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The Turning Point
by Fr. Bob Sherry
I love summer.
Have you ever noticed how summer just feels different? I don’t know exactly why that is, but I know it’s true. It just feels happier. Of course this is a great time of year with the kids. Meggie and I are kept pretty busy with the next adventure the kids are dreaming up for the family.
And I’m happy to say that, thanks to Dynamic Catholic’s new large events, I have more time with my family than ever before. For twenty-five years I traveled the country for at least sixty to one hundred small events per year. But now, thanks to our incredible Events team, I’m speaking to more people and spending fewer days on the road. Please pray for me, as I’ll be in Milwaukee in just a couple weeks for our third large event this year.
And though I’m immensely grateful for the time with my family, Dynamic Catholic remains committed to partnering with parishes across the country to energize the Church. It’s an honor and a privilege when a parish asks you to partner with them in ministry. That’s an honor and a privilege I’ve never gotten used to over the years. Excellent events energize people. And they energize parishes.
That’s why I’ve hand-selected three speakers and worked with them to craft a brand-new event from Dynamic Catholic: Find Your Greatness.
These speakers are masters at meeting people where they are and leading them one step closer to where God is calling them to be. The event centers around a groundbreaking research project we undertook at Dynamic Catholic that revealed the four life-changing habits that lead to a highly engaged, inspired, and purposeful life. These four key habits change everything.
If you knew there were four habits that helped you become the-best-version-of-yourself, would you want to know what those habits were? Would you want to develop them in your life? Would you want your spouse, your children, your friends, your neighbors, and everyone in your parish to know about and develop those four habits?
I know I would.
Our research showed that when people begin to live these four life-changing habits, they are transformed into the-best-version-of-themselves.
At Dynamic Catholic, we are passionate about creating game-changers for Catholics and their parishes. And this event . . . it’s a game-changer. I invite you to consider bringing it to your parish to inspire everyone in your community to reach their full potential.
May God bless you, your parish, and all those you love with his abundant love this summer,
A Gospel of John Bible Study
It is a door to a new and dynamic relationship with Jesus.
What do you hear when you go to church on Sunday? People talking? Babies crying? The organist and choir warming up? Then what? The welcome greeting and page number of the opening song? The Sign of the Cross, the Penitential Rite, the Gloria, the Scripture readings, the homily?
There’s lots of listening to lots of words. But what do you really hear? What really registers?
At each weekend Mass for the last six months or so, I’ve asked the congregation to listen and select one phrase or one sentence from the Scripture readings that touches their hearts, a phrase they believe God is trying to say directly to them at Mass.
Next weekend at Mass, try it yourself. Select one thing you sense God is saying to you in the readings. At the end of Mass, use a journal (like the Mass Journal) to write down that one thing. Savor whatever it is God has said to you—he intended it for you.
How else do you hear God’s voice? For too many years I took that word “hear” much too literally. I always wondered why I did not hear an audible God-like voice. Maybe I expected to be knocked down like Saul on his way to Damascus with a voice saying, “Bob, why are you ignoring me?”
While you read this, I will be on Dynamic Catholic’s Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in northern Spain. I learned on last year’s Camino pilgrimage to “hear” God with my five senses. One day I decided to “hear” God with my eyes in the many colors and hues of trees, bushes, birds, flowers, and animals. Another day I hiked while I listened for God’s message to me in my sense of smell. God spoke to me in the odors of the farms and restaurants, the animals and ointments. A third day, God spoke to me in my sense of touch: in the wind on my face and back, the rain, the sun, the textures of buildings, my walking stick, and my aching feet. A fourth day I utilized my ears, and the last day my sense of taste.
How do you hear God speak to you? God does speak to us regularly:
“God said to Moses . . .”
“God spoke to Adam, saying . . .”
“God spoke to me through the morning sunrise . . . in the evening shadows, in the depth of my heart . . . in the silence of my classroom . . . in the writings of St. Augustine, or Henri Nouwen, or Pope Francis.”
And, as Eli said to Samuel in 1 Samuel, “The next time you hear that voice, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’”
I just returned home from Dr. Allen Hunt's Find Your Greatness event in Ripon, California. When I woke up this morning to get ready for the event, I felt exhausted and on the brink of tears from my high-stress job. I was in the midst of dealing with weeks of reports, providing daily therapy sessions for my clients, participating in team meetings, and much more. I wanted rest, quiet, and life.
As we drove to St. Patrick's Church, where the event was held, I really didn't know what I was attending. I only knew that my good friend had purchased two tickets to a Dynamic Catholic event and that Dr. Allen Hunt was the featured speaker.
Once Dr. Hunt began to speak and the musician played a couple songs, my tears began—and I felt they would never end. I realized that, even though every morning I religiously visited the USCCB website for daily Scripture, watched Dynamic Catholic's BEST LENT EVER videos, and read daily prayers from Give Us This Day, I didn't have enough personal silence and quiet moments with our Lord. I needed silence, rest, and quality time to really listen to his quiet voice.
I know that the Holy Spirit answered my daily prayers to get me through these spiritually draining days, but God brought me to Ripon to refresh my soul—and to help me discover the incremental steps I can take to lessen the noise and stress of this demanding, secular world I live in.
Thank you, Dr. Hunt, for your spiritual guidance. You helped alleviate the overwhelming effects of my demanding profession and the sadness of our selfish, entitled world. I know God knows what I need most!
Blessings to all at Dynamic Catholic and all the wonderful work you do. I hope my small efforts to evangelize using your materials will help those I come in contact with find peace, understanding, and the love and quiet voice of God—and to return to Catholicism as I have.
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Making time for each other isn’t that difficult if you think about how to anchor the time around already established routines at home.
Life is short, and the holidays fly by. Don’t waste this time texting your friends about how crazy your family is making you (even if it’s true). Do your best to be present to them, seek to understand and to love.
Waking up early is a war. It is a battle against the self. You are your enemy. And there is only one way to win the war: Discipline.
When you choose to be the-best-version-of-yourself, when you exercise virtue and strength of character, you impact the world more than you will ever know.