important, difficult, and needed. We would not be able to do it without you. So, thank you.
The moral law is like God’s instruction manual for our lives. God is the divine manufacturer: He made us and knows how we work.
— From “The Real Story” by Curtis Martin and Dr. Edward Sri
Think of God’s moral law as an instruction manual for our lives. When purchasing a car, one receives an owner’s manual that explains how best to operate the vehicle. The manufacturer who made the car knows how it works and gives us operating instructions to ensure that the car functions properly. No one views these instructions as impositions on our lives, They are not given to control us or restrict our freedom; they are given to help us use the vehicle well.
Similarly, the moral law is like God’s instruction manual for our lives. God is the divine manufacturer: He made us and knows how we work. He knows that certain actions will lead us to happiness, while other acts will end only in frustration and emptiness. That’s why God gives the moral law – to help guide us on the pathway to happiness.
Imagine you have been blowing up a balloon for nine months. Let’s call these months “the school year”. Now you have three months to release the air and, like the balloon, just deflate. Maybe if you are the student you feel the relaxation of release, but often for moms and dads the pressure continues.
Can parents use the summer months to look at the direction their family is going? Does the vacation or stay-cation allow for a reexamination of priorities? Or does the roller coaster ride continue, just in a different venue?
Individuals as well as families have a mission, a purpose. I hope we can use the summer “retreat” as a gifted period to look back and identify significant moments and explore what God might be trying to say to us through those events.
Once we start drifting from our mission, our God-given mission, the pressure is felt. But when we are on mission, even the trials can become joys.
So, yes, drink the lemonade, recognizing that it was made from bitter lemons, but chilled and sweetened to refresh.
If you wish, please let me know your family’s Mission and how you keep on track.
Happy June. FrBob.Sherry@dynamiccatholic.com
I started reading the book, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic when I was in the DMV waiting for my son. When we were leaving, a gentleman in his 30s asked me to sign a petition, so I am listening to him and then he says, “What book are you reading?” I showed him and his next comment was how he really loves the new pope and how he follows him and what he is doing. I felt God was giving me this opportunity to try out my Dynamic Catholic evangelization skills.
I shared how Pope Francis has been breaking down walls that people have up towards the Church and said most of the time people leave the church because they get offended and never ask questions to gain the knowledge to understand. I asked him if he was Catholic and he said, “No, but I grew up Catholic.” We talked for a while and I told him which parish we attend and invited him to come back home. I thanked God for the opportunity and that I could share about being Catholic with a stranger.
Tip for the day: Carry that book around. The cover is bright and people can read the lettering easily.
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