April 11: Blessed and Grateful

Day 36

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When I get discouraged or when I get down, the thing I’ve found that works—and works every time, and works the best, and works the fastest—is gratitude. I don’t know anything that can change my internal state as powerful as getting into a space of gratitude, just to drawback from whatever it is that’s going on, to draw back from whatever it is that got me discouraged or got me down, and to ask myself, “OK, what am I most grateful for today?” Or, “What do I have to be grateful for today?” And just start to list the things, and the people, and the opportunities, and the experiences, and just to mentally get myself into a place of gratitude is a really powerful technique.

There are going to be times in your journey where you are going to get down. There are going to be times when you’re going to get discouraged. There are going to be times when people are going to criticize you and it’s gonna knock you off your true north. You’re going to feel disoriented, and you’ve got to find a way to get back on track, to refocus, to build that inner strength, to relight that flame within you. And gratitude is a very, very, very powerful technique for that.

So what are you grateful for today? Sit down, take 5 minutes, grab a notepad . . . just make a gratitude list. What are you grateful for? Write down all the things you’re grateful for, the people you’re grateful for, the opportunities and experiences you’re grateful for.

I’m grateful for running water. Until you’ve been in a place where they don’t have running water, it’s easy to take that for granted. I’m grateful for the incredible people that I’m surrounded with in my family life and here at work at Dynamic Catholic. I look at some people in my life who are really struggling and I realize, “Wow, they don’t have a group of people around them like I have around me.” And sometimes that makes all the difference.

I’m grateful for a lot of things, but you know what? I forget about that sometimes. I lose sight of that. I could get focused in on the smallest thing, the darkest thing, and when I lose that sense of gratitude, things go south pretty quickly.

What are you grateful for today? Take 5 minutes, 10 minutes . . . sit down with a blank pad and make a gratitude list. It’s amazing how it changes the way we think about life, changes the way we feel about life, changes the way we think about ourselves, and refocuses us on what God wants us focused on.

“Everything is a gift, and when you step back and truly consider it with any measure of honesty, it is all incredibly humbling.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

Gratitude anchors us to the present moment, reminding us of what matters most and what matters least.

Act

Count your blessings. Make a list of 10 people, experiences, things, or blessings you are grateful for.

Pray

Loving Father, thank you. Thank you for blessing me in so many incredible ways.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Kati Vasalakis. Kati is one of our event coordinators and comes to us from Muncie, Indiana. Kati thinks Remember the Titans is the best movie, played collegiate volleyball, and is determined to eat every flavor of Handel’s Ice Cream before she dies.

What are you grateful for?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • Donna R.

    This lesson really struck a chord with me. For over 25 years, I’ve lived with several chronic illnesses that limit my ability to do a lot of things. About 4 years ago, I heard a message similar to Matthew’s message today, and I began posting daily gratitudes on my Facebook page. What a difference that has made in my outlook on life and my attitude. It has helped me remain positive and upbeat even though living with chronic pain and mobility problems. It has even encouraged others to think about what they’re grateful for. Someone asked me, “How can you be grateful on the really bad days? What can you be grateful for then?” I replied, “I can be grateful that day is over!” In four years, I can honestly say there have been very few of those, because there is always something to be grateful for, even for every breath we take.

    • Lisa

      Thank you Donna. I pray for you. You are an inspiration!

    • Diane Belz

      Thank you for confirming the power of gratitude. I also hear a good sense of humor in your post as well! Prayers and blessings to you.

    • Linda Carmelle

      I LOVE that positive attitude! Things ebb and flow so yes all good things come to an end,but more importantly so do all bad things,and bad days…..todays teaching pairs perfectly with yesterdays about critics and criticisms. There will always be both,just don’t give it the power by holding on to the thought and repeating it. Let it Go………

      • Joy

        Really great words, Linda. Thank you.

      • Gin

        Thank you, Linda. I have been guilty of holding on to the bad experience and not letting it go. But I am learning from Dynamic Catholic, Matthew Kelly and all of you to be grateful. Thanks be to God!

    • Janet Marusiak

      Yes, I have chronic pain too and this morning I am having a lot of pain. At least I am warm and have medication to take to ease the pain and to look forward to a warm, sunny day and hopefully a walk.

      • Family Buckley

        I’ll be praying & fasting for you this week by name Janet. I hope your pain is less.

        • Janet Marusiak

          Thank you so much Family Buckley. It is lessening a little now. I take ibuprofen 600 mg and it eases the pain but prayers are more welcome and I am grateful to you all.

          • Mary Shriver Howle

            Janet, I take that same medication and dosage…..it does wonders, I’m grateful for it and all the things I can do during the day. Prayers for you too!

    • Kristen Blackmar

      Bless you Donna! As a mother of a son with a chronic illness, I love reading your response. As a family, we laugh a lot, and grateful that we have each other through out the illness. It definitely helps to be thankful for the small things to get you through the day.

      • Loretta T Monaco

        Laughter is good medicine

    • Deb Durrett

      Such an encouragement ! I also live with chronic pain of a few varieties and although I have always aimed to focus on blessings and gifts it can be a big challenge at times. I continue to strive and am grateful for others who encourage and share with humor & love. He always gives us what we need and so much more.
      Deborah

    • michael katafiasz

      Donna, You are spot on! It turns out that incurable cancer has now become a chronic illness. I am thankful everyday and because of that I am still here 3 years later. I am mostly thankful for the Love of God that surrounds us all each and every day.

      • Anne

        Michael, I will be praying for you during this Holy Week. May God give you strength to persevere in your illness, give you peace and serenity, and help you to enjoy time with your family and friends.

      • Edna

        Michael

      • Edna

        In 1996 I was diagnosed with Hyperhomocystenemia after I had a stroke at the age of 56. The stroke damaged my left eye. Praise God that with glasses I’m able to see. Then in 2004 a year after my husband passed I was diagnosed with MDS, Mylodisplastic syndrome. After two years of a trial medication my blood level is is up. Wednesday I go to see if I need a blood transfusion. I get checked every six months and this is the first time in ten years that it is this low. Normal is 12. Mine is 9 at this time. I thank God for doctors and all the advancement in medication plus the new technology. I love life. I thank my family and friends who pray for me as well.

        • Joy

          Praying for you, Edna.

        • jddimi

          Edna, I work in the Laboratory and would recommend against a blood transfusion if you are at a 9 Hgb. Try Iron therapy first if you haven’t already. Blood should be a last resort and we only like to transfuse patients when they are below 8. There are still many risks to transfusions, granted they test for a lot more diseases now. But CMV and other viruses are still transmitted. I will also pray for you. God Bless

      • Pat Burr

        I too have watched stage 4 cancer become a chronic illness; 4 years later I am still spreading the word that the power of prayer is amazing.

      • Biji315

        I am thankful for the inspiration you are to me and to all of those people whose lives you have touched…🙏🏽🙏🏽

    • Ronda Jewell

      Donna, your post puts so much in perspective. We never know what so many people are dealing with. God bless you and prayers being said.

    • Marilyn Russell

      It is inspiring to me to read accounts of people who struggle on a daily basis with chronic illnesses and also those around me who make their presence known even when it is difficult for them to do so. I have been so blessed in my life with many beautiful people who inspire with with hope. Thank you for your fortitude and your perseverance for your encouragement and your faith.

    • Dorothy Huebner

      I have chronic health issues also. I have learned that God gives us crosses because He loves us. Now when I am hurting I tell God ” You gave me this pain with love and I return it to You with love. This helps me to be united with Jesus on His cross.

      • Diane Grohn

        Dorothy, what a special gift you have to think of uniting with Jesus on the cross.
        Have a Blessed Easter!

        • Dorothy Huebner

          Thank you. I believe that Jesus wants all of us to united with him on the cross.

      • cordelia

        I do not believe that God gives crosses. Would you give pain to your chilld to prove that you love him? God helps us with our crosses and inspires us to bear each others pain.

    • JoAnne Collins

      I too live with chronic pain but I believe in that it’s ‘less attitude and more gratitude’ and love saying that I’m too blessed to be stressed!! Sure don’t have to look far or ponder long on all of our blessings! God is good all the time!

    • helena handbasket

      Donna, I’ve found an outstanding devotional that happens to be by someone who suffers daily pain, even with quadriplegia. Please look for “A Spectacle of Glory,” by Joni Eareckson Tada. It’s fantastic.

      • Donna R.

        Helena, although I had admired Joni ever since the movie about her came out years ago, she became my inspiration when I developed chronic illness. After two years of praying for healing, and going through all of the emotional upheaval that comes when your life is turned upside down, my prayer became, instead, “Lord use me, whether I’m ever healed or not.” He has abundantly answered that prayer.

    • Constance Martin

      I want to tell you, Donna, that as I read your post and some of the replies, I had a sudden sense of joy and relief. Although having chronic pain is difficult, what I am hearing from you and others is that life becomes simpler in some respects…you are grateful for basic things. It seems you are letting go to appreciate simple things and that your awareness of the myriad of things to be grateful for is heightened. You are becoming child-like in this process, as Jesus encouraged us to be. .

    • Cindy Leslie

      Thank you for sharing this Donna. I found my illness very difficult sometimes but greatful for what God has given me…family, friends and what gifts God has given me through them and Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic! I’m not alone out there. Sometimes we just need somebody to say something and remind us what is truely important. I thank God to for my Catholic faith. Praise God!

      • NancyB

        Amen!

    • Diane Grohn

      Donna, You are an amazing person. god Bless You and your positive attitude!

    • Maureen

      Oh Donna, YES to be grateful that the day is over, only with God’s support.
      Thank you for reminding me.

  • mrcpuhead

    I’ll keep it simple. The tag line I have on my email messages covers what I am grateful for: Faith, Family, Freedom…Forever!

    • Marsha Mohan

      Beautiful words… simple and so true!🙏Amen

    • Carlos

      Wow. I love the message this sends and how it defines what is truly important!

  • Lynn Nguyen

    I’m grateful for a warm place to sleep, running water, food. There are tens of thousands of homeless people, right here where I live so I always try to not take those things for granted.

  • Pearl Brown

    I am truly grateful for my parents who brought me up Catholic. My mom made sure each one of us would at Mass every Sunday and every Holyday asI got older I instilled that in my children. I am also grateful to God for giving me countless opportunities to experience the love He sends my way. Thank you my Lord

  • Gary Moose

    I’m grateful that I watched and listened to this video. I’m a billionaire compared to some people but they are probably happier than me at times. What I take for granted there are those that struggle for these necessities. I know this to be true and I constantly need to be reminded. So Thank You Jesus and Thank You Dynamic Catholic for reminding me. Please Lord let me be more generous and giving. Amen.

    • Marsha Mohan

      All, very well said, I am so grateful especially during this week knowing the suffering Jesus has endured for us because of God’s unconditional love forgiving us our sins and providing a path to follow by his word. Love God, love our neighbor as our self. I am grateful for my mom who always reminded our family “to do unto others as you would want them to do to you”
      Each message, each comment during this time together helps reenforce the positive attitude we can maintain knowing we are not alone. God bless us all!

    • Lea Novak

      Thanks for sharing that…I too need the reminders that God has been generous to me, and I need to pass that generosity along!

  • David B

    Matthews message his home. I too can get lost in the what I don’t have, and how can I get this done, or what am I going to do if this breaks. Being grateful takes away heavy loads and gives me sight to think clearly. Over a year ago I read somewhere to write three things you are grateful for everyday. I don’t do it each day, however when I do my day is brighter.
    I will get my paper out and make my list as Matthew suggest will you?

    • Jacqueline Shukla

      Part of my bedtime ritual is to list three things that I am thankful for about the day. I think it helps me to be more grateful and to find the ways that God has blessed me that day. It helps my attitude tremendously.

    • Carlos

      David, thanks for your insight. Another aspect of gratefulness to me is contentedness. If we are always searching for more and more, we never have a chance to enjoy what we have right now. I need and I think we all need to be content with what we have and as more blessings pour into our lives, we need to continue to appreciate and to be grateful and content for what God has provided for us.

      • David B

        Amen

  • Vince K

    I am grateful that God is in my life! I spent many years as a cradle catholic without God on my side or should I say a God was on my side, but I made the choice not to let him in. He never left me and I’m so grateful he has never left me or forgotten me. Even with my daily struggles God is and I’ve learned he will always be there for me waiting for me to know Him, love Him and follow Him. Have a blessed and grateful day!

    Keep Smiling,
    Vince K

    • Janet Marusiak

      Yes, my story too. Not until I was 40 and sick and someone asked me the question if I died do I think I would go to heaven or hell when I took my faith seriously and gave God permission in my life and I have been blessed daily since then.

    • Kathiehc

      Vince, thanks for the reminder to smile! It’s a way to share the joy, to let our light shine!

    • Carlos

      Vince, I think that shows the genius of God. He never stops pursuing our hearts. He is always there, present internally and externally, waiting patiently for us to let him in. Even when I couldn’t feel his presence in my life, his hands were always there protecting me. I know now that there is no purer love than God’s love for me and for each person. I am and will always be grateful for that and the unfathomable blessings he delivers to us daily!

