Saint John Paul II’s advice to Catholic Apostolates during a Global Pandemic

Reviewing Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the importance of technology to Catholic Apostolates

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I think we are starting to get used to our “new normal “… or at least it feels that way to me.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s still plenty of challenges, twists, turns, and bad news coming.

But you shouldn’t take this journey alone.

With new challenges come new opportunities. Saint John Paul II taught us this in his Apostolic Letter, The Rapid Development. He recognized that technology would help Catholic apostolates fulfill their missions.

He says, ‘Do not be afraid of new technologies! These rank “among the marvelous things.”‘

We’ve seen technology help do this in these past weeks; Livestream Masses and Adoration, online education, virtual retreats, and online donation requests.

What can Saint John Paul II teach you about the rapid development of technology and how it can help your Catholic apostolate?

That is what’s this week’s discussion is all about:

Saint Leo the Great explains how to fundraise

3 helpful fundraising ideas from one of the greatest popes in history

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I am positive you know who Pope (and Saint) Leo the Great is. One of the greatest and most influential popes in Church history, he fought off the heresies of Pelagianism and Manichaeism in the 5th century. He also led Rome’s defense against Attila the Hun’s barbarian invasion on Italy.

Did you also know that he liked fundraising?

But pause for a second…

He didn’t like fundraising the way you are probably thinking. Pope Leo was not interested in running fundraising campaigns so that Catholic causes like yours can just get donations.

Like every saint, he saw the BIGGER picture.

So before you launch your next fundraising campaign, I strongly recommend you learn WHY Pope Leo was such a fan of fundraising.

Check it out:

Here is the book on Pope Leo the Great that I referenced.

Here is the sermon that I referenced.

Saint John Paul II gives 3 fundraising tips for Catholics

Three practical recommendations from Saint Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation, Christifideles Laici

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It might sound a little oversimplistic, but I have a simple solution to almost every fundraising problem.

And what I’ve noticed is that many of the most successful Catholic non-profits have this same solution to all their problems.

Are you ready for it?

Learn what the saints and popes did.

Today, I want to turn your attention to Saint John Paul II. He wrote a fantastic Apostolic Exhortation titled, CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI. In this document, John Paul II offers three powerful ideas on how to improve your fundraising.

See for yourself:

Pope Benedict XVI, Hope, and How to Fundraise

Three recommendations on how to fundraise from Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical, Saved in Hope

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment of Catholic Fundraising’. It’s a book that highlights the ten tasks you should do to keep you focused on your mission and hit your fundraising target, every time.
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Today is the Memorial of Saint Benedict, and I was reviewing earlier this week Pope Benedict XVI‘s encyclical, Saved in Hope.

How does this connect with raising funds?

When we fundraise, we often use the word hope. “I hope this campaign works.” “I hope they say yes.” “I hope to find donors.”

On the surface, these phrases may seem reasonable to you. But there is an important takeaway when it comes to hope.

Pope Benedict tells us that hope, if not understood properly, can do more harm than good. This fact is especially true with fundraising, and he shares why. Check it out:

Saint Joseph, a model Catholic fundraiser

Three characteristics a Catholic fundraiser should adopt from Saint Joseph

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This week, I spent time learning about the life of Saint Joseph.

I came across an encyclical written by Pope Leo XIII about Joseph titled, QUAMQUAM PLURIES.

If my Latin is correct, this means, “However often,” right?

I couldn’t help spotting the connections between Saint Joseph’s life and the life of a fundraiser. At first glance, this may sound impossible; however, I think you will agree with my findings.

Check out this week’s fundraising ‘thought-piece’: