Hello there Rosary Lovers! The Catholic Church contains 1.3 billion members, and that number is always growing. But how many of these are dynamic Catholics?
In this post we will ask: What is a dynamic Catholic?
A Dynamic Catholic Takes their Faith Incredibly Seriously
The difference between a nominal Catholic and a dynamic Catholic is that the latter takes their faith very, very seriously.
A dynamic Catholic LOVES their faith, adores Mary, loves the Church and worships and feasts upon Christ in the Eucharist as often as possible.
A dynamic Catholic LOVES the Holy Trinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
A dynamic Catholic believes in the teachings of the holy Catholic Church with all their heart.
The Church teaches the immaculate conception? A dynamic Catholic embraces this doctrine and would never dream about denying it.
The Church teaches it is morally wrong to use artifical contraception? A dynamic Catholic takes this teaching into their heart and soul and does all they can to obey this teaching.
The Church teaches it is gravely sinful to masturbate? A dynamic Catholic turns away from this sin as much as is in their power, simply because the Church says so.
A dynamic Catholic believes and does what the Catholic Church says, simply because the Church says so and because it’s the Church that says it.
No-one can become a saint without being a dynamic Catholic
The kind of stuff the saints were made of was of this sheer quality of Catholicism. No-one can hope to go straight to heaven when they die unless it is this kind of Catholicism that they try to live.
The saints worshipped God in the Church. They venerated the Church as their Mother and would do anything to propogate her and serve her.
Many of the saints were murdered because they loved the Church like this. This is dynamic Catholicism.
There is no better life to live
Ultimately, the saints chose this path because they believed with every aspect of their being that there is no better life one can live other than this.
Dynamic Catholicism IS true Catholicism. It is what every Catholic is called to, and it is what God expects each of us to attain to when we join the Church.
In essence, this is nothing other than Spirit-filled Catholicism.
Catholics who are full of joy and of the Holy Spirit. These kinds of people change their own lives, the lives of their families and friends, and the world.
It took a handful of Spirit-filled Catholics to transform the planet and turn the world upside down. These were the apostles and their followers.
There is an entire book in the Holy Scripture devoted to this theme: it’s the Book of Acts. I encourage you to read it.
How can I become a dynamic Catholic?
Powerful Prayers, Examination of Conscience, Confession and Eucharist
Well, the first step is to be fully reconciled with the Church. To do this, you will perhaps need to ‘start over’ with your faith, as it were.
That’s why God has given us Confession. We all mess up, we all sin, even the saints sinned. But they went to Confession when they did so and ‘started over’.
You need to make a determined decision to live with all your heart for Christ in the Church. That’s the first step. You might begin by praying some very powerful prayers.
The Church holds in her sacred Treasury a whole host of consecration prayers: to the immaculate Heart of Mary, to the sacred Heart of Jesus, to the Trinity, and so on. Try this link here.
Eventually, these prayers will so work on your soul that they will probably drive you back to the holy Sacrament of Confession.
Ask God to reveal to you all that you should bring to Confession. Seek God about your next Confession and spend a little while preparing for it. This is going to be a big occasion and you won’t want to be the same after going. You want your next Confession to change your life.
Then, when you are ready, when God makes the path clear, go to Confession and bring all that God lays on your heart. Don’t worry about forgetting things; God is merciful. Just say what comes to mind.
Don’t hold anything back. Big things or little things; big sins or small sins, come clean with it all. Present God with your entire heart.
No, you won’t make a perfect Confession. But if you come to God with humility and offer him what he lays on your heart to confess, in your own natural way of expressing things, you will make a good confession.
After receiving the forgiveness of ALL of your sins, get to the Holy Eucharist as soon as possible.
Establish a Pattern of Prayer/Devotion
After receiving the Eucharist, you will need to commit daily to a form or pattern of prayer. Most of us go off the rails as Catholics because we do not have a regular pattern of devotion or prayer in our lives.
Try different things and find what works for you. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what spiritual discipline is best for you as a unique individual and a unique Catholic.
Then stay faithful to it.
It may be:
- Daily Lectio Divina (meditative, repetitive readings of small passages of Scripture)
- Recitation of the Holy Rosary
- Daily visitation to a local Catholic Church to spend a few minutes before the Eucharist
- Saying the Our Father (Lord’s prayer) a few times a day
- Buying a Catholic prayer book and reciting the prayers in that
- Reciting some standard morning and evening Catholic prayers
- Daily attendence at Mass
There are many, many others.
The NUMBER 1 most important of the above, and the one we should all seek to attain to, is daily attendence at Mass. No other devotion can come close to this one.
This is where Heaven and Earth meet. You will always find all you need at Mass before the Eucharist and in feeding on the body and blood of Jesus.
Keeping Trying! And Never Give Up!
The one thing to always remember is what St Mother Theresa said: ‘The one difference between and saint and a sinner is that a saint gets back up again after falling.’
The one thing God always wants you to do, no matter how far you fall away from him, is to keep trying and to keep rising.
What did Jesus do when he fell 3 times bearing his cross willingly for our salvation? He got back up. Each and every time.
He did not let the shame and horrible taunting of the soldiers and the pain of his wounds and his tiredness and hunger and thirst get the better of him.
He got back up, to ascend the Throne of the Cross, to die for us and fulfil the will of God.