March 10: Are You Spiritually Healthy?

Day 9

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So let me ask you a question: Are you healthy?

And when I ask that question, what do you think about?

You probably think about physical health, right? “OK, how healthy am I physically?” and, “How’s my blood pressure?” and, “How’s my cholesterol?” and . . . these sorts things. But are you spiritually healthy?

It’s interesting, I think we almost never talk about it. We talk a lot about the health of the body, which, lets face it, at some point is going to be just buried in the ground, and that’ll be that. But the soul lives on forever, and we almost never talk about soul health. We almost never talk about spiritual health.

One of the things that Dynamic Catholic is all about, one of the things that this program is all about, is helping people become spiritually healthy—or healthier.

Do you know when you are spiritually healthy? Can you tell that some days you’re spiritually healthier than other days? Because that’s the kind of awareness that God wants to give us.

I think we can tell some days we’re physically healthier than other days. God wants us to have that same sort of perspective on our soul, on our spiritual health.

One of our reasons for the obsession with the physical over the spiritual is because of the immediate impact the neglect of our physicality has.

If you don’t eat, you die in a few days. You don’t breathe, you die even quicker. And so we are obsessed, in some ways, with the physical because there are very dire consequences to ignoring the physical realities of the human person.

But we do have these spiritual realities as well, and they play out in different ways. And when we do become spiritually unhealthy, I think one of the things is that it distorts our personality. It distorts our personality in ways that affects us from doing what God’s called us to do, being the person God created us to be, and from relating with other people in healthy ways.

I think sometimes we all have questions that are on our minds. Questions that are in our hearts. But at the end of the day, I think that a lot of life comes down to four questions:

Who am I?

What am I here for?

What matters most?

And what matters least?

If you look at your day yesterday, did you spend most of your time on the things that matter most, or did you get distracted by a million little things that don’t really mean anything to anyone that significant? It happens to us all the time. And not just a day, you could go a whole week and then look back and think, “Wow, I didn’t really do anything important this week. I didn’t really spend any time on the things that matter most this week.” And worse than that, it could be a month, or it could be a year.

Who are you?

What are you here for?

What matters most?

What matters least?

The answers to these questions take a long time to develop. And one of the ways we develop them is through this daily habit of prayer.

Yes, we’re resistant to establishing this daily habit of prayer. But by establishing a daily habit of prayer, a few minutes each day, 10 minutes a day . . .

For 25 years I’ve been encouraging people to spend 10 minutes a day in prayer.

By establishing this daily habit of prayer, God will, very powerfully, answer those four questions. He will show you who you are, and what you’re here for, and what matters most and what matters least.

“Always take your first opportunity each day to spend time in prayer.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

God wants to bless you with spiritual vitality.

Act

Establish a daily habit of prayer. Start with The Prayer Process. (You can take it with you wherever you go with these free Prayer Process cards! Just pay shipping.)

Pray

The Prayer Process

  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 24 hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
  3. Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last 24 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.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Matt Scherr. Matt is one of our major gift officers, coming to us from Buffalo, New York. Matt achieved a black belt in tae kwan do when he was 12 years old, is a long-suffering Buffalo Bills fan, has played guitar for 15 years, and really wants a puppy.

How do your best days start?

Let us know in the comments!

We encourage you to comment on this reflection. All viewpoints are welcome, but we ask that you remain on-topic and respect other members of the discussion. Please remember that we are trying to help each other become the-best-version-of-ourselves. We reserve the right to make editorial decisions regarding comments, including but not limited to removal of comments. Be Bold. Be Catholic.®

  • Paddy Hamill

    My best days always start with before I get out of bed taking a short period that I spend in the “classroom of silence”
    I inventory what I need to accomplish today and make a plan
    I think of the people who I want to keep in my heart today and pray for them.
    I ask God for guidance and then I get busy
    Read 10 minutes a day
    Power shower positive affirmations
    Exercise for 30 minutes
    Start on the list

    • Kj

      This is truly beautiful Paddy. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

    • Diane Nichols

      I really like this and plan to use this! Thank you for sharing. All the best rolled into a short concise list to begin the day right!

    • Elizabeth Brumann

      My best day starts with the prayer process gratitude thanking god for what I am most grateful for today Awareness where I revisit the last 24 hours and I talk to god about those situations Peace I ask for forgiveness if I have hurt someone and I forgive myself for the wrongs and the mistakes. Freedom there is nothing that I can change in my life for example I cannot change the fact that I had been born with a learning disability that I had for 38 years of my life and I will always have for the rest of my life and I have ADD and I will have that for the rest of my life a mental disability where I will always be mentally disabled and it has been like this for me for 38 years of my life and it will be permanent for the rest of my life. I cannot change the fact that I have arthritsis and leg cramps a physical disability and I will have it for the rest of my life. I forgive myself for the past and for all of the emotional abuse that had happened to me and all of the bad situations that had happened to me the debt fraud and the basement with Sean and Sara assaulting my sister at Golf Mill Mall. All of my behavior with Sean and for anything that I had said or done to Sean and for the trouble that I had caused with mom and the inheritance money from my grandfather and for making my mom pay a credit card bill and for having dad pay my debt and for all of the bad choices that I had made with money and for letting all of my savings and life insurance be wasted for not listening to my mom, dad and sister and going back into the friendship with Sara which was a big mistake a huge regret and for fighting with my mom about ending the friendship and for letting myself get hurt and for not speaking up for myself. For being stubborn and not listening to the advice of others for almost getting myself in trouble with Sean. I had almost gotten Sean arrested for the basement but he did not get arrested for not telling him what was going on and for not telling mom and dad what was going on. For hiding all of the secrets and for not being open and honest with my family and for all other bad choices and decisions that I had made and for everything associated with my past. I give my past to you god. For loaning out money when I should not and for not listening to others, I forgive my entire past and I have now gotten rid of Sara forever. I have not had any association or contact with her since 2012 and her mother had died and all I had did was offer support to her dad but no more contact with her and her family. I had blocked her out my yahoo email and she is not on Face Book anymore. I don’t send her any email everything has been permanently terminated. I don’t have anything to do with Andrew, Sara, Sean, Tara o with Chris anymore. I forgive myself the assault that had happened me all the trauma that happened and I forgive my dad for the trauma of his drinking and for 2010 and for the incident that happened in 2017. I forgive dad’s for everything that he had said to me. I released dad’s dad of his sins before had died in 2001. I forgive myself for the stress and the anxiety and the mood swings the emotional breakdowns and for all of the throwing spells of the past. I forgive myself for everything that has happened to me. I give my entire past to god. I would like to pray for my mom, dad, myself, my sister, my grandmother, my cousin Helen and for the family in Florida and in California. I have started my life over and now I have arthritsis which is nobody’s fault I just have to learn cope with the condition deal with condition and manage the condition and work with Dr. Meyer to make it better and to make progress and to help myself and to take care of myself and to learn how to use the walking stick to help me walk and take the pain medication as needed to manage and control the pain. I have to learn how to manage all of my conditions and situations and to just them go and give them to god. God is about forgiveness and mercy and he forgives us all of our sins. Lent is a spiritual journey through the desert with god as our guide giving us the path and the road map to a better life by opening our minds to his teachings and giving us the strength and the courage to deal with our daily lives. Lent is a season of change and spiritual growth and about prayer, fasting and almsgiving reading the daily offering and reflection watching the mass on television every day and going to mass on Sunday reading the Bible following the mass in the magnifcant and in the daily missal praying the rosary and meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary and praying the Rosary doing acts of kindness and charity and helping each other out and being there for each other in a time of need forgiveness, mercy and also watching the stations of the cross and reflecting on the message of the stations of the cross but before we can get to Easter we have to work toward making it to Holy Week through reconciliation and good thoughts and words about each and making everyone’s day brighter and happier by saying a kind word or thought or by just being happy everyday and preparing ourselves for the Resurrection of Jesus on Easter. Lent is a step by step preparation for Holy Week and Easter.

      • Lynn

        Elizabeth,
        I wanted to acknowledge your pain and offer prayers for you as you try to move forward. You are a wonderful child of God! He is beside you and loving you through it all! Always try to remember that.
        Lynn

      • Mary Ruffcorn

        Lifting you up in prayer Elizabeth.

      • Kaye

        When I see my past and present life streaming in my head in panavision I have to stop and pray , “be still and know that I am the Lord Thy God”. I repeat it several times until I know that He is bigger than any problem that I’ve had or will have.
        God is with you always!
        Thank you for sharing.
        Kay

      • Phil

        Elizabeth, thank you for sharing your experiences and challenges. Most of us have made lots of bad choices in our past, but God’s mercy is limitless. May he continue to bless you as you strive to grow in holiness everyday.

    • Ssamaca

      You’re a rock star, Paddy. Or a lifetime spiritual olympian. An inspiration to me to do better.
      I’ll share this. When I wake up say a “thoughtful” Our Father. Then Fr. O’Leary’s prayer to offer the day to God ending with “remind me through this day that I am not alone”
      Next I read a short life of the day’s saint. If I think I have any big challenges, the saint’s life usually puts them in perspective. Then onward and upward!!
      Stay strong, Paddy. Bless you.

  • Jimmy Allen

    Letting go of the rigid & judgemental church teaching that condemned me while protecting abusers.

  • Rose

    My BEST days start by counting 3 blessing before my feet hit the floor, them by saying good morning to my husband of 35 years and telling him I love him. Then after spending our time together before he starts his work day, I ask God to keep him safe if he is driving into the office or if he is working from home I thank God for that added blessing to my day. I then spend an hour in prayer and study. Then I make my ‘To Do List’ for the day.

  • Karen

    Last year I ordered the Dynamic Catholic Prayer Process cards….50 of them! I carried several with me and always gave one to people I met when we talked about prayer in our lives. The wonderful responses I have received back from family, friends & “strangers” when they receive these cards has been a gift to me. These cards have helped me in developing a wonderful habit each day and sharing my relationship with God to others.

    • Clare

      I love that you feel Jesus nudges you to join him in the kitchen.

    • NancyB

      You have a generous spirit! A great idea!

  • David B

    I am blessed to teach faith formation at my church. For years I have told my 8th and 9th grade students to spend 2 minutes being quiet with God. After reading Resistibg Happiness I started the doing 10 minutes. Wow what a difference. The days I can quiet myself for that 10 minutes become so much easier. I invite anyone to follow Matthew’s suggestion to sit for 10 minutes.
    I first saw the prayer process almost 2 years ago. That has been a struggle. This lent I’m incorporating it into my evening prayer.

    • Debbie Brickey

      I also use the prayer process at the end of the day. I find it to be an awesome way to look back at the day and see where I have served God well and to see those times I have failed to live up to his expectations.

    • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

      This is unbelievable ! I gave my daughter this book about a week ago. Then after the second day I knew she REALLY needed to read it. I asked her if she had read the 2nd chapterette . Anything to get her to do it . This was repeated several more times and in a loving way. Wednesday I gave her THE card . Again . I bought a bunch last year gave one to each kid (5) and now she has 2 ! Then we get today’s good words and lo and behold ! God is really sitting on my shoulders ! Pray that she starts this process. I will continue my prayers for all of you .LOVE..*_* K

  • Sue

    My best days start in prayer. A quiet kitchen before everyone wakes up. I love when I get the nudge even before my alarm goes off as if Jesus is waking me up wanting me to come to the table. A practice that has developed recently, but things are changing in my life because of it and it is my favorite part of the day!

    • Sharon Voldberg

      Sue, I love the description of Jesus waking me up to come to the table. That has been happening for me these past few months as well. It IS a wonderful time….that “thin space” where all is quiet & I can listen with my heart & soul. I agree, it is life changing! Blessings to you!

  • Laura

    I get up very early, and in silence spend time with God. Praying liturgy of the hours, the rosary, meditating On Scripture. Then off to Mass, to receive my King and Savoiur. The rest of the day is whatever God wants. Sometimes volunteering, other days, wash and cleaning,hanging with my husband, or adult children, or granddaughter.
    If I start the day in silence, with God, whole day is so much better!

    • Michael LaMagna

      Laura, I see ur good intentions. Meditate on this, John 14:23-27 and leave a Scriptural Biblical approach to ur day

  • Pearl Brown

    My best days start with prayer at home and then daily Mass. If I missed saying my prayers or Mass my day does not go well so I try to make time talk to God

  • Jen Ziegler

    My best days are when I get to daily Mass or adoration. Friday mornings are my favorite because I start my day with an hour of adoration, 7 am is my hour and has been for the last 4 years. Our church offers perpetual adoration, I signed up blindly not knowing how I’d fit it in to carpools to school, my desire to go to the gym and get to the office but somehow it all fits because God’s timing is beyond human constraints. Spending that time with the Lord is replenishing and I always leave with more peace I’m excited to be on my way there now this morning. Thank you for your ministry and what you do to connect Catholics and help us go deeper into the beautiful ocean of our faith.

    • faithnhope

      Jen, I’m also committed to a weekly Adoration time, on Thursday mornings. Our church started perpetual adoration nineteen years ago and I’ve been going ever since. It’s changed my life! I’ve realized that Jesus is my best friend. A friend who truly listens to me and always has my best interest at heart. A friend who’s always patient and kind, putting up with my inconsistencies and my sometimes shallow attitudes. But he’s always there and is always loving and gentle, pulling me back to himself and away from my sins and filling me with the peace that surpasses all understanding! Adoration has been such a gift to me and for our whole parish!

    • Kelly

      Adoration has been a wonderful addition to my faith life. I don’t go as often as I’d like, having a young family that needs me, but when I get a free moment (sometimes even after mass), I spend some time thanking God for my blessings and praying for anything and everyone who need God’s mercy.

  • Mary Ann Buckman

    I spend one hour in prayer, preparing for Holy Mass, mainly by using the Magnificat to help me understand God’s message to me for that day. I began to use your idea of keeping a journal. I started doing this, writing down my spiritual thoughts to give me a focus for the day. I have completed 24 journals..(Many pages)…and given them to people who have made a difference in my spiritual journey back to God, as well as sharing my thoughts via email to my siblings, upon their request. I do this on my “prayer porch” as soon as I awaken to the gift of another day from God.

  • Steven Sisman

    My best days start by walking our dog and feeding her so my wife has one less thing to do in the morning. Then having a study and prayer time with my wife (which includes a program like “the best lent ever”). Doing a 10 min workout or a hot yoga class (or run if it’s nice out) and then eating a healthy/energy giving breakfast. My day even goes better when I do the daily reading and apply the lectio divina process, sometimes finishing the process while I drive to work. This is what’s worked best for me. Taking care of my body and spirit creates a synergy that makes it more likely I will deal with the events of the day in the right mindset and attitude as they present themselves.

    Lectio Divina: 1- Lectio (read a passage). 2- Meditatio (meditate specifically on the passage, the players, what, where, when) 3- Oratio (pray & think about how the reading applies to my life, complete the 4 step ACTS process of prayer) 4- Contemplatio (sit in the classroom of silence for God to give me any guidance feedback He wants to about my day or life)

    ACTS= 1- Adoration/Praise, 2- Contrition & Asking for deep abiding peace, 3- Thanksgiving/Appreciation, 4- Supplication/Petition for myself and others.

