April 14: Good Friday

Day 39

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On Friday, you got this guy being murdered. This guy who you’ve placed all of your hope in—you’ve left everything behind to follow Jesus—and now you see him being nailed to a cross.

What did the disciples feel? And what were they thinking?

Of course, we know a big part of what they were feeling was fear. They were afraid. They were afraid for their whole lives. They were afraid for what was going happen next. And they were disoriented.

What does it feel like to be that disoriented?

“Make no mistake, resistance is your enemy. It will not quietly go away and leave you alone. You have to slay it like a dragon, and you have to slay it anew each day.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

If Jesus had not beaten resistance, there would be no Easter.

Act

Spend some time in quiet reflection today. If you can, schedule some time during the three o’clock hour, when Jesus died on the cross. As you read today’s Gospel and reflect on Jesus’ passion and death, consider how he can inspire you to battle resistance in your own life.

Good Friday’s Gospel Reading: John 18:1–19:42

After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, came forward and asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus replied, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they stepped back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, “I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, and cut off his right ear. The slave’s name was Malchus. Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath. Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

Jesus before the High Priest

So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police arrested Jesus and bound him. First they took him to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was better to have one person die for the people.

Peter Denies Jesus

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. Since that disciple was known to the high priest, he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, but Peter was standing outside at the gate. So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, and brought Peter in. The woman said to Peter, “You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” He said, “I am not.” Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire because it was cold, and they were standing around it and warming themselves. Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

The High Priest Questions Jesus

Then the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. Jesus answered, “I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together. I have said nothing in secret. Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said to them; they know what I said.” When he had said this, one of the police standing nearby struck Jesus on the face, saying, “Is that how you answer the high priest?” Jesus answered, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify to the wrong. But if I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?” Then Annas sent him bound to Caiaphas the high priest.

Peter Denies Jesus Again

Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. They asked him, “You are not also one of his disciples, are you?” He denied it and said, “I am not.” One of the slaves of the high priest, a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, asked, “Did I not see you in the garden with him?” Again Peter denied it, and at that moment the cock crowed.

Jesus before Pilate

Then they took Jesus from Caiaphas to Pilate’s headquarters. It was early in the morning. They themselves did not enter the headquarters, so as to avoid ritual defilement and to be able to eat the Passover. So Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this man?” They answered, “If this man were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and judge him according to your law.” The Jews replied, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death.” (This was to fulfill what Jesus had said when he indicated the kind of death he was to die.)

Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered, “Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?” Pilate replied, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?” Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.” Pilate asked him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” Pilate asked him, “What is truth?”

Jesus Sentenced to Death

After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told them, “I find no case against him. But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover. Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?” They shouted in reply, “Not this man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a bandit.

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. And the soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they dressed him in a purple robe. They kept coming up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and striking him on the face. Pilate went out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no case against him.” So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” When the chief priests and the police saw him, they shouted, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him; I find no case against him.” The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has claimed to be the Son of God.”

Now when Pilate heard this, he was more afraid than ever. He entered his headquarters[a] again and asked Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate therefore said to him, “Do you refuse to speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.” From then on Pilate tried to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are no friend of the emperor. Everyone who claims to be a king sets himself against the emperor.”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus outside and sat on the judge’s bench at a place called The Stone Pavement, or in Hebrew Gabbatha. Now it was the day of Preparation for the Passover; and it was about noon. He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!” They cried out, “Away with him! Away with him! Crucify him!” Pilate asked them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but the emperor.” Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion of Jesus

So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them. Pilate also had an inscription written and put on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Many of the Jews read this inscription, because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, in Latin, and in Greek. Then the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his clothes and divided them into four parts, one for each soldier. They also took his tunic; now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from the top. So they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see who will get it.” This was to fulfill what the scripture says,

“They divided my clothes among themselves,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”

And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

Since it was the day of Preparation, the Jews did not want the bodies left on the cross during the sabbath, especially because that sabbath was a day of great solemnity. So they asked Pilate to have the legs of the crucified men broken and the bodies removed. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who had been crucified with him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once blood and water came out. (He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is true, and he knows that he tells the truth.) These things occurred so that the scripture might be fulfilled, “None of his bones shall be broken.” And again another passage of scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.”

The Burial of Jesus

After these things, Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, though a secret one because of his fear of the Jews, asked Pilate to let him take away the body of Jesus. Pilate gave him permission; so he came and removed his body. Nicodemus, who had at first come to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, weighing about a hundred pounds. They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

Pray

Jesus, may your victory on the cross fill me with the courage to persevere in times of difficulty, and the hope to see beyond the cross to the joy of the Resurrection.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Shawna Navaro. Shawna is our brand manager, coming to us from Lubbock, Texas. Shawna’s go-to footwear is a good pair of leather boots, one of her fondest memories is seeing Pope Benedict wave to her in Rome, and she may have inherited some of her father’s karate skills (he was the 1977 National Karate Champion).

How has Jesus on the cross inspired you to battle resistance?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • Mich Smi

    “God’s Not Dead 2” needed her testimony too <3

  • Wiley

    So I get back into town at 6:33 last night after a day of sorting clothes and hanging to sell in a clothing store where the proceeds will go to a local food bank and being 3 minutes late I decide not to go to Mass. I was tired I was hungry so I stayed home. I am in the middle of conversion but I feel this terrible guilt this morning for not going to Mass is this normal? The next three days I shall attend Mass and am excited about that. All I can do is keep trying lean in and do the best I can do

    • Mary Davis

      You’re hearing His call to come to Mass in a new way!! It becomes more personal as we journey closer to Him. It’s a new feeling that can easily be interpreted as guilt but I’d challenge that it’s actually you feel the “fruit” of resistance. I’m certain when this happens to me it’s more due to a sadness that I missed out. The beautiful part in this is you’re aware of it! Before my “awakening”, I wasn’t tuned into what was really going on. I’d go to Mass out of obedience. It wasn’t until I realized I’m being called to Mass, and by show up I’m saying “Here I am, Lord”, that I could recognize what’s really going on in the spiritual world. Embrace this feeling of remorse as a motivation to stay strong and ask The Lord to help you get you there! I thank Him for getting me to Mass because I know all the Resistance I had to face in order to get there. We aren’t able to slay our dragons, we need to cling to Him and He’ll fight them for us! Bless you as you continue to hear His voice and answer “Hear I am Lord”!

      • Wiley

        Thank you Mary God bless you and happy Easter

        • Rhonda

          Wow Mary! Your reply has put so many pieces of the puzzle together for me! Thank you 😊 I hope everyone feels and hears God’s call.

          • Wiley

            I know right!! Loved that comment it got me out of my funk for sure!! It’s a new day a new way!! No guilt or shame allowed!!

      • mbs

        Amen, Mary! I often hear other downplay and dismiss what they call “Catholic Guilt” about having ignored Mass or the sacraments. It’s not a punishment – it’s the call of conscience. It’s the call to come back. So it’s nothing to fear; rather, it’s an embrace. Every time I arrive for Mass, I first thank Our Lord for calling me back. Here I am, Lord.

        • Lea Novak

          Yes! The first thing I do when I get to church for daily Mass is to thank God for getting me up in time to be there…especially as I don’t set my alarm, leaving it up to God and my Guardian Angel to wake me up!

          • Mary Davis

            Beautiful!!

        • Mary Davis

          Exactly! I love your point, it is an embrace. It’s beyond what we’re able to comprehend and being able to recognize that helps us to catch a glimpse of what He’s calling us to.

        • Gabriele Family

          Thanks mbs, great intimate insight about God inviting us to his house!

      • Maria

        Mary, thank you for sharing your faith! Your words are so inspiring. I’m on my journey to getting closer to God and you’ve given me spiritual fuel to fight the resistance! Wishing you God’s peace

      • Suzanne Helzer

        Beautifully said….

    • Heather P

      Resistance will try to get to you each and every day, many times each day. It will likely happen today before you head to the church! But, focus on how incredible you will feel after attending, and know that we are human and HIS mercy is infinite! Today we will start our Divine Mercy chaplet novena, it is a great prayer that reminds us of how deep and wide the Lord’s mercy is for us.

      • Wiley

        I’m excited to go thank you Heather I hope you have a nice Easter.

    • Janet Marusiak

      Yes, we all fall, Jesus fell three times and got back up. When you feel guilty, satan is trying to make you discouraged and stay down. We are only human so don’t get down on yourself, we all have been there and felt that way but I learned not to feel the guilt but to just try to do better next time.

      • Lea Novak

        It’s one of Satan’s things…first to tempt you, and then when you fall to tell you that your sin is so terrible that God will never forgive you. Or that you are a terrible person whom a God could never forgive. But Satan is the Father of Lies! Just remember that, and get back up, repent, and go to Confession if necessary, and God will forgive you! Then you can lose the guilt!

    • Susan L

      I had a similar experience last evening. My daughter 2 hours away was having some issues and I went there to be with her the evening before and we were pretty much up all night. Come 6:30pm Thursday I had to decide that sleep deprived was no way to go to the Holy Thursday service- not a day of obligation- (but the day before I had just decided my Best Lent Ever one word was ENCOUNTER and I had planned to go to every church activity.) I had after all spent the night and day in SERVICE to my daughter and isn’t that a large part what Holy Thursday is all about – Jesus teaching the apostles to serve! I made a decision to stay home and get the rest I needed to continue to serve my family – I turned on EWTN catholic TV which was delivering a Holy Thursday Service with amazing chorus singing of very traditional Eucharist hymns. I turned the volume up and laid down to rest – listening to the amazing hymns. I woke up 2 hours later with a smile on my face – I still encountered – just in a different way than I had planned. — and isn’t this how life is? -seldom to plan. So WILEY – I appears your day was also a day of Service to benefit a local food bank- I can’t think of a better way to spend Holy Thursday! Peace to you.

      • Joyce W.

        What a lovely way to deal with the situation. Your heart was at the Holy Thursday service and you were able to focus on that while getting the peace and rest that you needed after such exhausting service to your daughter. I think God handled it well!

      • Wiley

        Thank You so much Susan I’m energized today and excited to go to Mass tonight!! God Bless you!!

    • Linda R

      You are not alone, Wiley, in your struggle with resistance as regards Holy Thursday mass. I am a cradle Catholic who has felt a great renewal and awakening through this BLE forum, and I also had eagerly looked forward to attending mass yesterday. By the end of the day, I was too tired to get to mass. I was indeed tired, but really wish now I had given myself that extra push and gone in spite of my lack of energy. I live in a rural area, with the nearest church about a 30 minute drive away, and the only mass available yesterday was at night. Resistance excuses, I know… But I think Mary Davis has responded with a good analysis. What I am truly feeling today is more sadness than guilt. I missed out on something wonderful. That being said, all we can do is pick ourselves back up and look to today and beyond. I wish you happiness and God’s love as you continue your journey this Easter and also in the future. With Gods grace, hopefully next Easter we will both be able to join in the Holy Thursday mass.

      • Wiley

        Thank you so much Linda R Bless you!!

  • Pearl Brown

    Jesus’s passion and death on the cross has inspired me overcome resistance by His strength and obedience

  • Glen Arcalas

    giving of self for service can be challenging because I want to do things I enjoy and there are those days I start to get that sense of being taking advantage of or someone using me. Then start to think should I hold back and protect self because I might loose who I am. I keep doing things and ask God to be with me as I do what I do and smile. As we are together doing things in the world I feel like I am doing what God asks me and same time protects me in my journey. Trust in him and his way.

    • Sandy

      I agree, Glen. I feel the same tug of emotions. If I give too much, I will become a doormat. In the midst of these selfish thoughts, I stop trusting. This journey through lent is helping me trust more.

      • Karin Blaschik

        I agree Sandy, I have a big problem with this. I am a giver, but often have to rein in my givings because I don’t want to be taken advantage of. I say to myself, “can’t you just love me for me? Or do you love me for the things I do for you?”. Then I feel guilty and say “what would Jesus do?

        • Suzzz

          Taking care of yourself gives you strength to care about others. Don’t let yourself burn out or you won’t be of use to anyone. Know your limits and work within them

      • MotherGinger

        Jesus gave all. Was He a doormat?

        • mjtav240

          Amen, MotherGinger!! Where is the line drawn between giving the right amount and being a doormat? The term getting “used” has a horrible connotation, but what’s so bad about being used? Haven’t we all “used” Jesus? Praise the Lord that He made that happen for us!! Thank you, Jesus for the ultimate gift of life and love!!

        • JJ

          Good point, MotherGinger, but especially with our children, isn’t there a fine line between giving our all and enabling? My husband gives and gives. He does the kids’ chores when they should do them (they rarely do anything, but for themselves). I cannot get him to understand that giving is a wonderful blessing, but when your children take advantage of your giving/doing and they never return the kindness, you are only enabling them to be lazy, selfish…and yes, entitled.

    • Diana

      Glen, I remember when I was volenteering for a homeless shelter my youngest daughter told me they ( the organization ) was taking advantage of me. I told her “No one can be taken advantage of unless you let them.” I told her I was getting as much out of what I was doing as they were. It made me feel good to do for others.

      • Janet Marusiak

        Yes, you volunteer for the Lord, do it all for Him and your work too and everything and it all takes on a bigger meaning and more rewarding then the pay you get or anything else. There is so many needed for volunteers today and once you volunteer for one thing you get asked to do more and more it seems but you have to know your limits too and learn to say No so you do not feel like you are being used.

    • Andi

      Glen, I struggle with this too. I love others and enjoy serving yet if it is not appreciated, expected or at worse dismissed, do I continue? I want to pull back.
      Jesus loved us all and including those who dismissed him. Yet for me I feel so much smaller. I question if I should continue serving others and just let them be.

