March 25: How Many Sundays Left?

Day 22

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It’s so easy to waste life. And we don’t waste life a decade at a time. We don’t waste life a week at a time, or a month at a time. We tend to waste life in moments.

It’s in those moments where we talk a lot about people’s lives changing. People will say to me, “Wow, that book really changed my life,” or “The work you guys are doing at Dynamic Catholic is really life changing.”

But when you think about it, people don’t change that much. Do you know anyone in your life who has really changed their life? Who has really said, “No, I’m fed up. I’m dissatisfied,” and gone on a radically different path? It doesn’t happen that often, and I think that it should happen more often than it does.

The reason it doesn’t happen is because we’re incredibly comfortable wasting life. We’re incredibly comfortable wasting an hour here, wasting a day there, wasting a week. And to get out of that thinking is very, very important. It’s the thinking of the champions. It’s the thinking of the saints.

Think about the Olympics. The difference between a gold medal and a silver medal can be a tenth of a second. They use that to motivate themselves. They use that to motivate themselves when they’re thinking, “Ugh, I don’t want to go to training today,” or “I don’t want to go to my third training for the day today. I feel like blowing it off. I feel like procrastinating.”

Think about how short life is and think about how long eternity is . . . Do we think about heaven? Do we think about eternity? Do we think about what moments in our lives make the difference between what matters most and what matters least? How will we see life differently when we’re on the other side? How will we regret the moments we wasted? Because we do waste life, and man, that is a tragedy. That is a tragedy.

Talk to someone who’s dying and ask them, “What would you give for another day? Another healthy day to do whatever you felt you wanted to do or needed to do . . . what would you give for that?” You ask that person, they know how important a life is. They know how important a day is.

That’s your day today. Go out and get it! Go out and get it. Do not waste a single moment today—just today. Don’t worry about tomorrow, or the next day, the next week, the next . . . just today.

Get out there, get a hold of life. Do not waste a single moment today.

“Don’t waste a single Sunday. If you don’t waste Sundays, you will be less likely to waste Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

Life is short. Never waste a day.

Act

Based on actuarial estimates, how many Sundays do you have left? Count them.

Pray

God, I know every moment is a gift. Help me to break through resistance when I am tempted to waste the time you have given me.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Sam Milroy. Sam is our event team leader, coming to us from Columbus, Indiana. Sam has been part of two 2-mile relays, will drink coffee 24 hours a day, and has four nieces and nephews.

If you had one Sunday left, what would you do?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • Suzy

    Mass first…then I would have a homecoming celebration and invite all of my family and friends to join me in a feast in anticipation of my arrival to my eternal destination. We would pray, sing, and feast together and celebrate life and death. It’s only through dying that we are born to eternal life. What a cause to celebrate!

    • boulders124

      Wow! What a powerful way to spend your last Sunday!!

    • Susan A.

      Throw in Karen’s cake and it would be the perfect last Sunday!

    • Lorraine Barnicle

      That’s exactly what my husband wanted two days before he died. We invited family and friends and had a celebration of his life.

      • Kathy

        So beautiful to have that memory too.

        • Lea Novak

          Yes, what a beautiful memory, and a beautiful witness to faith

      • Barb

        How beautiful! What wonderful memories!

      • Ann Albosta

        What a wonderful gift, to know death is near & to have the presence of mind to use it as you did! POWERFUL! It basically changed his death immeasurably for all involved! I commend your choice and dedication to your husband.

    • Lizette

      When I read your idea Suzy, I thought about my plans for today. Today me, my kids, my parents, my siblings, my cousins, in-laws, and my aunts and uncles are all going out to my aunt and uncle’s land to celebrate my dad’s only brother, my 80 year old Uncle Sam who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 6 mos by doctors. We are having a big barbque potluck and we’ll play washers and horseshoes, go fishing, and tonight he’ll want to play poker, I bet! We’ll reminisce and have lots of laughter! I’m losing aunts and uncles just about yearly now as they advance in age, but I love that we can all still get together as a family and enjoy each other and our beautiful memories! I love that my children can’t wait to get there because they too have been brought up in this big extended family of love. And I will appreciate the little moments today even more after hearing today’s video!! Please play for my Uncle Sam and his sweet wife, my Aunt Elva and all our family!