    • Heidi Johnson

      I agree. I do better when I take care of mind, body, and spirit. My best start with being intentional about what I want and/or need to get done that day, of course including prayer along the way to help me get through.

  • RN

    This is a work in progress for me. I found the book Rediscovering Jesus and start the day reading a chapter from that and this Lenten program. I talk to God and Mary on my drive to work. Tonight I really want to attend Stations of the Cross at my local parish, something I have not done in many many years. I am thanking God for today being a Best day.

  • Michael Baur

    I will be honest and say I really do not know how my best days start. I fell like I do not pay attention enough. So from this day forward, i will be more observant.

    • Maria Pane

      I agree with you! I need to pay more attention

  • Sherry McCollum

    My best day usually starts with talking to God on my drive to work in the early morning. I have about an hour drive both ways which gives me plenty of time to pray and reflect in my own special way. I like the solitude of the drive and just knowing that I can pray anytime, anywhere gives me peace and a great start to my day. This has become the best start to my day I have had in a very long time. I am forever grateful.

    • Ev

      I like the idea of praying the rosary while driving. I don’t like interstate driving and praying the rosary is good. Thank you.

  • Cate

    Start if my day is not consistently spent with this type of reflection and prayer but when it does it kicks off the day with extra confidence and peace. Once I drop off my daughter at school I say the rosary on the way to work. Retaining that peace throughout the day is a struggle probably need a 10 minute God check in around 4 🙂

  • Eduardo Hoover

    By far my best days begin by preparing for the Mass especially remembering what the Mass is. This gives me the focus to understand the readings and apply them to my mannerisms to be who I was created to be apart from secular influence that hardens my heart to God’s teaching. I am so blessed to be able to attend daily Mass.

  • Ronald Woosley

    It is in my morning time with God that I have found peace and joy!

  • Kathleen Spector

    My best days begin with thanking God for the day when I awaken; spending time over a cup of coffee journaling in what I call my spiritual and nutritional journal. I list what I will eat, drink, and what I will pray during the day (morning prayer from the Magnificat, the rosary, Angelus, Imitation of Christ or an excerpt from St Frances de Sales on living a devout life, evening prayer from Magnificat as well as night prayers with my son. Finally, my exercise. I am fortunate to be able to participate in the Eucharist daily. I find these practices nourish my body and soul. I purchased The Prayer Process cards several years ago and tuck them into books I give away, cards sent for various occasions and payments on bills which don’t get paid electronically. It is a gift into itself 😍

    • Ev

      I enjoyed your post. I to have been journaling and will add a nutritional journal as well. Thank you for this wonderful idea?

  • Pat Dodd Polito

    I now get up an hour earlier than the rest of the household and start my day off in prayer. I love this quiet time alone with God. Since reading Resisting Happiness I have followed the suggested Prayer Process and that has helped me greatly in guiding my conversations with God. I must admit I actually look forward to this early morning start to my day.

  • Michael D. Henson Sr

    I start up with coffe and prayer a part of my daily life. Thanks you Dynamic Catholic for the help.

  • Nancy

    Almost everyday I start with an Our Father and a Hail Mary, as I drive my children to school I pray in my mind for their safety, I ask our Blessed Mother to guide them and help them through the day. I also pray for everyone in traffic and my day might not turn out to be perfect but this helps me be at peace and be strong when the day goes bad.

  • Ben Schafer

    My best days start on the treadmill while listening to the Rosary. At 5:30 in the morning the Catholic Radio Channel has the Rosary on – it feels so good to walk and listen and participate in the Rosary – I have found it the best way to start my day.

  • Rebecca

    My best days start with my morning workout. I always feel more awake and excited to start my day when I get up early and do my workout routine. Since Lent started, I have also incorporated prayer and The Best Lent Ever into my morning routine. I feel like this has helped me spiritually. When Lent is over, I am going to try to keep this routine up so I can continue to work on my spiritual health.

  • Kenny Robbins

    Matthew’s prayer process is essentially the Jesuit (Ignatian) “examen”. It, for me, has been phenomenal and life-changing. A great way to find what Matthew calls “awareness”.

  • Melissa Conway

    As soon as I open my eyes, before I get out of bed, I say “Thank you Jesus for this new day, I offer it up to you, through Mary. On good days I continue with prayer and my time with the Lord. On not such good days I get right up and start my day.

  • Waiting Patiently

    I am I spiritually healthy? Hmm… well, I am healthier now than I think that I have ever been. I have a daily dedication to prayer, in fact. I am hard pressed to think of a day when I DON’T pray. It’s like training and I am WAY out of shape, but the more the exercise is ingrained into your daily life the less likely you are to not do it. For me, it’s almost like breathing, I just have to, but I’m not perfect. Two days ago I ran myself rather ragged. I was tired, too tired to defend myself. I could feel temptation seeping in. I could almost hear Satan licking his chops cause he knew how vulnerable I was. I prayed and was doing well but temptation won. When did it win? Yup, when I stopped praying, so I have confession to look forward to, AND a valuable life lesson on full display. This is so cool cause know I have something to focus on with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit as I move forward in my daily prayer. It’l like I lost a big game but coach is waiting in the film room to teach me how to beat ’em next time. I love you God so much. Thank you for being there with me and being there for me. I want to be the best I can be for you cause you deserve it, and I want to make you proud.

    • Lea Novak

      That’s beautiful…we want to make Him proud of us…just like we want to make our earthly parents proud of us…

  • Angel Schneider

    I set my alarm early and get up before anyone in the house, brew a cup of coffee and sit with Jesus. When I start my day this way, I have much greater peace and direction compared to days when I don’t. When I don’t have that opportunity, I listen to the Pray As You Go podcast on my drive to work (you can find it on the Laudate App). It’s definitely worth carving out a few minutes every day!

  • Angie O’Mara

    Each day, sometimes before I even get out of bed, I say my morning offering and pray for Fr. Tom and all those who are held captive or tormented by ISIS. I enjoy reflecting on my Dynamic Catholic reflection, and The Catholic Company prayers and Saint of the Day. I try to instill in myself, the meanings and reflections of each day into my daily life. I may not always succeed at doing so, but I know and believe that I am trying my best. Oh Lord, please help me to live my life according to Your holy will.

  • Gina B.

    My best days start in prayer with God. My favorite prayer time is when it is just beginning to dawn and, as I am in the midst of my prayers, the world comes alive. I love to hear the birds sing! Sometimes, actually, every time, resistance trys to rob my prayer time with distractions of the mind. Did I schedule this, am I ready for that, how should I respond to that message…ALL KINDS of thought can begin to race through my mind, but a few deep breathes (because I diffuse Frankincense Essential Oil during prayer time, and it is awesome for prayer and meditation) a few deep breathes helps me to re-focus back to God and what is really important; time with Him! All the other task will return and get done, but I can never turn the clock back, and time with God, at the dawn of my day, is the BEST way to start being the best version of myself, today.

  • Ginie

    My best days start in bed with the morning offering and an act of contritions-yes I know some people say that’s an evening prayer-but I say it before I roll out of bed for the day. Then I turn on the coffee pot to have my coffee with the Lord, then to the scriptures of the day, sometimes spending a lot of time on them and others just reading them through and looking at my daily meditation for a thought of the day or a focus on scripture I didn’t catch. I will pray for the deceased members of the family and of my friends families. I also try to get some reading in.
    Usually I’m spending 15-30 minutes in my prayer corner.
    Then I make a plan for my day-well a rough outline of what HAS to get done.

    • Mog

      I too start my day with a morning offering & also a protection prayer, for myself, family & friends. I don’t feel right getting out of bed without praying them. Then I read the Mass scripture readings of the day. Since my husband retired, I have found it hard not to slowly peacefully, go into my day like this. I have explained I like to start like this, but feel obliged to give him my attention, when I am interrupted. I used to start my day with Mass too, but am too disabled to cope with getting up in time.

  • Susie Caughey

    My days always start with childlike Thanksgiving. I wake up thanking God for my night of rest, my warm bed I just slept in, the roof over my head, the gift of a new day. I proceed to the shower being thankful for hot and cold running water and my health to go out to do my day’s work. Currently, I read The Best Lent Ever and the daily scriptures on my commute to work. It has been years of practice and discipline to stop texting (usually very insignificant things). I believe my days are better since I changed my old habits. I am more at peace than I used to be.

  • Daniela D.

    My Lent goal is to become more structured in the way live my faith. I have been doing the Best Lent Ever program and I intend to keep praying in the morning and starting my day with God in my heart.

    • Anne

      I also have this as my goal.

  • Gerry Connell

    A long time ago I was directed to put reading the Bible before reading the newspaper in the morning (one already established habit ). The discipline has worked for over 30 years. Now I attach other spiritual desires to already existing habits and it works for me.

  • nancy homa

    My best days start with prayer and asking God to direct my path for that day.. without his guidance, I am adrift and directionless. And my days reflect that when I go on my own!!

  • Diana

    Every morning when the alarm goes off my husband & I lay in bed and say a short prayer. My husband goes first & then I say mine. Unfortunately when I am away taking care of my grandkids in a different state I sometimes forget to do this. I am loving these morning blogs.

  • Patricia Ferry

    I get up early to spend time I prayer and meditation every day. My life is better when I stay with my morning routine.

  • jim

    My best days start with morning prayer with my wife, Liz. I am up a few minutes before her, so I read the long readings from the office of readings and the saint of the day from my phone app. Then, when Liz joins me, we say the morning prayer from the liturgy of the hours, or a shorter version of it from the ‘give us this day’ publication. At the end we pray together for our sons, and give each other a kiss of peace. We are not always at peace with each other, so this helps us to have communion at the start of our day. Then we have some privileged, precious minutes to talk about what will happen this day, and the things we are worried about. We rarely skip this as this time consoles us both. This sounds idyllic, but our family is not idyllic. We are no longer young, and we realize this is our chance. Have courage, persevere in prayer, and trust in Jesus Christ! He brings life from death.

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      Sounds amazing, Jim. God bless you and Liz!

    • Michael LaMagna

      Blessed. Saint of the day? Then u ask me to trust in Messiah, which is it?

      • Lea Novak

        These are not mutually exclusive. We can trust in the Messiah and still ask the saints to pray for us, just as we ask our friends here on earth to pray for us. It’s wonderful that we have friends in Heaven who can pray for us!

      • Stacy Silva

        Michael, maybe think of it this way. If you were on earth with Peter, Paul or any of the twelve would you ask them for help if you needed it? I’m guessing you would. You might ask for guidance or healing or prayer. Just because we cannot now see them does not mean that they are not here and accessible to us. All the saints in heaven love us too and have special relationships to the Lord, most especially His mother and we here on earth need all the help we can get. May God bless you and continue to guide you.

      • B

        Michael, LaMagna–the Big one, the highest one. You seem to have issues with intercessory prayers. I urge you since you are bold enough to challenge the idea, then be brave enough and studious enough to become the authority on it. I suspect you would become a greater teacher of the reasons for intercessory prayer. Thank you for being open and honest to challenge the idea, however. But don’t limit yourself please; I will be praying for you to find peace and harmony on this course; however, don’t fault me for praying for you to whomever.

      • Ssamaca

        Both. Saints are models for us. People who did great good or overcame great obstacles for God. You don’t read their lives as a form of prayer. You read as encouragement for yourself. And you can ask them to pray for you, just like I can pray for you. But if I had the choice, I’d rather have St. Joseph, my patron, pray for me than me pray for me. He’s quite a bit closer to the Messiah, don’t you think?

    • Pat Riley Blackwell

      Jim, I think it’s wonderful that you and your wife have a prayer life together! When I mentioned that possibility to my husband, he was a bit hesitant, but he hasn’t closed the door completely. Please keep us in your prayers that it will happen. God bless you!

    • C A S

      What a beautiful relationship you and your wife have. Beginning each day together with God. My husband and I going through counseling after we separated for a year. He has been away from the faith. Keep us in your prayers as you will be in mine.

  • Holly

    My best days start with praying in bed before I get up, coffee on the couch while reading my devotions, then, a rosary while I go for a run(you tube has beautiful versions I listen to and pray along with), constant contact with God through the day, praying even one or two word prayers, going to daily mass at least one morning a week, and praying before meals, and at bedtime–this is how I feel spiritually fit through my week. I feel the most peace this way, Gods peace😊

  • Kirk Ilenda

    Our lives truly change when our habits change. The Dynamic Catholic prayer process has been the best new habit I’ve started in years. Every morning on my commute to work, I turn the radio down and spend 10 minutes in prayer and reflection – thanking God for my wife (Happy Birthday Wub!) and three boys, asking for foregiveness and help to be the Best Version of Myself, reflecting on events and people I encountered yesterday, prayers for those in need, The Our Father and asking for favor and strength for the activities and decisions for the upcoming day.

  • John C Garrett

    I have been a priest for nearly 13 years, and have always been faithful to praying my Breviary. A few months ago, however, I decided to become even more intentional in my prayer. I even put together a booklet of the prayers I want to make a regular part of my life, in addition to the Breviary. I also became more intentional in praying for others. I now keep a list on my phone of people who ask me to pray for them, and each morning I take one name, and pray specifically for that person’s request, asking Our Lady of Good Help (the only approved Marian apparition in the the USA) to intercede for them. In my list I have the person’s name, their request, and space for a “glory report” — updates on how things are going for them. The Glory Report is important to me because it reminds me to follow up with people, and then they know that Fr really is praying for them.

    However, I have not been the best in keeping my Temple of the Holy Spirit in shape. I am obese, and while I have lost 90 lbs in the last year, I could sense bad habits coming back and I still was not exercising. So for Lent I decided to “kick resistance butt” and get up at 5:30 AM and exercise. MWF it is a 45 minute walk; TThSa it is 30 minutes walk and then a resistance band workout. From Ash Wednesday to the First Sunday of Lent I was NOT good; resistance was beating me. But for the last 5 days I have beaten resistance each morning and exercised. As I walk I pray/listen to the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet. Boy have I felt good the past 5 days. More productive, feeling closer to God, and happier.

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      Keep up the good work, Father!

    • TU

      God bless.

    • Annie Bestvina Olney

      Thank you for the great testimony. I also use my phone for my prayer list, It is one of the best gadgets on my phone. Keep up the good work.

    • Michael LaMagna

      John why not ask Jesus our Lord. 1 Timothy 2:5. John 14:13. Mary isn’t the one Our Lord told us to pray to..Is it?

      • Audrey Kaplan Russell

        Who among us does not reach to our earthly mother when we are not in need of prayer, asking her to pray with us and for us to Jesus? Mary is not a substitute for God but a partner in supplication. Intercessory prayer for others is Biblical and that is what we are asking of Mary.

      • Glenda Joost

        Michael, our Lord wants us to ask His Mother (our Heavenly Mother) to intercede for us. It is like when I asked my Earthly Mother to remember certain people in her prayers, and she did. We pray through Mary to Jesus.

      • Mary Ellen

        Michael, at the start of Lent, I asked Mother Mary to help me conquer my gluttonous tendencies. Since that prayer, I see it when a situation comes up and I am about to stuff something I don’t need into my mouth. I keep asking for her help, and she is making this so easy for me to turn down those extras I should not have. I am surprised that I am even buying and eating fruit that I haven’t touched in a long time. I have been doing Marian Consecration (according to St. Louis de Montfort) several times a year since 2011 and have grown in relationship to our Blessed Mother. She brings us to Jesus and opens us wide to the Holy Spirit, her Spouse. Since I turned to Mary, my joy has increased in ways I never expected or thought possible. She is our help. Go to her. As a matter of fact, it was Fr. Garrett who encouraged Marian Consecration many years ago in my parish. A friend of mine took advantage of this and, months or years later, shared it with me. I now live in the joys of this consecration.

