I Just Discovered That the “J” in January Stands for Joy!

I Just Discovered That the “J” in January Stands for Joy!
January has always been my least favorite month, partly because the weather is so cold, the Christmas celebrations and family gatherings are behind us, and our churches and homes go back to their "ordinary" appearances. I always feel a bit blue in January. But today I got challenged in an unexpected way to take a new look at January. Dynamic Cathol...
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Waiting with Hope!

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In a holiday appeal from a Soup Kitchen here in Seattle, a homeless man described his conversion in this way: "I used to be a hopeless drug addict, now I am a drugless hope addict." What would it mean to be a hope addict? It doesn't mean hoping when that is the popular thing to do or when all the signs point towards a successful outcome. Being a ho...
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Real Presence: Jesus Is Really Present in the Eucharist. Am I?

 The following is an excerpt of a journal article by the same title authored by Sr. Kieran Sawyer SSND for Youth Ministry Access.  Subscribers can access the entire article here. The headlines were alarming: "Only 30% of Catholics believe in the Real Presence." A report on a recent survey from the Pew Research Center seemed to indica...
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Impacting Ministry: How CMD Helps Transform Ministries

Listen to Stories from Leaders about the Ways that CMD Impacts their Ministry We recently asked some diocesan leaders to share about how CMD has impacted this ministry.  Below is a playlist with seven brief testimonies.  Join Us in Sustaining This Vision and Expanding the Mission The Center for Ministry Development joins with diocese...
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Unlikely Prophets

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How easily we can ignore Jesus teaching "those of you without sin may throw the first stone." As a society, we are quick to judge others. In his song "Hands On", Kanye West says that Christians will be the first ones to judge him.Arguably one of the more controversial rap music artists, husband to the ultra-famous Kim Kardashian, fashion designer, ...
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Empowering Courageous Missionaries [Free Online Event]

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"Filled with the love of Christ, young people are called to be witnesses of the Gospel wherever they find themselves, by the way they live." Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, #175​In Christus Vivit, Pope Francis challenges us to respond to the Spirit's call to recognize youth ministry as a missionary experience - one that is const...
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The Challenge and the Grace in Being Grateful

The Challenge and the Grace in Being Grateful
At the age of 14, my niece Katie lost her mother (my little sister) to pancreatic cancer. That was two years ago. Last year her father died of a massive heart attack. I became her legal guardian and moved in with her. I, a life-long single woman, was now parenting for the first time at the age of 68. It has brought me to my knees.Life has been hard...
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A Child's Kiss: A Special Prayer

A Childs Kiss A Special Prayer
A heart which is home to affection for God makes a prayer of an unspoken thought, or an invocation before a holy image, or a kiss blown to the Church. It's beautiful when mothers teach their little children to blow kisses to Jesus or to Our Lady. What tenderness there is in this! In that moment the child's heart is transformed into a place of praye...
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Gathered for One Purpose

Gathered for One Purpose
"… (Young people) will be better integrated into (parish) communities that are open, living their faith, eager to radiate Christ, joyful, free, fraternal and committed. These communities can be settings where they feel that it is possible to cultivate precious relationships." # 220- Christ is Alive – Christus Vivit, April 2, 2019 This past summer I...
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Aha Thinking: Imagine Something Different

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...I know that "your young hearts want to build a better world. I have been following news reports of the many young people throughout the world who have taken to the streets to express the desire for a more just and fraternal society. Young people taking to the streets! The young want to be protagonists of change. Please, do not leave it to others...
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