  • Lisa

    I have so much to be grateful for! The best things in life are not things. I work as a social worker in the addiction field. Everyday I see countless people who struggle with their life situations and with their addiction. Many times when I meet with these people they are so vulnerable and fragile. When I sit and listen and give them the message of hope I know that the Lord is working through me. When I am witness to their accomplishments and transformation I actual see God’s grace. It is miracle. It is overwhelming. I pray that all who are afflicted with the disease of addiction find God. I am grateful and humbled by the miracle of emotional healing.

  • Dan Bennett

    I am grateful for living in a place that allows me to worship the True Living God, Jesus, openly without fear of persecution or retribution.

    • Angela Taylor

      Amen to that! Mass has always been a part of my life, something I took for granted and use to dismiss as a very special time. But over the years it has taken on a special meaning for me. I love the peace it brings me.

    • Kelly Baldridge

      Amen, Dan. Something I don’t even think about, but should be thanking Him for daily!

    • Lea Novak

      Yes, there are so many who don’t have that blessing!

  • BLINDA Busam

    I’m grateful for life. I go to water aerobic and some days I feel bad and want to complained. But when I go and my friend doing everything he can to stay alive fighting that desease called ALS. I thank God and it makes me very grateful for what I have. God bless you

  • nevilledidit

    This one really hit home for me also. Several years ago I was in a depression and life was really awful. I made a decision for Lent that year to think of one positive thing every day, no matter how big or small before I went to bed I would find one positive thing in the day. In the beginning it was difficult but as Lent progressed it became easier and easier and I began to see that there really was a lot of positive I had just been overlooking it. Now when I get down I do a quick “find the positives” and it perks me back up. Bad things still happen but there is always a slice of positive in there somewhere, sometimes you just have to look harder.

    • Carrie

      This was great post, nevilledidit! I gave up things for Lent and did something to change a character flaw. I think doing something positive every day sounds like a very worthwhile life time goal! Good for you!! I am going to give it a go.

  • Winnie Svikhart Supple

    I am grateful for my parish, Saint Mary, Mother of God. Our pastor is a very holy man filled with the Holy Spirit. There I have met my dear sisters and brothers in Christ who help me everyday grow closer to God. I know without them I would still be a lost sheep. Thank you Lord from the bottom of my heart ❤️

  • Tom

    I’m grateful for finding my way back to the church and Jesus.

  • Linda

    Hi Donna, if one of your chronic conditions is R.A. Get the book “The Starch Solution” by Dr Mcdougall….it will help your pain go away…..using food as medicine….a different book …you can also Google his website….it helped me heal !

  • Michael D. Henson Sr

    I’m greatfull for waking up this morning and looking at the videos. You know we are not promised everyday. God Bless all of you if you read this it is a start make it a good one.

    • Linda Carmelle

      Yes! A few years ago it was posted in our church bulletin that God gives us 168 hours a week,I never thought about it in that way until I saw it in print. It made me think How do I thank God and show my gratitude for all those hours? Could I at least give Him my undivided attention at Mass when I attend? or live with an attitude of gratitude?

      Most of all the lines to a song came to mind, “You have to Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative ,And latch onto the Affirmative, And Don’t Mess with Mr. In Between!”

      God always seems to speak to me in a language that I can understand at the moment and so maybe I can help honor that by attempting to imitate His ways for others with my life and ways I respond in situations.

      Have a great day!

      • Bill S

        I love that song, Linda. It is very easy to let negative crap beat us down but it’s always better to look on the bright side of life. TY.

      • Lisa

        Oh wow! I never thought of it that way. I always hear that we are called to be like Jesus, but never understood how I could do that. To give to others what God gives to me. Love, understanding, forgiveness, respect for free-will, and especially those personal things that He gives me during prayer time. Good one!

  • SanctusSanctus

    I’m Grateful for Ps 18: “I love you Lord”. Thank you for my parents/ family / friends / struggles that stretch me / spiritual writers / the people who participate in this forum. Have a great day !

  • Laura

    I’m a nurse so I see the joy and sorrow that people experience daily. Every morning I wake up and thank God that I have clean water, clean air, healthy foods to nourish me, a shelter over my head and that I am upright and can take of my own bodily needs, for the people in my life who love me and help me to grow and stretch in my faith.

    • Linda Carmelle

      Amen!!!

  • Susan E

    I was just counting my blessings on my morning walk with my dog. And then comes today’s video. A God-incidence and supportive evidence to try to always be in a state of gratitude. It was a long road to this point in my life – I just need to remind myself more often. Thank you Father God for all that you have done in my life!

  • Marguerita Guerra

    I am grateful for my husband who keeps me grounded and helps me remember what is important. I remember the surgeon telling us that my husband needed a nephrectomy because of a malignant tumor on his right kidney. My knees immediately became weak, and I wanted to scream God why? After I finished bombarding the surgeon with questions, he sent us downstairs to complete the pre-op work. As we entered the extremely crowded room, I noticed my husband smiling. I was fighting back an emotional meltdown and decided to ask my husband why he was smiling. He responded very calmly, “I am going to get in this line and get my blood drawn. Then I will get in this line and have a chest X-ray and finally that line. I am so blessed to live in this country. Some people will die because they don’t have this and some people will die because they have to wait so long for surgery. But not me, I have my surgery next month. Yes this is a good country.” Yes I am grateful for my husband.

    • Karen in FL

      I love your husband’s optimism and gratitude! I pray he is OK!

  • Mary B

    What if I didn’t have today all the things I didn’t thank God for yesterday?

    • Barbara Eller

      WOW Mary! That is motivation for not just ten things to be grateful for, but pages and pages! I am grateful that God doesn’t think that way. Blessings to all of you who have helped me to become more aware and grow this Lent. Thank you.

    • Lea Novak

      What a sobering thought! Wow! Aren’t we lucky that God doesn’t think that way, that we have a God who IS love!

    • Kathryn Falk

      Years ago a friend taught me how she prayed each morning while walking her dog. She called it her alphabet of gratitude and simply thanked God for 1thing at each letter of the alphabet. She is one of my M’s.

    • Mary Jo Martin

      Mary, that an awesome thought and to add to that, I recently experienced a 6-4-2 “IF” Table and Conference. To sum it up, I am Grateful because I have learned Life is much more meaningful when I Trade my “IF only Regrets” for God’s “IF only POSSIBILITIES” and to Prove the Power of God’s Blessings to us, I just got home from a Business Conference and attended the Sunday morning non-denominational Prayer Service. Ex 3:1-5 is the common Moses and the Burning Bush. WOW! Moses passed it and it wasn’t until he STOPPED and went back to the fire to see why the bush wasn’t really burning, before God spoke to Him. Sometimes we are so busy through the day, we don’t stop to hear God. If we did, we would all probably be filled with much more Gratitude. God is always there, but are we always present? Or are we always beating ourselves up over the Past or worrying about the Future? God Bless you all and may you have a Very Happy and Blessed Easter and beyond. Lent is closing in, Can we Rejoice in God’s Resurrection remain faithful to these past 40 days of incredible Words of Wisdom Matthew Kelly has shared with us. This is a Book for my Top Shelf. That is for sure! It will be re-read often- Thank you for your support in helping me remember to be the Best-me-I-Can-Be every day beyond Easter 2017!!

  • Clara Turci Depko

    I guess I have been grateful and thanking God for years now and I find when I sit in church before daily mass and everything is quite I thank God I can worship him and go to church and pray. Something we all have and many people in other counties do not. Without my God and church I am not sure how dark my day would be. I have may blessing and there are times I find myself speaking out loud repeating gratitude to myself when my husband hears me he questions me and I say I am go grateful to God for all his blessing. I too like to write down at times all the things I am thanking God for. His Love, Freedom, Health, Family, Church, Friends, Exercising, and the list goes on.

    • Linda Carmelle

      Yes! Let Freedom Ring; and In God We Trust,<3

  • Adele S

    This is a really relevant topic for me right now. I’ve been dealing with anxiety and feelings of hatred towards myself lately. When I talked to my mother about it a few days ago, she told me that gratitude and finding things you’re thankful for is one of the best ways to combat those feelings of despair and frustration I’ve been having. I want to try listing out the things I’m grateful every day and seeing how it works, because I really think it can change my perspective on life.

    • Clara Turci Depko

      It does make a difference just start with the small things. Your childhood a teacher and each day you build on it a pet whatever it takes. If you can find one thing you like about your self one thing inside or out just one thing write it down and say thank you god love my nail polish it does not have to be big just a start and it will grow.

    • Joyce W.

      Remember Adele that it is the enemy that brings us feelings that we are bad. There is no condemnation in Jesus. God loves you just as you are, imperfect as you (and all of us) are. You are His precious child and he doesn’t create junk. He loves you so much that He never leaves or forsakes you and He is on your side. First on your gratitude list can be God’s unwavering, unconditional love for you, revealed through Jesus’ death and resurrection!

  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    Where do I start? My faith, my awareness of God, those events in my life that led me to today. My courage … for those who have gone before me. I am grateful. Enjoy this 24. Blessings.

  • Nancy D.

    About three years ago I read a book written by the first bachelorette, Trista Sutter. She wrote about how she keeps a journal and writes down every day one thing she is grateful for. I loved that idea; so, I decided I would take on that challenge. There are days when I feel that there was not much to be grateful for, and on those days I would write something as simple as “I am grateful I made it through today.” Every once in a while, my daughters and I will go through my journal and I will read to them every time that I wrote about them and what I was grateful for. It is just another way for us to stay connected. I have to say that almost every day I am grateful for this Best Lent Ever journey; I have learned so much.

    • Suzanne Locker

      Me too! Wonderful experience.

  • Kurt

    My daughters and my friends. I’ve only been Catholic for a year now and I have a great core of friends at my Parrish. When any of us are down or need encouraging words we are there for each other. You can go through life alone but it sure is easier with others who have your back.

  • Jim Snyder

    I’m grateful for a loving God whose grace provides me with all that would ever need. I’m grateful that God’s plan for my life included my wife Patti and her family. Like Kati’s dad in the second video, I wasn’t Catholic when we met. We dated for four years and completed Catholic marriage preparation before getting married in 1998. we always attended mass as a family and I would go through the motions and was trying to understand the faith. After our daughter was born in 2001 and baptized it really hit home that I hadn’t been baptized. I didn’t come home to the faith right away, but as we were raising our daughter Lydia in the Catholic faith I felt the need more and more. I entered RCIA in 2003, received the sacraments at Easter 2004, and have been grateful for the genius of the Catholic faith ever since.

  • Daniela D.

    I am grateful for having all the conditions in my life that allows me to express my faith through worship but also by action. There’s so much evil in the world, so many Christians persecuted and killed for their faith I am grateful that I am safe.

  • Paulina

    I am grateful for so many things, but I this moment I am grateful for being able to listen to these videos daily and for reading what some of you post each day. Its inspirational and humbling. We are a family and when we seek the support and love in one another we are sharing in God’ love. This mission has made me want to grow in my spiritual journey and I am so at peace and thankful.

    • Clara Turci Depko

      I agree I wish there was more when this is done

    • Karen in FL

      I agree! I wish we could all sit around a big table with our morning coffee and share our thoughts in person! God is good!

  • Matt

    I am really grateful that God gives me an awareness of how very blessed I am in the fact that He has gifted me with the Catholic Faith, especially when I don’t appreciate it. He has put people in my life over and over, and of course the Holy Spirit to remind me of the beauty and truth of Catholicism. When I open myself to Her and am obedient, life makes sense and I am filled with hope and gratitude. Thank you God

  • Suzy

    I am very grateful for these daily lent reflections. I wish they would go on every day of the year. Many, many thanks to you, Mr. Kelly. And thanks be to God for you, for the spiritual help you offer to so many persons.

  • John L. Kemmis

    Ten things I am grateful for this morning. 1. The Best Lent Ever/Dynamic Catholic; 2. My brother, Tim; 3. my wife, Irene; 4. Pencil and paper, journaling; 5. Painting with soft pastels/color; 6. Cursillo, group reunion, the card; 7. Being a Eucharistic minister; 8. Writing the intentions, Prayer of the Faithful; 9. My children, Carly and Doug, and Rafe; 10. Those I love and pray for; 11. The Trinity: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

    What are you grateful for? Go ahead and list ten or eleven now.

    • Linda Carmelle

      What Am I Grateful for?
      The Sun ,Moon ,Stars, and Sky
      My Husband,Jeff
      My Career
      My Catholic Faith and receiving the Sacrements
      Our black cat Wallflower that we adopted this past summer who is 19 now.
      Home Sweet Home a.k.a our apt.
      Memories and Photos
      God’s Grace
      Being able to take Roadtrips on our Anniversary,just like we did for Our Honeymoon
      St. Jude
      Our Family
      The Experiences in Life that made me who I am

      and so much more……………….Amen

  • Irene Ahern Smith

    I went through breast cancer surgery in September 2016. I am so grateful that my cancer was detected early.