        • Sharon Fish Larson

          Amen Mary Ellen!

        • Bobbie

          I don’t understand the Holy Spirit . her Spouse????

      • Ssamaca

        Son, behold thy Mother. Mother, behold thy son. Jesus said that from the cross. He wants us to go to Mary like She’s our mother. It is, actually.

      • Lawrence

        Jesus is not unapproachable , but rather fully accessible, directly.
        Some who see him as the Son, forget that He is truly God, our Creator in whose image we are made.
        That said, what better example is there of female virtue, and devotion to Jesus is there, other than Mary?She is worthy of our faith filled adoration and devotion.

    • Jan Onnen

      Good for you!!

    • Marilynn Hibbard

      I can relate to your message Father. I too suffer from resisting – two of the most important things is life. Daily prayer for my spiritual health and daily exercise for my physical health. And it has been apparent in both areas! Just before Lent I refocused my mornings to give time for both and have been feeling so much better. After 10-15 minutes of reading Gods word and reflecting on it, I put on a spiritual music cd on and get on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I close my eyes and praise God right along with the inspiration songs for the 1-2 mile walk. (The neighbors may be wondering what’s up but that’s ok). Each step I take I can feel Jesus walking right along with me. I offer up my prayer process in motion. I am in awe that the time goes by so fast. I give credit for that – to having my eyes and heart set on Jesus!

      • Lawrence

        “spiritual health”
        Why not call it “spiritual fitness”………
        perhaps more will listen.

    • GreenTambourine

      Father, you are an inspiration to me especially today. I fight the battle of the bulge constantly and I will pray for your success. I have visited the shrine of our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin and often pray to her for her intercession. I know she’ll help you, too! God bless and know that you’ve touched someone positively this morning with your courage.

    • Lea Novak

      Ah yes, resistance! I especially resist exercise! Meanwhile, slowly but surely, and at an increasingly fast rate, the pounds pile on.

      Thanks for sharing, and God bless you. We need our priests, and they need to be healthy!

    • Glenda Joost

      Thank you Fr. John for sharing. I can relate to your message. Resistance has been winning during Lent. I want to lose 50 lbs. and exercise regularly. I started Lent on the right track but have given in to tempting foods and stopped exercising. It’s time for change. I will begin each day with 10 minute prayer. I will begin riding my bike again and pray/listen to the Divine Mercy Chaplet. I will prepare and eat only healthy foods throughout the day…no cheating. I will talk with God everytime temptation arises.

      • Elephant

        Glenda, talking to God every time temptation arises is the best thing to do to resist. Thanks for the reminder. God bless you.

        • Gabriele Family

          Brother or sister – that’s great advice, thank you. We all have resistance. I don’t see myself as God does, but I’m trying. Doing so is a blessing, part of my daily prayer habit this series is helping develop. I hope you can do the same, starting with changing your sign-in name to the beautiful creature God see YOU as!

          • Elephant

            Gabriele I chose Elephant because since I was a little girl I wanted a baby elephant that never grew up. I think they are the best animals and I collect them. My name is Debbi. Thanks.

        • MaryQ

          Please change your name, unless it’s to honor the intelligent, fun-loving, sweet & funny elephant? In that case, yay!
          Perhaps you could adopt the name Kangaroo? Did you know the kangaroo cannot jump backward? How would that change how you see you?
          Best wishes for terrific remainder of Lent!

      • Lynn

        Thank you for comment Glenda, I could be writing what you wrote! I am in the same boat so to speak. I struggle with being so “good” or “disciplined” and other times I am out of control. I don’t know why…..I like the idea of talking with God every time I want to grab more of something or grab something so unhealthy for me. It gets me so down when the weight comes back. I go down and then back up, down and then back up….I am back up. Thank you for your idea I will keep trying and look for Jesus instead. God Bless.

    • Sandra Hernandez

      You have inspired me. Thank you Father Garrett, I will pray for your victory.. God Bless you..

    • Mary Ruffcorn

      Down with RESISTANCE! Praying for your continued success.

    • Lynne

      Yea Father!!

    • Debbie

      I love the “record keeping” idea. I’ve begun to write down a list of people i pray for but hadn’t thought of keeping a “glory report”. I will definitely add thar part to my prayer journal! Thank you for sharing!

      • Denise Vega Ruvalcaba

        I keep a list of people to pray for on my phone too. I will need to the the glory report as I often forget about it and my list is probably out of date…

    • Betsy Taylor LaScala

      God be with you, Fr. !! Thank you for sharing this.! Truly, the struggle is real!!

    • Rose Dorsey

      That’s great! I just recently discovered that the “YouVersion” Bible app for my phone has audio. So, I started to listening to the Gospels as I walk each morning. You can pick any version of the Bible you like. I also listen to Christian Music inbetween times on Pandora and use that walking time to praise and worship our God. It’s very inspiring and I forget I’m exercising.

      • Rebecca Desporte

        I find that in addition to my morning prayers I have added “The Jesus Prayer” to my routine after reading “The Jesus Prayer: A Way to Contemplation” by Simon Barrington-Ward. After understanding the history behind this simple form of meditation I have been profoundly moved to pray for myself and others. It’s “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner (or have mercy on my daughter or husband or friend…) This prayer has changed my prayer life and I would recommend anyone to look into understanding why it is such a profound and powerful prayer.

        • Rose Dorsey

          Thank you! I will look into it and try it.

    • Liz McGinnis

      Thanks for sharing! I too like the idea of keeping a list of people somewhere to pray for. Just last week, I was talking with a coworker who had stated that she was happy she could fit in the top she was wearing. I told her that was great and asked her how she had lost weight or was she trying to lose weight. I am a Beachbody coach (Tony Horton) and I love helping people reach their fitness goals. Anyway, she said no she has not been trying but ever since her son passes away in December she has been very depressed and stressed. Boy did I feel like a heel! Then for the next 5 minutes I listened to her story about her son and gave her a big hug and told her numerous times how sorry I was. I also told her I would pray for her. She was very appreciative. It made me feel better that I took time to listen to her and try to sympathize with her loss. I am keeping her and her son in my prayers.

      • Marian Olivas

        Liz, it really does make a difference when you let someone talk about that special person they lost. I lost my son 5 years ago in Afghanistan. When things began to return to normal for the people around me, I found them tip-toeing around talking about him. Finally someone asked about me and I told him that no one wants to talk about my son with me. So, he sat and listened for a good hour. What a blessing that was for me.

        • Liz McGinnis

          So glad to hear. I will keep you and your son in my prayers too. I have lost many people in my life, not a child yet though. It must be hard. Blessings to you.

          • Elaine Welsh

            Renee, the Divine Mercy Chaplet is a prayer tradition that was given to St. Faustina, a Polish Nun, by Jesus, in his many appearances to her. The Catholic Church has recognized these appearances. I say it daily, after my rosary, and I have found it to be a powerful prayer. It is said on rosary beads and only takes about 6 minutes (much quicker than the rosary). St. Faustina died in 1939, her diary is awesome, if you like catholic reading, you will be inspired by it. There is a movement to make her a Doctor of the Church. The most significant use of the Chaplet is a novena from Good Friday through Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday after Easter). Jesus promises that your request will be granted, if said, and in the will of God. God has blessed me through the Chaplet! You can order the pamphlet that explains how to say it from Marian Press in Stockbridge MA, orders 1-800-462-7426. The specific prayers are short and easily memorized, plus there are prayers that you are familiar with. God bless, hope you come to love it as I do!

    • Ssamaca

      You ‘re not alone it seems, Father. From the comments I’m reading and my own struggles, it seems that Satan is busy during Lent with temptation upon temptation. Or call it resistance. f
      When I walk I take that time (which I otherwise consider wasted, boring) and pray the rosary. Pray for me, my family, my special intentions. Struggle to stay focused on the prayer too. A lot of people want to walk with me. That can be helpful. But for me, I’ll walk with Jesus and Mary. Antisocial – maybe. Unfriendly — a person could take it that way. But it’s my time. Don’t give in to resistance in any form. You can do it..
      Good luck from a 70lb weight loss survivor. From a 30lb weight gain rebounder And have courage from a 15lb weight loss comebacker. Remember, Jesus fell 3x. So get up and keep getting up. God bless you.

    • Jane C

      Fr. John, First of all I applaud your being able to be honest with yourself and humble in sharing your fight against resistance. I too keep a “book of intentions”. I like the idea of choosing one name each day to pray specifically for and following up. Today I will add YOU to my book of intentions and will pray that you kick resistance’s butt!! God bless!

    • Anne Mason

      Dr. Fr. Garrett – Your post was inspirational to me. I too am obese. I’ve lost over 100 lbs. and kept most of it off over the last 2-1/2 yrs. My daily prayer life begins with a decade of the Living Rosary, other morning prayers, and special intentions for those who’ve asked for prayer; especially those who are very sick. I also recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet in the 3 o’clock hour, which has brought peace and calmness not only into my own life, but into those who were on their sick/death beds when I recited the Chaplet for them. So true that God’s infinite mercy is unfathomable! Thank you for sharing here. I’ll be praying for you. Peace.

      • Renee

        What is The Devine Mercy Chaplet?

        • Steven Hotho

          GOOGLE it to get a copy. It’s a short prayer you say on the Rosary. Takes maybe 10 minutes. Can be said anytime, but the most important time is 3PM. The time Jesus died. (this is posted in my husband’s name; but I’m sending it – emma lou

        • Carol

          Download Laudate on your phone. So many prayers, daily readings etc. I listen to Divine Mercy chaplet podcast on my way to work. Takes about 10 minutes. Or if driving further the Divine Chaplet song is awesome. Takes about 20 minutes.

          • Renee

            I love it! I just downloaded Laudate. Wow! Another avenue to hear God’s word and meditate. Thank you for sharing.

        • Elizabeth

          The Mercy of chapIet save my mom from the last breath. Is the Mercy of God. Read the story of Saint Faustine. Is a special Rosary prayer that priest do in the last moment of life. God comes in and save you or do his will. After 17 days in intensive care a nurse said to pray the Mercy of Chaplet and not the regular Rosary. In the moment we were doing it I gave my mom to God as we were saying Jesus in you I trust and He gave my mom back. It was a miracle. One of many miracles he did on those 17 days. My mom has been through two cancers, almost death and still alive helping others. She is a daily present for me. She is the miracle of God. She is 78 years old now.

          • susan

            thank you for sharing this beautiful true story of your mother. She has a blessing in having you. God bless you.

    • Pat Riley Blackwell

      So happy for you! Keep up the good work. Please pray for me.

    • Lynn

      How wonderful is this comment section! I thank you for your comment and learned a couple things! First, I learned about Our Lady of Good Help and looked it up. I didn’t know about this. So cool! Second I learned how wonderful you are and how you developed writing the list of requests but also a Glory report. Love that idea! I will be adding that idea to my daily prayer time. Thank you …..You rock and keep walking!

    • Julie

      From Julie
      To Fr John:
      Thanks so much for sharing your personal struggle. My story is similar. It can be difficult to fit in both the physical and spiritual tasks into our daily routine. God bless you for getting up so early. I am not a morning person, but I have to get up for my job at 5:15am M-F. I’ve tried to fit in exercise after work with a coworker, but it often does not end up working out, either due to her second job, or my fatigue from a demanding job working at a homeless shelter, along with a Safe Haven 2 yr transitional homeless program, and recently added 3rd program called Safe Stations, where an individual using drugs or alcohol can go to a local fire station for help. This work takes all my energy. However, I understand the need to exercise. There is my ‘resistance’ area. So far during this Lenten season I have done well with prayer in that I pray daily. Father John, if I may ask that you add me to your prayer list, I would so appreciate it.

      • John C Garrett

        Julie, I have added you to my prayer list.

        • Julie

          Thank you so much! May I ask you to pray for a client who is went into the hospital last night and is unconscious. I visited today and was able to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet over him. I don’t know his personal beliefs, but he has had a tough life. He actually gave my name as an emergency contact, and I am just his case manager. Thank you again!

    • KJ

      Ahhhh Lent the Catholic Diet! Interestingly enough I try to fast and abstain throughout the year with limited success, but the only time I am Iron-Clad in my fasting is during Lent; I feel like the Grinch at the end of the movie with the strength of ten men! This year my purpose is focusing on fasting to strengthen my self discipline against temtation and to strive to abort the sin of gluttony. Fasting allows my body to feel better when I only eat what God has made and my mind is sharper allowing me deeper mindful prayer. I wish everyone on the post the best lent ever and may we actually be trasnformed to forgo sinful behavior that lasts greater than 40 days allowing us to fill our minds bodies and souls with the will of God. The body of Christ has been broken and given to us at mass, so we can share it with others. Be strong this Lent we all have work to do!

    • Karen Murawski

      Dear Fr. John,
      I’m so impressed with your honesty and sincerity! May God continue to help you keep your Temple in shape. So happy you are feeling better and happier! You are being the best version of yourself!!!

      I have a problem with overeating. Please pray that may also take care of my Temple and be the best version of myself. Thank you.

    • Patrick Chanod Jr.

      Awesome, keep it going!

    • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

      Thank you for sharing this with us Fr.J ohn. My j key is barely working ! We always think our priests have got it all together and it was good to hear you are ust like us .This is a good thing . It makes me want to reach out to you that much more . Have a (HUG). They work too ! Be assured of my prayers . *_*

    • Judy Twomey

      Nice;
      Honest
      Wish I had such high aspirations!

    • Lyndsay Sullivan

      Thank you Fr. for sharing that!

    • Steven Hotho

      Father, LOTS of people have commented on your post and thanking you for it. But none mentioned what I would like to ask about. Your booklet of favorite prayers. Is this booklet just for you or are there printed copies you can share for a donation? Also, please also add my name to your prayer list – my two adult sons are not practicing Catholics. I pray for them and their wives every day. But so far, my prayers seem not to be answered. At least the way I wish them to be answered. May God bless you and help you be healthy. emma lou

      • John C Garrett

        I have added you to my prayer list. I will ask Our Lady of Good Help to pray for them too. The prayer booklet I just made up myself and printed on my computer.

    • Joe

      Fr., do you mind if I steal your idea about keeping a pray list on my phone? 🙂
      Keep working on taking care of that body God gave you!!

      • John C Garrett

        Please do. I really just adapted the idea from a book by Fr. Richard Hellman, “The Church Militant Field Manual”.

    • CaroleS

      I’ll be praying for you to win the resistance battle Fr. and for peace and tranquility your life

    • AJ

      Fr John, thank you so much for sharing your struggles. Sometimes I beat myself up over my inability to “kick resistance butt”, viewing myself as lazy or weak. Your post reminds me that we are all human and have similar struggles. For lent this year I devoted myself to this program – watching, writing, and living, and absorbing it (as best as I can!). So far, I haven’t missed a day of watching… the rest, it’s a work in progress. I wish you the best of luck on your weight loss/exercise journey – you got this! I’ll be praying.

