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CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE 2

DYNAMIC CATHOLICS

God has an incredible dream for our parish: He wants us to become the best version of ourselves. He wants us to be dynamic Catholics.

Today, we fight relativism: a theory that there are no absolute truths—everything is relative. The problem here is that there is no place for truth or wisdom: to know what is really good and right. We want what we want and we feel entitled to it. They say that all ways of living are equal, which is sheer nonsense.  If that was true then there would be no need to lead others to a better life.

We are more interested in how we want to live than we are in discovering the best way to live. To fight this tendency, we must become students of Jesus Christ and pro-actively make an effort to allow His teachings to guide us. Has Christ won you?

DYNAMIC CATHOLIC

It is disturbingly clear that our present efforts are focused more on surviving than on thriving and on containment than on expansion. And a little tweak here and there is not going to turn the tide. In fact, our current approach is failing even to stem the tide. Are we brave enough to rethink our direction?

CATHOLICS NEEDING CHANGE Jesus teaches us about generosity, virtue and self-control:

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THE BIG QUESTION

THE BIG QUESTION

The period when young people are especially open to existential and thus religious questions happen between the ages of 18 to 20. This is the time of the Big Question.

DIVINE DISCONTENT

The restless heart that God has made for Himself is not only restless until it gets to God; it’s restless until it rests in God. As I run with God, I grow younger and younger and my strength increases.

When persons in conscience have the courage to face the more serious questions of human existence-particularly questions related to the purpose of life, to suffering and to dying-they come to the same realization of St. Augustine: You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee“: excerpt from  Confessions “All are yours, and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s”   1 Corinthians 3: 22 or, the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours if you wish.

MEANING OF LIFE: THE BIG PICTURE

We really have to have a sense of the Big Picture of how it all fits into the deeper questions of ultimate purpose and meaning of life. We need wisdom to know what it is all about.

We need to find a purpose for our lives, a reason for getting up in the morning. Just as we must find meaning in each of life’s events, so we must find the purpose to live.

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We have been given an intellect and a free will. We are made to know the truth and to seek the known good of things. Then we are able to spur ourselves into action to achieve that good. God is the good to which we are striving and the happiness for which our Creator has made us.

PURPOSE AND MEANING

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AMAZING BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT 2

 HAVE YOU EVER HAD BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”                                                                                      Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE? 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not a sacrament, but it is related to several sacraments. It is God’s answer to this malfunctioning that has grown up in the Christian life in the Sacrament of Baptism. We believe that being Baptized in the Holy Spirit makes real and revitalizes our baptism.

I. You First must be “Born Again”:

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”                                                                                                                                         John 3:16

BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

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