  • Angel Schneider

    I am grateful for:
    -my mom who picked up her life to move to Ohio to be with me and her grandkids
    -my husband who cares so deeply for his family and provides a safe and comfortable life for us
    – my kids who bring me joy and a healthy dose of humility everyday
    -my amazing girlfriends who keep my spirit up and show me the path to holiness
    – my priest who lovingly and passionately cares for his flock
    – my job and my skills that give me the means to provide for my family
    -my God who showers me with gifts: life, mercy, talents and treasures mentioned above–all beyond anything I deserve. I am grateful for His unwavering devotion to me. I know I will never be abandoned.

  • Annette

    I am incredibly grateful for Humira that has put my lifelong battle with psoriasis into remission; a steady job that helps me to provide for my family; for my parents who are incredible role models; for Father Dan, all the clergy, friends and family who encouraged my husband and me not to give up on an 18 yr annulment process and our marriage that was convalidated last Sep.; for my siblings, and old/new friends who continue to bless me in countless ways; my son and daughters who inspire me; sooohhh many to count, too little time!

  • Jane Owen Robbins

    I am grateful for two unbelievably loving and supportive parents that have showed my siblings and me the true beauty and miraculousness of Catholicism! I have been able to see how their marriage is stronger than ever and their love for each other is the greatest it’s ever been since they have started attending daily mass together every day. I am grateful that God blessed me beyond measure who two such wonderful examples is my life.

  • Sharon Boyle

    I am extremely grateful for my husband and God who gave us a miracle. My husband had pancreatic cancer and was going through treatment doctors in our practice said they couldn’t operate days of location of tumor. After doing research I told my husband this is not working we going to get a second opinion. Long story short this doctor was willing to take a chance and operate but said it was really risky. The operation was a success and there is no margins of cancer! This truly is a miracle! For this I am so grateful! I feel like I won the lottery! Thanks for the best lent ever!

  • Jacob

    The second video is more me because my dad is become Catholic this Saturday, which happen to be my birthday as well. I am now able to get closer to Jesus even more knowing that my family is able to the same.
    Now to answer that question I am grateful for my families, friends, being able to walk, see, feel, taste, having clean water, and my mom and dad.

    • Karen in FL

      I’m always so happy to know that so many people will join our church this Saturday, and pray for your father to know and love Our Lord in a deep way! Happy birthday, Jacob! What a gift you are getting this year!

      • Jacob

        It will be a great gift for sure. I will be 25 and my dad will be catholic.

    • Suzzz

      Jacob, you must be over the moon with happiness! Bless you and your father and everyone around you!

      • Jacob

        Yeah full of happiness! I will be 25 years old and, he will be Catholic.

    • Melissa

      Jacob, my daughter was born on Easter Sunday morning the 15th also. I was actually in labor during the Vigil Mass that my husband was coming into the Catholic Church. We made it though his Confirmation but had to leave before his first Communion. Our infant daughter smelled of the sweet oils of Confirmation as my husband held her. Happy Birthday to you and my dear Kaitlyn this Saturday.

      • Jacob

        Oh how is exciting. That mean it was april 15 2001. Meaning she will be 16 years old. I wish her a very sweet 16 birthday. Tell her Happy Birthday.

      • Jacob

        I will be 25 years old and, my dad will be catholic. It was great feeling, when I found Easter was the same weekend as my birthday.

  • Mick Peterson

    Raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens…we know the rest. Let’s learn to strike those matches of gratitude to shine new light into our dark moments. Thank you God.

  • Michael Baur

    I am grateful for my family, who has been supportive of me in my life journey. I am so grateful for God you has given me a great life. I am most grateful for my fiancé who has stuck by me from the god time and bad.

  • Janet Marusiak

    Too many to list now but we have so much to be grateful for living in Canada. We can go to church and speak our mind and dream and hope for the future and there are so many countries that are experiencing so many horrors every day. There must be more for leaders of all the countries to act on to make faster and bigger changes for these people or do we have to wait for our Lord to return to make it all right in the world. He will come soon and take His church the Bride to Him and all of us will only feel love. Maybe we should all be praying, “Come Lord Jesus” as the world is out of control right now.

  • Dorothy Cabral

    I an incredebly grateful for
    The people
    In my life who help me deal
    daily with my cancer. I am greatful for waking up this morning, some people didn.

    • Carlos

      Dorothy, I’m glad to hear that you have people to support you through this crisis. They are God’s answer to your prayers. Hearing stories of people who help others like they are helping you renews my faith in humanity and the potential for greatness in every human being. I will pray for your healing.

  • Rebecca

    I am grateful for the time I was able to spend with my grandfather before he passed away. I am also grateful for the memories I have with my grandma before she had her strokes and isn’t mentally with us. Thinking about how I never know when I might lose the ones who are close to me makes me enjoy every moment with them. As a teenager, I would always get mad at my parents for not giving me more freedom. I was so glad to go to college so I could get away and not have someone telling me what to do. Thinking about how life is so short makes enjoy my parents even more. Now that I have graduated and have the time to go home and see them, I do. It is the little things in life that I am most grateful for.

  • Eduardo Hoover

    I hear it fairly often from Protestant ministers, “The attitude of gratitude.” It’s a powerful combo when combined in Spirit and Truth worship. I’ve heard that in times of great discouragement to praise God and he will bring you through the trying times. What I haven’t thought about is the important need to have an attitude of gratitude. I don’t know if most people are like me were the list of things of gratitude changes because maybe the thing I’m grateful today is the cause of my discontentment. Maybe you’re grateful for someone in your life but they did something to cause discontentment and you tell them, “I appreciate you but I’m not feeling it right now.” The temptation is to reevaluate the list of gratitudes and question everything. The need is to instead praise God with an attitude of gratitude.

  • Miriam

    I am grateful for life and health. As a child my aunt always said without God and health we can not survive. No God no health is impossible. We all take health for granted and don’t know it till we get ill. I have a loving sister Emma who lived healthy. She didn’t even smoke. She was diagnose with lung cancer. She got all the treatments and was cancer free. After a few years it is back plus now a 100 small cancer tumors in her brain. My sister is such a beautiful person. Her heart for the family and community is incredible. She is a good mother, wife and friend. Please pray for her healing. I want to be grateful to God for my health and for all of us around the world.I pray in Jesus name Amen.

  • Mike

    I am grateful for having joined all of you on this Best Lent Ever journey. Normally during Lent I attend Ash Wednesday services, forget to fast on Fridays and before I knew it Easter would come and go. This year has been so different. These videos and posts have inspired me to stop, reflect, and pray every day. After decade of not going to confession I have now been twice during this Lent. It has, without a doubt, been my best lent ever. I’m grateful to my priest who recommended this program, for Dynamic Catholic and all of you who have shared your stories of challenges and inspiration and have prayed for me and this community.

    • Susan L

      Mike, you sound like me a few years ago. Who knew confession could be such a great thing after many years without it. Last year after Lent was over, I was sad and a bit lost- no more daily Best Lent Ever. So I went digging for more on my own – and that has been a journey I am very grateful for. Enjoy your journey!

      • Mike

        Thanks.

  • Jennifer Haeussler Brewer

    There are so many things… some simple, like the ability to walk and get myself dressed.
    And some are big, like my gift of faith, family, to live in a safe place.
    I am truly a blessed person. Thank You God for all of the gifts of this day

  • Diana

    I’m great full that my daughter’s death was not in vain. If it wasn’t for her cancer I never would have started going to church everyday & my husband would not have started going to bible study every week. I am so great full that when she passed, with the grace of God, we turned to him instead of away from him. I am greatful everyday for the time we had with her and thankful for the 3 beautiful children she gave us. Also great full for my other 3 daughters & 10 grandchildren I have. God is great, God is good!

    • Carlos

      Diana, this is a very touching testimony. Thanks for sharing it with us. I’m sorry for the loss of your daughter, but am grateful that you both were able to turn towards God. I have often wondered myself why some people turn away from God and wish I could answer that question, but I too am eternally grateful for those of us who remain under the wings of God’s protection. I also pray fervently for those who make the choice to turn away, such that God is able to soften their hearts and lead them back to His grace!

  • Helen Rahm

    I’m grateful I had the opportunity to see Mr. Matthew Kelly this past Friday night in Monroe NY! 🙂

    • Maryann Benedict

      He is a phenomenal speaker and has a gift to make people laugh. 😃

  • Angie O’Mara

    I am so grateful for my family, we’re not your picture perfect family, we have our ups and downs, but we are bonded by our love and are always there for each other in times of distress or trouble. I am grateful for my 9 grandkids, they make me see things through their eyes, and enjoy all that life has to offer. I am grateful for the sound of children laughing,, it is so beautiful to hear the pure joy coming from them. But most of all I am grateful for God’s love.

  • Jenny

    I have so very much to be grateful for…loving husband of 30 years, amazing children, parents, friends, dog :). I confess that sometimes I get sucked in by the one thing over the past 2 years that is very troubling. Our son suffers from depression and is SLOWLY working through it, we think. It has been the most difficult thing to witness…more that my husband’s major open heart surgery and recovery. Depression is such a beast. So, I try every day to focus on all my blessings. The biggest one lately is that I have sought to deepen my faith as a result of anxiety/worry over our son. I have become more active in my parish and am growing my relationship with Jesus. Is this all part of God’s plan? I believe it is. So, the struggles can lead to Jesus if i open my heart to the opportunity. Still a struggle. Today I am grateful for a summer day in Upstate NY! God Bless!

    • Jane B.

      I am so grateful for so very many blessings in my life, but like you, Jenny, I worry so much about my son’s depression, anxiety. I try to lead him to God, believing that He is calling him to trust Him. Not being able to work, not being able to make ends meet, having to ask for help…so many obstacles for him! Just now I turned to my iPad to listen to today’s message, I needed time to think, to read about other people’s thoughts and prayers, then saw a story like mine and I thank you for sharing.
      We can pray for each other and each other’s sons. I often think of Mary, how she suffered for the pain of her son, may she be our example of strength and love.

  • Johnny

    I need a lot of work.

    I really don’t think about what I am grateful for often. Life is busy and though I know I have great blessings in my life (family, faith, health, children, career), I really don’t think about what my life would be without them.

    Time to take a pause.

    • Carlos

      Johnny, it can all be taken away in an instant. Cherish all that you have and give your time, love and appreciation to the most important people and relationships in your life. If you think you need work, turn towards God and let him reveal to you what is truly important, so that it doesn’t get lost in the noise of life.

  • Robin

    For me, this is a very timely reflection! I am so grateful for all the lovely souls who reached out to me yesterday and responded to my post here with insights and encouragement, I was trying to think of a way to thank all of you, collectively, and here it is! And one thing Matthew mentioned in his video was being grateful for the community of people he has around him, which some who are struggling do not. I have never had that kind of community and for the first time I experienced it yesterday with all the support and care I received. Once again, thank you to the Dynamic Catholic community!

  • jesspinosa

    Saturday is my Day of Gratitude when I pray the rosary. Before the first Joyful mystery, I thank God for the joy of having my family (even if I am far from them and do not hear from them very often, I know they are there), the second mystery, for the joy of my friends (who are my second family), the third mystery, for the joy of my health (that despite many health issues, I can still function physically and mentally, and when I compare those issues with what others have, mine is nothing), the fourth mystery, for the joy of a comfortable place to live in (I love inviting people over for a simple meal and conversation as my way of sharing this blessing), and the fifth mystery, for the joy of many old and new adventures (for enabling me to visit holy places that I never imagined I would be seeing, the latest being my trip to Poland and Lithuania beginning tomorrow). I am involved in many volunteer works, some of which I do with much effort, and they are my way of saying Thank You, Lord, although I know that even if I volunteer 24 hours a day everyday, it would not measure up to the blessings that God sends me day after day, in ways small and big, and in surprising, unexpected ways. My Dynamic Catholic family, beginning with Matthew, will be in my prayers as I visit sites related to my hero, St. JPII the Greatest Pope, St. Faustina, St. Max Kolbe and Divine Mercy. They will be my personal tour guides and inspirations. I hope they will allow me to use their ATM’s! ☺

    • Robert

      Bon voyage!

    • Karen in FL

      Beautiful! Enjoy your trip! My pilgrimage to Poland several years ago will always be my favorite!

    • Kathy Hogan

      Thanks for a wonderful new way to think about the rosary. I hope you have a blessed journey.

  • Rita Gahr

    I am grateful for my Church and Faith, my children and grandchildren, my mother and my father I wish he was still here, the roof over my head, and this beautiful world God has given us. Just taking a walk in the sunshine and listening to the birds sing joyfully makes me feel blessed. Listening to my grandchildren’s imagination run wild and their giggles of happiness make it all worth living. I don’t have a lot of money but I am the richest person in the world when it comes to being blessed.

  • Sherry McCollum

    I am grateful for my husband of 29 years who makes my day worthwhile, our son for blessing us with joy everyday. But most of all I am grateful for my church and faith. I too, was a convert to Catholic many years ago which was the best decision I could have made for my family and my life. This has truly been the Best Lent I have ever experienced and that is what I am really grateful for.