    • martin striegel

      I start by day with the daily Mass readings which is posted on the Cursillo website (I went through the Cursillo process several years ago. I recommend it to everyone) then I go down in my mancave and do 30 minutes each on the treadmill and bike. Which i being a Christian nudist I do it nude. I feel much closer to the Lord without the trappings of clothing. Then this gets be going for the rest of the day

    • Melanie

      You got this Fr. John. I have confidence in you.

    • tclark41890

      I have been suffering from a bout of depression and winter blahs. I have talked about getting back to life , reading, excercise, cooking but instead I often find myself just sitting and binge watching tv! I recently moved to a new town and have fallen into an anxiety trap of not wanting to venture out for fear of… Well that’s just it. I can never seem to finish that sentence. Fear of what? The unknown? I’ve been trying to decide what to do for lent. I am reading lots of Catholic sites instead of fb. But that doesn’t help with the fear of getting going. I am going to add this to lent. I am going to find a book club and go somewhere each day. Just a quick trip to that cute boutique or the dog treat store or the library. Thanks for the motivation. I also love the Glory Report great idea! I may borrow it.

    • Babciamel

      Resistance has got a grip on me, as you can see by my tardiness in posting. I also have trouble praying every morning. I was going to use my time here as prayer and set the time that I have my first cup of coffee of the day to do this. One day, I fell asleep sitting at the computer desk. So that one failure, led me to nix the first cup of joe timing. It only took a day or two before I wasn’t doing the program at all. I also have trouble in keeping my temple in good shape. It is so frustrating and depressing to constantly fail at most of the goals I set for myself. Today, I will begin anew to strive for daily prayer and better eating habits.

    • Amanda Joly

      Keep at it, Father! I’ve done a few Rosary walks and really loved them. I guess this resistance is interfering with me doing them daily.

    • Lisa Wack

      Congratulations!!! Beating resistance is so so hard! The evil one knows just what our favorite cookie is and serves them to us piping hot as my dear friend would say. Your commitment and humility to continue trying is inspiring. I do have a question. You mentioned that you pray to Our Lady of Good Help. I have never heard it was wrong to ask for intercession from any of Our Lady’s titles. (I am not saying you said that by the way). Personally, I just ask guidance from our Holy Mother directly. I would be interesting in hearing more of your thoughts on this. Always interested in learning new things. Thank you and may God bless you in your continued resistance!! 🙂

    • Wonder What?

      That is wonderful Fr. keep going. Let’s all pray for Fr. : )

  • Ashley C.

    I wake up about 30 minutes before the rest of my family. I used to spend that time on social media and email catching up on things. Recently, I have started intentionally spending time with God first. I can’t get on social media until I spend time in reflection. I have the Bible app on my phone which has a daily scripture and lessons you can choose from depending on what you need spiritual guidance in. This has helped me prioritize and start my days off much better.

  • Rae S

    Daily habit for 10 minutes. Do it w my journal- added spiritual learning am- pm… a read or video followed by prayer. Days that begin this way are much better!

  • Stephanie Rodriguez

    With coffee. ☕️
    No, while that’s true, I’m up anytime between midnight and 4:00am with my three-month-old daughter, Saida. Those quiet (though sometimes jarring) early morning feedings are the times I feel closest to the Lord in prayer.
    Later, when her two older brothers (18 months and 4!) wake up, I am more limited in my quiet time (imagine that!). But I try to pray a rosary daily during my laundry folding.
    As a convert, I never felt I would be someone praying a rosary daily-ish with three young kids, but alas, here I am! Please pray for me, friends. Life is so good. 💜 But sometimes it can be so challenging. Thank you!

    • TU

      I remember the daily and nightly feedings and how lack of sleep plays with your mind. You are in a period of grace even if you don’t feel it. I will pray for you Stephanie.

      • Stephanie Rodriguez

        I love that, thank you. 🙏🏻

    • Mary Young

      My prayers are with you Stephanie. I too remember fondly those (mostly) quiet night time feedings. That first year after my youngest of three was born all three of them were up at least once every night for nearly a year. But I felt God’s peace with me throughout, I was/am/always will be so thankful for His presence. While these days are challenging, you have the Lord with you. Cherish these moments with your little ones, they go quickly and one day you will wish to revisit them 🙂

      • Stephanie Rodriguez

        Thank you!! 🙏🏻

      • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

        Stephanie, what Mary said is so Very true 1 I would go back in a heartbeat . Three ,the oldest still three (2 more came a little later). I knew where they were and many boo-boos could be fixed with a kiss. What we are coping with now makes 3 in diapers seem like playing in soap bubbles. Treasure every moment .You really are doing a great job spiritually , too ! Love.

    • Claudia

      God bless you Stephanie and my prayers are with you!

      • Stephanie Rodriguez

        Thank you, Claudia 🙏🏻

    • Lynne

      My prayers are with Stephanie.

      • Stephanie Rodriguez

        Thanks Lynne

  • Mary Regnier

    I am Mary M. Regnier and my grand daughter,Marie Regnier brought me to you and I am so grateful to her.

    I start my day in front of my cozy fireplace and candles and go into the silence to the presence of God and

    listen . I ask and then I listen and usually come out of the silence with a sense of direction of who I am to spend

    time with and what contribution I can make to my world that very day. I am so calm and this sets the tone to

    my day . I love being in this moment and so will you Peace and Love every moment

    • Deacon David Krob

      Mary, thank you for sharing. If it would be OK, I would like to use your experience of beginning your day in a homily this weekend. I am focusing on God’s words “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” I will not use your name, unless you agree to let me. PEACE AND LOVE to you.

  • Donna M. DeJoy

    Hi! GOOD MORNING…everyone. Yes, starting your day off with prayers & the rosary and some moments of silence creates the beginning of a strong and wonderful day. Also reading the bible and versus pertaining to that particular time awakens us and helps to make us think about the whole picture. Please, continue on your journey this way and you will build the strength it takes to get through whatever it is you are not looking forward to. Have a BEAUTIFUL, GOD FILLED DAY!!

  • Adrienne Reedy

    I’m really enjoying these discussions!! I start my day the night before by praying and examining my day and to search where God was so active in my life by the many encounters . Then I ask that He deals with me in my sleep. When I awake, before my feet hit the floor, I thank Him for another day, ask for awareness of all my assignments, guidance in handling them and off to the gym for an hour. I find my conversations with God endless it’s an understanding of praying without ceasing!

  • Susan DuChemin Gertel

    With mass!

  • Michael Lennon

    A great point of emphasis by Matthew in giving more attention to “soul health”, attention we often ascribe to just our bodies…and a friendly “challenge” by DC team member, Matt…what do I do to give my day a great start. I’m sort of think that these daily Lenten exhortations from Matthew and the Dynamic Catholic team are intended for 365/24/7 practice…or “Lent year-round”.

  • Dale R Evans

    My first experience with prayer was so meaningful prayer became a big part of my life. There was nothing fancy in my prayer. I just said the “Our Father” many times. Gradually I felt I was being empowered so one morning tested it. Outside the back door of the chapel was a groove of olive trees with a narrow path. Squirrels were always on the ground picking up olives. The second they saw you they ran up the back side of the tree trunk so you could not follow their movement. On that morning a squirrel ran and I projected what I thought I had received. The squirrel stopped about 5 feet off the ground, came around the trunk, and stared at me. After 30 seconds or so the squirrel continued up the tree. I repeated the experiment a number of times. My only conclusion is prayer empowers me to do want our Lord wants me to do.

  • Judy

    I like the guide in how to pray. Everyday, when I wake up, I just sing the song, Thank you Lord. The lyrics are these, ” Thank you Lord, thank you Lord, for your love to me. Thank you Lord, thank you Lord for your liberty. You set the holy ghost within that I may pray for your holy name. Thank you. Thank you, Lord”. With the steps above GASPFOP, my new acronym, I will expand my daily prayer. Thank you for the guide.

  • Jennifer Lind Bourgeois

    My best days are started when I pray IMMEDIATELY! Just a simple Sign of the Cross. Then the daily Mass readings followed by my dedicated Decade of the Rosary. ( check out Universal Living Rosary) These things dont take long but putting God first makes a HUGE difference in my day.

  • Amy Reinhardt

    I find that my best days include working out and conversing or spending time with loved ones. Taking care of the body God gave me and making time for the most important people in my life fulfill me the most. When I get distracted by technology or pointless worrying, those are the days that I wish I could press the rewind button on.

  • Scott Sowers

    If there were a spiritual theme park, I would be riding the biggest roller coaster with my hands in the air. I have peaks and valleys and times of uncertainty, but at least I’m at the right park. One day I hope to be in a tube, floating on the lazy river, at peace. What park do you go to and what rides are you on?

    • Kathy

      That is a great analogy! Some days I just stand at the gate and look in . This lent I am looking over the rides. I can see the lazy river.😊

      • Scott Sowers

        Go on in, the rest will come.

    • Linda R

      Loved the imagery in your response, Scott. Sometimes life does seem like one big amusement park. At the stage of life I’m in now (older and just retired), I’d have to say I’m at my favorite water park. Much of the time, I’m floating on the Lazy River. However, there are days when I’m on the Raging River, with lots of rapids. It’s then that I really turn to more earnest prayer. I love this forum for answers to Matthew’s probing questions. Lots of times, I find inspiration in other’s answers, as I did in yours. Hope you have a blessed Lent.

      • Scott Sowers

        Hang on through raging waters, they eventually calm. Went to see The Shack today. Good movie on spirituality. Take a hanky. Peace be with you and yours.

  • Emily Rodriguez

    My best days start when I wake up when my alarm first goes off instead of hitting the snooze. My days tend to be better when I can dedicate 30 minutes to sitting with my dog, eating breakfast, and doing my morning journaling/reading. My days are better when I’m able to sit in quiet for 5 minutes and just be one with the silence. If I could always have mornings like this I think everyone morning would be a best morning.

  • Judy Y

    My best days always start with the prayer process, meditation, scripture reading and a long walk on my treadmill. On the rare occasions that I can’t do those things, I can feel a big difference in how my day goes.

  • Megan

    In this season of life I am struggling to start my day the way I would like to…with a 4 year old, 2 year old and 2 month old sleep is scarce. I try to get a few moments of prayer in after I settle the bigs into their morning routine, and this lent I’m trying to be more intentional about tucking moments of prayers into my day (mostly replacing social media) and I am noticing a difference…any other Moms out there have any good tips???

    • Karen

      Megan, the answer is right in front of you. Those precious lives that keep you so busy are an answer to your prayers. They will help mold you into the best version of yourself so you can help them do the same. I am a grandmother now and it is easier for me to appreciate . Be at peace and let those spare moments find you when they will. And remember, God is loving you as you are loving your children.

    • Molly

      I had a very spiritually healthy mom tell me when my children were little that everything can be a prayer. She said she scrubbed the floor, thanking God for the mess and the crumbs her children made. It changed the way I looked at all the mundane things that are necessary as a mom of little ones. While I tried the floor prayer, I was much better at praying while I folded laundry, sometimes intentionally thanking and petitioning for the one I was folding for. You are in a beautiful season of life. God knows and appreciates all your stolen moments of prayer. God Bless you and your family !

    • N Courie

      Every time you change a diaper, say a Hail Mary with intention to your child or someone else. Every time you wipe a nose, say the Glory be. Being a mom with active littles is tough. Take them to church no matter what, I know this is tough, but it is what will strengthen them in their faith.

  • Lucy Diana

    I was about to tackle my To Do list and resist the time I spend in morning prayer so I opened my computer and started to delete my 5000 accumulated emails!! I am happy I decided to flip open my laptop and chose to listen to Dynamic Catholic Day 9 of my lenten journey! Every day is so much better when it starts and ends with prayer and any other time in between, that we can fit God into our busy calendar… our To Do list gets done more efficiently and that much faster!!!! Thank You Dynamic Catholic for being one of the first emails I saw this morning and helping me not to put off my morning prayer till later!! xoxo

  • Susan

    Today it started with this lovely video. Thank you.

  • Jacob

    My best day start on a small run. In order, to get my blood pumping. I also sit in slient and think about how my day will be and what will I accomplish. I always have all my positive moment of the day first by thinking what the good thing will happen.

  • NancyB

    My best days start with prayer. I pray the rosary, read a section of the bible, and a daily inspiration. Now with the Best Lent ever, video series, I try to view that each day as it give me a lot to contemplate for the day. How does Matthew know what I need to hear? And like Paddy, I also plan my day. Happy Day, everyone!

  • Vivienne

    5mins prayer before I hit the gym at 0500 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday’s
    Read the Gospel /reflections by bishop Barron when back from the gym, get ready for work.
    Rosary on my way to work; I have the appp on my phone.
    Rosary on my way back home or listen to one of the tapes: fr Larry Richards ,fr Barron , Scott Hahn etc
    Bible studies on mondays at 7pm.
    Morning mass and rosary in the evening on my days off.
    5-10mins of prayer at night,listen to catholic radio, word on fire, the apologetics , catholic answers etc…
    It is difficult to fine a structure but the day I do it I really feel at peace.
    My goal would be to fine consistency,structure and the end the the day with the prayer process!
    Any idea to do this????

  • Peggy

    My days start by doing some spiritual reading but now that I have been starting my day with Best Lent Ever I can see that I was reading but not really praying. I need to start spending 10 minutes in prayer. The prayer process cards will be a valuable tool for me to use.

  • alicehelen

    I really need to start the day this way. Currently, I end each day like this-thanking God for the wonderful day (even when it’s not the best day ever-I still feel God & feel that I’m still here, we have the beauty to look at, food to eat, etc), but I think starting the day would be even better for spiritual guidance. Thanks for the beautiful columns every day!

  • karen

    my best day starts with Mass, since I am retired I go everyday, and I try to arrive 30 min.before so I can sit with GOD.Sometimes my tights get distracted, but I am trying to be totally focused on HIM

  • Glo

    Thank You Matthew Kelly for these daily messages. We lost our son 7 months ago to mental illness and our hearts ache like crazy. Moving forward since then for me has been difficult but I am slowly moving forward. I wake up most every morning thanking our Heavenly Father for all that I have even with our loss.
    The word is my food and keeps me going even more so now for strength.
    Thank you so much for these daily videos because they hit the core to the reality of life. With out God and Prayer I would be lost and I’m not because I know he hears my heart and is by my side, always.
    Bless you and the gift you’ve been given to reach out. Your words are powerful sharing the message of God and his Grace.

    • Suzzz

      What ever would you do without Father’s care and comfort? My heart goes out to you.

      I also am grateful for Madtthew Kellly. It is the first e-mail I check in the morning.

    • Marie D Monaco

      Glo, I will ask our Precious Father to hold you in His Arms. Be still and you will know.

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      So sorry for your loss. Love + prayers ❤

  • Deb Durrett

    Best days for me start with calm reflection, prayer about being in His will, and doing all I am able to be about God’s business.

  • Cras

    How is my spiritual health vs. physical? It would be great to have a set of metrics to measure our spiritual health. Like weight, BMI, blood pressure, etc. What are 2-3 measurements we can track? Would love to see this on back of prayer card for instance.