      • Lisa

        If you enjoy serving for the appreciation and aren’t getting it, I guess you need to pull back and regroup. If you enjoy serving because you really just enjoy serving, then you are already rewarded, isn’t that right?

    • Kathy

      Glen, thank you for taking the risk to share. You will not lose yourself by serving others. Service is designed to reveal who you truly are. When I serve with joy, appreciation and selflessness, that tells me one thing about myself. On the occasions when I serve with resentment, sadly that tells me something else about myself. God bless!

    • Della Nestor Garrity

      Glen, Your words hit home with me. Now I am on the right path today.. Thank You & all the wonderful people who share so much.
      Love to All, Della

    • Suzanne Helzer

      Glen, I work for a small non profit and struggle with those feelings also but this week read a beautiful letter written by Fr. Henri Nouwen (Love, Henri Letters on the Spiritual Life, Convergent, NY) on this exact topic. “There is just one little observation I would like to make. Sometimes we have to dare to be fools for Christ. That means that sometimes we have to be willing to give food to people who don’t really need it or “deserve it”. And sometimes we have to be willing to work with some people who might even exploit us. Maybe that is as close as we can come to an experience of self-emptying. It is the experience of being useless in the Lord’s presence.” I wrote it in my journal to remember not to judge as we will never know the exact “needs” of others and just be a “fool for Christ”!

      • Paulette Myers

        That is the best perspective I have ever seen on giving! Thank you.

    • Kathryn

      A number of years ago I asked my husband if he would join me during Lent to volunteer with our church to feed to poor, he said, “yes”, and we’ve been doing it ever since. Just last week on our way home I was sharing with him the smiles and joyful faces, and thankful spirits of those we served. He replied that this was quite a reversal of feelings from the first time we went 4-5 years ago, and I came home so upset I was unable to sleep for days and thought I’d never go back. But, I did go back, the second time (and every time since) knowing Jesus was with me and present in every person we served. I’ve come to love serving the poor, it’s not a challenge, not anyone taking advantage of me or using me and I know and trust that Jesus walks with me whenever I am there.

      This experience has helped me to appreciate beggars on the streets of Chicago as well. In years past they didn’t exist, it pains me to say I treated them as though they were unattractive fixtures on the corner and ignored them; and now I can look into their eyes and tell them Jesus loves them and I will pray for them. I know I can only do this, as you say, when I “Trust in Him and His way.”

    • Margo

      Glen, there are a lot of “Likes” on your comment. I, too, relate to what you write. Thank you for your honesty. Again, like you I must renew my strength from the wellsprings of Jesu’s love for us. Thank you again for your comment🌹

  • Maricar Umayam Harris

    “Challenging moments are greater gifts because they require sacrifice. They require me to give of myself for someone else. It’s the tough moments that teach me how to love .”

    Thanks, Shawna, for reminding me that I am exactly where God needs me to be and He has given me the talents necessary to accomplish my mission.

    Challenging moments are gifts … What a great paradigm shift in looking at the crosses He asks us to bear.

    • Mary

      I so agree! Thank you for sharing your thoughts Shawna, absolutely beautiful and uplifting on this day of our Lord’s death. A blessed Easter to all.

    • Lea Novak

      Yes, the challenges are what make us stronger in virtue and faith! That’s why you have to expect that if you ask for an increase in a particular virtue, you will be given challenges to that virtue…it’s why I worry when I ask for humility! But God will give me the strength I need to face any challenge, as long as I remember to ask and be open to a His Grace!

  • Loveroflife

    Beautiful sharing Shawna! Motherhood is the GREATEST job God has blessed us with. Even those that have no children have the maternal instinct to love neices, nephews, and other children. Yes, there are days that can be trying. And, yes that sacrifical love is more greater than other days of joy. I realized that in acuality they were teaching me to be a better parent. I learned to be more patient, that they too deserve the utmost respect, to nuture their inner gifts that they may live life to the fullest. That the sacrifice I endured brought glory, honor and praise to God the Father, Abba.
    We bring our children into this world with the responsibiity of raising and loving them with the precepts of Abba, expecting nothing in return. Little did I know that the sacrificial love that we embraced them with is instilled within them. That when they grow older they will love us even more and apply the same sacrifical love that we instilled in them to us parents as we age.
    Happy Easter, Shawna to you and your loved ones! May receiving the Eucharist tomorrow remind you that by the body and blood of Jesus Christ, He has redeemed us all that we may have eternal salvation and life. For by His cross and resurrection, He has set us free!!! ❤️💕

  • Pat

    It was Jesus on the Cross above the altar in my church that helped me battle resistance. It was at a time in my life several years ago that I knew I would be facing challenges on many fronts and that each would be difficult for me to face. I prayed that day before the crucifix and asked for “courage, strength, patience and perseverence”. I continue that prayer each day and thank God for those gifts because, looking back, I realize that they were given to me then and continue to be given to me now.

  • Linda Carmelle

    The Father The Son and the Holy Spirit provide us with many examples of how to love. However its the tough love that provide us with the most opportunities for new growth and development. As parents,teachers, caregivers, etc we are called to utilize tough love,how much more so would the Father,Son, and Holy Spirit?

  • Peter

    You saved the very best for last! She made me cry.
    Thanks Dynamic Catholic

    • Cheryl Keller

      Me too

    • Sandy

      Yes….powerful message! I needed that!

      • NancyB

        Amen.

    • Nancy McGee Perda

      I cried too!! Shawna what a great way to view mother hood! Thank you 😃

      • Diane GRohn

        Shawna,W
        hen I heard how you love unconditionally, and sacrifice for your sons ,I thought is this how my Mother felt while raising her three children? I know being a “Mommy” was the most important part of her life.She said so when she last spoke.She had not spoken in Months and she stood upright and loudly proclaimed “I am the Mommy” and she passed 11 days later in her sleep.
        You are an inspiration!

        • Kathiehc

          Wow, she certainly was a Mother in her very core!
          Beautiful!

    • Rose

      I agree! That was amazing-really hit home & the tears were flowing. Thank you & God Bless you all at Dynamic Catholic.

      • Darlene

        Dotto…….God Bless you all!

    • Stacia Schumacher

      Yes! Tears of joy!

    • Lindsey Venesky

      Agreed! I have a 3yo and 7-week-old and her beautiful testimony could not have hit home more. I’m going to have to save this one for those tough days to be reminded of how to love them like Jesus loves us.

    • Cindy Metallo Hall

      I cried too! what she said was so sweet and powerful.

    • Dorothea Croteau Smith

      Yes! This is the one that touched my heart in a special way. I have grandkids that live with me and Shawna spoke to me when she said the sweet moments are gifts, but it is the challenging moments that are our greater gifts because they require sacrifice. Amen to that. Sometimes it really is hard to love our kids the way Jesus loves us. In these difficult moments we must resist the temptation to love them less than Jesus!

      • Candy Wagner

        I too love that idea that our challenging moments are the greater gifts. I have 9 grandchildren who can, at times, overwhelm me with their needs and calls for attention, and it’s at those times that I remember that I prayed that I would have grandchildren nearby and God answered that prayer abundantly. Someone said quite often the thing we complain about is the very thing someone else is praying for. I want to love my grandchildren as Jesus loved us–even if it means a sacrificial love.

      • Marilyn Russell

        Yes, my children are grown and they have been such a blessing in my life along with my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Brought back so many memories. Thank you.

    • Christina

      I agree! This one hits home for me. I’m a SAHM for my 2 and 3 year olds. Some days are really challenging so on those days I’m going to think back to this beautiful moms wise words. Thank you for this!!

      • Foster mom

        As a Foster mom of a one year old sometimes the paperwork and taking care of her seem too much. Thank you for the encouragement as we move forward with the lengthy process. Not everything will be easy or sweet. A blessing in the challenges. Thank you. We have waited so long for her. We have slayed lots of resistance in the process of infertility. Just a few more steps! I will think of those challenges as a blessing.

        • ADK Kate

          My prayers go out to you. We are the parents of two adopted (now grown) sons.

      • Margo

        WPCR. Women promoting children’s rights

    • Kathleen Spector

      Amen!

    • Lynn

      I agree! I thought I was just being emotional, but this one hit me hard and broke down the walls. I will be feeling different about suffering when my beautiful and challenging children get home from school!

    • JoAnn Manna

      I don’t have children, but Shawna touched me deeply. I think her reflection can be applied to any loving relationship. I consider my gift from God to be my wonderful husband. In our senior years the love we have far outweighs the sacrifices made in marriage. I thank God every day for His love, and for his love too.

    • Shelley

      Agreed! I needed to hear this today. My kids are 22 and 18 and I still need to remember the tough times are not tougher than what Jesus gave for us. Thank you!!

    • Liezl

      Same here! I was touched…I’m a mother of 2 y.o. and currently pregnant for the 2nd one that is due in July. I’m sure I will get more challenging times in taking care 2 children. Thank you Matthew and to the rest of the Dynamic Catholic team. God bless you more!

    • Gin

      She made me cry too. And, made me think of the times I was taking care of my mother. She had Alzheimer’s disease and our roles were reversed. She had made many sacrifices for me and then it was my turn to care for her. She is with the Lord now and I am thankful for the time we had together and God being with us through it all.

      • Diane GRohn

        Gin ,
        I relate to you. My Mother had Alzheimer’s for 6 yrs. and lived with me mostly for three years. As she got worse she called me Mommy and told me I am the Mommy now. I was happy to care for my Mother. I miss her very much. I felt in many ways she was my bestfriend and a devoted grandmother.

  • Dawn Kirkby

    I woke up today with heavy thought. Jesus on the cross reminds me to let go of the garbage I’ve allowed to stifle and weigh me down. “Let go! I’ve got this. I love you”. Was the message I heard during prayer.

    • Donna Melton Reed

      Dawn, your words inspired me. I often think of Good Friday as a dark day and my heart breaks at the thought of Jesus dying on the cross. But you are right! Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross and took it all….. for me, for you, for everyone who believes in him. He also took it all for those who do not believe….all they have to do is believe he IS our Savior then “let go and let God!” Saying those words but then allowing them to take hold so I may let go can be very difficult, especially when it comes to watching my children go through things that I have no power to stop. Worry is wasted time and is an insult to God (my opinion) because he CAN do it all if we just let him. I ask for forgiveness for the times that I allow worry to overtake me and I ask for prayers that my faith will return and overcome my worry. Thanks for “opening that door” for me, Dawn. Have a blessed day!

      • Mary Klement Bartelt

        Donna, Your words touched my heart…You should write about Our Lord!
        You have a special way of weaving your words together so that others will listen.
        You get it…why we are all here and what His Love needs to do. Happy Easter…

        • Donna Melton Reed

          Oh my goodness! Thank you! I’ve never been told that but I certainly appreciate it! I only wrote my heart….I try to give most of the room in there to God but I’m not worthy by any means. I’m thankful he loves me

      • Genny/Peregrina

        Hello Donna
        I too have worried all my life about my young children, I worried I wasn’t a good mother with no patience what a waste of time, they have grown up to be 3 wonderful men, responsible and loving,
        Your words are what I can not express. Thanks so much, may God bless us all thank she so much for Dynamic Catholics for all their staff and Michael, indeed Jesus resistance in the cross gaves the opportunity to be saved.
        Happy Easter everyone.

    • Alice Ann Hengesbach

      Dawn, good for you for listening! The words are so easy … it is the action that is tough. You are courageous! Blessings.

    • Margo

      I must remember this, too.

  • Robert

    The strength of obedience, the example of self-giving, the passion of Love of God, the purity of it all. Humbling. Motivating. Comforting.

    Peace to all.

  • Linda

    His solidarity with human suffering and his incredible love for me helps me know I’m not alone and I can do all things thru Him who strengthens me.

  • Doug Heckler

    Very strong testimony Shawna. My hope is that we all can feel and reflect and give even more of ourselves than we have received.

  • C McKee

    I am the Go-To person when it comes to helping others and the Procrastinator-in-Chief when it comes to my own goals for self-improvement…including spiritual growth. I never thought about the Crucifixion as an inspiration to stop my I’ll-do-that-tomorrow excuses for exercise, prayerful reading, better food choices. Now … after the Best Lent Ever …I see the connections and am grateful. It’s now my job to follow through in being the “best version” of myself.

    • Clara Turci Depko

      Wow that is a true eye opener for me thank you food for thought

  • Beth Murphy

    Jesus on the cross has invited me to follow him – to embrace my own suffering knowing that I am with him and he taught me to say forgive them for they know not what they do. And now I can compassion with suffering people and introduce them to Jesus on the cross so they we can live in Christ and through Christ a bold and victorious life.

  • Nancy D.

    The thought of what Jesus went through from the time of his arrest to the time of his passing makes me so emotional. Matthew asks about how the disciples felt, but I always think about Mary. As a mother knowing what my child is going through and not being able to help is so painful. How can Mary be strong knowing the torture that her son is enduring? I want to cry every time when I think about her and then Jesus. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice.

    • Clara Turci Depko

      I believe she was experiencing the peace and love of God. With that you can endure anything because you are in his peace.

    • kimisu

      I like to think that God was with her then and that she was saying, like so many of us do/need to: “Not my will, but Yours be done” and God gave her the strength to continue on as necessary.

    • Donna Melton Reed

      I’ve often thought of Mary too during the time of Christ’s persecution. I’ve cried several times during Palm Sunday and Easter mass when the whole congregation participates in the reading of the Gospel. I find it very difficult to read the parts that say, “crucify him!” For Mary to witness all this regarding her own son…I can’t imagine. My own adult child…32 years old, is going through some very difficult and painful times and has had to move home with me as a result. To watch her deal with this…I cry often because I’ve known that same pain and I am powerless to help her through it. Only she and God can take care of this problem. At times I am ashamed that my faith is so weak that I worry…even though I know God has this…I worry and I hurt for her.

      • Lea Novak

        I hate having to read “Crucify him!” But I know that we have to read that, because he was crucified for our sins…my sins…so I have to say it. At that point I remind myself that this is what sin does…and that I must remember this when I am tempted to think, oh, it’s just a little sin…
        I also think how hard it must be for Mary. I was not blessed with children, but I have been powerless to help family members and friends, and it must be even worse when it is your child (I will pray for you and yours)…and Mary hat to watch her son die in such a horrible way! And yet she stayed for him, was strong for him…

      • Margo

        Seeing your child suffer is the greatest suffering. God bless

        • Jesse

          Indeed! It continues to pain God & His Blessed Mother to see Their children suffering in so many parts of the world today.

    • Anne Mason

      Hi Nancy. I’m with you. Once I became a mother, my whole life focused on being the best Mom I could be to my daughter. Looking to Mary, my heart breaks for her. Knowing my child suffered even the smallest injury (physical or emotional), was as if someone had done it to me. And now I understand why Simeon had told Mary that her heart would be pierced through. The image of them placing Jesus in her arms after having taken his body from the cross always makes me cry. Mary, indeed, is our example of true faith, trust in God, humility, patience, true love in its purest form. Thank you for sharing. Have a blessed Easter.

    • SanctusSanctus

      This is difficult to comprehend, but perhaps there are things worse than physical death.
      Mother Mary: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior….”

    • Donna R.

      Nancy, this afternoon my husband and I watched The Stations of the Cross on EWTN, with actors reenacting each station event. When Jesus was taken from the cross and Mary held his lifeless, battered body in her arms, the tears just flowed. As Matthew suggested the other day, I pictured myself in Mary’s place, seeing my own son put through such torment, and I was overcome by her strength, her faith, and her absolute trust in God even as her own heart was broken. The whole program was a very moving experience.

  • JoAnne Collins

    There is no greater love then to lay down your live for another. Love as I have loved you. . .this helps me remember to love, truly love one another. Not just your family and friends but truely love your enemies. 3 nails plus one cross equals 4giveness. . .this helps me to fight resistance. Have a Blessed and Holy Good Friday!

  • Jacob

    This was a powerful message today. I have learns to not have any resisted from God because he is showing love or anything. I may don’t see it. I want to be answer fast but, he have already answer my prayer. I know that I need to trust in God. He isn’t steering into a different direction. He challenged me in good or bad sitaution. I need to learn to see the great gift he give me.

  • Mel Babin

    Yes. Jesus, I trust in You! The closer we come to Him in our suffering, the closer we will be to Him in His glory.

  • John L. Kemmis

    Back in February, 1998, Jesus on the Cross introduced me to unconditional love. And is letting me run with it. Although I am not sure if I have run very far.

    As Shawna mentioned, giving unconditional love are those tough, challenging moments. My sacrifice has been doing things I do not know how to do or things I am really not interested in. Including writing, sketching with an ink pen, and some painting with soft pastel sticks. I don’t know much about any of this. No talent. And I struggle trying to do them.

    God has placed me well out of my comfort zone. So far away, I get lonely, even though there are so many around me. Forcing me to run to Jesus with my prayers and to complain to the Spirit about this and that. Whine is an apt description. I don’t know how He tolerates my whining.

    The real joy is when he writes for me. When those words mysteriously appear on the paper or computer screen. One moment the words are a jumbo. Scribbles. Then a few sheets of paper, and a few moments later, they are sorted and ordered and a sentence or thought takes shape. Or the joy I experience when He selects a stick from a box of colors with my fingers and applies a few strokes of it onto the paper. After a few moments, I begin to see the image. I ask myself, “What just happened? How did color blend onto my easel?” And then I see Him. Feel Him. During those moments, I am in His unconditional love. Joy.

    Thank you Lord for your love, for the joy!

    I battle resistance by letting God work through me. Surrendering to Him.

    • Clara Turci Depko

      I was a founder of a non profit art foundation and we encouraged art. We had after school class for children because it was a great way to let the Spirit of God be expressed without letting the children really know they were allowing the Spirit to come forth in them. That is a real gift you have and the more you use it the stronger that gift will get. Praise God you recognize it and use it.

      • John L. Kemmis

        Thank you Clara.

  • Michael Baur

    Jesues gave up his life for us. He could of saved his own life but he didn’t because he loved us so much. Jesus showed us true dedication to show us how to fight resistances.

  • Anne Marie O’Keefe Couturier

    As a mom myself Shawna’s message truly hit home. While our challenges can feel overwhelming at times, they pale when I consider the cross. What a gift to be reminded I am His child and can trust in His care. Thank you Dynamic Catholic for helping me draw closer on my Lenten journey. God bless and keep us all.

  • Bob

    I cried too. The thought of Jesus on the cross right now completely empties my mind. All I sense is Love. Thank you dear Jesus.

  • Sheri

    I loved Shawna’s message. It helped me to put my giving of myself I ti perspective…thank you!!

    • Sheri

      *In perspective….

  • Tom Holland

    Shawna’s Video was so inspirational. Tears was in my eyes when she said that her two sons were “Her Life’s Work!”
    I guess raising 3 daughters who are successful professionals and loving mothers and wives was always meaningful to me, but I always thought of their welfare as my responsibility.
    When put in the context of “My Life’s Work”, it becomes so much richer.
    This Good Friday I realize that “Jesus’ Life Work” was our salvation and the sacrifice he made is so amazing and inspiring, how can you not “Be the best version of yourself” to thank Him for His sacrifice.
    He completed “His Life Work” so perfectly, how can you not try to do the same.
    Thank you Shawna. Many blessings to you and your family this Easter.

  • 13footballmom

    This reflection from Shawna is the most powerful video for me, thus far. I am going to take this message with me everywhere I go, every day. I can relate in so many ways and I definitely needed this perspective. A message from God……I am honored and blessed.

  • Donald Marquez

    I am obsessed with my routine. And this morning that routine has been thrown off by a few things. Worse, I have a dark cloud hanging over me today because of a blow-up with a friend yesterday. Talk about bad timing. And yet, my stubborn self insists on sticking to my routine even it means pushing what is important back. It’s my Martha and Mary moment. Do I have the courage to “choose what is better” or will I choose to work and complain?

    What will this Lenten journey have been if I choose the latter today of all days?

    This reflection today has helped me refocus my attention, and return to the Cross. It has helped me to reflect on my own words that I wrote for an Easter reflection:

    “During Lent I found that his love was most evident in times of impatience and imperfection, resentment and rejection. Jesus turned opportunities to withdraw or lash out into opportunities to look in the mirror, to invite him into the conversation, and to ultimately respond with love and forgiveness.”

    Yes.

    Sorry routine. I am choosing the better part today.

    • Robert

      Congratulations Donald and peace to you.

      • Donald Marquez

        Thank you, Robert. Peace to you.

    • mjtav240

      Amen, Donald!! Way to go – thanks for the inspiration!!

      • Donald Marquez

        Thank you! Blessings!

  • Jamie

    Throughout this series we’ve been told to listen and recognize when God was speaking to you. This is it! I have been complaining for the past few days how this has been the worst spring break ever. I’m not feeling great, my three boys have been fighting the ENTIRE time. I have not said the nicest things to them 😕 Facebook shows me daily pictures of fun, sun and family trips my friends are taking while I am “stuck” at home with my kids while my husband works. I have felt angry, but after watching this…. it’s time to change. I need to be thankful for what I have and embrace it. My life is a true gift. Time to start treating it like that.

    • Tricia Wickers

      Right after the fun in the sun their kids are probably fighting too.

      • Jamie

        Lol. You’re right!

    • Joyce W.

      Jamie, I don’t even have rumbunctious young boys to disturb my peace but I have fought with my grumbling spirit over the gloomy winter days and the inability to get out far because of the state of the roads. It really is a battle for all of us to turn our feelings into thankfulness, and I guess the first thing we can be thankful for is that we do not do it alone. Jesus specifically sent us His Holy Spirit to give us the strength we need if we remember to lift our heads out of the swamp and ask! God bless you and your family and bring you personally the health and strength you need to enjoy them.
      PS. Facebook postings usually only show the good stuff!

  • Ami

    “Here I am Lotd” one of my favorite hymns. When I hear it in church it always brings tears to my eyes. I feel guilty for all Jesus suffered , and yet I can be to tired at times to make a special evening mass. Forever and always fighting resistance

  • Viviana

    It’s amazing how the Lord talks to us when we need him the most, I needed this specific message today! I have struggle with resistance through out my life, I think it has been my luck of faith or trust , but Finally after years of prayer I have learned that there is alway that bright light at the end of the tunnel,,, so on times of darkness that is the only thing in my mind , he is taking care of my life in every way and everything that he gives me is only to help me become the best version of my self!

  • Nancy R

    This time of year requires thought, reflection and the ability to feel deep sorrow. It also requires the ability to love and be loved. I have never felt all the emotions of Lent in this way. Jesus and his sacrifice for us walks with me in everything I do.
    Dynamic Catholic has given me and my family a special gift. The true meaning of Lent and a connection with my parish like never before. Thank you to everyone at Dynamic Catholic and everyone who shares their wisdom every day.

  • Maria

    I watched “The Passion of the Christ” the other night and I noticed that Mary Magdalene was crying the entire time that Jesus was suffering until she saw him hanging from the cross for the first time. I never knew before why she got calm after that, but after thinking about it for awhile, I came to the conclusion that even though suffering is a scary thing, Mary saw something in Jesus underneath all of that, something that’s easy to miss. Humility…Strength…Sacrifice…Love. It’s hard to comprehend why we suffer sometimes, but Jesus shows that love shines just as bright even under the cruelest torture in the world.

    • Jeff K

      I am watching Risen today, I think movies like these inspire us to consider what the story means to us on a deep level by placing us in that moment in time.

  • Mike

    It’s always been very difficult for me to spend time thinking about Jesus on the cross. I don’t like to think about the suffering, the pain, the humiliation and the fear that goes along with the crucifixion. It’s easier to think of Jesus teaching his disciples and the crowds in the countryside without the fear and suffering of the crucifixion. So my challenge today will be to really think about Jesus on the cross with all the pain, fear and suffering, and allow this experience to inspire me to battle the resistance in my life.

    • Alicia

      Bishop Robert Barrons (Founder of Word on Fire and currently an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles states in his Catholicism series the Christ on the Cross is a portrait of true love. After hearing that, I have never looked at the Crucifix in the same way.

  • Kristi

    I joined choir this past year and it’s been both rewarding and very challenging. Christmas (which was difficult), was a picnic compared to learning all the music for the Triduum. But I pushed through my fear, (especially of the Latin), and last evening was holy. I have not been to a Holy Thursday Mass in years. It was the gift God gave to me for pushing through the fear and stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something new. I didn’t deserve the gift – He gave it anyway. That is Jesus to me.

  • Jane Ann

    Jesus on the cross reminds me of the WORD, “the word became flesh..” John 1:14,so whatever battle I’m facing I find scripture that deals with that specific battle and meditate on that scripture.

  • Jessica

    Working for an organization which does not believe in Jesus is very challenging, but I look to the cross to aid me in this environment. I need to find an environment to work in that supports the foundation of my beliefs but until I do, my goal is to stay forever grateful for what I have and to always look to christ for the solutions.

  • Nathan

    I carry a small crucifix in my pocket so that every time I reach into my pocket I am reminded of his great sacrifice for me. It also helps me when things get difficult or resistance jumps in my face. I reach in my pocket, touch the crucifix and ask for strength.

    Jesus on the cross also inspires me to love those who persecute me or don’t agree with my beliefs. It always helps me when I am reminded of Jesus saying” Father forgive them for they do not know what they do”. It is easier for me to love those close to me but even when my loved ones and I aren’t on the same page, I look to the cross and know to be patient.

    So the inspiration the cross gives me daily to fight resistance is to know that no matter how difficult my day might get and which attitudes might be thrown my way. It is I who am called to love all of those in my life as Christ loves me. Thank you Jesus for the many blessings you have poured into my life and taking my sins to the cross and thank you to the Dynamic Catholic team for the sacrifices made to making this the best lent ever!!!

    • JoAnn

      Thank you Nathan for your sharing.

  • Lynn Keiner

    God entered humanity to be with us fully, knowing what we would do, and loving us anyway. Every time I realize this, it’s power fills me with awe and joy.

  • Stephanie Rodriguez

    Ok… here come the waterworks. Don’t watch the Thursday and Friday videos back to back, y’all!
    I’m a mess. Thank you, Lord, for the tears. I need you. I love you. And thank you for leading the hearts of these amazing Dynamic Catholic folks. ❤

  • Joseph Wasswa

    Thank for the Reflection Shawn. and to the entire dynamic Catholic Team for the daily reflections. they been profoundly inspirational.

  • Trevor Pelkey

    Jesus on the cross inspires me to overcome daily resistance that now seems so small compared to the resistance that Jesus faced. It inspires me to follow the ways of Jesus and be as close to selflessness as he was.

  • Jackie

    I know that I am not alone. As Jesus always had his Father to rely on, I have to believe that no matter what circumstances, how difficult it may be, I too, can rely on my Papa God to do the impossible, where I do what is possible. He never leaves me or abandons me and if I can hold on to that reality I can be comforted and peaceful. Jesus on the cross is my beloved and I know he always wants the best for me.

  • Clara Turci Depko

    I find this week very emotional for me and yesterday I had back injections which kept me from going to church last night. Today I am not sure if I will be able to attend anything. But I know if not it will be ok since I am in the crying state mourning and going to church all I do is cry. However, I do know this is also a healing God is washing away whatever needs to be taking out of me. Much like the washing of the feet. This Lent God has shown how to wait on him how to hear him how to trust him. There has been many lessons and guidance he has giving me and I am grateful for each and ever up and down this Lent has brought. Today I will seek time to be with my Lord either here or in church and look forward to Easter Sunday.

  • Nicholas Wollney

    “He was murdered” if I listen to Matthew’s ask he said put myself there “who am I, what would I feel”. I’ve always looked at it as his sacrifice for us, I stand at mass and read the part of the crowd and say “crucify him”. This Lent, this Good Friday you have opened my eyes to be in the moment, to listen to what is said, see what is around me and to know what sacrifice really is. Today, I will find time at 3:00 to reflect…considering what Jesus did, it’s really not that big of a sacrifice.

  • Bill

    I didn’t cry. I am resolved to continue to fight for the rights of the poor. Especially here in Mexico where the church has often ignored the poor . Felices pascuas!

  • Kay Stone

    I am at the opposite end of life as the caregiver for my husband but wow this message hit home. Reflecting on all Jesus suffered for each of us makes my daily putting my desires to meet a friend or some other activity aside to do what my husband wants done for him seem small. Thank you Jesus, I love you Lord

  • Jeff K

    Reflecting on Jesus on the cross inspires me to resist negative thinking which can inundate me every day if I let it. The old cliche “things could be worse” (which I tell myself and others very often) would be even more true without Jesus’s sacrifice for us.

  • Deb Durrett

    Thanks for the reminder Shawna. The feedings were tough at times, yet it was also great bonding time & ours normally only woke up once over night. When there is sickness it was tougher at times as I wanted to just make them feel better. And neither of those situations s really have anyone taking advantage of anything. Yet there are situations with other adults that require adjustments to keep from crossing that line; boundaries. We just need to continually ask for wisdom & guidance. Sometimes we are led to tough it out and other times we close a door and move through another one. I struggle knowing a times and think of something my Mom used to tell me. “If you bang your head on a wall long enough it begins to hurt. You then realize you need to stop.”. God will lead the way. One day at a time.

  • Janet Marusiak

    Beautifully said as children are the future and it starts with family to teach our children about Jesus by example. I pray that everyone on my FB page reads todays reflections and scripture and feel the love of God for us and know they are loved so much that Jesus would have died for just one of us for our salvation. By the cross we are saved. So cruel of a death of or Lord, hurts us so much to reflect on and hope it empowers me to push my limits and be more loving.

  • CathieHeenan

    I find myself daily asking God for guidance when it comes to helping out my ex who is very ill. He pushes everyone away who try to help him feel better.

  • Niove Candida Rosario

    Agree with everyone else; Shawna’s testimony was inspiring to say the least. I have one teenager left in my house and I struggle with the challenges that her age and immaturity bring. We are no longer as close as we were when she was little. It is very hard for me to accept her desires to do the things of the world and there is nothing I feel I can say for her to realize when something is not the right thing to do. She hides from me and hides to do the wrong things, then we withdraw from each other. My disappointment blinds me to the love I should still be giving to her, to nurturing her as I did before. I pray to God to help me see her as he sees me.

    • Susie Caughey

      I feel your pain. I had 4 tough years with my own (one and only) daughter who I devoted my entire life to and had her back to the end of her Senior HS year. It brought me to my knees and I had to surrender her to God. For this reason, I feel a strong pull towards a Parental faith-filled Support Ministry. So many parents suffer alone. She is 20 now, no longer living at home and realizes what I have done for her. However, I could’ve used some group support and a hug in the midst of many tears at this time. My uppermost prayer is for our young people and for parents dealing with their ups and downs.

      • Niove Candida Rosario

        Thank you

  • Pat Antenore Gonzalez

    Being a nurse in the emergency room it always seems like the worse time I have to overcome resistance comes at the end of my shift. When I am physically, emotionally exhausted.I see the people of most need. I look up and ask God “why” and HE asks “why not”? I have you here for this moment and purpose.Thank you for this reminder, I have begun my day reflecting and following your Best Lent ever and know that God is always faithful.

  • Joy

    When I see the crucifix, I can not believe Jesus died for me. Why me? Who am I to be that important to Him? It is common in the free world to see the cross, yet startling to stop and think what it truly means. I pray to Jesus for the strength to stand my ground against resistance. Fearlessly and tirelessly. I fall frequently yet the cross reminds me to keep standing. Keep fighting to be better and to think higher when resistance appears. Jesus, I trust in you.

  • Donnamarie

    That was beautifully said
    When I feel lazy and don’t want to do something for someone else I’m going to remember her video
    God Bless Everyone

  • mrcpuhead

    Wow, Shawna’s perspective really hit me. She reminded me of the times when I would question my purpose in life, sometimes mistakenly thinking it was to have a grand career that really makes a difference in the world. While that is noble, I’ve never forgotten that as far back as grade school God had revealed to me that my purpose is to get married, have a family, and share His love with them. This is so that whatever my dear wife and children may do, wherever they may go, whatever they may believe, they will always have the greatest gift in their very souls. That is what today is all about.

  • Pat Ryder

    I have found Matthew Kelly’s book an messages, through Dynamic Catholic very enlightening,enjoyable, and quiet profound, I have learned a lot about my faith, Jesus and myself. God bless them all and God bless us all. Have a very wonderful Easter with your family an freinds.

  • M Christopher

    RESISTANCE! WOW! Alive and working on me. This morning I had the option of going to the gym or doing my Best Lent Ever prayers first. Well, I have a few errands besides and the DEVIL was pulling me extremely hard to “just go do your gym, Mary, you know you love to go and see your friends!!!!” Well, thanks to Mattews words and all you wonderful inspiring people here on this discussion page I BEAT him, the evil one!!! YAY! I’m here saying my prayers and doing what God leads me to each day. Mattew is sooo right. It is a battle every day and will continue until we are finally taken up to meet our Blessed Lord in Heaven. GOD bless each and every one of you in this HOLIEST OF SEASONS. HAPPY EASTER TO YOU ALL. I hope you all had the Best Lent Ever, as I have.

    • Susan L

      Amen!

  • Angie O’Mara

    The very thought of what Jesus suffered for us, and then dying on the cross, fills me with great sorrow. Jesus did not resist one thing that was happening to Him, but accepted it as His Father’s will, and for His love for us. I pray that when my time comes to pick up my cross, that I accept it readily for the love of Jesus.

  • Loveroflife

    And, if I may add!! There are many children out there that haven’t been loved or nurtured to respect themselves. Let us be less judgemental and offer love and mercy for we do not know what kind of storm God the Father has allowed them to go through. Even someone taking the time to smile at us, would make our day. I know because I have been there. I grew up physically and emotionally abused by my mother, only to learn that she was badly abused as a maid back in the Philippines during the era of WWII. She endured labor, physical and emotional abuse starting at the age of 9 years old. Because of her mother’s death, she grew up motherless before she was 9 years old. She immigrated to America only to come to a country where interracial marriage was not acceptable. Not knowing how to deal with the issues at hand and never healing from her past, the domino effect of abuse was inevitable. We were economically disadvantaged, yet labored that she may enroll us in Catholic school. This seemed to be her way making sure that we would grow up with the foundation of knowing God the Father, Abba and His precepts of love and mercy for all.
    It wasn’t until the age of 40 years old that I understood how I was able to forgive and love my mother. How I was able to work on the farm and fields starting at the age of 9 years old before and after school sometimes until midnight and during the summer days, yet still enjoy life. How I never regretted growing up not knowing what a vacation was like. It was by His grace. Nothing I ever did, but by His grace.
    It no longer becomes a sacrifice because Christ has redeemed us through the atonement of the cross. May we all rise with a clean heart, renewed Spirit and life during the resurrection of Jesus Christ!!!💕❤️

    • Sam Adams

      That’s quite a story. God Bless You! You overcame. Many would become bitter, and the bitterness carries on for generations. But you stopped it. You allowed Christ in. 🙂

    • JJ Roon

      Lover of life– I will think of all that you endured and still you ended up as the lover of life, whenever I feel that things aren’t going my way. I tend to be judgmental so I will think of your words about not all have been loved by loving people as I have been. Thank you.

  • Eloísa Perez-Lozano de Castela

    As the mother of a four month old baby, I really really needed to hear her words today. Because it’s true: as exhausted as I am and as alone as I sometimes wish to be, I love my little boy with all my heart and I want to do what’s best for him, whether it’s waking up in the middle of the night to feed him or playing with him after a long day at work.

  • Kathy

    Thank you, Dynamic Catholic and Matthew! This has truly been my best Lent ever! I am actually sad that Lent is ending, and I will not be receiving these messages each morning. My prayer today is that I am given the grace to continue with the message we have been receiving these forty days. I am so grateful that I was able to participate in this life changing experience. What a blessing God has given me. Thank you to all who took the time to share their stories. It has been such a nice inspiration to me. God bless and HAPPY EASTER!!!🙏🙏🙏

  • Kimberly Trapp

    Just like Jesus, I am called to sacrifice of myself in service to others. Sometimes in the midst of pain and struggles, when I just want to quit, I look at the cross and remember that if Jesus had given up and quit I would be without truth, hope, love, and life. HE is the narrow gate, the gate keeper, the WAY!!

  • JayAW

    I try to remind myself that even the disciples of Jesus, his closest friends, had their faith in him shaken. When I think of this shaken faith, I forgive myself when my faith is shaken, which is pretty much every day. If Jesus forgave his closest friends that abandoned him in his time of greatest need, then I can be forgiven as well. I’m imperfect and nothing will make me perfect. I think that’s at least part of the point, accepting your imperfect self and loving yourself anyway. I realised this only through praying and contemplating these kinds of things. I’m going to get angry and curse, I’m going to feel jealousy when I see someone with something I want, I’m going to not be grateful for the gifts I already have, and all of this is to be expected since I’m imperfect. But, I am also granted forgiveness for these imperfections. I’m loved no matter what.

  • Daniela D.

    I have just recently come to understand what Jesus meant when he said to carry our cross and follow him. I have my very own cross and is easier to ignore it than taking it and accepting that is God’s part of the plan for me, to make me worth it to share eternity with him. Jesus in the cross is a reminder that only through self sacrifice you achieve sanctity.

  • leslie j

    Awesome! This was the best lent ever! Shawna, loved your real life comments and all the comments during lent.

  • Rebecca

    Good Friday is always a tough one for me but this year, it is a lot more difficult. I have really spent the last 40 days, probably even longer, trying to become closer to God. I have prayed and asked him to bring me closer to him and to be able to feel his love. I also prayed that I would be able to understand his message at church. Thinking about how Jesus suffered so much for me to be forgiven of my wrong doing makes my life seem like a piece of cake. I thank Jesus so much for this and I try not to think about my problems. I feel like this has made me a better person because I know there are others out there who are suffering more than me. This has given me a new outlook and I feel like I am on my way to becoming a better version of myself. Thank you Dynamic Catholic for all that you do!!! This has truly been my Best Lent Ever 😊

  • Adele

    That’s beautiful! Thank you and Happy Easter!

  • Paulina

    Beautifully said, thank you for sharing.

  • Michele

    Beautiful thank you for sharing. So blessed!!!
    I have 4 beautiful children. Blessed beyond measure! God love is so present in them. Watching them grow to teens and in there twenties is where I am now. Amazing grace from God I’m so grateful for!
    I have a son with Special needs he is 21 has Down syndrome and has been diagnosed with Moya moya disease. Each struggle I place at the foot of Christ. Knowing that in watching him suffer I am offered an opportunity to share in a Christa suffeting on the cross I actually visual giving his suffering to him. Asking for him to take this and hold him and making him new in Him. Gods healing presence is so powerful. I pray that Gods grace always be with us. It has been a struggle but a beautiful gift I am so grateful and humbled by Gods suffering for us. Let us all hand our Sufferings and those we love at the foot of the cross

  • Carol

    Beautiful reflection Shawna, words spoken from a Mother’s heart and soul.

  • Lisa M

    So beautifully put. God Bless!

  • disqus_DZPjIQdjb7

    As I look with hope, I am filled with Our Lords love for us. My son has checked himself into a rehab center for alcohol dependency. As we cried over the phone, I know that this is the best plan that only Jesus can provide. On This holy day, I pray that the dragon will be slayed in my sons life.

    • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

      Prayers for a speedy recovery for your son and prayers to you, his mom. God bless!

      • disqus_DZPjIQdjb7

        Thank you, it means so very much.

  • Terri

    Wow! This one hit home big time. “It’s the tough moments that teach me how to love”–my quote for this Easter and beyond. Thank you and God Bless!

  • Marcy Burke

    It took me a long time to overcome my resistance to daily prayer and spiritual reading. Picturing Jesus in his Passion has enabled me to overcome that resistance. My daily prayer time is now the best time of my day, everyday.
    Thank you most Blessed Trinity for calling me.

  • Toni Hyler

    Within the past six months I had three surgeries and was hospitalised twice with sepsis (which most of the time is deadly!). There were many time during these months I took my suffering to the cross. I had to resist fear constantly and trust in Jesus.

    This Good Friday has a significant meaning for me.

    Toni

  • Kay Schmidt

    You pray for peace and quiet when they are young.. and then left with nothing but peace and quiet when they are grown and gone… enjoy the chaos…

  • Kathleen Olowin

    I am the mother of four beautiful boys, and the dynamic between the 12 year old and the 5 year old has been extremely challenging of late. Thank you, Shawna, for a wonderful reminder on how I should be looking at those challenging moments. Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

    I have always wondered “why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark day commemorating the suffering and death for Jesus? … On Good Friday Jesus willingly suffered and died by crucifixion as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. “Forgiveness Friday” ?

    • Margie Suarez

      For me it’s Good Friday, because that’s the day God reconciled us to Himself. It was GOOD for us.

      • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

        That is a great way to see it! I guess I didn’t see the big picture. You are so right! Thank you Margie!

        • Margie Suarez

          Easter Blessings and Good Friday to ya.

  • Nighten Gayle

    I was very selfish for most of my life. I grew up the youngest of 5 and yet I craved attention and affection. My life was about trying to find pleasure or comfort or rest. No matter why or how I lacked the love and closeness that I craved, God used my past to bring me to the foot of the cross. I now have my peace through Him and in serving, in perhaps “little ways” but with great love for my precious Jesus who came into this world to live and die for my sins so I could rise to new life with Him in the joy of His glorious Resurrection. Amen. And Amen.

    May we all grow closer to Him as we seek to love and serve and forgive others daily through the maternal beatitude and intercession of Our Blessed Lady. Amen.

  • ~~~Dorsey

    That was absolutely beautiful, Shawna!!! This Best Lent Ever experience has been phenomenal!!! This reflection really hit home for me. ❤

  • Teresa Filipski

    beautifully said and at a young age to have that wisdom, you are blessed as well as your children 🙂

  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    Jesus on the Cross inspires me to do what must be done at any given moment. His choice of death over life on that Friday reminds me to choose the “right” choice over the popular choice. I have been gifted with faith. I have been shown “the end of the story” so I have the additional motivation to know without a doubt that my current sacrifice will pay off in the future. I may not be called to “one big death” but I am called to deaths of all kinds throughout my life. Today, on THIS Good Friday may each of us receive moments of solitude and personal connection with the hard choice that Jesus made for each of us. For the payoff is eternal. Blessings.

  • Adriana

    Can’t stop crying, Shawna thank you for a beautiful description and a example of how to overcome a mother daily battles.
    Being a mother is the most difficult job I’ve had… I always want to be in control of everything and being a Mom God has teach me that I’m not in control of anything, taking me out of my comfort zone he has challenged me to become a better version of myself even when sometimes I feel I don’t know what to do, Or everything I do is wrong when I put everything in Gods hands he turns it in something beautiful… God is teaching me to be humble, grateful every single Day

  • Kathy

    I’ve faced tough challenges these past months, which included worry and fear. I pray everyday for courage and strength. When I look back and think about how I got thru these difficulties, I realize that Jesus was there, with me.. It wasn’t always easy, but when I look to the cross, I know he was holding my hand and guiding me in the right direction. He helped be battle resistance and do what I know he would want of me.

  • Scott Haner

    Powerful reflection by Shawna. A mother’s love is so selfless and beautiful. As a Dad, I need to become more selfless and God’s given me a beautiful role model who I’m blessed to share my life with. I’m going to go thank her right now.

  • Christine Overkamp

    Both of these sharing pieces were so powerful today. God bless you for having this site available to us. You have really given me something to “chew” on today. Have a blessed Good Friday to all and allow the readings today inspire you to give thanks to Jesus for His love and sacrifice given to all of us for our salvation. Blessings always, Chris

  • Margie Suarez

    Today, I realize that I have much to ponder. Death, where is your victory, where is your sting? Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for your salvation. I suffer with you on the cross for those that I love. I want to pour out my love to those you have entrusted to me. I want to be patient, understanding, and compassionate . I look upon the cross and find my strength to carry on. God be blessed

  • Dale R Evans

    This presentation brought tears to my eyes. Prayer and worship are not obligations for me. They are the time I spend in the presence of our Lord and the Holy Spirit. They are the times I feel loved and empowered. If I neglect those opportunities I do not have the inner strength to respond to the same need of those who I have been given temporary or indefinite responsibility. I remember once one of my children was in a very difficult situation. I prayed earnestly that night saying over and over, ?”Lord I need a plan.” The next morning I awoke and abruptly sat up with the plan in my brain. I had to carry out the plan over a period of time, but it worked. Success meant I would be given a more difficult assignment. One day my assignment will be death.

  • John L. Kemmis

    Mike: “Disoriented”
    Shawna: “My life’s work”
    Me: ” That’s me!”

  • Angie

    This journey with all of you at Dynamic Catholic was amazing! Thank you all for helping me to feel jesus’s love and grace deeper than I have ever experienced it before. I am so grateful!

  • Cherrie Nini Lombes

    I totally agree with you, Peter! My exact words…..I am in tears as well! I very much needed to hear this, Shawna! The Holy Spirit was speaking to me through you! I have 3 boys (ages 4,5,& 7)!!!! My husband & I are an adoptive family (due to medical reasons I am not able to have children). We adopted our 4 yr old at birth (he’s Downs Sydrome) & fostering the 5&7 yr olds to adopt (they are brothers). It has not been easy for us but all we can say is “….but God!” My survival words are “Jesus, I Trust in You!” Shawna, you spoke volumes to me!

  • Peggy

    When I look at Jesus on the Cross I am inspired to overcome resistance because I look at Him and say if “You can endure all that suffering and pain in order to save me than I want to overcome resistance formYou.”

  • Abel C

    Shawna, thank you for your works of inspiration. You are beautiful in all aspects and your words touched my heart. I am hopeful you will continue doing more segments and that we can have the honor of seeing your beautiful face with your hair pulled back. Your insight deserves to be proclaimed boldly.

  • Ed

    Shawna, Great comments. Really got me to think about how I love and sacrifice for my grown children. Now I need to apply that kind of love that we know to my enemies.

  • Dusty O

    I have come to realize that God who on 1 day was cheered and lavished over, then within a few short days was hearing “Crucify him” and was sent to his death over a murderer named Barabbas. He was shamed, tortured beyond belief, humiliated, and witnessed the people who praised him just a few days ago – sentenced him to torture and death, yet – he still Loves Us and unbelievably Forgives us.It has hit me so tremendously thru this lenten season and made me think of how I as other folks get hurt, angry etc. over such petty things like someone speaking bad of us behind our backs etc.
    I am dying from Cancer and how it has so opened my eyes to God and yet shames me that I haven’t taken the time or effort to share time and just take to (as I say and feel) my Best Friend and Lord.We so often get ticked, hurt, or angry over such little things and lose time enjoying the preciousness of Life, Love and Our Most Loving God and Father, I ask you to take a little time and look back on your life and what you’ve done and said, and if you’re like me… you’ll feel ashamed and sorry of the things that hurt Our Best Friend and Father, and be amazed that he still loves us and forgives us. Praise God and Thank You my Most Sacred Friend!
    Thank You Dynamic Catholic and this is My Best Lent Ever!! God Bless you all !!

    • Marilyn

      Dusty, rejoice and be glad. Your realization of how much God loves you in the midst of preparing to leave all you know is salvific. May you be carried to our Lord on angel wings. I send my love and prayers to you. Remember me when you come into the Kingdom.

    • SanctusSanctus

      Words have power. “I am living with Cancer”.
      We believe Jesus in the Eucharistic bread.
      “What the senses fail to phathom, let us grasp through faith’s consent.”
      Bless us O Lord….

  • Rita Gahr

    Jesus gave his life for our salvation, the least I can do is give my life to him. Sharing what I have with others, my time, talents and treasures and being selfless in doing so. Not worrying about what others say or do but giving of myself it sounds simple but resistance can lead you astray. Look to the cross for strength to overcome resistance.

  • Euge

    Yesterday, I read a devotional where Jesus asked to just dwell in His heart…As I thought about the meaning of living in His heart, I figured it had to come with a lot of suffering. In prayer, I asked God to explain to me in a SIMPLE way why we were to embrace suffering. Shawna just did it beautifully…tough moments teach is how to love!

  • Robert Stanton

    Thank you Matthew Kelly and all my fellow pilgrims who shared this Lenten journey with me. I loved the daily videos, the testimony of all who shared and the witness you have all provided me. Last night as I prayed in the adoration Chapel at my church, I had to resist my tired body that urged me to just go home. Instead I was able to hear my Lord’s voice when he asked, “can you not wait with me one hour”.

    I am so grateful that I did not miss this moment to be in the garden with my Lord.

    I am reminded daily, “when at last you hear his voice, harden not your heart”

    Throughout these 40 days of Lent I have asked the Lord to give me the courage to FULLY accept his will so that I may know, embrace and complete the mission that he gave to me to be “The best version of myself” he created me to be.

    I know my life is infinitely better when I reach out to others in service.

    Daily reminder prayers for me include: “Release me Lord from the bondage of self”

    “It is in giving that we receive”

    Happy Easter to all and may God Bless.

  • Laura LaDue

    I remember back in high school we had to watch a movie about the passion of Christ. I had heard the passion many times. I always thought that was the gospel that was going to make mass longer than usual and my feet would hurt. But that day the passion came to life. I found myself crying and realizing what Jesus had actually done for me. It was that day that I became inspired by the tremendous sacrifice Jesus did to save me.

  • Kathleen Spector

    Jesus’s death on the cross helps me overcome resistance by focusing on the ‘why’.

    If Jesus focused on the pain and agony as opposed to the ‘why’ He made the choice to live among us, suffer and die, His humanity would have prevailed. Instead, His love of the truth and love for us, for me prevailed and God’s glory prevailed.
    Thank you Jesus: thank you Dynamic Catholic for overcoming resistance and encouraging me to do the same.

  • Jim Horan

    Thank you for putting it so clearly. Have a blessed day!

  • Jane Doll Wilhite

    I am sharing this with my 22 year old twin sons. They continue to be the joys of my life. God speaks to me through my love for them and through their love for me. Thank you for sharing, Shawna! God bless your journey through motherhood.

  • Bill S

    Ever since my wife had her stroke and became incapacitated, everything in our household revolves around me. Every day is a repeat of the previous day. I help her bathe, dress, fix her meals, go food shopping, even take her clothes shopping when she wants to make a new purchase, clean the house, etc. I do all the driving because she can no longer drive so long trips are very tiring. I wrote in her Caring Bridge blog last year while our house was up for sale that I was getting tired. Life seemed to be beating me down, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to get it all done. Moreover, there is hardly ever time for me to do the things I love to do, like go work out at the gym or take a long (40-50 mile) bike ride. But when I look at the cross and see Jesus nailed to it, I realize that he did not want this but gave in to his Fathers will. And so I have to repeat those words, “No my will but Thy will be done”. As much as I want to resist what is, I cannot deny that what is, is. Each night, as I lay in bed, I just ask for the strength to make it through another day.

  • Shy MVP

    I had this perfect plan of how I was going to spend Holy Thursday and Good Friday. I would do a 24 hour passion meditation and planned to wake up each hour of the night to do the prayer/reflection. I thought hey I could sacrifice my sleep, what an awesome gift to Jesus that would be. I had tried all lent to give up using snooze button and wake up on time but never did. So this day I was going to. I was prepping to enjoy 24 hours of prayer thinking Lord I will keep watch with you more than 1 hour! I also prayed spirit is willing, flesh is weak for good measure.

    But Jesus had a different plan. He wanted something else from me, not my sleep like I imagined.
    After a lovely holy thursday, late last night there was an argument about taxes and filing. Long story short, issues with accountant who wasn’t returning our calls, following up, only to get a call at 11pm. And to make matters worse, there was a need to pay. I was the third party. I could hear the arguments, the anger, the pain and anguish in the family. I wanted to be anywhere but there as I was trying to read my reflection and kept getting disturbed. But then I felt Jesus say to me, this is the agony. Can you share it with me (meaning my parents’)? So i chose to spend the next few hours dealing with what felt like diffusing a bomb and trying to provide alternate solutions. It was not in prayer as I would have liked, it was the prayer HE desired of me

    Shawna said it best – “Jesus loves us selfless, unconditionally, triumphantly. The sweet moments are a gift. But the challenging moments, those moments are greater gifts because they require sacrifice. Its the tough moments that teach me how to love”.

  • Peg

    The Sermon last night at our Parish included a description of 2 priesthoods: One of the Ordained Minister and the other belongs to We the “people” who offer sacrifice in what we do and say and live…it is our Mass…the Mass that happens everyday 24-hrs a day as we live and breathe and move,
    letting Jesus love and sacrifice through us.

  • Mary

    I have a 17 and 20 year old daughter and these years can be tough-less physically, more emotionally. Jesus love for us reminds me to love no matter how they treat me, hurt me, or ignore me. It is easier to love those who are more receptive. I pray to God for strength to keep trying when I have been hurt or shut out. God bless you everyone.

  • Michael Dunn

    Thank You Beloved Lord Jesus Christ The words God forgive them for they not know what they do.The Father the Son & The Holy Spirit.Dear Mary yesterday for the first time i though about You & how you had to watch Jesus your Son & the suffering He sacrifice for the forgiveness of our sins & yet through your sorrow continue to Love as Jesus Christ has Love & Forgave so touch my heart.Dearest Lord Jesus Christ i Pray for all worldwide to Hear You,to know You & realize in order to achieve pure love peace joy & happiness on this walk of life with You we have all we need.Amen Amen.Too All from the start of Lent with Best lent ever thank you your comments are all God sent.I’m on my sons page although i have my page i feel to share a condense reminder.Maureen

  • Pamela Reichert

    Shawna’s testimony is so heartfelt. It put a lump in my throat and a tear in my eyes. I am past those days of little ones in the house but she made it feel like it was all just yesterday for me. But the comment of sacrificing myself for someone else really hit home. Thank you Shawna. These testimonies each day have inspired me to be a better version of myself through this Lenten season. I will continue to be that better version. Happy Easter!