  • Karen in FL

    What I’m grateful for today:
    My senses…being able to open my eyes, to hear the birds outside my window, feel the warmth and comfort of my bed, sip my delicious coffee, walk to the window to see the birds in a nest high in the pine tree in our back yard, say “Good morning” to my husband.
    My growing faith, especially this Lent.
    The freedom to worship daily.
    My family. I pray I can encourage them to thank God every day.
    The security my husband has worked so hard to attain for us in our retirement years.
    Living near the ocean, I am grateful for our near-daily walks on the beach.
    My health; there are many who struggle every day.
    My four grandsons, who bring so much joy!
    My friends over the years.
    The faithful priests I’ve known in my life.
    My wonderful husband of 41 years, whom I love more every day!

    I hope you’ll all make a list, reflect on the things you list, and appreciate your life. God bless you!

  • William Guglielmi

    I am grateful for my wife, my children and their spouses, and my grandchildren. I am grateful for having the good fortune of being born in this country and for my extended family and friends. Finally, I am grateful for today’s message which reminds me of the greatness and necessity of gratitude.

  • Kathy H

    My prayer group had this same discussion last night and expressed that even the less positive events can have a positive if we are grateful for everything. One disappointment can lead us to something better, and I can be grateful for both those events, especially the one that seemed negative at the time. I just need to keep my attitude open and positive. Waiting in line behind a person who had a complicated order, led me to look at the person behind me in line and share a smile! I was grateful that I have the resources to pay for my order and know that I’m always where I’m supposed to be, to learn the lessons and have a chance to be grateful.

  • Mario Cannariato

    When we invite our Jesus into our hearts 100% as in a chemical equation it yields gratitude. Performing this exercise that Matthew describes writing a gratitude list is used in all twelve step programs. Holding on to this list affords us the ability to let this little light of mine shine removing the relentless darkness from moving in. I pray for my friend Eric who struggles with constant back spine and nerve pain yet finds gratitude in the ability to walk. Let’s all heed Jesus and pick up our mats and walk.

  • John

    I had a simple surgery last year that didn’t turn out so simple when I got a staph infection…9 months later, 7 surgeries later, I am still recovering and am starting PT this week to learn how to walk and get my mobility back. I had several dark days but I Trusted in Jesus and kept a positive outlook. I have a long way to go, but I am so thankful for part of this journey. As even in times of struggle, we do grow closer to the Father. I am grateful for friends who have called, texted, brought meals, and checked in on us. I am grateful that I didn’t lose my leg or my life and I get more time with my family. I am grateful for each day. Even on the toughest days, I found some positives…and now I am headed over to start PT…and I am thankful for those people who will help me be restored in health.

    • Mary

      Godspeed in your continued journey to better health and mobility. Prayers for courage and strength 🙏

      • John

        Thank you Mary. It has been quite a journey but I am closer to God and stronger in my faith having gone through it. Thank you so much for your prayers!
        John

  • Robert

    I am thankful for the lessons I experience each day, the upbringing that I was so very fortunate to receive from a mother so filled with faith and love, and the humility (well at least half the time), to know that every gift I have received is just that, a gift.

  • McCartney Joan

    What a Wonderful video today. It brought so much joy for me. Thank you,Matthew your words and Kati’s too validated my years of gratitude journaling. Joy in these remaining days of Holy Week to all! God’s blessings in the new life of the Easter resurrection.

  • shutterbug1971

    Attitude of gratitude…..works every time!

  • Ann Helm

    Thanks to my faith and MK, I am grateful everyday.

  • debbie butler

    I’ve had Multiple Sclerosis for just over 20 years. My children were little when I got my diagnosis. Some days are really tough and other days are really great. I’m thankful for the really great days in my life. I’m also thankful for the really tough ones and I thank God for counting me worthy to share in His suffering. I love my Lord, my family, my friends and my country.

    • PauliAnna

      Debbie WoW to say you are thankful for the tough days to share in his suffering is amazing. You are a inspiration to us with good health. Whenever I don’t want to go for a walk for exercise I offer it up to those who can’t walk. Gets me off my butt every time. While I am walking I pray for those who wish they could.

    • Joni

      Thank you SO MUCH, Debbie, for pointing out to me what my tough days of suffering should mean for me. You are wise beyond your years! Thank you!

  • Jean

    I find this to be a confirmation of what God showed me yesterday after mass. I went to my car thinking about how so many of us are suffering. When we look at others and their pain we also have to acknowledge how God got us through our pains and sorrows. Sometimes he shows us others pain to recognize the goodness he has worked in our lives. It gives us pause to appreciate all he has given us. I am grateful for loving family, for the roof over my head, for the spring flowers, warm breezes after a long cold winter. New Beginnings.

  • Mary

    As we enter this holiest of weeks this message of gratitude is so perfect. My first thought of gratitude is frequently the gift of the catholic faith from my parents. My mother was baptized Methodist but her parents rarely attended church. She became a convert to Catholicism at age 21 right before my parents married. Looking back she had a better knowledge and passion for the faith than most cradle Catholics! I regret being so resistant to her prodding and urging me to go deeper into the teachings of the church. I finally listened and joined a bible study group about 10 years ago. That was just the tip of the iceberg and now jump at the chance to attend classes and parish missions. She loved to hear me tell her she was right. Thanks mom for not giving up on me and being such a great example, miss you so much.

  • Donald Marquez

    Too many to count. But I’ll take up Matthew’s challenge in my journal. For you folks, well, I am grateful for my son and his growth as a young adult, for my parents who are closing in on 61 years of marriage, for new encounters like the 86 year old man I met just yesterday. But I am also thankful for the way God invites me and challenges me and grants me new opportunities every single day to be present and a living witness to him. I want nothing more than for people to know who God is by how I live my life. And I am thankful that I get that chance every time I open my eyes in the morning.

  • Susan L

    I like to put a personal theme on my Lent each year. This year my theme is GRATITUDE. Each day of of Lent as I experience my day, I decide one thing to specifically thank God for that day. Often you find way more than one when you start looking at your day in that different attitude. I believe it may now be a new good habit I’ll continue after Lent. Thank you God not only for Dynamic Catholic but also for all the pilgrims on this Best Lent Ever journey with me.

  • Karen Kuehler

    Thank you Mr. Kelly.

    Sometimes a song will visit me from my life while i am reading or paying full attention to my surroundings.
    Today, a song that comforted me deeply as a child came to mind. Counting Your Blessings written by Irving Berlin helped me through a terrible time in my childhood and I felt such comfort.

    Music helped me back then to deal with so much. I was not Catholic then but found that God had a way of finding me and caring for me until I could see and understand.

  • Ruth

    I am most grateful to have found such a wonderful (new) community within the Catholic Church, to have found the courage to explore faith more deeply, and for my baptism this Saturday.

    • CT

      Welcome and I pray the joy and love of Christ you will feel at your Baptism
      will be with you always.

  • Steven Sisman

    I’m grateful for the health that I and my family have and a roof that provides shelter in spite of what we don’t. I’m grateful I get to goto work and provide resources for my family and others. I’m grateful for the family and friends that encourage me. I’m grateful for the ability to see, and am grateful for people who are wise and willing to share knowledge and their own experience. I am grateful for my breath which to me is something so simple but so important. I’m grateful to have people around me that will pick me up and belonging to the Roman Catholic Church that’s​ put in place systems to make myself, my wife and my children the best versions of ourselves.

  • voteprolife

    I am most grateful for my family, my faith and being born in the USA. I know we, as a nation, are not perfect and have done some bad things. HOWEVER, we also have many loving, generous people, and have blessings other nations do not enjoy, not to mention the fact that we are able to live our faith. (I pray this continues.) I am also truly grateful for Dynamic Catholic and all those God has given us, to deepen our faith in God! Wishing you all a blessed week.

  • Gina

    Grateful to wake up and be able to say: Thank you Lord, watch over me, and my loved ones today, and over the whole World! Give us all the blessing of serving You and one another, Amen.

  • Colleen Michelle Amos-Mezinze

    Katie, that as a beautiful story, brought tears Grateful to hear. God is good…best to you at Dynamic Catholic.

  • Margie Suarez

    I am grateful for my faith, my husband, my family and friends. I am grateful for morning Mass and the beauty of this world.

  • Jane Deutschlander

    I definitely needed this today – yesterday was a very stressful and difficult day. My son was admitted to the hospital due to a seizure at work. I try so hard to stay positive and most days it isn’t difficult. This came at just the time I needed to stop and appreciate the good. I am so grateful to all the people who have reached out to me and are praying for my son. This too will pass and God will give me the grace and strength to be there for my son… God is so good!

  • Kristi

    We have really been struggling financially. Out of the blue, I received a check for $500 yesterday! A small auto accident a few months ago was deemed the other person’s fault. I wasn’t even going to claim it or report it, but the other person decided to do so. So we went through the proper channels. Anyway, I got my deductible back! It’s Holy Week, and this small amount of money will let me relax a little, enough to be present in the moment of the Easter season.
    – We’ve been helping our daughter with diapers and gas money even though we really didn’t have it to spare. I feel God blessed us for it.

  • Elena Suarez

    Kati, thank you for your reflection. You put me deeply in touch (am in tears) with my dad who passed away seven years ago. He had a very strong faith and I am forever grateful that God blessed me with him as my father. So today I’m grateful for you that you connected me once again in a powerful way with him and with this gift of tears that I have. God bless you!

  • Anci

    Its funny that this is the meditation today because I text my daughter who was getting really sad about not seeing certain people for long over Easter and I told her to look at what gifts she’s given not what she doesn’t have. Start listing them and then I see this this morning! Talk about being on the same wave link! Instead of being frustrated that I have chronic pain, I thank God for the opportunity to offer him my discomfort to help others and when things start to get me down…if I just remember that I need to look at what I am grateful for, my mood shifts and I know that God is with me and when I need it, Mary puts her arms around me and leads me back to God.

  • Sarena

    I am grateful for the simple things in life. I am grateful for those precious small moments. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and neighbors. I am grateful for coming through some large challenges. I am grateful for the time I’ve had with people I love who are now home, I am grateful for new starts and chances, I am grateful that God loves me and all of us.

  • Gail Defalcon

    I a really humbled by reading the posts of those who suffer so uch and still are grateful every day this is Gods grace in action My prayers for all I am humbled by your attitude of gratitude

  • Ann

    my kids suffered several tramatic experiences but Alot of prayer, counseling, time, and their willingness to forgive has given me my family back. I am so grateful we are united once more.

  • CT

    I am grateful for my husband, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters.
    I am grateful for every day I get up to see the sun rise in all the glory God
    has painted it. I am grateful for everyday that I am able to serve God in some
    small way. I am grateful to the days I have the awareness to be selfless instead of selfish.
    God is Good! All the Time!

  • Christy

    Two weeks ago our adult son tried to commit suicide. He struggles with Bipolar illness and has refused to take meds for it his whole adult life. ( 34). He’s been battling cancer for the 2nd time in his life and this time, after 5 different treatments when he was told this most recent one seems to be working- that’s the week he tried to kill himself! I asked him about it and he said he wanted to hear there was nothing else they could do so he could die- when that didn’t happen he tried to do it himself! No words can express the helplessness a parent feels at times like this. His two children feel unloved and deserted by him because he is so emotionally and physically absent to them and they think it’s their fault. I keep praying his behavior doesn’t do them lasting harm. My husband and I kept praying at the very least for God to come into his soul and forgive him for his endless sadness and self-focus. Somehow, they got him to agree to try the meds. He is coming home from the hospital today and he sure seems to be like the young man we used to know. We are so grateful his sister happened to call him and get him to pull his car over when she did, we are so grateful he is finally willing to try meds, we are so grateful no one was harmed during his wreckless behavior, we are so grateful for everyone’s love and prayers that continue to carry us through our many challenges with him. We are so grateful for the peace God is giving me and my husband in letting go of trying to control what he does. Your prayers are deeply appreciated.

    • Kathy Stewart

      Christy, our family’s prayers for comfort and courage in this difficult time are with you.

    • Robin

      My young adult sons give my husband and I much concern over their life choices. We, too, have been in very dark places because of them, and I share in your grief knowing there is no control over them at this point. Letting go and putting trust for their lives in God’s hands is something I still struggle with. Praying for you and your family, Christy!

    • Carl

      It can be so very difficult coping with a loved one who is suffering from a mental illness or addiction. As with your son, his “endless sadness and self-focus” are the result of his illness, and it can be hard to remember that at times (at least for me). Here is one of the daily prayers I have found helpful (from “Companion Prayers” of St. Anthony):

      “O holy St. Anthony, God granted you with the power to heal those afflicted with every kind of sickness. Hear my plea for my loved ones (here name) who are ill and in need of your heavenly assistance. Obtain for them health in mind and body, and give them the strength to overcome pain and suffering. Quickly and completely restore them to the fullness of good health. Amen.”

      I hope that you and your family find this as helpful as I have. I believe in the power of prayer for the person in need, but (in a somewhat “selfish” way) also have found that it helps me to feel that I can do something and not feel so hopeless and helpless.

      God Bless!

      • Linda Carmelle

        Thank You for posting that for Christy,I also said the prayer for her son tonight as well. It is the best way to pay it forward.

    • Karen in FL

      Mental illness is in our family, too, and I will pray for all of you.

  • Ellen Sweeny Kaufman

    I’m grateful so many things in my life these past 76 years….but today I must say I’m so very grateful for Matthew Kelly and all the young ones on the second videos. They have made this the best ever Lent for me and I want to thank them and express my gratitude to them for helping me be a better person and saving my soul. God bless you Matthew, to me you are a saint and I’m so blessed to have you and Dynamic Catholic in my life.

  • Lynne

    I am grateful for my Family & Friends, my Health & Financial stability – & for all of you at Dynamic Catholic . I will pray for you all during this Holy Week.

    PS – Thanks you all for taking the time to send me Blessings.

  • Robin

    Grateful for Dynamic Catholic and all the work they are doing!

  • Kathleen Anne

    …..I was ten years ago filled with self pity…..
    My two beautiful children, finished high school with much success, finished college with much success, and now both married to wonderful young people.
    ….and 32 year old marriage ended and in unbelievable spiral downward with abuse….police….courts….
    any love I had to to extreme fear….

    I had become a total failure…
    No husband.
    No children.
    No home.

    I went back to my Catholic roots.
    Fr. Gerry welcomed me to our little church. Choir member, lector, Eucharist minister and greeter. He new how much this gave me a new family and direction. Grateful!!

    I began to read the Bible everyday and thought of it as God’s love letter to me. I began a “Grateful Journal” while reading. I didn’t read anything else until I finished reading the Bible from beginning to end. I took me over a year. I’m a SLOW reader….

    I learned that I was God’s precious daughter, He would NEVER leave me.
    And through all my failings and weakness, HE iS MY STRENGTH!!

    Everyday, everyday, I begin my day at sunrise….with gratefulness for all that God has blessed me with….

    and whenever I become filled with self pity, I get my “Grateful Journal” out and begin reading….
    God created the world…
    and it is good.
    Thank you so much for reading

    Blessings. ❤

    • Joyce W.

      What a wonderful testimony of how God’s love gave you the power to overcome this sad collapse of your previous life. I’m sure you now understand that you were never a failure! God brought His good out of the bad things by drawing you close to Him. Perhaps one day you will be able to minister to others who have or are going through similar experiences. God will put them in your path if He so chooses. God bless.

  • Laura LaDue

    I am grateful for many things but the one thing I am most grateful for is my husband. He has been my rock, my friend and my partner throughout life.

  • Melissa

    I am grateful that God raised us out of our enormous financial debt. We made the decision to return to simple living, eating, hard work and giving thanks. We trusted in His Divine providence and made a firm commitment to never allow ourselves to get back into the slavery of debt. What happened next is just purely miraculous. We went from nearly 600k in debt to no debt, other than a mortgage, to secure future. We had to give up our attachments and selfishness to allow God’s bounty to flow. There is nothing we want more than to be favored by God as His faithful servants. Nothing else really matters.

    • Melissa, I have been there financially. We too are just at little over debt free. It’s going to be tight for the rest of our lives but that’s ok. Being complete with God I don’t fear it. I am grateful to God to always helping me through our little crises.

  • Kurt Hertrich

    I have lost 2 wives, the last one 4 years ago. I have genetic ailments, my feet hurt 24/7. Skin issues, infections right now, predisposed to depression.I used to just wanting to die. Now,turning the pain over to the Lord, thanking him for it for that is all I have, because looking around, there is always somebody worse off especially thinking about people in the Middle East. Right now I am eating breakfast and listening to this wonderful program while too many people are starving, thank you Lord.

    • What a wonderful message Kurt. It makes me want to come over and eat breakfast with you!!! God Bless you!

      • Kurt Hertrich

        Thank you Doug, before my first wife died I had no need for the Lord. I was the Lost sheep that the Lord brought back to the flock. He gave me an angel as second wife, together we grew so close to Jesus that today I need him for every step and breath I take, thank you Jesus

    • Katie Van Booven

      Join your suffering with Christ’s and you share in his redemption of the world. Offering up your sacrifice can be so powerful and do amazing things for the world. God Bless, you are in my prayers.

      • Kurt Hertrich

        Thank you Kathie, Jesus showed us how to suffer. Any pain I have I remember it is nothing compared to what he suffered, being innocent, I am a sinner.

  • Christine M Romot

    Ironically it has been on my thoughts already today, before I watched this segment. I was walking this morning and thanking God for so many things in my life, people, retirement, the beautiful day, not resisting happiness and getting up early for a good walk even though my friend could not join me. I also prayed to thank God for having the ability to walk where others do not.

  • This question today is something I remind myself everyday. If I have to choose who to be with, I choose family. I have 3 adult kids, all married, and have provided us with 5 wonderful grandkids. If nothing else I am so grateful for them.

    But, I think that the one thing that stands out is when I was 51 (2004), my wife told me to get out or seek help. I had fits and lots of depression…suicidal. I didn’t like me at all and she didn’t like me for sure. I was diagnosed with Bipolar and severe mood disorder. The first few years was tough, trying to get use to the meds, but then it slowly came under control. My psychiatrist told me to expect minor setbacks and I did. But since my epiphany, 5 years ago I’ve only had one major set back…which was brought on by a death. It’s very complicated, or at least wordy, so I won’t make this a novel. But for the past 3 years, since then, God has had my back. Long story short (too late) I am grateful for my wife and her tough love.

  • Tina

    I`m extremely grateful for yesterday`s reflection.
    At each moment of criticism, in the past, I had felt like an arrow had been shot straight into my heart.
    Then on reflection yesterday, it was like being Gulliver on his travels in Lilliput Land. I felt full of pinpricks and totally tied down by lots of tiny little people. So I prayed and forgave all and offered it all up united with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. If I had suffered pin scratches, He had suffered many hundred lashes. If I suffered pinpricks, He suffered nailing. If I felt pinned down , He was helplessly Crucified.
    This above is what I am extremely grateful for, because I can offer it in expiation and reparation for sins.
    But most of all I am eternally grateful that Jesus` Crucifixion on the Cross is my redemption and way to salvation. All this I will remember and celebrate these coming days.

  • Suellen Caire

    Thank you so much Kati for sharing that – I really needed to hear it! For 13 years my non-Catholic husband has been coming to church with me and my family. I wasn’t grateful… you opened my eyes! Thank you my sweet husband for being by our side! It means everything to me!

  • Clare54

    I am incredibly grateful for being encouraged to read Matthews book, “Resisting Happiness”. For years I have wanted to have a really good Lenten experience but never really knew how to go about it. Being involved with this 40 days of Lent has given me a great experience of learning how to get closer to Christ and loving the opportunity to become a much better Catholic.

  • Joyce W.

    I remember the middle of one winter night when I was suffering with a bad bout of flu, sitting on the couch with a hot drink, and realizing how blessed I was that I could suffer this illness in a comfortable warm home, with a good bed, meds if I needed them, and that hot drink to ease the way I was feeling, and I thought of the homeless on that freezing night, some of whom might also have flu.

    I’m constantly thankful for our church and being able to worship openly. I’m thankful that at 75 I am mobile, can see, hear, taste my food, smell the fresh air and do a lot of things that others even 10 years younger than me cannot do. I’m so thankful for my small family here in Canada, and for extended family in England. I do get grumpy and discontented now and then, especially on dull days when depression kicks in, but that’s the way we are until we pull ourselves out of the pity pit with God’s help.

  • Kat

    Three years ago, just on a whim, I took an online songwriting class… I didn’t tell anybody because I didn’t think I had any talent in that area… today, through God’s grace, I’m writing songs, playing guitar and singing His praises in front of people! Because of the generosity and support of others, one Sunday a month, other musicians join me at a local restaurant and we spend 2 hours in song and fellowship and on that day, like no other, I feel pure joy! I am so grateful to my Lord for the gift of song!! I feel truly blessed.

  • Pat

    Attitude of Gratitude. Even in times of distress. I am most grateful this morning for God showing me I had a spirit of self-pity which caused me much struggle and pain over the years. After it was revealed to me, and I confessed it, it was removed. What a tremendous weight lifted! Thank you,Lord, for this gift of freedom.

  • Nicky H

    I’m incredibly grateful for my family, our home, my education – all of which have created great opportunities in my life. Whenever I fall, at least one of those things is there to catch me.

  • Angela Pendergraft

    At the beginning of the New Year, I pick a word that I will try to live each day with. My word this year is Gratitude. Before my feet hit the ground, I ask God to help me live today in gratitude. No Matter what happens during the day I choose gratitude. What I have found is that whatever comes my way I seem to handle it with more ease and less fear or anger. At night God and I go over the day and find that gratitude won the day or “How could I have handled that situation better.”

  • Lindsay Smith

    I am so grateful God has led me to this community! The daily reflections and comments are inspiring, helping to strengthen my faith. Finding a group of loving people who are willing to be vulnerable, share their authentic selves and offer nothing but kind words and support is such a gift. Thank you to all of you for being on this journey with me!

  • Mike

    As I was driving into work this AM I began to focus way too much on the things I had to address and accomplish today… I quickly realized that I needed to think of what I was grateful for – the MANY blessings I’ve been given – in order to overshadow the relatively unimportant things filling my head. I turned on my computer as I arrived at work and there it was, a message from Dynamic Catholic on gratitude! WOW, God is never wrong if you do your very best to take a few steps back and listen to Him – have a blessed day everyone.

  • Tony Pantera

    My list of 10:

    1. My children
    2. My wife
    3. A great extended family
    4. My career
    5. My health
    6. The Palo Verde Blooms in the Spring
    7. Being able to run with a fantastic running group
    8. Walking skyclad in the backyard
    9. Being able to make music
    10. Our home

  • Chelsea

    This was a really great one! I’ve always struggled with being grateful about many different things, but I think this will help me see the light. It is especially hard, in my mind, to be grateful when I’m so frustrated with things that are out of my control, especially when it comes to decisions that my husband has made that I don’t feel heard or that I have a say in things. It’s all about compromise, and I don’t feel very good at that most of the time.

  • Kathy

    I am most grateful to have the Lord in my life. Sometimes it feels like he left me when in truth I left him. I’m grateful for my youngest sister who is not only my sister but my friend and comfidant. We can help each other get through the problems of life. She can tell what my mood is by just hearing me say hello and I can tell hers the same way. We live 10 hours apart but it seems likes she’s next door. I am so, so grateful for my grandchildren. I can look in their eyes and see peace and that passes to me. I watch my 6 month old each day and the joy I get from it can’t be put into words. God, of course, gave me theses gifts to help me life life a little more joyful. The end of the month will be the anniversary of him going up to the Lord and I’m grateful that I can look at that both as sad but grateful he has met hi avior

  • Susan H.

    When my husband died 28 years ago I learnt the lesson of gratitude. I realised that when things seemed the bleakest if I stopped to thank God over and over and over that the grace to bear the moment would come and I could face life again. The situation might not change but the grace poured out from the Lord would see me through. It is something I often advise others who are going through suffering of one kind or another – to thank God for the cross, which means to actually embrace the cross as Catherine Doherty taught me. I am so grateful that Matthew has highlighted gratitude today, it confirms my experience.

  • Leslie J. Kulis

    I have a phrase i use : I get to versus I have to- I get to go to Chemo says I am lucky to be in a country where their is medical care – I get to go grocery shopping means I am lucky there are grocery stores with lots of choices- I get to go to work means I am lucky to have a job that gives me purpose- so today say I get to versus I have to- brings on gratitude

  • LJ

    Well, to be specific, being specific gets you in the now and out of the head and here is what I have written:) Matthew Kelly-Catholic beliefs, Pencil-friendship, Laurence-friendship, Gene-today’s interview, Dennis- job coach, Charlene-friendship, Laurence-friendship, DJ-neighbor, Cole, Neighbor, Oonah-gentle soul, Reba-nice helpful person. We do not know how the mind works; however, I can see by this thought process that whatever one thinks about that increases.

  • Delia Shuert Kavanaugh

    A woman I met at Bible study shared her story that totally changed my view of gratitude. Her son at the age of 12 got very badly burned. They weren’t sure he would live. She shared that she thanked God for allowing her to have him for 12 years if he didn’t pull through. I was blown away. I can imagine many things I might think and feel in that situation and that isn’t one of them. Her story taught me that regardless of your situation there is something to be thankful for you just have to look for it.

  • Prolifedem6M

    Most of all for my faith. I recall praying at age 24, when I was thinking of phasing out Sunday Mass attendance, “O God (if there is a God), grant me faith” God responded in spade, putting me in a situation that led to faith. I think this is one prayer that God always answers. My faith has enriched my life immensely.
    I am thankful for the gift of intelligence.
    That’s the beginning of my list.