  • Jan Onnen

    My best day starts with my husband and I praying together. We do daily devotions together. It is the highlight of my day quite frankly. I get to spend time with God and my husband, both of which I consider my role models. When I don’t do this I feel lost. Daily prayer is so important to me.

  • Rosemarie

    I used to prayer during my morning drive to work and then play what I call a ‘love song’ to God. I like to listen to Christian Rock. A few of my favorite ‘love songs’ to him are ‘More Than You Think I Am’, ‘You Are My Everything’ and ‘Can’t Live A Day’. It always put my day on track and I always felt wonderful even before getting into work. Now I work from home most days and I find that I’ve lost the habit of this morning prayer. I talk to God constantly throughout my day and he always hear’s me. I know this because of the moments following when I speak to him. But he deserves more than that. This program is so helpful to get me back on track in developing this habit again and I am grateful for it. It’s not just a great way to start my day, but he deserves my attention because he is always there for me. Always.

    • LosmanPO

      Rosemarie, I too find a lot of solace and focus in listening to Christian music. Danny Gokey’s, ‘More Then You Think I Am” has reached the core of my heart. This song helped reveal to me that God does think of me as His best friend. Besides prayer and scripture, music speaks very powerfully to me. I listen to music throughout the day, but find it most invigorating during my daily exercises, on the elliptical or when I take nice long walks. Thanks for sharing. I feel that I have a kindred spirit out there.

  • M S

    My best days start with a scenic walk with my dogs. At some point during the walk, I pray the Our Father, and a Hail Mary, I ask Mary for personal intentions, I then state my intentions for that particular day. I then talk to relatives that have gone before me about what I will be doing that particular day as we walk.

  • Ruth

    Before Lent I was very inconsistent about sitting down every day for prayer and reading the scripture. Best Lent Ever has really given me the inspiration to sit down, watch the videos, write at least one comment, and then continue with my own Lenten goals of reading the daily readings, daily saint, practicing my prayer life, and working on my personal bible reading goals (currently working my way through Joshua).

    Having a routine to begin each day is so grounding and the fact that I am grounding myself in my spiritual life and contemplation of God has been so moving and empowering. Successfully creating this habit, of daily prayer and reading, has made creating other habits, such as exercise, much easier!

  • Karen Alfred

    Upon awakening I get a cup of coffee and sit in my “Florida Room” overlooking a pond. I thank God for all the wonders of the world. Then I look at my iPhone emails where I get my Gracelines , my Dynamic Catholic and my Daily Catholic Prayers. A lot of thoughts reflections and meditation come to me but sometimes I have to question why?
    It’s my “quiet time” with God 🙏

  • Karen Kuehler

    My best days start very early. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I pray a Hail Mary for some stranger who might be in a crisis at that time of morning or night. When I get up, I say good morning to God then kiss a statue of the Blessed Mother that is on my nightstand, when my feet hit the floor. I try to pray daily including the readings for the day.

    When I don’t do these things ~ i feel terribly alone and do not like my thoughts or the direction that i set for myself.

    • joan Beres

      I love your idea of praying for someone who may need prayers when you wake during the night. That is an especially dangerous time of night for young people who are out. I am going to start offering up my prayers to those people as well! I am often woken out of a sound sleep around 3:33 am for no reason. Maybe my purpose is to pray for others during their time of need!

  • Joanne Maynard

    Today was my first best day in 2 weeks. I began my routine of early morning prayer which was disrupted mainly through my fault. Praying the Divine Mercy and the daily Rosary and also my personal prayers. When I do this I feel like I can accomplish anything with God at my side. I feel at peace and also stronger with the realization and acknowledging God’s presence. Father ” thank You” for telling us of your challenges because it’s a great challenge to remain focused. Thank You for this ‘Dynamic Catholic site’. My sis sent to me and I have also invited some of my friends as well. God Bless!

  • Ana

    My husband and I say the rosary together before he leaves for work. We used to say out intentions out loud. Someone gave us as a gift a prayer bowl. We now write our intentions in that bowl and they stay there. That way, we continue to pray for those who have asked us to pray for them. Mama Mary gives us so much peace!!!! We know she goes ahead and always takes care of us. She leads us to her son. At the wedding in Cana nobody told her they were out of wine. She took it upon herself to ask Jesus to do something. Even though he said it was not yet his time, she had faith and told the wine stewards to do as he told them. Jesus loves his mother! When she asks for something He listens to her. So, we just put her in charge! She rocks!!!! There is a reason she is called the Queen of Peace! We love starting our day with her!

  • Joamm

    Best days start with prayer. Before I was married last year, I would read the daily reflection through the Living Faith Catholic Devotions and pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy chaplet. Not always consistent, my main challenge is getting to bed early enough, then and now. after I was married it took me a while to restablish a routine so I could spend time with him in the mornibg My husband and I both go into work for 7:30 and he has a longer commute, so there were some days I could spend a few minutes after he left. I have learned to take the time for myself(he usually does in the evenings to go read). I started saying the rosary and the chaplet in my car on the way to work. Slightly longer commute(10 minutes more) since I moved. With the beginning of Lent, I have been getting out of bed earlier to do my readings and the Best Lent Ever.

  • Sarena

    I have recently begun to make it a habit to pray more often. I try to pray at different times, where I can find quiet time or just as I’m going to bed. I have been trying to set aside times in the morning to be alone to pray. I feel like something in me is complete when I have that time.

  • John

    Dear God,
    I give myself to you, whole heartedly and without reservation, through my Baptism and Marriage vows. Please grant me peace in my heart, and true friendship with you. Oh, Holy Spirit, be the life of my soul now and always. Amen.

    This is my morning prayer, which I wrote for this Lent!

  • GreenTambourine

    Lately my best days start by watching the Best Lent ever videos! I make them a priority and I can already feel that they’re changing my habits. I used to start with a Rosary first thing every morning but I found I was often distracted and not giving the prayers the attention they deserve. These videos are so wonderful and thought provoking; I wish they would last all year (so I’m going to save and revisit them when Easter arrives). God bless everyone on this forum, today especially.

    • Joanne

      I agree with you. I watch the videos, think about what they reveal, and read the comments of my friends. They are so valuable–Matthew, you are a blessed man!! I have been doing a shortened version of the Prayer Process since Best Lent Ever last year. Start with giving my day to God, end examining my conscience in bed as I fall asleep and saying the Our Father. It is a nice circle. This year I have devoted my prayers and good thoughts/deeds to a loved one, writing their name down in a little book my parish gave out for Lent. It helps to focus.

  • JayAW

    I pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be as soon as I wake up each morning and before I go to bed at night. I’ll go through periods where I’ll pray the Rosary every day and also pray a novena prayer. When I chose a novena prayer, like to St. Gerard for example, I read about his life so I could get in touch with the reasons behind this novena to St. Gerard. That helped me to get a deeper understanding about his relationship with God and how I could adopt some of his spirit into my life. I found novenas to be very beneficial in that respect.

  • Marilyn

    My best days start by giving thanks to God that he has given me another day to better myself for the chance of entering heaven and spending all eternity with Him and giving myself up totally to Him and His Will in my life not my own ~

  • Claudia

    I am the mom of a 8 month old and he always wakes up between 5 and 5:30. Before he came I remember how getting up at 6 was a struggle and never quite made it to prayer because of how rushed I was. Now, I get to get up, love on my baby boy and then spend 10 – 15 minutes with my Lord. I love praying at this time of the day because I can include my baby boy because when I am reading scripture I always read aloud so he can hear it, and he listens while he drinks his bottle and then when he is done goes back to sleep. I love this time of the day, I get to spend time with my Savior, ask for our blessed mother’s intercession, ask St. Therese to pray for us and also get to spend some time with my baby boy, what a way to start the day!!

  • Judy B.

    Just this year I have made a grateful journal. I could never keep up with the stereotypical journal as they ended up being too negative. When I first began my grateful journal I thought I wouldn’t have many entries, boy was I surprised to find out how many things I am grateful for. It’s an eye opener.

  • Donna Armstrong

    My day starts (most days) with a simple “Thank you Lord Jesus for this day, please lead me, guide me and walk with me as I offer up to you all I think and do and say”. Then M-F when I walk at lunch, I pray the rosary. No need to carry beads, as my fingers work just as well. I do prayers just before going to bed (most likely after I have gotten home from a church function). So it is rather simple to get 10 min. of prayer in each and every day. Give it a try.

  • Denise

    I started teaching sixth grade in my parish’s faith formation program this year and I have encouraged my students to use the prayer process as well. I use it each night before going to bed and I find it helps me to evaluate my day and also brings me peace. I, too, need some inspiration when it comes to physical exercise and am trying to incorporate that into my day on a regular basis. Twenty minutes of walking shouldn’t be that hard, but man is resistance tough!

  • Dorothy Cabral

    How do my best day start? I Try faithfully to start every day with prayer. I have a quiet little secluded area in my home were I sit so all my attention is on just talking and starting my day with God. I say talking because, my prayer doesn’t always consist of traditional prayers. I sometime just sit and have a conversation with God about things that are on my mind and ask for his guidance.
    I find when I start my day in conversation or prayer I’ll my day becomes positive. I have a better outlook on whatever comes my way. When I miss my morning prayer I feel discombobulated and out of control. Once I realize I missed my morning prayer as I some time do, I stop and take a few minutes to speak with God and get back on track. I know in order to be the best version of myself I have to start by putting God first in my life!

  • Paul Mir

    My best days start when I wake up and thank God in prayer and then ask for His forgiveness in my short comings. I then pray the rosary. Afterwards I pray for people that have wronged me in my life and for my family and my needs. I ask for guidance. Then I’ll workout and afterwards clean my house. Sometimes I don’t make time to do this and I feel the difference. I’m beginning to feel guilty for not having put God first the days that I don’t follow this routine but I know that life is about falling and getting up again.

  • Connie Wax Crosbie

    My best days start with a Thank You to God for a new day, a morning offering from the heart and a few moments to visualize what I’m going to do that day and how I can bring God into those moments.

  • Ana Graciela Ramos Otero

    I open my eyes and thank God for the new day. I have turned to daily prayer because in it I have found the strength to live a better day: one at a time. And I have discovered the joy of living it.

  • Conrad

    Conrad
    I have thought about Spiritual Health (I call it Spiitual Fitness) for some time. Several years ago I started to write a book, got the table of contents and first chapter done. My idea was that a church or faith based organization should provide a roadmap to spiritual Fitness with milestones and measures to track progress. Like Physical Fitness there should be measures like blood pressure and heart rate with Spiritual Fitness to track progress. Based on the video today one measure would be daily prayer time. I have asked myself the question what would be equivalent to a marathon in the Spiritual world.
    My dream would be that we (especially the youth) would get as obsessed with Spiritual Fitness as we are with Physical Fitness.

  • Margie Suarez

    Most of my life I have had some kind of physical exercise. I would feel guilty at time because my spirit would convict me and tell me so LOUD, “you have time to exercise , but you don’t have time to pray?” Exercise is so mindless and prayer to me is need of concentration and devotion. I am so bad at that! Yesterday, I was doing my mindless chores and I was reminded that I had not spent time with Father. So I prayed the Lords Prayer and a few Hail Mary’s while cleaning the counter top and putting dishes away. Afterwards I asked myself… “Does that count?” Do I have to sit down and meditate to pray? Can I just talk to Father while doing my daily tasks? I do make time for God alone, but I’d rather talk to him while sweeping or folding clothes.. Thank you.

    • Dee

      I absolutely think that we can and should pray while doing our daily tasks. Someone mentioned that singing is praying twice – I think that praying while doing chores makes a prayer of our daily work. May God bless you as you strive to bring more prayer into your life!

      • Margie Suarez

        Thank you, Dee. From your mouth to our Father. I want to be who he created me to be.

    • Crystal Dasburg Marchand

      It always counts, whenever and however you talk to God. I have a hard time sitting down and quieting my brain, so I too pray while I’m doing something else. It helps me focus. Remember in scripture, Martha is blessed too and welcomed by Jesus even when she’s running around serving and taking care of her guests. We aren’t all Marys who can just sit with Jesus. I’m a lifelong Martha right here!

      • Margie Suarez

        Thank you. It helps to have affirmation. 🙂 God created both Mary and Martha. 🙂

        • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

          Thank you ,Margie . I needed to hear this . *_* K

      • Babciamel

        It is the prayer that counts, not a “perfect” setting. Sometimes, I even pray during commercials while watching TV. I used to feel guilty about “fitting in a prayer,” but now I see it as a good thing, better than just sitting like a zombie or walking to the fridge or cupboard for a snack.

  • CathieHeenan

    My best days start, before even getting out if bed of saying my morning prayers. I then read the daily Bible readings, plus other prayers in my prayer books. In all I am in prayer mode for at least 30 minutes in the morning.

  • Laura LaDue

    My best days start with a gratitude prayer to God to thank Him for a new day.

  • Jeff Avina

    My best days start with quiet time and relaxation. I normally work an 11 or 12 hour workday so 4am is my ‘calm before the storm’. During that time I pray and talk with God, which I find most relaxing. I always end by thanking Him for putting my two sons, Ethan and Graham, into my life and letting me be part of theirs. The knowledge that He’s looking over them gets me through the day with joy and content. They may both live away from home now but knowing God is looking after them starts my day off content and hope.

  • Kathleen

    My best days are started by singing the “Our Father”. As a child I was told to always sing the “Our Father”—“Singing” is praying Twice ! So I start out my day with 2 prayers for one….even though I can’t sing very well (Smile)
    That’s how I start my day-singing the “Our Father” prayer!

  • Lisa

    To be completely honest, I have never thought about it. I have never taken the time to sit and think–“What did I do today to make this me best Day?” ” What did I do today to make it a bad day?”
    I need to be more cognizant of that. I am spending time in prayer in the morning now because of this journey. I usually do my prayer time at night before I go to bed. I still do even with going in this journey. This is something that I will have to pray about. Dear God, please help me to be more cognizant of what makes for a great start for me. Help me to develop that into a habit. Amen

  • Shyne4god

    My day starts with God !and ends with God !I usually try n spend at least a hour in the morning and I just can’t imagine my day without that ! He is my best friend , my rock ! Im learning to pray through out the day !I am a hairdresser and when I am shampooing my clients hair I try and Pray for God to bless and help them with any trials they are going through !my life with Prayer and Study has been so rewarding to Me !!I can’t Imagine what life would be for me if I didn’t have that !

    • SanctusSanctus

      I love the fact that you pray over your hair clients! Awesome!

  • Regina May

    I begin my best day praying before I even get out of bed. I read from the Laudate the scripture readings for the day and reflections on the readings. I go to morning prayer at church followed by Mass. During the day I have study which now includes Dynamic Catholic “The Best Lent Ever”, and one of the many books I’m now involved in reading. Our parish has gifted the parishioners with FORMED and there are many forms of study on it through the internet. I began Lent with evening prayers at 7pm, I’ve not been very faithful with that but not giving up. I always end up in bed with my night prayers and examination of conscience.

  • Terry ❤️

    My best days start with the “Sign of Love” the Sign of the Cross. I bless myself in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”. I begin by thanking God for a good night of sleep and telling Him how grateful I am to have another day to live for Him. I ask Him for guidance to be the Best Version of myself as He created me to be and to fill my soul with the Graces I need that I might bring to those I see and meet the Love of God that Is within me.
    Then, I take a walk outside and pray the Rosary!

