This past month we talked about what it means to be a dynamic Catholic. We heard from our peers and our new parochial vicar about the four signs of a dynamic Catholic: prayer, study, generosity, and evangelization. We took in a lot of information, so below I hope you find these summaries, quick tips and resources helpful for becoming a more dynamic Catholic!
PrayerPrayer is probably the most important sign because prayer is what keeps us spiritually healthy, and “when we are spiritually healthy, nothing bothers us”! Dynamic Catholics across the board begin their day with prayer of some kind, this is the first step!
It’s important to have a prayer routine, a time and place set aside for daily prayer. If you’re new to prayer don’t fret! Start with just ten minutes a day. There are also plenty of ways to pray and lots of resources to get started.
FOCUS has plenty of great resources on prayer, here are a few:
Sister Bethany Madonna of the Sisters of Life Talks Prayer
Common Questions and Answers
How To Pray
Praying with scripture:
The USCCB will email you the daily readings, the Gospel is a great place to start praying lectio divina.
They also have a “how to” on lectio divina
Praying the rosary:
The USCCB has some info on the rosary
There are several places to listen to the rosary. The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist have a beautiful recording with meditations at the beginning of each decade, you can find it in the iTunes store to purchase or stream.
Students at Steubenville created an app with a recording that reads verses about the mysteries read after each Hail Mary. You can find the app by searching “Scriptural Rosary” in the Apple app store.
StudyWe live in a world that insists there is no absolute truth, that truth is relative. People are desperate for answers and our culture refuses to give satisfying ones.
Having the fullness of the truth we have the joy of getting to learn and share it, but where to start?
The USCCB has tons of resources on big Catholic topics like mass and the sacraments and what we believe and teach.
THIS WEBSITE (SDYA.net) has some great resources too!
Of course, nothing beats reading your Bible or the writings of the Saints. Read the daily mass readings, or see if your favorite Saint has any writings, and if all else fails ask any of your friends at SDYA for recommendations on their favorite things to read and learn more about the faith!
Once you have something to read, make it a point to read five pages a day, just five! You can do it!
GenerosityGod is generous, and generosity is the heart of Christian life. We can be generous with our time, talent, and treasure and we have plenty of opportunities to do that.
SDYA does a monthly work of mercy, follow our Facebook and website for updates on our monthly work of mercy.
The Community of Saint 'Egidio prepares and passes out food to the homeless every Friday
You can sing in the choir
Serve or read at mass
Run for the core team (talk to any of us if you’re interested!)
Give a talk at a Thursday meeting (again, talk to us! We’d love to have you!)
Contribute to the blog (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
You can give to this great parish at the Saint Dominic Faith Direct page
You can support a FOCUS missionary, supporting evangelization on college campuses worldwide
EvangelismEvangelization means investing in others in authentic friendship and loving that person and sharing the truth with them. Through Christian charity, prayer, and constructive dialogue we strive to win people over for Christ, then build them up and support them. Eventually we will send others out to evangelize as well. Evangelization sounds intimidating, but you can do it!
Dynamic Catholic has tons of resources!
St. Paul Street Evangelization reaches out to people on the street
Saint Dominic Church has an Evangelization Team, check it out!
FOCUS also has some great resources, here’s a video on sharing the Gospel!
Now go forth, be dynamic, and set the world on fire!
Core Team Communications Coordinator
Saint Dominic Young Adults
This is a peer run blog for the Saint Dominic Young Adults in Washington, D.C.