  • Karen Kitchel

    Grateful for what I DON’T have. No one in my family has cancer or a major medical issue. We don’t have to worry about if we can feed our family today. There was not a tornado, earthquake or shooting in our community. I don’t have to ever wonder if there is a God taking care of us.

  • paulette janulewicz

    One thing I have learned about myself and my faith is that gratitude can change my attitude. I need only to think and love what I have instead of focusing on what I do not have! Such awesome testimonials today of gratitude, makes me humble. Thank you and God bless you all this holy week and in all the weeks to come after. This Lenten series and reading the book along with it has made my lent the best lent ever! Thank you to all of you on your team!

  • Chelsea

    Although I’ve already written a post, I feel the need to share something I’m grateful for. I have Epilepsy, and I read and hear about so many children and adults who may have multiple seizures in a year, month, week, or day. I am one of the lucky ones whose medicine works and I only have absence seizures now. I had my last “big” seizure on October 20th, 2007. I also met someone at the university I work for who has a similar story. We shared different things, and my mom told me that she was glad there was someone else like me, and I’m not alone!

    • Linda Carmelle

      I too had epilepsy from a very young age, my mom prayed w/o ceasing and taught me how to offer sacrifice.How to literally make processions in faith,promises to God and the appeal to the Blessed Mother.My parents fought for me always so others in authority didn’t write me off(this was in the 70’s and very few laws existed yet to prevent that from happening to those w disability).My grandparents prayed,family and friends etc. All because my mom believed and asked and provided example of how to do it. Our family also belongs to the Italian American catholic Maria S.S.Lauretana society and I had many people praying for me there too. My mom processed every year on the feast day,rain or shine until I was well and beyond in Thanksgiving. My Grampa too as he was a member even before my mom and taught her how to respect and ask the Holy Family for Miracles. So you are not alone and its a miracle to have everyday and a friend to go through this with you. Ask God to heal you,pray ,make Novena to petition to the saints,BE STRONG IN FAITH. You may need to ask repeatedly,but your faith and belief can help cure or control epilepsy . I will pray for you too.Blessings to you!

      • Chelsea

        Thank you, Linda!

  • Ava

    My wonderful supporters who have been there for me when my parents start shaming me because of my calling to be a nun. And my soul sister who loves me to pieces. And my faith, and my calling.

  • Kathy Courtney

    My dad’s story is almost identical to Kati’s. He passed away in his 50s shortly after converting. I am very grateful that he took that path.

  • Shawn Raberge

    That us so sweet. My husband also non Catholic, comes to mass with me every Sunday with our family. Hasn’t gotten to the conversion point yet but it does mean so much to me that he does attend with me!

  • jerseyangel

    This is a good reminder. I Remember watching an Oprah episode years ago where you keep a grateful journal and write 5 things your grateful for. This morning I woke up anxious and a little depressed. A voice in my head said you haven’t been thankful lately and immediately I started to think of things to be thankful for. It changes your whole attitude. Sometimes, when really feeling down, it is hard to think of anything. I start with the air I breath. Slowly one thing leads to the next. It was funny that this Matthew Kelly topic came up today. God is reminding me that always, in all things, in all situations, give thanks. Thanks for all your postings, today, especially those who are feeling chronic pain. Will be lifting you up in prayer. That has to be so difficult.

  • Anna Krystyniak

    Grateful for my husband who comes to church with us every week as well. Not to mention all his hard work to support us and give us the things we need plus more.

  • Joyce

    I attended Mass at a different Church this past weekend and I was shocked at a hostile response I got from an older parishioner when I asked if she knew where the bathroom was. I was so surprised that I didn’t respond and frankly…didn’t know how to respond! Later as I thought about that encounter, I knew that it was God ordained. God told me to pray for her and everytime I recall it, I say a prayer for her..Especially that she has others to love and others who love her. I am so grateful for that encounter.

  • Donna S.

    My Aunt Gloria has stage 4 colon cancer, in January she was in Hospice care given just a few days. Well she started eating, gaining strength, she is now back at home. She’s been able to go to her grandson’s basketball games, he is 6. Although very weak and in much pain some days, she carries on. I am grateful for these extra days our family has been given with her.

  • Kathleen Spector

    I am grateful for the wonderful blessings of family: my parents, brother and 4 sisters and my son, Seth. I am grateful for a wonderful parish family. I am grateful for fulfilling work. I am grateful for God who gave his only Son that I might share eternal life with Him. Thank you!

  • Cheryl Beseler

    I am very grateful for a group of women I have known since grade school – and for the wisdom of God to plant a seed in the mind of one of them to reach out to us – to come together regularly and grow spiritually through sharing and prayer. We are grateful that our parents had the wisdom to send us to that small Catholic school 50 years ago – the power of God’s whispers that impact lives beyond what we imagine in our minds <3

  • Sandy B

    This Lent I decided to start a Gratitude Journal. I may not write in it every day, though I try, but I have noticed that it has helped my senior citizen outlook on life to be more positive and to be grateful and/or thankful for little things as well as big ones. I am grateful for these videos that have made this the Best Lent Ever, that have helped me be aware of little spiritual opportunities as they occur and not to automatically say, “No,” just because they might be inconvenient. Praise the Lord!

  • Richard Alt

    I’m grateful that at age 13 I decided that I wanted to change schools from West High in Rochester, NY to Aquinas Institute. As a result I decided to convert and become a Catholic. My mother went with me to our pastor, Fr. Duffy at St. Augustine church and he taught us the Catechism. We became Catholics at Easter. My dear father returned to his Catholic faith too! I’m very proud and thankful for that in my life.

  • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

    I am greatful for my “Earthly Angels”! These are people placed in my life to pick me me up when I have fallen. They are unaware that their simple words of encouragement have saved me in my hour of sorrow or their companionship, has lifted me up on my journey. I pray that God allows me to be one of his “Earthly Angels” and help others in need!

  • Carlos

    I am forever grateful to God for rescuing me from myself. About 11 months ago, my wife of 27 years rejected me and abandoned me to enter into a relationship with her boss at work. This was devastating to me because I love my wife deeply and had my hopes and dreams in life tied to her. In that moment, I let the hopelessness of the situation invade my whole being, and if it hadn’t been for God’s intervention, I would have selfishly taken my own life. In that moment, God revealed to me the blessings of my life, His incredible love for me, and the fact that He had a plan to restore my life. I am grateful for His grace and the powerful way that he has helped me to open my heart. I chose to turn towards God and at the end of the day, I chose love. I am so glad that I did. Even in the midst of the most horrific storm of my life, God has given me hope and purpose. I feel balance being restored to my life, as He fills these God-sized holes. I appreciate my life and count my blessing daily. God is working our good, always!

    • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

      The sadness of Betrayal. Wow what a heavy burden. I know that burden too! But I am grateful to this ministry in rediscovering that during this Lenten season, Jesus knows my pain. Jesus was betrayed and Jesus forgave! And, His Light brings love back into my heart!
      Thanks for sharing Carlos.

  • Bill S

    I had a friend who passed away from cancer a few years back. He used to always ask “Do you have an “attitude of gratitude” for what you have and the family & friends in your life”? I have never forgotten that short phrase and use it, especially with my grown children to have that “attitude of gratitude”.

  • Tina Xinastle

    My heart is full of gratitude for:

    1. My husband, 3 sons and daughter
    2. My parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters
    3. All the people I have had the opportunity to know, care for, even when difficult, love and brighten my day with joy
    4. The beauty of nature especially sunsets, sunrises, flowers, waterfalls, birds singing
    5. Living in the USA
    6. Matthew Kelly and all who are apart of Dynamic Catholic
    7. My Pastor, Fr. Baer
    8. A home
    9. Food especially fruit, chocolate, cheese and desserts
    10. My nieces and nephews

  • Susie Caughey

    I am grateful for the gift of this new day. The weather is absolutely gorgeous here in NJ. I am at the doctor’s right now and am grateful for my job, health insurance and being cared for in the best medical hub in the world. I am grateful for an understanding boss when I had to turn back after making my way to the city when I knew I would have a tough time making it through my day. I am grateful for my aunt’s email invite this morning for Easter since my family are back in the Emerald Isle. This is my “current” gratitude. I have soooooo much to be grateful for I could keep going and going. Thank you, God, for all you have blessed me with in my life. Let me never forget what you have given me and what awaits me in Your promise of eternal life with you.

  • CSL

    For me, I had to learn what it means to express heartfelt gratitude. I no longer use gratitude in order to abort travel into deepness or darkness for in the dark and deep places is where I began embracing Christ’s unconditional love. The deep is where I am finding peace with the fullness of life The deep within me is where I am gaining a new view of darkness and coming to recognize it as the covering of rich soil over the seed of faith – from this view, I can remain long enough so that the seed can finally take root and grow from a sturdy foundation. God is a good gardener! I used to be afraid of going deep, but now, for me, I see it as essential . I am grateful for different things now – I am grateful that God loved me when I was an ingrate and I am grateful for God’s gracious rescue!!

  • Karen

    I am grateful for Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic for helping me focus on making this my best Lent ever. It’s so easy to see all the negativity in the world today and starting the day with thankfulness and purpose can truly make a difference in our lives.

  • Linda

    I really needed to hear this and read the discussions today. I have been waiting 3 weeks to hear about a position I interviewed for. I have been very discouraged not hearing from them- If I got the job or not. Instead of being discouraged I should be thankful for the process. I traveled to a beautiful area, met some very amazing people, and had the courage to get out of my comfort zone to apply in the first place!

  • Ssamaca

    I’m grateful the mower started. I really am. If not I’d be on the floor in the garage trying to fix it. But now I can get out and mow. It’s sunny today and warm, and everything is getting green. And I can walk behind the mower and that’s good exercise for me. And when I’m done, my home will look nice. I’m so grateful to God that I have a house for my family and me to live in. They are grown and out now, and while I miss them, I’m grateful that they had the health and intelligence to go to school and graduate and be self sufficient. And my home is full of those good memories of when it was full. And I’m thankful that they still come back sometimes to visit and stay in their old home with their own families. They sit outside and the kids can play in the new mown yard. I’m thankful that my wife and I are still together, enjoying relatively good health and able to support each other. I do feel loved and hope she does too.
    Most of all, I’m thankful that throughout the day I can feel God’s presence, a nice and loving presence, with guidance and help all the time. All the time. Pour out your love on me, Father. Thank you.

  • Carolyn Gavranich

    Matthew’s words really struck a chord with me. I have really been feeling down lately due to a big rift with my brother’s family and my kids. A lot of hurtful verbal exchages have created hurt and anger that is preventing all sides coming together to heal. It has been very stressful and I have to maintain a cordial relationship with my brother because we are managing my 95-year old mother who has in home care after an accident. Sometimes I find it hard to be grateful because of all the hurt I can’t resolve. I need prayers especially during this Holy Week as I try to find peace in the midst of this. I guess I can be thankful for Jesus who suffered the ultimate pain for me who feels so unworthy.

  • Bill Erdmann

    I have a similar story as Kati’s father. I have always been a a believer but not Catholic. Had hoped to covert my wife and 3 kids. After a 20+ year struggle of research to become a better follower looking to find good examples to follow in my denomination I did not see any outstanding people to model after. One night at a church board meeting a fellow officer started screaming at me because she disagreed about some procedures I wanted to institute for handling money. It was then it struck me that the Christian example I was looking for was not where I was looking! I had been living with that example for 45 years, my wife Mary who has really been a servant of the the Lord. It took me a long time to recognize that but I decided to try RCIA again (first time the priest told me he would rather have me as a good Lutheran than a bad Catholic! I asked too many questions:)). This Easter will be my 4th anniversary of being Roman Catholic.

  • Judy

    For that breath, and that one, and each successive breaths.
    For my husband, daughter, two grandchildren, son-in-law, my sisters.
    My time with God, God writing, having the time to be still, listen, trust, and hope.

  • Phillip
  • Barbara Levich

    I’m grateful for my grandmother and my father, who both had a love for the bible and gave me that gift too. It is my bedrock.

  • Leah Levitt

    I have so many things to be grateful for. I survived cancer and have been cancer free for several years. I am happily married. I have four Grandchildren. My Mother is still alive and I enjoy good health. I am in good health. I have a nice house. I have two loving chihuahuas. I have become a Catholic. I have had the means to travel. I have friends. My husbands art career is flourishing. I manage it so this means my efforts are paying off. A Priest friend just gave me two of his amazing Icons. I got to see the Pope and attend the Canonization of Mother Theresa. I had a wonderful career as an attorney. I am honored to be a Lector and Eucharist Minister. I am going to attend a retreat at Sacred Heart Retreat House with the Carmelite Sisters at the end of the month. I actually enjoy being a vegetarian and eating right. No struggles in doing this as some people have. I can still go to the gym although I am 76 and work out. I love going beautiful places to walk and enjoy nature and I can still do this. I still have my mental facilities. I could go on. But I periodical do prayers where all I do is thank God for all my blessings. I am always surprised at how long I can do this. Although I have lots of sorrow in my life I have also had lots of joy to offset the sorrow.