  • Diane S

    I went to a mission last week at my church in Fla & the priest shut allthe lights & showed a film if Jesus’ carrying the cross to his death, to the tune of Everything I Do by Bryan Adams . The whole church was crying, it really hit home. Oh so true

  • Susan

    Amen!

  • LJ

    LJ says, I have been there, I have felt it.
    Today Jesus did not answer and while reading this very passage the thought struck me that legal authority exists alright and unless God is allowed to be the authority in ones own life, salvation will not get beyond taking credit and good Theology proves otherwise, be watchful.

  • Joan Howaniec

    I needed to hear this today. Need to replay this in my head when I feel burdened. Those times when I am overwhelmed are actually gifts from God.

  • Phil McGarry

    I wrote this on my Facebook page today. I thought about this Dynamic Catholic post area and thought I would share.

    I apologize for the length…

    Today is a very emotional and draining day for me. Today I remember terrible suffering on my behalf from a very dear friend; the best of friends. He is everything to me. I would follow Him anywhere. He is always there helping me even when the times are hard.

    I tend to cry a bit today. Not just for myself, not just that He had to do this but for all that cannot see the true love that He so generously showers on us all. …

    Today I am reflecting on transformation. Imagine what the apostles must have been feeling today: the disorientation, fear, terror and horror. While I would like to think they had hope, I imagine human nature was prevailing. Yet the transformation of each and every one of them was already in play.

    We witness two reactions to what occurs today:
    1. Judas who cannot believe Jesus does not rise to take his crown by force and fight and when his mistake hits him he forgets about love and focuses only on his own despair. Instead of seeking forgiveness, he wallows in his emotions and hangs himself.
    2. Peter who denies him. Peter who throughout the scripture is looking for Jesus to rise and be seen in glory in a powerful way that would be fit for a king here on earth. Peter is in deep despair. He sees his denial as betrayal. Peter, instead of wallowing in this, remembers Jesus’ compassion; He is sorry and seeks forgiveness. He knows he will always remember his failure, his mistake, but he also will rise to be the leader, the rock, the first pope. Peter struggled even to the end (Quo vadis) but he made the right decisions when the chips were down as he looked outside his own self to the needs of those he loved.

  • Karen

    Thank you Shawna for sharing. I can understand as I have had six children of my own. Yes there is sacrifice! But if we look to the cross we see what sacrifice really is. Keep Him before us always. He is our way!

  • Vanessa B

    Help us to get there, Lord.
    Help us to get to a point where we can glimpse Heaven in our everyday lives.
    Help us to get there, Lord.
    Help us to feel You more and love You as You love us.
    Help us to get there, Lord.
    Help us to come into Your presence always and feel Your love.
    Help us to get there, Lord.
    Help us to see You face to face in others.
    Help us to get there, Lord.
    Help us, help us, help us.
    You are all we need.
    Help us to believe that Lord.
    Help us to get there, Lord.

  • SanctusSanctus

    Jesus’ Cross has inspired me to battle resistance through suffering, sacrifice and surrender.
    I know the terrible crosses of this life become the Tree of Everlasting Life, through Him, with Him, and in Him. We are in need of Resurrection and Jesus has shown us The Way.
    Psalm 18: “I love You Lord.”

  • Julie Concannon

    I often think of the toughest moments of my motherhood and the mistakes that I made. There are conflicting feelings that I have. I think of myself as Peter. I have denied motherhood in so many ways over the years, in true selfishness, but each of the children (there are 4) have grown into sweet and wondrous adults. Like Peter, who became the rock of the church (somewhat like the mother of a family), he made mistakes, he denied Jesus, but he was forgiven, and he made the best of everything Jesus taught him. That is who I think about when I feel ashamed of those moments when the kids were younger and I did not parent as effectively or love as deeply as I needed to.

  • Lori Wewel

    Good Friday always makes me cry….I cry because I am overwhelmed by Jesus’ great sacrifice for me…I cry because I feel guilty that I never fully appreciate that sacrifice each and every day…I cry because I look to the cross and realize the unconditional and whole-hearted love there. Thanks for this video; Shawna’s reflection also made me cry; she captured truly what it’s like to be a mother but also a child of God.

  • Sally Fong

    SO BEAUTIFULLY STATED – THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU SHAWNA! IT MADE ME WEEP.

  • Amy Reinhardt

    The Best Lent Ever reflections have pushed me to see the Triduum in a whole new light. The triumphant love Jesus had for us led him to make the biggest sacrifice for us… his death. I will never be able to even fathom the fear, humiliation and agony he was feeling from the weight of the cross as people laughed at him and spat upon him. When we realize how deeply he loved us and that he chose to sacrifice his life for us, it makes us see our faith and our life in a new light. This life we have is a gift because of Christ’s sacrifice. This fact makes me want to slay the dragon of resistance every day. It makes me want to give my whole heart, mind and soul to Jesus. He deserves all that and more for what he did for us- his brothers and sisters.

  • Liesa Rocco

    Thank you so very much Shawna … your message went straight to my heart and brought tears to my eyes! Your boys are Blessed to have such a loving mother. I’ll reflect on your words when I’m feeling exhausted and overwhelmed by my kids, and during the precious moments, as well : ) Happy Easter and thank you again … loved your video!!!

  • Kathryn Caputo

    Thank you Shawna. Your comments were fantastic. They made me realize how much my own parents sacrifice so much for me and loved me so unconditionally. Being childless, I wonder how I love unconditionally and looking back I see how I overcame resistance during difficult times in my life due to my faith and the love and prayers of others. Looking to Jesus, to his ever-faithful Blessed Mother is the best thing I have done and do to become battle resistant. Loving unconditionally no matter how much you dislike someone or something is not only sacrificing yourself. It allows you to become and be the best version of yourself and frees you to move forward with your life.

  • Margaret Hesdorfer

    So real, and so sweet, Shawna’s testimony on motherhood ! What a challenge it can be, giving oneself to others, when we feel we have nothing left to give. When I think about Jesus on the cross, it puts everything else in perspective. Whatever issues I may be dealing with now, pale in comparison. He gave ALL, for each & every one of us~suffering & dying on the cross. There truly is no greater sacrifice. May I be worthy of that love, every day-by giving myself to others, in any way that I can.

  • Richard Strand

    Yes, Shawna’s message brought a tear to my eye! Thank you Shawna and GOD bless you for sharing.

  • MaryAnn Barone

    I too think of Mary on this day how hard it must have been to see her son dying on the cross. As a parent it is the hardest thing to do. My son suffers from an addiction,and I often call on Mary asking for her help when I see him like that,to give me strength,courage and to trust in God as she did.

  • Monique Rivard

    My biggest gift from God is my son! I pray each day that God guides us and fills us with His love ❤️ I am so grateful for the strength Jesus had to fulfill Gods will and in turn save me. I need to be courageous and strong and faithful just like Jesus was, as he walked his journey with the cross to be seated at the right hand of the Father!
    Thank you Dynamic Catholic for bringing awareness to slaying resistance so I can be the best version of myself. Happy Easter & God Bless

  • Heidi V

    Shawna, as the mother of three now grown children (my oldest a recent college graduate, my middle finishing his second year of college and youngest about to begin college) I can completely relate to your children being your life’s work–and striving everyday to love them like Jesus loves us. They are older now and don’t need me as much in their daily lives-I have to continue praying that they will grow into their own relationship with our Lord and our Faith as I have done. I hope my example will help guide them. As I age and deal with the struggles of aging parents, broken family relationships, challenging career and my own aging body/mind, it gets harder and harder to battle resistance. My daily morning prayer time isn’t one thing I have held on to for years now–I am grateful for that–now, I have other resistance dragons to slay (healthier eating, exercising, taking better care of my physical body/mind) but after this Lent, I have hope that I can increase my willpower to slay resistance. Thank you to all of the Dynamic Catholic team members who have ALL brought me great joy and inspiration this lent. God bless you all and your families.

  • Tim Hogg

    Beautiful story. Thank you.

  • Clare54

    Jesus has taught me in these Forty Days that He loves me more than I have ever known. That he loves me so much that when I resist anything at all, I am resisting Him. Because He loves me, He Guides and Protects me. Because I believe He is my Heavenly Father I am disobeying Him when I resist the smallest things. So, I want to honor Him each day and let My Father guide me in this life. I want to continue to feel His love for me and see His beauty in everyone and every living gift He has given me.

  • Amber

    Just like the 2 thieves who were crucified beside our Lord , I look at Him there on the cross – beaten FOR ME, crowned with thorns FOR ME, having carried His cross FOR ME, crucified FOR ME… and think I am deserving of this, me a sinner, but this man, my Innocent, Holy, Perfect Lord isn’t deserving of this at all, yet He chose to endure this FOR ME. The least I can do is accept my sufferings and offer them up to Him, knowing that in His goodness He will bring good of them.

  • Lynne

    Very moving message today – Bless Shawna – & Thanks to all at Dynamic Catholic for a wonderful Lenten journey.

  • Michael Dunn

    A song ,Mary did you know with lyrics by Clay Aiken. A beautiful Song such love & meaning

  • Carlos

    Jesus on the Cross inspires me to believe that through God all things are possible. Christ lived without sin and demonstrated perfect character for over 32 years. How is that possible or even conceivable for us today? Through his deep closeness with and connection to the Father, Jesus pushed past EVERYTHING that holds us back. It is a timeless miracle. The love that Shawna touched upon, one that is selfless, unconditional and triumphant, is only possible through that dynamic collaboration with God, that 100% availability and surrender. My faith is in the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am an unworthy sinner, but even still, he showed his unfailing love by paying the price for my sins, to save me from myself and anything else that would separate us from God. Amen!

  • Lydia Ross

    My 3 year old grandson and I recently went for a walk and I asked him about Easter Sunday. He said the Easter Bunny comes. I said yes but we celebrate Easter because of Jesus. And he said the Easter Bunny comes and I said that we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. He looked at me and said what is dead. So I said ” It’s when we go to live with God but ask your daddy.” Have to make sure my son does his job as a father in guiding his sons faith in Jesus!!

  • Emma Spaulding

    Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for me, you, and everyone! He took away all the sin in the world and gave us all forgiveness and there is nothing that I can do to repay Him or even come close to what He did for me. Jesus battled resistance all the way up until He died on the cross and that just proves that I can slay resistance in times in my life as well, whether they are small things, or things that affect other people as well. Some ways I can battle resistance is to become-the-best-version-of-myself everyday single day and not let other people’s opinions or attitudes affect me. I am who I am because God created me. God created me for better things that I can only imagine and here on Earth I can do my best to try to reach even a grasps of what that could be. I can battle resistance by praying every day, being in the moment when I am talking with people, and share what God has gifted me with, with the world!

  • Liz Frey

    Thank you, DYNAMIC CATHOLIC, for making this my ‘Best Lent Ever’! I found this program so inspiring, uplifting and encouraging to my daily being. I lost my husband four years ago and I was beginning to feel very self absorbed in my grief. Something I didn’t want to happen. I have a large beautiful family, so much to be thankful for and so much to live for… I feel like Dynamic Catholic gave me back my reason for being, a new sense in life and a new direction to look forward to. I’ve never lost my Catholic faith, but I definitely feel that I’ve rejuvenated it! Praise God and a very Blessed Easter to all!

  • Shannon Foster

    Thank you for that video. Like Shawna, I am a mother of young boys (3, to be exact). And she’s so right. She made me cry, but she is right!

    Also, thank you, Dynamic Catholic, for this series again. I look forward to it each Lent!

  • Jessica

    Absolutely hit home. I have two 18 month old boys and I can tell she and I have very similar mama hearts. Loved this!

  • Kevin Grizzaffi

    Ok, I’m a 61 year old guy who also has two boys I love dearly. I admit to tearing up, too. Thanks, Shawna for your words about love and sacrifice, two things that go together!

  • Elise

    This past weekend at the Palm Sunday Mass, Jesus’s humanity really became clear to me. I’ve been struggling with feelings of inadequacy, failure, rejection, forgottenness. Honestly, I’ve felt very alone in it. But looking up to the cross while reading the gospel helped to change my perception a little bit. There is no one that knows total rejection and abandonment by the people who supposedly cared for and adored him more than Jesus. The people in the crowds screaming “crucify him” saw him as a failure, a blasphemer, and a liar. He knows our human pain and he took it on for us, and that’s pretty encouraging to know we aren’t alone in this.

  • Beth

    Wow! Wish I heard her 23 years ago when I had a newborn and a 2 year old boys! Brought tears to my eyes.

  • Ellen Sweeny Kaufman

    This is a dark and dreary day as you would think Good Friday to be and as I listened to the two videos I’m thinking yes, it is sad and Jesus did sacrifice everything for us and for our forgiveness of our sins as it has been written. I then think if this day never happen where would we all be. I have truly benefited from this amazing dynamic catholic best ever Lent. It really gets you thinking and realizing what am I doing here. Have I done my part in my life’s journey.
    I need to continue everyday doing all the lessons Matthew and his helpers have stressed. Make it a habit everyday and pass it onto someone else to save their souls like Jesus has done for us on the Cross. Let us all Rejoice and be Glad. Jesus has risen as He has truly said Hallelujah Amen

  • Rosa Aguirre

    Thanks for sharing Shawna. You said It perfectly. Being a mom is one of the greatest gifts. I will save your video for one of those challenging moments with my 12 year old.

  • NancyB

    Resistance for me is thinking I have the best way to get something done instead of listening to God to learn his way. It’s always better if I would just ask and listen before charging ahead. I am learning this season to look to the cross and to remember Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life. Easter Blessings to my Dynamic Catholic Community. I will miss these daily conversations with the ending of Lent. But I will continue to pray for all of you on your Journeys to heaven.

