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The Dynamic Catholic - First Sign

Posted by George263 Interactive User     2 Comment(s)  comment-icon.png
01/10/2015 09:25 PM

Submitted on behalf of the Evangelization Committee

Join us as we read Mathew Kelly's 

"The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic"

 

So what's the first sign of a Dynamic Catholic?   Prayer.  Not random prayer or a last minute plea for help, the most dominant quality among dynamic Catholics is a daily routine of prayer.  A daily routine refers to a specific time and place set aside for prayer.  God speaks to us in the silence.  Spending time in His classroom of silence is indispensable in our quest for spiritual growth. 

If you have trouble with daily prayer, try the Prayer Process.  It's a seven-step tool designed to help us develop a routine of prayer, and the routine with the routine.  Here are the seven basic steps in the prayer process taken from page 71 of The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.

1.)     Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

2.)     Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.

3.)     Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

4.)      Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.

5.)     Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.

6.)     Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.

7.)     Pray the Our Father.

Prayer is a conversation with God and should be an essential part of your daily rountine.  If it's not, begin today (Right now!)  using the Prayer Process and see if your conversations with God don't improve.  We know your life will!

Next week - the Second Sign of a Dynamic Catholic.

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2 Comments
Added by MarthaBober
January 11th, 2015

Thank you so much, George, for posting this summary of Sign One - Prayer. I find the process very helpful to my prayer life. I'm looking forward to reading about more of the signs of a Dynamic Catholic.
Added by ECaja
January 16th, 2015

I appreciate this blog post and look forward to the remaining signs.
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