  • Phillip

    Gratitude invokes the presence of God!

  • Timothy Brewer

    One year ago today, I went to the hospital for treatment of kidney stones. When I left the hospital, they said I had a 8 cm mass growing near my pancreas. It was later diagnosed as neuroendocrine cancer and the mass was removed in July. Now I am cancer free for now but it will probably grow back sometime. This illness made me get up every morning and say thanks to God for having the opportunity to share the joys, pains, happiness, and sorrows with others as we journey through this life on earth. It made me also more fully grasp that we have a mission here on earth and the promise of eternal life is awaiting for those who desire it and see it through their beliefs and actions. God bless and may the joy of being grateful come everyday to us all.

  • Paul

    I try to start each day with prayer, and I like to start off with gratitude to
    God for giving me another day to try to draw closer to Him. I am grateful first and foremost for my health, the health of my children and grandchildren. I am also grateful for having a fantastic wife to keeps me in line, and that we are both employed and have a roof over our heads. I am also grateful for God allowing me to share His body and blood each week at mass. I am grateful for being able to see, to appreciate the beauty of all things that surround me. I am grateful at having had the opportunity to excel in school and sports as I was growing up. For the friends I made along the way. For an understanding and compassionate mother, and for having been able to spend time with my father before he was taken away so early in life. I am grateful for having been a part of a man’s life who is now being considered for sainthood.
    As Matthew stated in the video, there are too many things to be thankful for, to let any negativity overwhelm you. Thank you God for all You have given me!

  • Judith Vecchio

    I am grateful for everyday I live as I had open heart surgery and I know God has given me a second chance.

  • Michael Lennon

    Simply a wonderful (and age-old!) reminder that gratitude is essential to healthy living and…that gratitude is a choice. We often get hardened to gratitude by life’s journey once our child-likeness disappears… But we can get it back!! Thanks to Matthew & Kati for two great messages!

  • Elaine

    I am grateful for all my abilities and the freedom to use them. I’m grateful for my faith hope and love. Grateful for my loved ones friends and family. Above all I’m grateful to know God.

  • Amy Reinhardt

    Like Kati, I also have a father who converted to Catholicism after marrying my mother. I love that one of my main role models is someone who chose our faith because of his desire for more. Every time I sit down to pray the first thing I say is, “God, thank you for all the blessings you’ve given me.” I say this because even during my darkest times, my blessings outweigh the suffering. God has been so good to me. So whenever I feel down, I try to remember all the good that’s present in my life: the relationships, the essentials (food, water, clothing, shelter, etc.) and the opportunities. I think by constantly remembering how blessed we are, that will keep us humble.

  • Peggy Pigors

    I began teaching children in R. E. classes to be grateful because when we would pray together, they couldn’t find anything to be grateful for so I would tell them you have a roof over your head, parents who love and care for you, an opportunity to go to school, Mass… I pray every night about all the things and people I am grateful for in my life even that the day is over and it’s time to rest. Being grateful keeps you in a positive frame of mind. Try it! Be grateful! It’s so easy.

  • Debbie Crowley Kobler

    I have been given so much from Our Lord!! I was raised in a strong family and town with Great Faith backgrounds and saw many a day when the town would struggle due to loss of jobs because of “strikes” against the company.
    That Faith of my family and backbone of that little town (Butte, Montana) , the education I received… Helped me through many dark days of loneliness when I moved about the country and throughout Latin America as a young bride and mother.. I learned to speak Spanish, and survive without the “nuclear support” of my family and friends because the foundation had been laid when I was a child.. I found Mass everywhere I went., and when I did not get to a Mass, I had my Bible and a Rosary.. I am now 60, close to 61 and have been given so many gifts from the Lord!
    No! Life has not been super smooth for me.. I have struggled (with God and my Communion of Saints helping me), along the way.. I have had days without running water, lost 2 children, but have 4 beautiful , wonderful grown children, and 6 beautiful, wonderful grandchildren, a loving husband, and family.. I have had to watch my father pass away while performing CPR on him and waiting for the paramedics to arrive.
    Each of those 6 is so very special in their own way.! One has Cystic Fibrosis and yet we have been Blessed that even though her disease has no cure yet, she is healthy in her battle! She is eight years old and to date has not been hospitalized once!!!
    I have the gift of going to Mass each day if I make the the time to attend, when I am not babysitting my darlings.
    I can call my Mom, turn on EWTN, and listen to The Catholic Channel on the radio…
    I have a nice home and the gift of sight to look out at the small vineyard on our property, to see the seasons, and harvest the grapes!
    I have food in my belly, can volunteer with our St. Vincent de Paul pantry, have been able to translate for people when I worked at hospitals, and clinics, and was given a job through Our Lord, as an ESL assistant teaching children from many countries.
    God has granted me the gift of going on Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi, and meeting new friends. And with His Will next week, on Easter Monday, my husband and myself will be going to visit Lourdes!
    Yes, indeed , I have much to be grateful for, but always Pray that should I lose all these gifts, MY FAITH WILL SUSTAIN ME, WILL NOT LEAVE ME , AND THAT I WILL ONE DAY SEE THE FACE OF GOD!

  • Robert Stanton

    I am most grateful for my parents who have both passed away. My Dad died at 57 from a heart attack and my Mom picked herself up, got her drivers license at age 55 and despite her agoraphobia she took on work outside the home. She passed away at 82 from lung cancer but her year long journey of dieing brought me back to life as a Catholic. She was my inspiration to stop ignoring the inner voice that was calling me back to the Catholic Church.

    After a soul searching trip to Ireland, I returned to my childhood catholic faith 11 years ago. I then made my confirmation in 2012 after being away from the church for 35 years.

    I am thankful to Fr McCarthy, Fr Killey Fr Mike. Fr, Mark, Fr John and Fr Gonet for all their encouragement and support. Most of all, i am thankful to God for keeping the door always open and the light always on awaiting my return.

    When ever I read the parable of the Prodigal Son, I recognize myself and my heart leaps for joy that we are always welcomed home.

  • Peg

    I am grateful that God wastes nothing!

  • Mark B. Macanas

    Thank you, Matthew, for this great ministry. It has certainly helped deepen my Catholic faith. (#1 on my Gratitude List today!)

  • Janet C

    A few months ago I was diagnosed with macular degeneration. I know my vision is changing and it’s pretty scary. Being a very independent person, always in leadership roles, this has been very difficult for me to accept. I’ve been praying to God to help me learn how to deal with it. Now one of the things I do every morning, when I open my eyes and still have the gift of sight, is in gratitude to thank the Lord for what I will see today. But of course now I’m thinking: why haven’t I done this throughout my life? Why haven’t I woken up and my first thought been to think of God and thank Him? How could I have not done that all these years? Well, I guess I still have quite a lot to learn!

  • Kim Crawford

    My beloved pet, Sienna, of 12 1/2 years who passed on today. God gives us His creatures to teach us many life lessons.

    • Linda Carmelle

      I ‘m so sorry for your loss. I understand as I lost my Callie (cat) this past summer. She was my best friend,a nanny’s helper,our consoler,my baby…The prayer of St. Francis of Assisi helped me through the hardest moments. I wish I could share with you my favorite websites to help deal with pet loss ,but we are prohibited from that . I hope you find some though,now that you know and can seek out the information. research the words lap of love if you have a chance too.

  • Diana Buzzinotti

    At the beginning of 2017, a friend of mine suggested writing down one thing every day you are thankful for and doing this for an entire year. It was said to be life changing. I started to do it and although there are days I have missed, it truly is life changing. I actually use the notes feature on my phone and enter my thankful notes there. It is very uplifting to look back at the dates and quick notes about what I was thankful for that day. Try it😊

  • Eileen g

    My dad was the same. He was not catholic but supported my mother by going to church with us every Sunday. It wasn’t until he was in his late 60’s that he jazzercise knee the Catholic Church. He went to our parish priest and told him he wanted to become a true catholic. A week or so later he was receiving communion as our priest felt he was more than ready to receive the sacraments. My parents gave me faith by their example. My husband and I were both catholic and married in the church but he has stopped practicing years ago. I pray that he will someday return.

  • Caryl Sinnott

    I have kept a gratitude journal for about 30 years. Each evening I write to Jesus. I tell Him 5 things I am grateful for that day. I sing it love, Caryl. It has showed me how everyday is filled with blessings.

  • Kathy

    It’s easy to fool ourselves. For most of my life I thought I was a positive person. I’m happy and optimistic. BUT, then I realized that I often pick out things in a situation, event or person that I am critical of. I realized that I was the “glass half empty” girl. Although I was happy and optimistic, I failed to be grateful for the many things that go well in my life and the positive aspects of all situations, even those that aren’t perfect.

  • Carolyn

    Of course I am grateful for my husband, daughter, and grandchildren. I am grateful for God who has given me so many opportunities and who has loved me when I have been at my worst. Today, I am most grateful for my doctor. I had my annual wellness visit (Medicare’s term for annual physical) this morning. I knew from my blood results that she would be counseling me about drinking. We had a very frank discussion of my options and what my life would be like if I didn’t change. Then my EKG showed that there was some change from last year, probably the result of having hypertension for 30 years, so now I will need an Echocardiogram. Another symptom indicated that I might be developing peripheral artery disease, so I will be talking to my husband’s vascular surgeon and possibly scheduling an ultrasound of my arteries. While I’m overwhelmed, I am so thankful for the skill of my doctor and all of the medical people I will be seeing in the next two weeks. I am grateful for the technology which lets them perform tests to help me deal with whatever I have wrong with me. I am relying on God to give me the strength to handle whatever the results are. Thank you Dynamic Catholic for helping me to see the many things in my life for which I can be grateful.

  • Chuck Hvala

    I am grateful for so many things. My wife and our wonderful relationship. My second marriage, the first failed for many reasons. I did not remarry quickly. I am so happy and grateful that I waited for my wife. We are blessed with love and respect for each other. I am also blessed with wonderful skills that I employ in living each day. I had a good career as a financial professional. I have also learned how to use my hands and make wonderful things out of wood with my hands and some machinery. I love life and am so very grateful for being here right now.

  • Carolyn

    I’m grateful especially for this daily Lenten program. At Christmas, our parish handed out free copies of the book 📚, Resisting Happiness. After I read it, I had a secret wish to do a study on it with other people. I guess that was a prayer; thank you for answering it.

  • Jon Swedberg

    I’m grateful for my Dad, who was Baptist, who had a very vibrant faith in Christ and loved others and served others in the name of Christ in many ways. He always used to say: “Always maintain an attitude of gratitude!”And he didn’t only say it, but he lived it! For him and for his example, I am grateful.

  • MaryAnne Casaul

    There are so many things I am grateful for. I can say I’m grateful for my eyes, ears, senses. My family. God’s love and forgiveness. I have made a list of all I am thankful for and I continue to add to it. Whenever I start to get discouraged I pull out my list. It truly makes you forget about the things that bring you down.

  • Naomi

    I’m grateful for Matthew’s kind face encouraging me every day this Lent! I’ll miss him! I’m grateful for all the times when a friend or opportunity has made me feel less lonely than normal. I’m grateful for my catholic girlfriends.

  • christol murch

    For what am I grateful? I could write more than 1 book detailing my gratefulness to God.

  • Rae Mims

    I am most grateful that I have a relationship with Christ and I am on a journey to learn more about the Holy Trinity, my faith and my spiritual future. I am also grateful for having both my parents still living, being in relatively good health, food on the table, clothes on my back, a roof over my head, a job that pays my bills, medical benefits to help me take care of myself, my church, ministry, and good friends.

  • Christopher Young

    I am grateful for Mathew Kelly and for the best lent ever. Many Lenten seasons have been good as I always consider lent as a time to get closer to me Lord and Savior but this year is different in that I don’t want lent to end. I guess that I did get closer to Him and as a result I will be striving to live my life as the best version of myself that I can be. I buy into the prayer process and for me it is a great way to communicate with The Almighty. May all of you who have been a traveler on this trip thru Lent be blessed as I feel blessed and may your walk with Jesus be interest

  • maria robinson

    I am a returning Catholic ever since Pope Francis came to the United States two years ago. Gradually I have grown back into my relationship with God and church. I am grateful for God’s intervention, for St. Patrick’s Church in Grass Valley, CA for offering Resisting Happiness and for Matthew Kelly’s wisdom, encouragement,passion and compassion that has brought peace back into my life!

  • Wendy R

    I have been married 29 years this Easter Sunday to a wonderful catholic man and raised 3 children in the church. At 51 last June I was confirmed in the Catholic Church ! I truly feel even more now a part of something bigger than myself. I hope in some small way I have inspired my children like Kati’s father inspired her!

  • Piotr Szcześniak

    I am grateful for Best Lent Ever e-mail message I get daily. That’s starting point in my list today, which I really think need to do as I am loosing out of sight what’s good in my life.

    • Linda Carmelle

      Blessings and Prayers offered up on your behalf.