  • Laurence Jackson

    Amazing! Thanks for an amazing production Dynamic Catholic!
    This truly has become the “Best lent ever” thanks to your work.

  • Joyce W.

    I know one or two other senior Moms and Dads who are going to family for Easter, and part of me was thinking how nice to be able to allow others to do the main planning for meals, etc., but then I realized that if we went away I would miss the inspiring services of the Triduum, because I am the only one in the family who goes to church and the opportunity would be hard to find when away. I am so blessed to be here and able to fit in my worship as well as have my family coming. As far as the above question goes, I feel that the whole of Jesus’ passion inspires me, because it began when He yielded to His Father’s will in Gethsemane, and overcame His dread of whatever was ahead, including the Cross. I know that we are called to offer ourselves completely every day and that isn’t always easy, even when times are good.

  • Leah Levitt

    It reminds me that God loved me so much he suffered agony for me. Anything I need to do pales in comparison.

  • MaryAnne Casaul

    Good Friday inspires me to be more tolerant, to love and forgive. It reminds me of God’s great love and forgiveness. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I try to slow down and remember what Jesus endured for my sins and how much He loves me. This inspires me to love others even the ones I have the hardest time loving and forgiving.

  • Mixed Chick

    Beautiful. The tough moments are a gift.

  • Anna Krystyniak

    Loved the perspective of today .. our sacrifices everyday to care for our kids is just like how Jesus sacrificed for us.

  • Patty

    I’m not a mother, but this definitely was a tear jerker. I had this Holy Week planned out, or so I thought, I’d spend most of it in solitude, with selected prayers and rosaries, but the Lord had a different plan for me. I ended with a babysitting job, and how I felt my plans fly out the window. And although I’m extremely grateful and blessed to have made most of it work, all thanks to God, for I know it was He Who was helping me squeeze in my prayers. I can’t help to think how frustrated and anxious I would get at some moments; how it can get difficult to pray when your not in solitude, but that was the challenge I had to face. That was the test I believe I was given during this Holy Week, to remain in love, to remain kind and Jesus-like in times when you find it go “not so perfectly according to plan”, when it’s not so quiet or when ur not alone, and when you have added responsibilities. It’s crazy because I believed I knew all this before, but here I am relearning it. This test I thought I’d pass, I’m finding difficult to finish, nevertheless, we must look to the cross. I must look to the cross! Jesus persevered and as a daughter of the One true God I can too, we all can! God bless you all, and have a blessed Good Friday.

  • Paul

    When I envision or see Jesus on the cross, I can’t even fathom the amount of pain and suffering he endured for all of us. It makes it difficult to again call on Him in times of need, knowing all He has sacrificed for us. But I know He is aware that in our humanity, we are weak and need His help. His love for us is so strong and so deep, He welcomes the opportunity to help us bear our crosses in life. Our crosses are but a splinter compared to the cross He beared. I pray to God that I be given the strength and grace I need daily to not let me forget the great sacrifice that Jesus made for us, and to use this as inspiration each day.

  • Shannon

    This has been an amazing Lenten experience for me. I found myself looking forward to each days reflection. As I prepare to attend Good Friday services, I will look to the cross and embrace my power over resistance. I am a Dynamic Catholic. Thank you

  • Georgie Jakovcic

    Having followed this series throughout Lent, something stood out for me. It was the light of Christ and joy that was evident in the faces of the Dynamic Catholic staff who contributed to the videos. You all make me want to be a better person. Thank you and may God bless you abundantly. He has.

  • CSL

    The story of the cross that totally amazes and inspires me is the one concerning the thief hanging by Jesus’s side who was able to perceive Jesus ( in His dying, vulnerable, tortured, exposed state) as a King with a destiny and a royal estate — Wow!!!!!!!!!

  • Josh D

    Thank you Shawna. -(A stay-at-home dad with four boys under 6 having a rough morning)

  • Samantha Duggan

    Same as you Shawna, I try to love others – and especially my two kids – as Jesus loved me, especially how He loved me on the cross. I look to Mary as well when I’m struggling to choose sacrificial love with my children!

  • EddieW

    I used to go to the 5:30 Mass every day. One day I sat about the fourth pew back, a man and woman with about a 2 year old child took the pew ahead of me, he sat at the end, and she about 5 foot in. the child ran to it’s father, and hit him on the shoulder, then ran to the mother and hit her, then ran to the father and gave him a hug, then the mother and gave her a hug, then back to the father….after about a half dozen of these, I said to the Lord, “I’m about ready to get up and walk out of this Mass!” He said, “Do something about it!” I replied his monther and father are right here, if they can’t do anything, what can I do?” then Inspiration, as the child ran to the father to give him a hug, I looked at him, and under my breath I said, “spirit of restlessness depart from him!” he instantly went to a walk, walked to the father hugged him, then walked to the mother laid down in her lap and slept all the rest of Mass…I rejoiced!!! and later found out he was a girl!

  • Alma

    I’m really struggling today, struggling with how to love
    like Jesus did. How do you rise up to the challenge of “what would Jesus do?”
    when you feel like you’re being taken advantage of by your own child? My son is
    34 years old and has an addiction problem. I let him come home 2 ½ years ago on
    the condition that he get clean, gets a job and gets on his feet and out on his
    own. Now, 2 years later and no effort has been made and the problem is worse. I’ve
    threatened, I’ve cried, I’ve prayed and vowed to let it all go and “let God”
    and then I take it back and try to fix him myself. I’ve given him a timeline
    and it’s fast approaching. How do I kick him out and not feel overwhelming
    guilt that I didn’t do enough? Is that what Jesus would do? I’ve told his
    girlfriend to stay away from my home because she’s a drug addict too and then I
    think, What if I’m the only Jesus she’ll ever see? My priest says I need to
    practice “tough love”, others say I’m enabling and crippling them—how do I
    reconcile these two dynamics? How do I continue to let him live in my home,
    taking no responsibility for himself or his daughter, constantly bringing
    people in and out of here and possibly getting myself evicted because my
    landlord is sick of it? I know what I should do and it’s so difficult,
    especially on the days when he’s just so sweet and I’m reminded of the boy he
    used to be and the man he could become. Am I in the way of him becoming the
    best-version-of himself? I’m sorry if this sounds so selfish and I don’t expect
    any answers. I just need to get this out and let it go, please pray for us.
    Thank you.

    • Tina Xinastle

      Prayers for you and your family to make the right decisions for your situation. Have a blessed Easter!

      • Alma

        Thank you, Tina! I pray you have a Blessed Easter too!

    • Linda Carmelle

      Actually what the priest is saying ,tough love, it means you need to let him hit rock bottom,set up an intervention. Do not take over for God and try to fix him yourself.
      What others are saying to you,that you are enabling him and in essence crippling him,thats the result of what occurs when we don’t practice tough love. These are not different dynamics at all,just different ways of sending you the same message.
      God is speaking to you through these people. You can and should still pray for them,but in order to become the best version of yourself and allow him to do the same .Take the leap of Faith ,reach out to God and others,seek a wise counselor, set up an intervention,continue to pray,but do let go and let God in. Alma many of us participating are praying for you. Take care and Trust in God

      • Alma

        Thank you so much for your reply, Linda. I know I’m not doing him any favors and I love him and just want him to be well and I know God wants that for him even more than I do and that HE does hear me and HE is working on him. I pray for him always and appreciate all your prayers too. Trust in God, yes! God Bless you and have a Happy Easter!

  • Magalis Muniz

    Jesus on the cross inspires me to know that I’m enough. It inspires me not to give up a d 100% available to him. Jesus, may your victory on the cross fill me with the courage to persevere in times of difficulty, and the hope to see beyond the cross to the joy of the Resurrection.

  • Maggie Jaramillo

    Thank you Shawna – I have 2 boys ages 2yrs and 6months. You gave me some much needed encouragement !! God bless you dear!

  • Fran

    Thank you so much DYNAMIC CATHOLIC for this inspirational Lenten series. It has affected me deeplyj and has encouraged me to become a better version of
    myself. I also looked forward each day to the teachings . I have bought some books from your site to continue my journey. Thanks so much.

    Fran

  • Maritza C. Bosch

    Just made me realize the tough moments are Jesus moments. The ‘what are you really made of’ moments. It is a great inspiration to go further when you feel like sitting it out,

  • Linda Benabente

    Our children are everything we live for with our Lord’s graces. Our oldest daughter passed at 21 years of age and my husband of 37 years recently passed. I am blessed to have two remaining beautiful children. Jesus has opened my eyes that life is the most amazing gift on earth, however, eternal life is the greatest gift of all. God has reassured me that we shall all come together again. Don’t take life for granted and love as Jesus wants us to. The Lord has given me more strength that I never realized I had. Love and forgive and live God’s Will.

  • Max

    Powerful message….well said! Thank you for the great reminder of how God wants us to approach life’s challenges.

  • Andrew Acosta

    I have 8 kids. I know what a sacrifice it has been for 30 years. Thanks for reminding me (and my wife) that ALL (good & bad) matters and can be united to Christ’s perpetual sacrifice on the cross. Good Friday to all.
    TH A N K Y O U Matthew Kelly and team for a BEST LENT EVER.

  • Mark B. Macanas

    I always hurt on Good Friday, because Our Savior was hung on a cross to die. When I started attending Quiet Hour at my parish during Lent, I contemplated Him on the Cross, with Mother Mary, Mary Magdalene, and John, the Beloved Apostle, grieving at the foot of the Cross. I had my greatest moments of peace right there, sitting still in the pew, gazing at the Crucifix. Right then and there, I was able to battle resistance with greater fervor than ever.

  • GladeLady

    I was brought to tears today, not by anything anyone said, but by the fact that I went to church today around 1:00 to spend some quiet time with my Lord………..and it was locked up tight! Good Friday….12:00-3:00…… and the church is locked! It opens at 3:00 for the reading of the Passion. I am 80 years old and all of my life, I have gone to church on Good Friday sometime during those three hours. I finally came back to the senior living complex where I live and figured I would go to the chapel there. There was a “meeting” being held in it! What am I missing? Are those three hours not observed in Catholic Churches anymore? It used to be out most reverent time of the year. There was no music played. No radio, no TV, no playing outside. Now it seems observed as just another day. So, so sad!

    • Kathy Coleman Dwyer

      So sorry to read of such an experience. I too miss so many of the traditional rituals of the Catholic Church. It is very sad that churches are locked so much.

    • Lisa

      Ugh! It is because they changed Palm Sunday to Passion Sunday. I really miss Palm Sunday.

  • RAB-G

    Praise & Blessings to everyone who made this “Best Lent Ever” series possible. Thanks to each of you & Happy Easter.

    • Lisa

      Yes! From me too.

  • Teresa

    What a great analogy, Shawna! Moments we can embrace or resist; teachable times on what we know is already the right answer

  • Jane Deutschlander

    God gave me a beautiful baby boy almost 31 years ago… He has high-functioning autism. He cannot drive and works multiple part time jobs in order to afford his own apartment. The public transportation in our city is not ideal so it is often up to my husband and I to make sure he gets to and from work. In addition, our son requires a lot of counseling from us because the world is confusing to him… Whenever I become overwhelmed by it all I look to Jesus to give me the grace to provide for him with as much love as God has for us. He has never failed me

    • Steffen

      Hello Jane,
      I was moved by what you wrote. I have a low functioning little boy with autism who is 14 years old. He is nonverbal not fully toilet trained and needs 24-hour assistance. And yet despite all the daily sacrifices, we all love him so very much. God has a plan for us for having given us Joshua. It’s not always easy to know all the reasons why . It’s a question of forever trusting in God and not losing faith. One day at a time.
      Thank you for sharing.
      Steffen

      • Lisa

        Have you ever taken him to a healing service? I just wonder. I went to one once and this lady came in blind and then she could see. Meanwhile, the lady next to me that no one prayed over specifically said quietly just to me – I came in deaf in one ear and now I can hear in that ear.

      • Jane Deutschlander

        They are truly special gifts … Have a Blessed Easter.

  • Prolifedem6M

    I can’t say how, but I can say that just considering what he went through for me makes me love him and want to please him.
    In today’s morning meditation, I found myself reliving Peter’s, “No, I DO NOT KNOW THE MAN!!!!” Just as I said that, I had the sense of Jesus turning my way and giving me a look, just as he did to Peter in Luke. It was just a simple look that lasted a few seconds, a look with no reproval in it, but it went through me, brought me up short and stopped me cold..How could I risk such a look from My Lord?

  • Marigrace

    I’ve been thinking of Mary a lot today. Her example of fidelity and unconditional love throughout Jesus’ life, and death. The incredible pain she must have felt at the cross. So your reflection about motherhood really tied right into that for me. I have three sons, and have had so many blessed moments, and some trying ones too. Jesus on the cross, along with Mary at his side, inspires me to never give up on my children regardless of those trying and challenging moments.

  • Colleen Braun

    All of this series were remarkable! Gets me thinking of how I can grow to be the best version of myself!! Thank you all for caring so much about all of us ! May God bless you and your loved ones!! Happy Blessed Easter to one and all!!!