      • Suzy

        What a beautiful plan for the day! I have asked our Lady to embrace your Uncle Sam and Aunt Elva in her loving arms and guide them to Jesus.

      • Eileen

        I’m sorry for your Uncle Sam’s diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. It naturally struck a chord with me as my husband passed away 8 yrs. ago at Christmas with this same disease. We always had hope that he could beat it. I remember praying to God asking for a miracle..”please give us just ten more years together.” God didn’t give us that miracle, but he did give us a better one. My husband was baptized, confirmed, given the Sacrament of the Sick, and received the Holy Eucharist two months before he passed away.
        If I had only one Sunday left, I would go to Mass for sure and, hopefully, spend the rest of the day with my loved ones.

        • Gloria Hensley

          Eileen, there are cures for pancreatic cancer but the FDA and Big Pharma don’t want us to know about it. If you get a chance watch Ty Bollinger’s series: The Truth About Cancer, a Global Quest. Dr. Berzinski has a cure, and so do other Drs. using natural methods. Chemo kills. Latvia also has a cure – an injection with RIGVIR. Discovered by a woman doctor Elitta Shapovalsa. Maybe you can check on this, but definitely try to watch Ty Bollinger’s videos. The only caveat: the insurance companies here won’t cover the cost. I will pray for you and your family. Yes, Heaven is a better place, but it should be God’s timing, not caused by greed.

          • Kathy MYny

            I’m with you there Gloria! I too have watched these brave, outspoken doctors and I know from experience that their methods work without harming the body if done properly and when taken early on in the course of a disease. Even taking Coconut oil and Coconut milk for fogetfulness consistently would vastly improve the lives of many seniors. God has given us many substances produced by plants and animals to cure and improve health. The first drug store should be what God has provided and what we find out from nature through research.

          • Patricia Kirner Baker

            I know this is kind of off topic…but the problem with pancreatic cancer is by the time is diagnosed, you are already Stage IV. My brother died from it at age 47. A popular saying…getting back on topic….is life is not a dress rehearsal! This is your one and only chance one earth!

          • Ann Albosta

            My ❤ goes out to you & all who suffer from cancer. My prayers are with you & your family.

          • Larry

            Amen, Gloria! I’m in total agreement. There are so many good options, but the drug companies run our health care system, and until people become educated and pull their head out of the sand, sadly this is not going to change. Maybe by the grace of God, someday more natural options will become the norm…at least this is what I am praying for.

          • Diane Grohn

            Gloria, Naturopathic physicians exist in the U.S. I think the school is in Portland, Oregon. Natural plants meds are Pharmacognosy- not listed in spellcheck but I took a course in college.The Germans have many Homeopahtic cures. Of course that costs money and is considered experimental.

          • Diane Grohn

            Gloria, great info. do you think you can get this on google for any others who have this diagnosis? Very interesting!

      • Judy

        Lizette, I will keep your Uncle Sam in my prayers. So sorry to hear this, but how wonderful and loving for the whole family to come together to celebrate another birthday and be there for him as he prepares for the months to come. I think this is awesome!❤

      • Jim Ziegler

        Beautiful story Lizette.My prayers will be with all of your family.Hope you had a wonderful day as did Uncle Sam.Thanks for the post and always remember God Loves You and so do I.

      • Gloria

        That’s a beautiful way to spend time with your family. I will pray for your Uncle Sam Celebrate his life and enjoy being together

      • Ann Albosta

        God has blessed all of you!

      • Joanne Melear

        Will do!

    • NancyB

      Wow is that thought provoking!

      • Genny Moguel

        Hello everyone I will probably celebrate with friends and family in a mass of thanksgiving then…a huge party where I would tell everyone that we are celebrating my trip to heaven where I will meet my loving Heavenly Father at last…where Mother Mary, Jesus, angels and many Saint friends will be greeting me and of course not to fell sorry but to be happy for me!
        … In the meantime I like to pray for those whom have gone before us like Linda Carmella beautiful said..Eternal grace grant unto them….Oh Lord and let perpetual life shine upon them and they may Rest In Peace!
        Thank you for such enlightening comments indeed this lent has been the best ever!
        Thank you Michael

    • Mary Blair Cunningham

      That is a beautiful way to spend a last Sunday!! Praising God all day long!! Makes us think about doing a better job of living our lives each day.