  • Danny Centurioni

    Every morning, I get up and glance at my men’s devotional calendar which has a scripture verse and a reflection from a prominent Christian author or speaker. Then while I brush my teeth and shower I recite the St. Bridget Prayers. My wife is still asleep when i leave at 4:30AM, but I adjust her blanket, kiss her, tell her I love her and bless her with the sign of the cross on her forehead.
    I have a 45 minute commute where I go to my Laudate App and listen to a reflection from Benedictus and then the USCCB podcast of the daily readings, then I pray the rosary (with intentions), pray the Memorare and St. Michael Prayer. This all takes less than 45 minutes.
    I get to work, check emails and respond to them, then head to daily Mass.
    I come back, prepare myself a small breakfast, giving thanks to God for the food.
    The same thing at lunch along with praying the Angelus.
    The commute home is a little longer, but I still pray the rosary and prayers.
    At home, my wife and pray before dinner and we do so again together before bed.

    This routine did not happen overnight. It took years to make it a routine and a part of my daily life.
    It was difficult at first, but now it is second nature.

  • Crystal Dasburg Marchand

    My best days start with being in the quiet of the house and getting a chance to mentally wake up before my kids start needing me. On the days that I sleep in, I have a hard time being joyful because I have to hit the ground running and pour out to them before I’ve had the chance to be filled myself.

  • Ava

    We have a cross on our wall at home that everyone but me has forgotten. My best days start when I kiss the foot of the cross then I lay down before the cross and say a certain prayer.

  • Praying4U

    I pray everyday, and probably only 10 percent of them when my mind is really there, concentrated and present. I think whatever we do, trying to make a good habit of praying will always help in the end. God knows our intention and lovingly accepts our efforts. St. Therese said that she needed to borrow His love in order to love Him.

  • Elaine Millar

    I know resistance can get the best of me. And often too. Mine comes in the form of depression, I think. I’ve been on meds for it and for AS arthritis which has been bringing me down as of late. My husband and I run a small business, but are stricken with bad cash flow. Although he believes and we go to Mass every Sunday, he says he’ll do more to learn his faith when he’s older, he’s 60. This makes me lonely for I have no friends to share my faith with daily since we moved. Boy, I’m feeling like a pity party right now! Sorry! Anyway, I’m reaching out for some extra prayer for help I guess. I truly want to conquer all this resistance in my life. God bless us all.

  • Lynne Piechocki Murray

    My best days always start with a decision to have the best day, a thank you to God for this day that will be great and a positive action for the people around me…today I made the coffee for everyone.

  • Elaine

    I wake up and the majority of the time I think of God and ask him to bless this day and all my loved ones. Occasionally at some point in a day I might say the Rosary. This Lent I am committed to saying the Rosary each day. It is these meditating moments with God that bring me close to him and hopefully give me spiritual guidance.

  • Rita Perii

    Prayers for you Elizabeth. Thank you Father Garrett for sending me courage and wisdom.

  • Jennifer Haeussler Brewer

    I try to leave for work early so that I can listen to EWTN catholic radio. I LOVE to hear Sr. Ann Shields prayers in the morning. She is such an inspiration.
    I also read and pray through the Catholic Company Morning Offering that comes through my email. Spending a few quiet moments with God helps set the tone for the day and guides me through my daily activities.
    Reading the posts of others has helped me think of things I can do to help become a better version of myself and ‘kick resistance in the butt’. I love the idea of getting up 15 minutes earlier and doing some physical exercise while praising the Lord. I am going to try that!
    Thank you for your comments

  • Debbie

    My best days begin without the TV, without my reading emails, or social media! My best days begin with me watching the sun rise, dressing, and going to daily Mass. It’s begun in prayerful consideration of the coming day. I regret I’d not started this routine earlier in life. But I realize I should not look back at what was lost but look forward to what I’ve found and glad I recognized it’s place in my life now.

    • Eileen Thompson

      At daily Mass today, the first reading was from Ezekiel 18:21-28. It starts out, “Thus says the Lord GOD: If the wicked man turns away from all the sins he committed, if he keeps all my statutes and does what is right and just, he shall surely live, he shall not die.” The main point in my pastor’s homily that he wanted us to focus on was, “It’s not how you start, but how you finish.” We all regret things in our past and how we “should” have done things differently especially in our spiritual life. So focus on the goal to attain eternal life from here on out because God will judge us on how we finished the race.

  • Nancy R

    My best days start when I take care of myself. Lately the best practice has been watching the Dynamic Catholic videos, reading the accompanying passages and joining the discussion. I ordered the prayer process cards to help me work on a stronger daily process. This will be my way of taking care of my spiritual health.

  • Robert Noble

    Mr. Kelly — the four questions; Mr. Scherr — “What are you doing to make today one of your best days?”
    Excellent questions to pray and reflect on. Thank you!

  • jo Solano

    I start my day everyday by praying Rosary, then at least three times a week I go to early Mass which is 10 minutes away from my house walking, so its a physically and spiritually exercise for me. Then while eating breakfast I read scriptures. Then every 3 PM I’m praying Divine Mercy Chaplet followed by St Michael chaplet and prayer of St Gertrude for souls in purgatory! Then at night I prayed again for everything 😉

  • Mary Ellen

    My best days start in the early morning when, before thinking about getting out of bed, I say to my God: “I pledge my allegiance to You this day, and I ask in return the grace of obeying Your Holy Will to the best possible extent. I commit to You my way, and I ask the help of my Most Blessed Mother to order every part of this day to give You the greatest glory.” The beginning of that prayer, I think, comes from Direction for our Times. Then I stand before the Crucifix (knees are shot) and say many of our beautiful Catholic prayers, ending with 3 prayers to the Holy Spirit and the Ave Stella Maris. In those prayers, I thank God for my Guardian Angel & all the heavenly help He gives to each one of us, asking that He surround with many angels all those in my family who don’t believe, who have turned away from Him, or who have never known him. Then I go downstairs for an hour with my Father over two cups of coffee, thinking about and thanking Him for all the blessings that surround me and asking His blessings for my family, all the people in my life, and all the world. I make my prayer in Mother Mary as I entrust everyone to her. I come away from that time with so much peace and joy. And then a very good day unfolds, no matter what.

    • 4Gdfam1st

      That’s beautiful!

  • Marjorie Nichta

    How can I find the Dynamic Catholic Prayer Practice?

    • Mary Lynn

      Click on the link above under “ACT”

  • Vivienne

    So inspiring as I read the comments!
    I want to agree with Margie that there are things we do so effortless/mindless like exercise but prayer may need concentration and devotion.
    What helps my concentration is group prayer; the mass,bible study..
    I also love the idea of praying while doing chores/at work ,it redirects you to the center (Jesus)
    If I draw inspiration from the word of God as I read then my prayer that day will be so effortless.
    So I try to read the Bible daily…

  • Another day “Off Script”.

    Let me start by saying that some “bad habits” have led to me gaining 50+ pounds. But I also realize that just as I’m working on changing those habits, I need to make prayer a habit, so what’s stopping me?

    • Tina Xinastle

      Keep yourself inspired and motivated and you can do it, James!

  • Maria Michelle Swing

    Before I listen to the news and weather reports, before I eat breakfast or give the puppies their treat I read the daily readings that are on the My Parish app on my phone. I can listen to Homilies if the reading doesn’t make sense to me or Reflections or The Good News tab. Yes, I think of the things that worry me and turn them over to God, ask him to remind me of things that I need to remember during the day. And no I don’t always follow my regime if I’m running late or if resistance rears its ugly head. I just try each day.

  • Suzanne Hauser

    A few years ago I realized fear completely controlled me. From my gut to my mind all I could do was react. God spoke not-so-gently that the only way to break away was to focus on Him EVERYDAY first thing. I took up the slogan “Do Today” That’s all He asked me to do. Stay out of tomorrow and just stay here with Him in each and every moment. And as soon as I feel myself slipping, just stop and call out “Jesus”….Actually, He said it was ok to whisper, say or even SHOUT His name, depending on what I needed right then. I’ve tried to live this grace as best as I can on any given day – actually in any given moment. It is getting easier. Fear still rears it’s ugly head, but now I know I can rely on the most awesome power ever to smack it right back down. It’s a process. I’m still learning. I start with my morning offering before I get out of bed and then enjoy my quiet time with Jesus reading Jesus calling, the daily mass readings and whatever “program” or book I am currently working on. It helps so much to start my day in this way. I’m kind of a rule freak, so it’s best if I do it the same way every morning…..then I feel for the rest of the day I truly can stay out of tomorrow and Do Today! Peace!

  • Stacy Silva

    What are some of the apps youbfplks use to listen to the rosary or Divine Mercy while you walk?

    • Tina Xinastle

      Relevant Radio app, Ave Maria Radio app too hope those are helpful

      • Stacy Silva

        Thank you!

  • Prolifedem6M

    This Lent I am much less motivated than I have been for past Lents. I have dilly-dallied over committing myself to a Lenten discipline. I am busy dealing with unexpected physical chronic problems that have been cropping up–conditions I had never heard of. The doctors tell me that I must deal with them from now on. They’re not going to go away. I simply have to manage them or they will manage me by becoming much more severe.
    So, there are daily exercises to strengthen my body, some diet changes to adjust to.
    Fortunately, I am not dealing with pain especially, but with limitations on what I can do. I do sense the Lord beside me in all this. I see it as sharing in drinking the cup that he was offered in Gethsemene.
    I suppose that my spritual health reflects my physical health. It is generally good, but there are areas that need special attention.

  • Ethel L

    ” God I’m grateful that I wake up today!” My day starts with that short/ sweet prayer. Many years ago I program myself to have only ONE choice daily; “ONLY” GOOD DAY! Its not easy, but it’s my reminder and I get used to it.

  • Tina Xinastle

    Awesome! I agree your daily habits determine the success of your day. When I pray, exercise, read, listen to inspirational messages from Matthew Kelly, Terri Savelle Foy, Jason Evert, Relevant Radio, and many others etc. . and focus on my spiritual health I have my best days!! I hope to be consistent in my daily habits to be the best version of myself.

  • Kathy

    This weekend is the anniversary of my husband’s birthday. He past away very suddenly 8 years ago. Yes, it gets easier they say and until you’ve walked that walk you really don’t know as I didn’t truly know about others that went through it before me. Some years I just tell God that I just can’t pray today as it brings inconsolable tears to my eyes as it’s doing right now as I write this. I’m happy for my husband as he’s in heaven but he was my best friend and its hard not having a partner to go thru life with. Even through the tears I said no to Satan and am having my prayer time like I do each day. My husband was a convert to the Catholic faith so I miss my prayer partner also. I’m determined this year as I go through his bday, next month the anniversary of his death and the anniversary of our marriage which was the day of his funeral. I’m going to say no to Satan and try my best to just rely on God.

    • Louise

      So sorry Kathy.. I pray for peace and comfort for you.

    • TerriB

      Praying with and for you, dear Kathy. Hugs

      • Kathy

        P 3rd Thank you for your prayers and I can feel the hug

    • Kathy

      Thank you so much. My prayer requests to friends and family is simply praying that I have peace that surpasses all understanding and understanding

    • Bert

      Kathy, Try focusing on how happy your husband must be in God`s hands instead of how sad you are without him. Yes, I do not know how you feel to have lost your husband, but we lost our son 3 years ago in a car accident. We still miss him dearly, but when I focus on how much I miss him, I then think how happy he must be in God’s hands, where I pray to be someday. I also pray for his soul everyday, asking for God’s mercy. He has had many Masses offered for his soul and many prayers for him, this makes me very happy. God carried us thru his funeral and the many days after and is still carrying us. Try saying a prayer for his soul and think of how happy he must be and not on how sad you have been without him. Life is so short, but eternity is forever! Bert

      • Kathy

        I know where my husband is and I think maybe I didnt make my reflection detailed enough. I am very happy for my husband who is in heaven. I just have sadness on certain anniversaries but it’s not sadness about him it’s more about my sadness. It happens a couple times a year and I always want to remember him. I was never angry at God because I know that day he chose my husband to take up to heaven and that still brings me happiness. Of course I wasn’t happy about God’s decision until I realized what a great place he took him to. My mother had passed months earlier so it was a lot in that overall year. I’m very sorry about your son and I truly wasn’t trying to be baby crying but only a wife who’s a bit sad. My husband also died in a car accident so it being so sudden was overwhelming. He also has masses said for him and I pray each day for his soal. I will pray for your sons soal each day. God bless you and thanks for your comments

        • Bert

          Thank you so much Kathy for your prayers, that means so much to me, I will also pray for you. I know missing your husband and your mother is a cross you have to bear, some days are harder than others, but every day the Lord is at our side. I watch EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) alot, I have learned so much, Mother Angelica is such a treasure to watch. I also read alot about our faith, it gives me so much peace. Take care and may God give you many blessings.

  • Elaine Gunn

    I am trying to lose 10 pounds to fit into a particular dress for a wedding that is coming up and to fit more comfortably in my other clothes. This might not sound like much to some but for me it is. I have cut the calories and I am taking a yoga class that I love. At the end of the class there is always a calming time in which we are to try and think of something peaceful. I try to imagine Jesus in a field with children, baby animals, pretty insects, etc. or walking with Jesus on a beach. I have had a few setbacks on counting my calories but continue on in hopes of meeting my goal.

  • LosmanPO

    To be honest, I have to give a lot of credit to the Dynamic Catholic team and its mission. Mid-last year, I experienced the most extreme life changes, depression, thoughts of suicide and the unraveling of my family. If God would not have intervened, I would not be here today. He led me back to the Catholic Church and to the Dynamic Catholic program. Since then, I have read several of Matthew Kelly’s books and participated in the Best Advent Ever program. To say that my habits have changed would be an understatement. I have taken many of Matthew Kelly’s recommendations to heart. For the past 4 months, I have started each day using The Prayer Process and reading one chapter from the Gospel. This has had an overwhelming impact on the rhythm of my life. I feel empowered each morning and a reserve of energy that helps me tackle each and every day. Although there are still storms surrounding me, I feel a genuine peace that I never felt before. By focusing on God first at the beginning of my day, I continue to see immeasurable improvements physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. It carries over to everything else that I do throughout my day. Thanks be to God for the genius of the Catholic Church and to the life affirming work of Dynamic Catholic.

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      Amazing testimony; thank you for sharing!

      • LosmanPO

        Thanks Stephanie. I appreciate it very much.

  • Dorothy Demare

    My husband and I start each day the same. We get up before our children, and before coffee and breakfast we pray our morning prayers. To start we light a candle (picture of Jesus or Mary) and call on the Holy Spirit. We bless each other with Holy water and offer our day to God. When we’re done, we have our breakfast and go to mass. Puts everything in order and prepares you for whatever comes. Blessings.😄 Dorothy

  • Tony Pantera

    I have always prayed, but like the Dynamic Prayer Process. It has structure, but doesn’t tell you what to pray. It is the template that better lets me see how my life is unfolding and how I might make changes.

