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The Dynamic Catholic - Second Sign

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01/21/2015 10:00 PM

Posted on behalf of the Evangelization Committee...

Do you exhibit the second sign of a Dynamic Catholic?   Study!

 

Like the first sign, daily routine of prayer, the second sign, study, requires a plan and a daily execution of this plan.  A Dynamic Catholic doesn’t plan to get around to it, they actually set a plan and do it.

Study your faith.  Study the writings of the Church Fathers and others a see why Pope Benedict XVI said, "Relativism, which considers all opinions true, even if they are contradictory, is the greatest problem of our time."  Can the Catholic Church really be teaching "truth" and does "truth" actually exist?   

Begin today by making a list of spiritually oriented books you want to read and then begin reading just 5 pages a day.   With just five short pages day you will read 1825 pages in one year.  Think of it.  If the average book is 250 pages, in one year you will have read between 7 to 8 books on your Catholic faith and you will be well on your way of being a Dynamic Catholic

To help in your journey of becoming "all you can be" as a Dynamic Catholic, here is Mathew Kelly’s list of starter books,  in suggested reading order:

  1. JESUS SHOCK by Peter Kreeft
  2. LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK by Parker Palmer
  3. MADE FOR MORE by Curtis Maritn
  4. AS A MAN THINKETH by James Allen
  5. IN HIS SPIRIT by Richard Hauser, S.J.
  6. CONFESSIONS OF A MEGA CHURCH PASTOR by Allen Hunt
  7. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C. S. Lewis
  8. MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Victor Frankl
  9. CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard J. Foster
  10. ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE by Jean-Pierre De Caussade

Many of these titles are available for free (s+h not included) at DynamicCatholic.com.  You may wonder why the Bible is not included in the ten books.  The reason is simple.  The beliefs of the Catholic faith are Bible based.  As you study your faith you will be simultaneously be studying the Bible. Having it open for reflection is of prime value as you study why we believe what we believe and where to find it in the Bible.  Any plan to be a Dynamic Catholic by better learning our Faith, implicitly includes the study of the Bible!

 So as you begin making the second sign, Study,  a part of your life, remember:

  •  God has an incredible dream for each and every one of us…to become the-best-version-of-yourself.

  • Catholics have an almost universal inferiority complex around how little they know about their faith.

  • Dynamic Catholics have a routine for their continuous learning. Just like with prayer, they don’t learn more about their faith simply when they get around to it.  It has a place in their day.  They have a plan.  They have a routine.

  • If you read five pages of a great Catholic book every day, you will be amazed how your knowledge and enthusiasm for the faith will begin to grow.
  • 

Five pages a day is 1,825 pages in a year!  It’s a game changer – simple, practical, powerful, transformative. 

Do you exhibit the second sign of a Dynamic Catholic?   Study.   Like the first sign, daily routine of prayer, the second sign, study, requires a plan and a daily execution of this plan.  A Dynamic Catholic doesn’t plan to get around to it, they actually set a plan and do it.

Study your faith.  Study the writings of the Church Fathers.  Learn why Pope Benedict XVI said, "Relativism, which considers all opinions true, even if they are contradictory, is the greatest problem of our time."  Can the Catholic Church really be teaching "truth" and does "truth" actually exist?   

Begin today by making a list of spiritually oriented books you want to read and then begin reading just 5 pages a day.   With just five short pages day you will read 1825 pages in one year.  Think of it.  If the average book is 250 pages, in one year you will have read between 7 to 8 books on your Catholic faith and you will be well on your way of being a Dynamic Catholic

To help in your journey to become "all you can be" as a Dynamic Catholic, here is Mathew Kelly’s list of starter books,  in suggested reading order:

1.      JESUS SHOCK by Peter Kreeft

 

2. LET YOUR LIFE SPEAK by Parker Palmer

3. MADE FOR MORE by Curtis Maritn

4. AS A MAN THINKETH by James Allen

5. IN HIS SPIRIT by Richard Hauser, S.J.

6. CONFESSIONS OF A MEGA CHURCH PASTOR by Allen Hunt

7. THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS by C. S. Lewis

8. MAN'S SEARCH FOR MEANING by Victor Frankl

9. CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard J. Foster

10. ABANDONMENT TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE by Jean-Pierre De Caussade

 

Many of these titles are available for free (s+h not included) at DynamicCatholic.com.  You may wonder why the Bible is not included in the ten books.  The reason is simple.  The beliefs of the Catholic faith are Bible based.  As you study your faith you will be simultaneously be studying the Bible. Having it open for reflection is of prime value as you study.  Any plan to be a Dynamic Catholic by reading books about the Faith implicitly includes the study of the Bible!

 

So as you begin making the second sign a part of your life, remember:

 

·        God has an incredible dream for each and every one of us…to become the-best-version-of-yourself.

·        Catholics have an almost universal inferiority complex around how little they know about their faith.

·        Dynamic Catholics have a routine for their continuous learning. Just like with prayer, they don’t learn more about their faith simply when they get around to it.  It has a place in their day.  They have a plan.  They have a routine.

·        If you read five pages of a great Catholic book every day, you will be amazed how your knowledge and enthusiasm for the faith will begin to grow.

Five pages a day is 1,825 pages in a year!  It’s a game changer – simple, practical, powerful, transformative.

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