  • Erin Way

    Reflecting on the Divine Mercy poured out for us today, I read “the death on the cross was to show the world the punishment deserved for sin” – the punishment Jesus received for us; the punishment Jesus freed us from receiving ourselves. The image of a person “taking the fall” for someone else’s crime came to mind. The innocent thrown in jail so the guilty one could go free. Jesus “took the fall” for us. He allowed himself to receive the punishment reserved for the criminal, so we could once again, be free. What does the freed person do with that newfound freedom, with that freedom given yet not really deserved? Do they receive it as the invaluable gift it is and begin a new life of service? Do they squander it and return to their life of crime? What trust Jesus showed in us by accepting the punishment for our sin – I am sure He knew that for some His sacrifice would be in vain; but he also surely knew, that no one would every experience freedom if left to the weight of our own sins. The ONLY way to freedom, the only way to redemption was to remove the penalty of sin. What will I do with my gift of freedom? How will I receive humbly this new chance at life? Please pray for me as I pray for all of you.

  • Nicole M.

    Sitting in church today, I couldn’t help but almost start to cry. It is seriously so amazing the love that Jesus had for each one of us, to die for us to save us from all of our sins. That is a love that is truly long and far and wide. Paying my respects to the cross today, I thought about how the entire church comes together as a community. I could feel all of the love in the church this afternoon. I want to feel that love all of the time in my every day life. It is so important to me to battle resistance when it comes to judging or gossiping about others. They are loved by Jesus just like he loves me, which means I need to love them too. Yes, there is a lot of hate in the world, but Jesus on the cross has inspired me to bring out the good.

    • Gale Kovach

      I have been an emotional wreck in church the last few weeks. I have really felt the love. Last night our priest, who hasn’t even been ordained 2 years, gave the best homily. He explained why he is a priest and married to the church. We are the church. He wanted to tell us how much loving Jesus has made him love us more. And he feels, that we don’t know how much we are loved by Jesus. The basic human desire is to be loved. Jesus is the perfect love. There were many of us fighting back tears, including our priest. It was so honest and powerful.
      The Mandatum: I give you a new commandment that you love one another, as I have loved you.

      • Lisa

        Often it’s the newbies that are the most inspiring.

  • Mary

    How does Jesus death on the cross help me slay resistance? The word “yet”. A three-letter word, seemingly insignificant on its own, but, oh, what an impact it has had on my life- earthly and eternal- and yours too! “Yet, not as I will, Father, but as You will.” Christ choose to swim fully in the violent rapids of God’s will. He knew the absolute hardness of that surrender. He felt resistance in that choice- that sorrow unto death tugging at Him as he prayed? I think that was resistance. He confronted it in its disguise of Peter’s anger and sword. He recognized it and put it in its place- naming it “outside of God’s will.” So that is what I learned, to call on God’s will and surrender my own, to recognize the need and to ask for strength to choose the holier choice that in the moment- in the moment of the chocolate chip cookie or the judgmental thought, or the easy, compromising way. And to do it new and fresh every time until it becomes easier and easier to do- but never able to do on my own. As “on my own” would likely be outside God’s will.
    Thank you, Dynamic Catholic, for making Lent a memorable journey, but, more importantly, a journey of spiritual growth for me and those around me. Thank you, God, for all you’ve given us. May we live a life of love worthy of your sacrifice.
    Mary

  • C Gabbert

    I don’t love like Jesus did on the cross. I have always had the feeling I don’t know how to love. I give and give and it is still expected of me to give. I work full time and come home to a retired husband expected to give some more. I just can’t be what is expected at times. I know Jesus loves me and can give me strength and I look to the cross, tonight is just difficult.

    • Jennifer

      Praying for you.

  • shutterbug1971

    Thank you Shawna. This Lenten journey has helped me notice the resistance I have in some of the little things pertinent to my care for my 88 year old mother with Alzheimer’s disease. I learned that even though I would prefer to sleep in when she wakes up at 6:30 to put her dog out, this Lenten reflection on resistance has inspired me get up and go with her. This single seemingly irrelevant sacrifice has deepened the richness I feel in taking care of this beautiful woman I am privileged to call Mom. I notice that I seem to have more patience and joy participating in her morning routine. This is giving us more bonding time often accompanied by a lot of laughs.

  • disqus_VOXvThxFVQ

    Dee –
    What a wonderful way to share your gift of motherhood and love of your gift on Good Friday. We are expecting our tenth great-grandchild in a few months and have experienced the joy of the most precious moments and the sorrows of loss. God is so faithful in each of these. He has been with us through both and taught us to rely on Him for all that is needed in both times. I am so grateful for all the wonderful brothers and sisters involved in Dynamic Catholic for making this my best lent ever. God bless all of you. Wish I could give each one of you a great big hug. You will have to settle for our prayers of gratitude and much love. Keep up the ministry Matthew, it is great.

  • Julie Billetz

    I loved Shawna’s testimony…in fact I shared it with my daughter…the mother of a sweet 6 month old who doesn’t sleep at night…she shows so much love for her little guy❤️❤️❤️

  • Mary

    Beautiful message Shawna- My 3 sons are grown and on their own but your message brought me right back to those tender and challenging days- all gift. Thank you for your work with Dynamic Catholic- we are all out here pulling for you. I send up this prayer for you today.
    Dear Jesus- Thank you for showing us how to love in the fullest sacrifice possible- with your life. May you and your Mother Mary watch over Shawna as she learns and lives this message and gift you gave us. May God bless her with abundant, love, patience, and joy as she does your work in raising good and faithful children. Peace and Joy. Mary

  • Scott Sowers

    By his tender mercies. Believe in him as he believes in you, and resistance doesn’t have a chance. God bless.

  • Kay

    That was lovely and was from the heart — Thank You
    Kay

  • Rae Mims

    When I think of Jesus on the cross it inspires me to keep going during the worst times of my life – those times where I am in despair or lonely or tired or confused or frustrated. I think of the cross and realize that if Jesus could do that and go through that pain an suffering willingly – knowing ahead of time it was going to happen – I can bear whatever I am going through. If I am going to reap the benefits of the resurrection and salvation – I too have to pick up my cross right along with Jesus. I should be up on that cross myself – but he took my place.

  • Lisa

    Mother Teresa said “Do everything with great love.”
    My mother says “Don’t clean house – decorate.”
    Jesus says: “No greater love than to give one’s life…”
    How does Jesus on the cross inspire me to over come resistance?
    To do common things beautifully. I have to do them anyway. Why put them off and why not do them beautifully.

  • Judy

    I cannot imagine the strength Jesus needed to follow God’s will. I keep thinking its my lack of willpower, being selfish, or outright disobedience for why I struggle. This Best Lent Ever is challenging my distorted views, and is stretching me to be more Jesus-focused when I encounter resistance. Thank you.

    • Lisa

      Jesus fought the temptation to run away so hard He sweat blood. I cannot imagine it either. Thank God we have Him to help us with our lack of willpower.

      • Judy

        Thank you Lisa. I appreciate the reminder. Happy Easter.

  • Patricia Tersigni

    I love your description of motherhood. We all try to do our best. Some days go well and some days not so well. I try to just take one day at a time

  • Marise Robinson Petry

    How does Jesus on the cross inspire you to overcome resistance in your life?

    Today’s word for me is “surrender”. Jesus on the cross inspires me to surrender my will to God and to pray that His will be done. In what ways do I need to surrender? When I feel imposed upon or when my thoughts and tasks are interrupted I feel annoyed and not always do I hide the feeling. Jesus didn’t necessarily go to the cross joyfully, but he did surrender out of love. So, I don’t need to joyfully meet annoying moments, but respond out of love.

  • Shonne Farrell

    Shawna thank you for your beautiful statement. I raised four children, three boys and one girl who was one of the boys most t of the time.😇 I also helped to raise my sister’s children​, which gave me a house full of children. I was a stay at home mom while my husband and sister worked. We had good times and not so much. I thank God and Jesus my Savior for being with us through all the ups and downs of growing children.

  • Maureen Daniels Ceglia

    Out of all the videos of your staff, Shawna’s affected me the most. The vulnerability in her voice, relating to being a Mom (and Grandma)
    sacrificing for her kids makes me want to be better. Thank you sweetheart for sharing your vulnerability.

  • Arthur Brown

    I went to mass today and witness a live play of the Good Friday. it was in Spanish and English. But the most exciting when we went forward for the veneration of the cross where I pledge to give God a 100%. I will let God lead and I will follow. Now the exciting moments will be when I go forward as Christ died I have ask God to help me die of my in ability to do God’s will. As Christ will rise in a couple of days when we celebrate with millions of other Catholics and Christians throughout the world we must pray to do God’s will. God’s will and not mine. The resurrection is the same when we turn over our life 100% so that we shall be disciples of Jesus and to do His will.
    God bless each and everyone of you and especially Dynamic Catholic that gives us an awesome gift of the greatest Lent every. God bless each one of you I your daily spiritual journey with God, Christ and Holy Spirit.

  • Mary

    Wow I have an 18 yo and a 20 yo young men and it’s very challenging but today’s message reminds me that Jesus loved us unconditionally and didn’t resist in what was instore for him. The challenges are really not as challenging as what Jesus went through. Thank you!

  • Tina

    I love Matthew Kelly`s portrayal of resistance as a dragon, because this is exactly how I have experienced resistance: a dragon breathing out enormous flames of fire so that meeting it causes me to breathe in hot air
    to the point of feeling heart burn!
    Trying to go forward, I meet thorny bushes: Excuses!!
    One way, not to be followed, as I was told to do, is circumvent the resistance. This way of following the way of least resistance, they said, leads to creativity.
    This was compared to a river flowing downhill going past the rocks and boulders in its way, reaching ultimately its goal, which was the sea or lake, in the first place.
    However, with Jesus Crucified, I am reminded, that only dead fish flow down the river. Living fish swim against the stream flow. They go upstream to happy meeting places.
    So, with determination, love of God, and finding many Simons of Cyrene to help me, I try. Rather successfully.

    • Sally McEachen

      You inspire me, Tina! I think I have been following the path of least resistance and I certainly feel like a dead fish when I do! This is a great analogy. But sometimes fish rest in quiet pools too I guess (as swimming upstream all the time sounds exhausting and it is tiredness that I generally have to struggle against).

      • Tina

        Thank you Sally. I know exactly what you mean, because I have the same problem. I hope the answer is seeing the river as the society we are living in. Then we are definitely allowed to rest.
        I like your analogy of quiet pools. I see now the necessity of “retreats”, as resting places.
        Happy and Glorious Easter to you.

        • Sally McEachen

          And to you Tina! I will say a prayer for you at our vigil (which is in an hour as I am in Malaysia). Please pray for me too! Christ is truly risen! Alleluia!

  • Elaine

    I find myself looking back and regretting certain choices I made and the sacrifices it required of me. I am presently faced with my partners health challenges and I keep reminding myself of what it requires of me. I keep reminding myself of how God sacrificed for me and I know he is with me every step of the way.

  • NonnaBAC

    Oh my Shawna that hit me to my heart! Beautiful! My children are grown and I struggle at times to love them truly unconditionally. Thank you. How can we get a transcript of this?

  • Caroline

    Well spoken, Shawna, I can relate to this very well. When I had me three children within less than 4 years I wish I had more wisdom about how God loves us and helps us through tough times. I am glad to say that I sacrificed my career to stay at home with them at all times, thus never missing any of those first moments you have with your kids. What a blessing now that I am looking back on all my fond memories with my children.

  • Bill powers

    That was beautiful I got a tear also God bless you

  • Teresa

    Wow! Thank you Shawna for your words. I truly miss the simple times when my kids were toddlers…they’re teenagers and there are some challenging times. I thank God everyday for the gift of family, I know I’ve been blessed with an amazing husband and two beautiful human beings I get to call “my kids”. Shawna’s words reminded me that rough times only bring you closer together and that the love is still there. God bless

  • Julie Ostermann

    What a great reflection. It touched me so deeply. Thank you Shawna

  • Joan Reilly

    I can so relate with my experiences with my 6 children. I needed this message- thank you!

  • Sherry Flemming

    Amen! There is redemption in the cross when we embrace it. At the Good Friday Mass we are invited to embraced the cross physically but this is only a sign of what we can do everyday by embracing the ways we are suffering and our own need to sacrifice and deny ourselves for love of others, and to do all with a loving heart. Fighting the good fight is a high calling that can only be done with the grace of God.

  • Louise

    “Challenging moments are the greater gift, … because they require sacrifice..” A powerful thought, not only for the end of Lent but for a lifetime. Thank you Dynamic Catholic staff for an inspirational journey these past 40+days. God bless you in your work.

  • Patty

    Definitely hit the core of my being. I came back to watch her message again. Thank you.

  • Marjorie Ann Eisenmenger

    A great perspective: ‘the best-version-of-God’ – what Jesus is! What we strive to become: the best-version-of-ourselves. Life’s purpose.

  • Cindy Leslie

    Thank you Dynamic Catholic for doing this! Much appreciated! This was the best. Praise God!

  • Patricia S

    Thank you, Shawna! I finally “got it”–I finally understand what it means to resist happiness and to, instead, embrace joy! Can’t wait to read Matthew Kelly’s whole book. It’s just what I need! God bless you and your beautiful family. ❤

  • Sarena

    I have been resisting giving God control in my life. Throughout Lent I have resisted and it took me this long to recognize that was what I was doing.

  • Stacy

    That is awesome parenting! Jesus love and sacrifice provide the example we need to aspire to.

  • William A. Reynolds

    I am a little late catching up on the videos, but my answer to Shawna’s video inquiry is this: whenever I have had and will have severe suffering in the future, such as surgery or sciatic nerve pain, I think that if Jesus took what they did to him, I can take this. This attitude and offering has helped me through 2 back surgeries and many other lesser pains and I try to pass it on to my friends and family for when they are going through suffering, like we all do.

  • Kim Bordelon

    What an Inspiration to all ..I listened at least 4 times and wrote down what she said, because It was such a profound statement. I will share it with my children and hopefully they will do the same with theirs.

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