  • Mary

    I read my Living Faith the minute I rise. I have been doing that for 30 years. I try to get to Mass each day at 8am. I try to get there early and spend time in the classroom of silence, so I can hear God’s message. The alarm on my phone goes off at 3pm. I do St Faustina’s prayer for 3:00, the Chaplet, The Way of the Cross. I had told this group I am homeless. Now though the grace of God, I have two opportunities for housing. By the end of the month I will be settled. I had taken all the prayer cards from funerals and picked up along the way and put them in a small photo album. They provide me with different prayers and memories. All of you here are in my prayers as we journey through Lent together.

  • Carmen Daniels

    My best days start when I ignore time! I am the type of person that tries to squeeze in as much as I can in one day. I find that on days when I come to terms that I won’t accomplish everything on my list I tend to be more present in my life. I also am less likely to skip my morning prayer and take more time appreciating it vs. skipping it to squeeze in some unnecessary task before I leave for work.

  • Margory Placha

    I pray the Liturgy of the Hours three times a day, plus a few other prayers. And I pray for a list of people everyday. sometimes more or less. I also say a rosary. I try to keep distractions to a minimum, but sometimes things don’t work out that way.

  • Joe Cruz

    I use to listen to the radio on my way to work but decided i needed something better so i started praying for my family, friends and those that are down and out. My days have always been better !!!

  • Caitlin M Beck

    I love this series and am super grateful for it but am worried that there was some unhelpful devaluing of the body in today’s post. Something like “at some point our bodies will be buried in the ground and that will be that,” was said. Is anyone else worried about this statement? It is one thing to say the soul is hierarchically higher than the body; the soul is spirit and the body material so the spirit is closer to True Spirit. Yet, we still say the body will be raised… It is not just “that will be that.” Perhaps Matthew Kelly didn’t mean what I picked up. Can anyone speak to this? Does anyone not feel worried about this?

  • Liz McGinnis

    How do my best days start? — A great day for me entails getting up about 5a before anyone else in the house is awake. Then I usually do a 30 minute workout at home, shower and get ready for work. Since Ash Wednesday I have been conscientuous about getting some prayer time in as well. When I leave for work, I pray the rosary on my commute. I am a nurse anethestist (CRNA) so I take advantage of the chapel at the hospital where I work to pop in and say a quick prayer when I get a break. Sometimes, I pray quietly during surgery for patients, people hurting in my life and my family. I find on the days when my commute is shorter, I don’t pray the rosary and I feel disconnected from God. This Lent I am making a conscience effort to set a time prayer before I lay my head down at night.

  • Denise Vega Ruvalcaba

    My best days start by waking up early, eat breakfast, taking my daily vitamins and supplements and praying! I’m in a better mood and I’m able to get things done throughout the day because I started off on the right foot!

  • Joseph Lori Augusino

    I wish you could do Best Lent Ever every day of the year. The messages have sure been right on for me this lent. Thank you very much!

  • Yvonne Moreno-Taylor

    My best days start with a Thank You to God for waking me up and prayer.

  • Michael Ennis

    My best day starts with my eyes popping open, and I am instantly aware that I am awake. I have no great urge to get that first cup of coffee (although I usually do anyhow), or to light up a cigarette (same). I get dressed singing “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”. I try on these days to let that great feeling be carried throughout the entire day.
    God Bless

  • CCL

    Yesterday was rock bottom for me. I am too ashamed to go into details, but I know today that God saved me. I am forever grateful and hope and pray to keep feeling this way. In response to today’s video, I now feel prepared to look to God to find out what is important to me, and what is not. What keeps me from Him, and what brings me closer.

    • KateM

      I’m so glad today looks brighter for you and that after a rock bottom day yesterday, you are wise enough to look to God instead of continuing a downward slide. I pray that you will find comfort in knowing our God is all merciful and forgiving no matter our sins, loving us unconditionally.and holding us close through our darkest hours and brightest triumphs.

    • Liz McGinnis

      thanks so much for sharing — today is a new day! no need for details just know that we are praying for you. You have made a great step by coming back to God. One day at a time!

  • Laura

    My best days start when I get to bed early the night before after my evening prayers and quiet time with the Lord and then awake to start the day with the rosary and morning prayers.

  • Margaret Meissner

    Thank you for sharing Father John. I feel the two aspects of our health go hand in hand. Without one, I am treading water and quickly fatiguing. The combo keeps me afloat.

  • Jane C

    My best days start with exercise & prayer (usually walking the dogs with my husband). We love this quiet time together. I pray the rosary on our walks (he usually needs 30 min or so before he wants to talk). Then I pray the daily readings later in the morning. If I get out of sync…I can really tell that my day does not go as well. I have one of the prayer process cards in my purse….I am going to put it in a more prominent place. I like the idea of that organized process. It’s right up my alley.

  • Paula Hecker

    I like the idea of using my device to keep track of prayer intentions! Thanks!

  • SanctusSanctus

    awesome prayer/surrendering to God.

  • Ssamaca

    I’m reading a lot about weight, overeating, etc. Losing these pounds and eating a healthy diet is a good thing, for sure. Is it a Lenten goal? I guess traditionally it has been. But maybe we should seek for more.

    Question: Ever wonder why parish upon parish have these Lenten fish fries and breakfasts, etc?
    And these are not frugal meals. They are absolute grand buffet type things. Other parishes advertise in my parish’s bulletin, youth groups too. And KofC is the worst! .(Sorry guys, I love you and I love your fish fries – too much). Maybe in the guidelines for Lent we should have guidelines for fish fries?
    I’m going to duck now.

  • Carmen Ferrer

    My prayer life is good, but there is always room for improvement! I do pray for sick people, have my list and for the souls in purgatory, i have a list for those too, the both get longer everyday. I open my eyes in the morning praising the Lord, and fall asleep the same way. Pray the rosary almost every day 96% of the time. Go to my prayer group once a week, and it is amazing. Thank you Lord for all your blessings 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • MaryAnne Casaul

    My best days start with an awareness of God’s presence and thankfulness. I wake up and think of something to be thankful for. I try to spend prayer time with God and read passages in the bible. I find after reflection and quiet time I feel energized and at the same time peaceful to do whatever I am called to do that day having the awareness of God’s presence with me.

  • Chris Dinnan

    I am with Stephanie – I start the day with a couple of cups of coffee and take it from there. That said, one of the healthiest habits in my life is and has been that I walk almost every day. Now that I am retired, that is four solid miles. Sometimes the elements are a challenge, whether it is hot and humid or windy and cold or. Either way, the proper equipment is always at hand (shorts and a tee shirt or winter gear galore), and being outside contributes to the experience. I find that the hour or more it takes for me to do this is the most prayerful time of my day. I am sure the endorphins help as well, but I return a new man, having had a conversation with God. I am confidently assured by faith that I am not talking to myself!

  • Angela Swilpa

    I have incurable cancer. My best days start when
    I wake up and feel sun on my face and my eyes open. I have trouble walking but I try to follow a routine as much as I can including praying to God for all his gifts and making sure he is with me now. I hug my husband and thank him for being with me on this last journey. I thank god for my beautiful daughter who brings me light and peace and joy every day of my life.

  • Trevor Pelkey

    My best days start when I wake up, well-rested, and with an optimistic, spiritual outlook on my life. This is when I wake up with a great feeling of purpose!

  • Therese

    Every morning I roll out of bed onto my knees and “Thank you God and Jesus for this beautiful day!” And add a few more prayers for others and myself. No matter what the weather is, it’s always a beautiful day, since nature needs water and sun also! Then I go straight for the coffee and couch to read “Jesus calling” by Sarah Young, another devotional or 2 on my kindle, my “Rediscover Jesus” by Matthew Kelly, and say the Serenity prayer, Our Father and Hail Mary along with a couple of other quick prayers I put together. Seem like a lot as I write this, but it fits nicely into the half hour I take every morning, no matter what time I have to get up. I always add a least a half hour on to the beginning of every morning. I really enjoy the mornings I don’t have anywhere to go. Those days I can sit and really contemplate. I think I would feel lost without this daily habit. It’s the best habit I have!!!

  • Mary Lou

    Unfortunately, I got the flu on Ash Wednesday, so my habit of getting up early to say/read my prayers was neglected. I even missed Mass and Stations of the Cross on First Friday. Hopefully, I will be back on track soon. I found that praying first thing in the morning is important to me. I find it more difficult to pray in the afternoon or evening. Praying for others and offering whatever I “give up” for Lent for my family and friends keeps me talking to God. Although I am constantly distracted, I try. I think God knows this.

  • Sue

    My very best. days start when my sister & I start our daily Bible readings together. She lives in Columbia MO & I am in Hannibal Mo. We started this routine when she came to Hannibal to take care of me when I had cancerous skin cells removed from my back. When she left it was not the same for both of us , so we got the idea to call each other every morning, put on the speaker phone, & continue our readings together. What a Blessing! It is the high-light of both our days & we are stronger in our Spiritual lives for it.

  • Jeanie

    I try to start each with talking to god on my drive to work! I don’t turn the radio on, but sometimes I just like the silence. There are times I tell god I know I haven’t talked to you in a while, but I am back! And guess who is always there ready to listen god. On the days I drive into work and talk to god I feel so good! God does listen!
    I am single and people would say why aren’t you married or are you lonesome? But I love my life and I love the peace I have at home with my dog! Yes I do get lonesome at times but I always have god talk to and my dog! There is so much noise around us! I love driving into work and just talking to god. It starts my day off happy! God is always in our life and is listening.

  • Paul

    I believe that by participating in today’s lesson I realize that I do need to put more efffort in how I start each day. I usually end each day with prayer and retrospect on how the day went, but I am sure I could benefit from starting the day off with a more positive focus on what is most important. Maybe then I would be able to answer Matthew’s question of “What did you do today that shows the best version of yourself”. As of now, when I look back on each day or week, I dont feel I have enough to be proud of.

  • Jesse Bourque

    I’ve been successful since Lent started in beating resistance by not going back to sleep when the alarm goes off at 0345, and regardless of how well I slept, making it to the gym. Afterwards, on my ~30 minute commute to work, it’s the Rosary all the way. No vehicle radio on the am or pm commute, so that I can be alone with my thoughts and in conversation with God. I am eagerly waiting for my Prayer Process cards to come in the mail now, so that I can maybe incorporate that into my commutes. And I can’t wait to leave 19 of those cards at the ministry table at my reserve unit, so that I can “check the box” for evangelization! I think that I might start adding in a repetition for Jesus at the gym, or maybe an extra quarter mile sprint on the treadmill… 🙂

  • Judy

    My mornings start with being in my green prayer chair. I read several reflections. Then I open my journal and write to one of the Holy Trinity. Then I wait for the Holy Spirit and write what I hear in my heart.

    These activities help me start my day with God focus. It takes a few hours but it’s time it.

  • Michele McPheely

    Matthew Kelly, I love your prayer process. Thank you for sharing it with us. : ) I have also shared it with my 150 middle school students and my 250 high school students in my youth group. I try to do it every day. I find I spend the most time on gratitude and others.

  • Sandra

    My best days start at 4 am I get up for work, start my coffee, then I pray 7 Our Fathers, 7 Hail Mary’s, and 7 Glory Be’s
    To my guardian angel, and my guardian angel prayer. Then I say the consecration prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the consecration prayer to the Emaculate Heart of Mary.
    I also pray to the Holy Face of Jesus
    ( After the Holy Shroud of Turin ).
    Time to get ready for work. Prayer is the only way to start the day. It’s addictive. God Bless all of you!! I enjoy
    reading everyone’s stories and learn a lot too. 🕆

  • Linda Carmelle

    About 3 years ago I brought a Shamrock plant into my classroom,I work in an infant room of a well known brand daycare center. I must work there for the insurance the company provides,at least until now(but thats another matter). I felt very alone there and like there were no christian values at all there. The Shamrock plant represents God to me. Each day when I help care for the plant I feel the connection with God and know I’m not alone. My best days are when I can also share with my infants, toddlers, families,and co-workers the caregiving essentials and conversations that can be steered to Catholic or Christian ideals. Sometimes these moments are planned ,but mostly I feel the Holy Spirit just presents the opportunity in the right time.These types of days are happening more often now than in that 1st year.Since having the Shamrock plant in my room and cultivating a relationship with God daily in conversation and caregiving I have witnessed many changes occur. This is my 3rd lent with my beautiful Shamrock plant in my room and having to see it everyday on the highest shelf reminds me that God is always with me,will never leave me,and I can take time out in the midst of chaos to be in God’s prescence when needed,wherever I am.

  • Jules

    I start each day by reading a K-love email. Everyday they send a quote from the Bible and then I reflect on it. I sometimes pray the rosary trying now to do it everyday and all through out the day I speak to God. I started writing a Lent journal with this program and I love it. I write down the lessons for each day and then a reflection. I have seen quite a difference in my life when I pray. The most beautiful thing is when I pray with my husband or boys and kids in ccd. I love it. I love this program. Thank you !!

  • Mich Smi

    I like to put the Legion of Mary daily prayers (Tessera) along with my Rosary… that reminds me I still gotta do that! 🙂

  • Rae Mims

    About 15 months ago work started to get really crazy. I was also not happy where things were going for me and I felt I had not life! So, one of the things I started doing was getting up first thing in the morning and saying a prayer. Nothing elaborate, nothing specific. Just asking God to help me have an “attitude of gratitude,” to make me efficient and effective and to let me not be affected by all the trials during the day. I usually do my prayer time at night and always have but this was extra and it has made the difference. When I don’t, I usually go to work and go into some very small, dark area and pray or even driving on the way to work. It can be as simple as “God help me.”

  • Elizabeth Riley

    I start out my days with some prayer time. It’s usually thanking God for some of the things that are a part of my life, asking God to take control over my life, and intersession. I do have a list that I go through each day and it’s not always the same people everyday.

  • Dorothy

    Matt Sherr’s message is short, simple yet so inspiring. I am trying to practice a healthy habit, not 100% successful yet but I am getting closer. I pray that I will be able to sustain practicing the prayer process, doing morning exercise and most importantly not to stay up too late at night.

  • Cindy Leslie

    i use to say the rosary everyday, but sometime last year I almost stopped saying it altogether. I slowly started to realize that this was not good at all. I also got too busy and distracted. Then I found Resisting Happiness book and dynamic Catholic and knew what I had to do for lent. Though I still struggle sometimes, I found my answer with getting my prayer life back into shape.

  • Sherry Hayes-Peirce

    Fr. Garrett thanks for sharing your struggle and your powerful prayer processes. I will implement some in my life this Lent! May you reach your fitness goals and give glory to God and your life be a testimony to others who struggle obesity too.

  • Beth Brough

    I agree, it’s true, I know my days always seem better when I can get to daily Mass! Which unfortunately is not often enough! Prayer, Catholic radio and your program are awesome gifts! Thank you, it’s been a great Lent so far!

  • Nicole M.

    I have my best days when I am organized, when I devote some time to God in prayer and with my daily devotion, and when I get to exercise. I love when I get to have family time, too! I would like to start praying as soon as I wake up in the morning instead of before I go to bed at night. I feel like it will help me start my day with a better perspective on things. I would also like to be able to go through the prayer process every evening. I want to be able to include God in my life all day everyday.