  • Stella Romaine-Amoka

    Gratitude is the oil that lubricates my Spirit.
    No matter how much I pray, its incomplete if I don’t say at least a decade of the THANK YOU JESUS ROSARY.
    I jusr must thank God for His unfaltering faithfulness; which leaves me daily in perpetual awe of our God.
    Endless gratitude all the way.

    • Linda Carmelle

      WoW!!! I love that —Gratitude is the oil that lubricates my Spirit=) Awesome!

    • Stella Romaine-Amoka

      We bless God.

  • Trevor Pelkey

    I am grateful for my family, girlfriend, friends, and all the other people in my life that have supported me, inspired me, and shown me what love really is. I truly believe that meaningful relationships with the people around you are key to living the happy and fulfilling life that God intended us to live!

  • Sandra

    What am I thankful ?
    I am thankful for:
    Good health so far
    My entire family, children, grandchildren
    Having a job, car, home
    Indoor plumbing
    My eye site to see our Heavenly Fathers beautiful creations.
    All the good food we enjoy in Louisiana.
    Family gatherings
    Going to Church Tuesdays and Sundays.
    Going to the Chapel for adoration
    and one on one time with Jesus.
    My Husband to grow old with.
    My faithful dog, Bruno.
    Fresh vegetables, yard eggs, etc.
    Relaxing on my front porch swing.
    And my list can go on and on.
    God is good❤🙏🙏

  • Joann Smith

    Today having moments of missing my 2 sons lost to cancer. Through my tears I contacted a friend he didn’t say much but I m grateful for him today

    • Mary

      Praying for you, all who have lost their battle with cancer but were welcomed home by God and for all who are fighting the cancer battle now. God bless

  • Silvia Dwyer

    I am grateful for each bite of nourishment I can take each day and drink for my thirst because some illnesses deprive you of that. My Mom’s pancreatic cancer took away her ability to eat and my Dad’s lung cancer took away his ability to swallow food and drink. We don’t think much about such simple things we do until you see a loved one who can’t. I am so glad that today I was reminded of being grateful for small and simple things we might take for granted.
    Silvia D.

  • Barbara

    The things we take for granted are the things we should be the most are most grateful for: Our family, our faith, and our friends, the Mass, the Sacraments. our very lives . These have more value than anything we can purchase, i.e., clothes, cars, and other perishable possessions.

  • Cindy

    I am grateful to all of you at Dynamic Catholic. Thank you for helping me deepen my relationship with God! Matthew you are awesome!

  • Jackie

    At this moment in my life, I am most grateful to Fr. Michael for helping me through a very personal, key moment in my spiritual journey. I am a Catholic who returned to the faith a little over a year ago. Were it not for Fr. Michael, I would not have recognized the powerful affirmation from Jesus that I am on the right path.

  • Nicole M.

    I’m grateful every day for my family and friends. I’m grateful that God healed my brother several years ago and is helping my grandma fight cancer. I’m grateful for my job and being able to be there for all of my students. I’m grateful for my life and everything in it that I sometimes take for granted. Matthew is right. Thinking about the roof over my head and the food I eat every day is so precious. It hurts me that I sometimes look past all of that. I pray that every single day I am grateful for everything that God has given me and continues to provide me with. Most importantly, I am grateful for my faith and Dynamic Catholic for my amazing journey through Lent.

  • Peggy

    There are many things I am grateful for but most of all I’m grateful for my faith and for the freedom to be able to live my faith.

  • Mallory

    I am grateful for the people in my life that remind me of my unique talents and gifts, for my parents, who created within me an appreciation for education. I am grateful for the comforts of my life: a warm bed, electricity, running water. For a dynamic, welcoming, Catholic church within walking distance and for the friends that I have met there. For the opportunities that exist for me simply because of where and when I was born. For financial stability and an awareness of financial responsibility. For the ability to read and write. For the technology that allows me to keep in contact with family and friends far from me. For easy access to nutritional foods and hygiene products to help me stay healthy. For my health, both physical and mental.

  • Madeleine Becan Myers

    A few years ago, during a time when the bottom had fallen out of our comfortable lives as our daughter, mother of two little girls, lay paralyzed and gravely ill, I learned some hard lessons about trusting God. After three months in ICU, several more months in the hospital, she miraculously survived and regained upper-body mobility enough to be sent home. The journey has been a very long and dark one, and she still struggles with physical therapists to walk again, but she is miraculously alive and moving despite her first doctors nearly giving up all hope that she would live, if at all, a hopeless quadriplegic. Hundreds of people “prayed without ceasing” to bring her back to us. Needless to say, the emotional fallout was just as difficult as those first months. But thanks to the unbelievable support and prayers from all sides, she is healing still, and so are her family.
    I began a new habit during that time that was a life-changer for me. Every morning, before I pray, I find at least one reason to begin with thanking God for something, anything, that encourages us to carry on. It’s not that hard, and, though I still manage to find things to complain about, I can stop myself and tell God, I’m sorry, and once again put on that attitude of gratitude like a bullet-proof vest.

  • Arthur Brown

    Being grateful is what we all should think about. When you look at the world just sit back and look at those things around you. What have you got that others don’t have and then you can be grateful. There are places in the world that war is killing, no running water or electricity. Some places in this world like China it is hard to breath with clean air. Being able to have more then one child. know that Christ died on the Cross for you and me and some day now matter what we all have to face death as Jesus did for us. When we die we can look at meeting God, Jesus and an understanding of the Holy Spirit with no pain. We will have risen with to meet God and to be in God’s presence for eternity. All the things we did wrong and the sinful things I did here on earth will all be forgiven and we will feel God’s love to each and everyone of us. I strive to look at what I am grateful for and now what I don’t have or what I think I need. Now I let God chose for me and in hopes that I follow God’s will. God Bless you in your spiritual journey with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit.

  • Cathy

    I’m thankful for Matthew Kelly and his ministry and all the people who have shared their faith with me this lent , for family and friends and most of all my lord Jesus who gets me thru hard times and blesses me everyday with his love ,we are always in his care and never out of his sight .

  • Tim

    This guy must go to an AA meeting for his material. Basic concept and teaching in the recovery rooms,

  • The story of your dad is so crazy! So happy for him!

  • Shirley Mott

    I am grateful for being able practice my faith. I am grateful to live in a country that allows me freedom.

  • Zoe

    My HOME, my HUSBAND, our KIDS & GRAND KIDS, and the FOOD in my refrigerator, my FAITH, and my FRIENDS.

  • Maria

    I am grateful for my family, my friends, and my God-given talents. I am grateful for the air I breath, the food I eat, and the income I’ve received. I am grateful for the courage and know-how to do well in school. I am also thankful for the government for giving me financial aid to go to school. I am grateful for all of my job experiences and growing up in such a wonderful parish.

  • Alice

    Beautiful story Kati. I am most grateful for my mom and her wonderful health at 90. Tying that I am incredibly grateful for a wonderful husband. He is positive, kind, honest and giving to all. I have so many blessings, it would sound as if I were bragging to list them. I do believe practicing Gratitude is powerful. Thanks for reminding us.

  • Emma Spaulding

    Where do I even start with this question, “What am I grateful for?” I would definitely start will saying I am grateful for my loving, caring family and how we stuck together through the good and bad. Just like Kati said in her video, I am grateful for my dad and how he is still with us today. He has two kidney transplants and was told he would not be able to have more children. If he let that discourage him, five of his children would not be here today. I am so grateful my dad does not let the little things bother him, that he gives it all to God in times of need, and loves his children and family unconditionally. He is the rock of our family and I love him so much.
    On another note, I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have siblings and share 20 years of my life with them so far, learn from them, and rely on them to pick me up on bad days. My friends, especially the ones I met here at college do that same thing to. My friends also help me to continue to grow in my relationship with God and to not worry so much since God is in control and has a plan. Being able to come to college is something I am grateful for and having the chance to experience new things. Things I take for granted, but are so grateful for is having clean running water, enough food to eat, a safe place to sleep, being able to get up every morning, and being able to make an impact in other people’s lives. People take life for granted sometimes, but everyone who wakes up in the morning should be grateful that they have another day to share their charm with the world.

  • Regina

    As I’ve read these postings, I’m reminded of what has come to me from my grouping sisters about pain and facing it and giving it up for others who are going through many serious illnesses and situations. My friend and I have both noticed that as we pray and offer our pain up for others and those in purgatory, our pain lessens. We were both amazed at the outcome.

  • janet muhlbauer

    TGIF! I’ve turned this into regular practice in my classroom, where every Friday my students are invited to share what they are grateful for over the last 7 days…they’re slowly catching on to how many times we take things/people/experiences for granted…

  • G.B.

    Most of us have much to be grateful for, we sometimes just don’t want to see the goodness and blessings that God has given each of us.

  • MaSungula Poppy

    Im grateful for being alive, i wake up everyday feeling grateful to experience yet another day because not many people see another sunset or sunrise. Grateful to be fit and healthy, to talk to walk to see to touch to smell. as much as we take simple things like these they mean a lot to me.

  • Colleen Braun

    I am grateful for the awesome parents I had growing up we knew exactly what unconditional love was because our parents lived all 10 of us unconditionally!!! They took us to mass as a family and prayed infront of their wood carved statue of Our Mother of Perpetual Help! They taught us the importance of daily mass and praying for Gods assistance in every task we do! Today no matter how terrible a situation is I feel Gods love and guidance in every moment of my life! I am grateful for my family and the love God continues to give me no matter how many times I fall!

  • Ellen Saville

    I, too, live with several chronic illnesses and am in constant pain. God has walked this journey with me daily. He has taught me to laugh at the pain. He has shown me mercy with the medications I take to control the illnesses. We talk constantly. Two years ago, He decided to take my husband, the one who took care of me, home with Him. In return, he gave me a family who rally around and cares and loves me dearly. Two months ago, I realized I no longer could afford the home we had lived in for almost 50 years. He said not to worry. He made sure that I had been left money ro be able to move into my daughter’s home where every day I will have someone to talk with and laugh with and who will care for me and love me. I have always believed that when a door closes another opens. That great things happen when God mixes with us and when we allow Him to do so. So, what am I most grateful for? That’s easy…God loves me. What more do I need?

    • Trudy Ray Parmarter

      Hi Ellen, chronic illness can devastate a family and I am grateful that my daughter’s battle with crohns for the last 15 years has not devastated ours but has brought all of us closer. I am grateful that my husband and I have had the resources to help her out and I am grateful for all the times she and I have had together to laugh, love and grow spiritually. I am grateful, honored, and proud that she has started through her online LuLaRoe business an Outreach Program to provide comfortable clothing and other resources to women with chronic illnesses. Earthly life can be painful but definitely easier with a heart of gratitude. God’s blessings to you and your family.

  • lizmvr

    I haven’t had a smooth relationship with my parents over the decades, but even when they weren’t speaking to me, I know that I was learning to be self-sufficient, and I know that God provided for me during those times, too. I’m still grateful for my parents, who are currently talking with me 🙂
    I’m also grateful for my friends and parents of one of my friends–they really provided shelter for me when I needed it in my early 20s and also included me as part of their family for holidays, which means a lot even now.
    I’m grateful for my brothers, each in different ways. I’m glad that I’m close to John, and I love that I have a niece. She’s so funny, and being asked to be a sponsor at her baptism has given me a sense of responsibility and drawn me close to God, as well.
    I’m grateful for my job at a company that has good values, for time to go to Mass, for thrift stores and the people who donate to them, for those who share food, and for my dogs who snuggle and are super loyal to me even after I get upset with them for exploring the alley behind the backyard.

  • NancyB

    I am grateful for every opportunity to receive the Holy Eucharist along with 50be-gillion other things. Happy Easter my Dynamic Catholic Friends.

  • Jennifer

    My one sister has sort-of estranged herself from the family, and no longer spends holidays with us. I am grateful for my other sister, who will be hosting Easter dinner for the first time this year, and grateful that my mom seems to have found peace with my sister’s absence. Happy Easter and many blessings to all who have followed this thoughtful and inspiring Lenten journey!

  • Kevin H.

    I was thankful for Kati’s reflection today. I have been married almost 22 years to a non-Catholic. My wife participates in all facets of our faith community with the exception of coming fully into the church. Like Kati’s Dad, I am hopeful that one day my wife will “officially” join the Catholic Church.

  • Maria

    Im a survivor of many things, from sexual abuse as a child to depression, death of a sibling as a teen….etc… and most recently thyroid cancer. I am grateful to be able to finally recognize how blessed i am, instead of seeing the ugliness of it all. To be able to accept that I HAVE been through a lot, but not dwell on those things. To give myself credit for surviving and continuing the battle daily, because some days i am not as strong… but i know that HE is always with me, even when I am too low to see HIM.

  • Jake Sirto

    Yes, being grateful does give your attitude a complete turnaround. I was walking with a bad limp two days ago because arthritic knees are acting up and my wife told me to be thankful that i am still able to walk. That sure brightened up my day realizing that each step i am able to take is a gift from God.

  • Kim Bordelon

    Thank you all for your inspiration….

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