  • Laura Napieralski

    Matt, I’m another long-suffering Bill’s fan! My parents were both born and raised in Buffalo, so I was born a Bill’s fan. I still have relatives living there. Thanks for sharing your college experiences and journey with prayer. I can relate with both. God bless! And get a puppy–dogs are the best! 😊

    • deaconwife

      I was wondering how many offers Matt has had for a puppy. A pet gives unconditional love, just like our Father & Jesus. A pet greets you at the door but our Father & Jesus will greet you anytime you take a few moments to pray or talk to them. Each day before I’m out of bed, I thank God for “another day, another blessing, another gift” – at night I thank God for the day before I say prayers for my familly & friends.

  • Glen Arcalas

    I like to think that a good morning run will make me feel better. As I start my day with a prayer or going to mass in the morning. The day just feels better and even when challenges of the day are there getting through them is not as bad. Actually things just fall into place for some reason and by the end of the day I can say it was a great day. Then every day that is what I strive for. We gotta remember things will go wrong in some way or form but it is how we act or react to them is what makes it better or worse. Why not make it better?!?!

  • Daniela Bianchetti

    During this Lent season I am making time to read the little Black Book and make daily prayers.

  • Lisa

    One day in confession a priest said to me “There is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ if you come for 15 minutes every day, He will fill you to overflowing!” I started popping into the Adoration Chapel for 15 minutes whenever I drove by each day. Everything changed for me pretty much right away. (spiritually speaking) One day I walked into the Chapel and saw this priest praying with one hand over his eyes and the other around his chest. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw other people on their knees and suddenly I was afraid that God was right there in the front of the Chapel. I was afraid to look. Again and again God used this priest to teach me things while he simply went about his day unaware.

  • Lisa

    This is the first discussion I’ve felt led to join – like many of you I start my day with prayer but my exercise “habit” has been more of an “unhabit” lately – during Lent I’m attempting to “habit” my walks again 😉 During my walks I like to listen to scripture being read to me using “the Holy Bible” app on my phone – it is wonderful because I choose a different old or new testament book to listen to, push play and head out – what a blessing to spend that time each day with Jesus! some days instead of listening to His word I tune into Christian radio and walk/worship to music – either way is amazing and I feel fantastic and am closer to God!! Thanks for reading my “share” and hope you have a blessed day!! btw I am a mom of 4, youngest 15 yrs, married to my best friend for 26 yrs, work part-time and look forward to the adventure of each new day! 😊

  • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

    This is unbelievable ! Last weekend I asked my daughter if she had “read the book yet ?” That phrase is in quotes because I have asked her that several times (days) in a row. The last time was Wednesday . Then I handed her one of the cards . I should say, “THE” card ! I tried to tell her ust read the first 2 tiny chapterettes . Anything to get her started because I know if she does that she’ll be hooked. Remember wanting something for someone more than for yourself ? BINGO!! Thanks for the Best Lent Ever all you lovely people who write comments . Be assured you are loved. *_* K

  • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

    After reading more and more pages” of comments I realize I live a life like nobody else. My days are my nights and my nights are now days . Bed is anywhere from 3-6AM .I say se ven prayers all the time concentrating on the phrases and meanings. In between I talk to God ,Mary, Holy Spirit and St. Michael . Jesus starts and ends them . My Rxs let me sleep 3-5 hrs. Then it’s more daily pills ,patches and not tripping my husband or myself on the O2 tubing . I pray the Jesus Prayer and the Fatima Prayer at least 10x a day and always for a reason like something on the news or something I said in anger or being impatient when Joe can’t hear something I said 3x already.I don’t know how all the people that comment on lists and lists of prayers do it all. I love the prayer process and just do it in pieces at different times of the day. Days of being so organized are over . I only miss it like now. I bake for others , keep busy and TRY to keep up with a huge house . BUT , I know , I really do know God has a reason and it will all work itself out one day on His schedule .My Joe can work like a Trojan but not much longer . We have a strong faith and he spends many hours volunteering at church .I’m so glad he can do that; it’s good for both of us . My sleep issues are magnified by his issues so I changed my “life”. It works just not like anyone else I know. LOL . Dynamic Catholic is / has been (2yrs.) my new life at odd times !

  • Libby Chodkiewicz

    Each day starts with prayers. Listening to God’s word, reflections , inviting him in and being silent to hear him. Asking Blessed Virgin Mary to fill my heart and day with the Holy Spirit and be the best version of myself. Today, I m attending an all day ALPHA Retreat. I also am picking Kathy, who is in nursing home, so she is able to attend. Thanking our father for all my blessing and knowing he will always help me with my crosses daily. All he ask we open the door and invite him in to our hearts and lives.

  • Joy Dauterman

    So many are not taught how to pray and I think that is where it starts. The Dynamic Catholic prayer process cards look like a nice way to show someone how. I have ordered some and look forward to using them with my religious education class (7th grade). It is my hope to establish prayer in their lives. I think I may enjoy using it in my prayer time too.

  • mistymama

    I always start my days with prayer and even though Fridays are hectic for me as I babysit my 19 month old granddaughter, I still get the prayers in. I always try to help out my daughter by doing laundry, washing her floor etc.. but yesterday we got a late March snow storm. So I bundled my granddaughter up and we ventured outside. This turned out to be my day’s greatest blessing!. Just watching her discovering snow , the birds, etc. It made me feel closer to God, just enjoying simple things just as a child does. I have come to realize that these moments are what matters.

  • Angela Young

    Videos stopped working or loading this week. Can’t watch anything. Tried on iPhone, Desktop PC and two different web browsers.

  • Mary

    My husband suffered a stroke six years ago. I am his primary care taker and do most everything for or with him during during the day. The mornings has been most difficult when I wake with a cloud over my head but then I first thing I see is a picture of Jesus right in front of me and give him thanks for the day ahead. I now spend every morning with my favorite prayer books Jesus Calling, A Lenten reflection and the Magnificat. What started out at 15 minutes is now an hour if my husband isn’t needing me. This time spent win prayer changes who I am, it lifts me up makes me a happier person to be with. It’s a whole attitude change. We can do this I know He’s with us.

  • Goofball

    The Prayer Process is the jump start I get each and every day. My 20 minute drive to work is perfect for me to spend time with our Lord. Mondays include an hour of adoration. Silence, prayer and communication. The week kicks off being super charged. Saturdays and Sundays include the process before anyone else awakens with mass on Sundays. Great ways to end an already incredible week. Don’t give up team….it really really works. Find yourself through daily prayer. Finding Jesus and Best Lent Ever…….fueled my fire Thanks Matthew Kelly and the DC team. God Bless all.

  • Praying while exercising is a great way to get spiritually and physically healthy. I like to go for walks and just talk to Jesus.

  • Maria

    My best days start when I get myself out of bed right when the alarm sounds, do my best to stay up by finding things to do, and find that I got a lot done already while it’s still morning.

  • Stacey Symonds

    I truly believe it is the habits you form first thing in the morning that helps you determine your day….I have been trying to get out of bed with a positive attitude…Today will be a good day….even if I don’t feel good or there is something going on in my life, I still say it’s a good day….I am also trying to take time out for prayer…really focusing on just God and myself….on busy days, even a short talk in the car with Him makes me feel better….I am realizing more and more, that I NEED Him in my life….

  • Colleen

    My best days start with me being focused on what matters most- God, Family, Friends. When I don’t have those things in focus- I usually become selfish and irritable. I am also trying to have prayer become a focal point in my life. I do pray but it seems it is sometimes in passing and I don’t devote as much time and effort to it as I know I should.

  • AmDg

    Best days start with saying “Good morning, Jesus” and talking to Him about what’s on my mind, what’s in my heart, what I am grateful for, the people who have asked me to pray for them, then asking certain of the saints to join me for Morning Prayer, and then Mass and receiving Him in the Eucharist. Whole day is more focused when I can get to Mass in the morning instead of waiting until evening.

  • Heartbroken

    I need prayers today my heart is failing me my husband went for a “ride” and I’m spiritually unhealthy because I’m filled with anger today which won’t let me go. Jesus I trust in you! Ps my son is singing at at XLT gathering of worshiping, me I get to miss this moment in his life praising God stuck in a bed useless!

  • Babciamel

    At one point in time, I had a 30 minute drive to work. I usually spent that time in prayer of one kind or another. One of the ways was that I would imagine Jesus sitting in the passenger seat, and I would speak to him as I would a close friend. I would try to “listen” for His response.

    Other ways I prayed were: the rosary, I even had a taped version, but found it was to slow, so I moved back to my beads, praying for friends and relatives, or just letting my heart ache, often with tears, in times of trouble knowing that God hears this type of prayer just as he hears the others.

  • T the C

    Thanks for the inspiration father. Please add me to your list of people to pray for. Like all of us, I need people praying for me. Timothy.

  • Carolyn

    Resistance has me in the exercise and health department. I’m the one who takes care of my 91 year old mother who now is starting to fail and a husband 70 beginning to fail and others so I put me on the back burner. It’s catching up but I must say I do pray every morning and pray for those who ask me. I guess I’m half way there and trying to sit a bit to listen to God tell me what he wants. Thank you all for your personal input. It really aids the cause 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Alice

    I am late reading this and what a great time to really think about developing good habits. Like not missing a daily focus for Lent! I think Matthew Kelly hit home with me with Our Soul LIves on Forever. So I am in Aggreement with Matt. My Best Days Begin with Prayer and a vision of how I can be my best self. I also believe my best days begin with exercise and a healthy breakfast as well as a plan for eating Healthy that day. My best days begin when I am not rushed and not try to do too much. During my prayer process this morning I am trying to focus on what do I need to do today. Slowly and focused.

  • Tracy Lammers

    I feel a little silly asking this a couple days late, but I have a question about the proposed prayer process. On one hand I like the organization of it, but on the other hand when I try to use it as a prayer format I find myself stuck on 2&3 and often feel like I’m combining the two – like, significant moments ARE where I wasn’t the best version of myself and what He maybe telling about that. Does anyone else get stuck on this or am I doing something wrong? Does it take anyone else longer than ten minutes?

    • Jo

      Yeah it takes me more than 10 minutes too and I think that’s not a bad thing. If you’re pressed for time, just try to spend an equal amount of time on each question within the 10 minutes, but if you have a few extra minutes, go ahead and spend longer cause it is good to have conversation with God. I also find that it’s sort of repetitive but I guess answering the question twice helps you think of the situation in different ways and put more emphasis on it.

    • GG

      There is nothing wrong about combining 2 and 3. I often get side tracked and do the prayer different but it helps for a guidance. 20 min seems much better for the prayer process or I feel I am rushing too much and not concentrating. Actually if I get up early, I end up praying 40 min. Seems there is so much to talk to God about. Time just slips by and I actually enjoy the time. Don’t get hung up on following a certain format exactly.

  • Debra Kyser

    My day begins in prayer. Later I read the daily readings while drinking coffee. I use to struggle with daily reading of the bible. Since I started with the daily Mass readings, I am more consistent reading the Word of God every day now. It has become a habit now for the past year. Not that I do not consult the scriptures or pray other times during the day too.

  • Bob Scanlon

    For about 4-5 years I have been using the Magnificat to guide my daily prayer. My daughter gifted me a subscription for Christmas and she renews it every year. What a magnificent gift! I has prayers and readings for the morning, the daily mass, a reflection, prayers for the evening, and then a daily saint is presented. This has made an enormous difference in my prayer life. The other very significant impact on my spiritual growth has been Catholic radio. I bought a car with Sirius XM back in ’07, found EWTN shortly thereafter, and have hardly changed the dial over the last nine years. The programming is just amazing and always interesting and educational. I recommend it very highly. The two major habits in my life have really helped me to focus on Jesus and Mary daily and throughout the day. And, I have found that the more I focus on and surrender to God’s will, the more the static in my life disappears, and the more I feel the peace of God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in my life. I think the key is small steps and persistence. If I kept at it things that had been very difficult suddenly become easier, like getting up in time to go to daily mass, or finding a time to pray the rosary every day. I’ve learned to trust the Lord and his plan for me. I’ve become convinced it’s better than anything I could ever come up with! 🙂

  • Emily

    My best days start with daily exercise and prayer too!

  • Becky

    I believe we are missing the biggest element of prayer. Scripture reading is the most important part of prayer. It still can be added in the 10 min of prayer. Find a good daily devotional or even just open the bible and read a short excerpt. If you are not reading Scriptire then you really don’t know what God is trying to tell you about your life. Scripture changes your life. It is the most loving way God tells you what to change about yourself or helps you discover His divine purpose for your life.

  • Emma Spaulding

    My best days start when I can get up on my own, without an alarm and will a smile. I have also created with habit of saying “Good morning Lord, lets make this a wonderful day” because that is similar to what my dad does. If I can get a workout in first and get food in my body, then that is a great start to my day. Exercising always pumps me up, puts a smile on my face and then gets me ready for the rest of the day. I know this might sound bad, but if I first wake up and remember to pray, then that adds an extra boost of energy to my day.

  • Lori Grajek

    I believe the area I am most lacking in Spiritual Health is Awareness. When I go to Reconciliation I never know what to ask forgiveness for. I mean I know a few things but it seems I am so blind to my own faults. I also could do better with Bible reading. One thing that DOES work for me is following the devotional “The Word Among Us.” Does anyone struggle with getting ready for reconciliation like me and what works for you?

  • LJ

    I find the more social I am the less spiritual I get. the prophet must not have been liked either. People have a way of Judging and rejecting other, even in or especially Catholics:)

  • Vivian

    A priest told us of the last prayer of a dying woman which I thought was moving so I wanted to share it. It’s short but has so much meaning.
    “In the name of the Father who created me, and of the Son who redeemed me and of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies me.”

  • Kathi

    Resistance is definitely kicking my butt… I’m about 4 days behind on watching these videos.

  • Kim Bordelon

    Resistance has also been winning ,I missed 5 days hoping the next day would find me on the right track but each time I went to bed saying tomorrow tomorrow .Well tonight I said no more I need this I deserve this, God has a plan for me this year.To give this gift to myself , to take time to get closer to him.

  • kiannafleur

    I’m guessing Matt is really from Williamsville, Amherst, or Tonawanda.

  • Conrad

    Conrad
    I have aways been interested in the concept of Spiritual Health/Fitness/Wellness. What I have disappointed in is the Catholic Church’s lack of a guideline/roadmap to Spiritual Health/Fitness/Wellness. Several years ago I attempted to write a book on Spiritual Health/Fitness/Wellness. I got as far as a table of contents and the first chapter. My goal was to draw a corollary to Physical Fitness and encourage especilly youth to track their progress at getting Spiritually Fit. The book would include spiritual measures to track like is done for physical fitness programs. For example, what would be an equivalent measure in the spiritual realm for blood pressure or heart rate?
    In the spiritual realm is there an equivalent to a marathon.
    I am sure Matthew Kelly would know if this approach is doable. I am not sure he will ever see my comment. But hopefullly he will.

  • Malorie

    Any tips for a mom of a young baby? Hard to carve out time for extra prayer or exercise in the morning when you are woken up at the crack of dawn every morning; I have no time for myself.

  • lizmvr

    I really don’t have a good habit to start my best days. I have already skipped some days of this Lenten reflection series. I tell myself that I’ll make them up later, and this is not the only thing about which I procrastinate. I do keep a journal when I go through these Lenten lessons, and as I do that I hope to find habits that really do lead to me having best days and that through this Lent, I’ll practice enough to really make such habits stick.

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