    • Joanne Melear

      I think that’s a great idea, Suzy!

    • Elizabeth Brumann

      I will first watch the television mass with my family because I can sing and feast and reflect together and celebrate in life and death because it is in dying that we at are born to eternal life and what a cause to celebrate.

    • Bucket

      Suzy! Thanks for sharing! I think that’s an amazing way to celebrate life! Bu

    • Diane Grohn

      Suzy, Great plan. I will steal your ideas. I plan to have a big Bday Party for my 60th Yeh!
      Hope to be around for another 25 yrs.

    • Cindy Leslie

      Suzy, I would do the same. Go ask my family to go to Mass first, but forgive my enemies and invite them to Mass if possible, then celebrate with them all and say the chaplet of Divine Mercy before the day ends.

  • Doug

    First, I have to disagree with Michael. I’ve seen people really change, not just a little, and I am certainly one of them. But I do agree with Michael as I think about heaven all of the time. Set aside the books I’ve read, and believe, about folks dying and seeing heaven all I have to to do is read Revelations and John’s description of heaven. Can you imagine?

    My last Sunday? Mass, then nothing but family and friends. (Maybe some cheesecake that I’ve denied myself for some time.) I relish the thought of salvation and therefore not afraid to die. In the mean time, I get to spend my life here on earth with wonderful people like you.

    • JoAnne DeBlis

      I’ve enjoyed your comments. Very thought provoking.

      • Doug

        Thank you very much JoAnne!

    • GladeLady

      I agree with you, Doug, I may not have had any life changing experiences in my life, but I do think about heaven often. Just read some of the NDE books. They all describe Heaven very much the same way. My last day? Mass, family & prayer. Afraid of my last day? Absolutely not!

    • Julia Oaks

      When you reach your golden years, I think many do change if they stay in the Word of Our Lord. I for one do not feel compelled to value things of this world and really focus on what is in store for me in the next life. In our youth we tend to run a race to compete with others. I am blessed to have reached the age of retirement and to be able to realize what really is important in this life. I pray for others to focus on the importance of why we really are here today. Give time for prayer and thanksgiving everyday.

      • NancyB

        I agree whole heartedly. Age for me is bringing wisdom I did not look for in my youth. Have a blessed day Julia.

      • Michele

        Thank you for sharing. : ) I have to remember not to compete … not only with others but myself.

    • Linda Carmelle

      Every Lent I have a theme,something I dedicate my sacrifices for,usually I tell no one—its between me and my Lord. This year though I will share it with Dynamic Catholic. My thoughts and prayers have been centered on the theme of What IF this was my LAST LENT EVER? How would I make this count the most?
      I’ve witnessed many of my beloved family and friends pass away this year. Most realize its inevitable,due to advanced illness,aging and cancer,some don’t know its coming. Sudden death like finding out you are stage 4 and never knew you had cancer,or the heart attack that took your life suddenly. Other times a suicide that accompanied depression and anxiety. Sometimes people even beg God to take life because its to hard.No matter the reason though what if you just changed your mindset and actions for this time?

      As for me I pray for the dead and dying more. Especially when I see a funeral procession pass by. A quick prayer of Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them O Lord And Let Perpetual Life Shine Upon Them And May They Rest in Peace is sometimes all I have time to say. Other times when I visit my family at the cemetary and say prayers for them I will choose another soul buried near by to pray for. I also listen to the news and hear of lives taken from violence,especially the officers who were trying to protect us. In one instance a funeral procession for a fallen officer would be passing right by my where I work. I prayed a Divine Mercy Prayer for his soul that day.

      Take the time to think What IF this could be YOUR LAST LENT EVER,what could you offer up for yourself,your family ,your community, your world,and eternal life?

      • NancyB

        I wish I had thought to do as you are doing this Lent, Guess it’s not too late to make the last half of Lent my journey as my last Lent ever. Thank you for sharing this, Linda

      • Ronald Kurzawa

        On the Saturday before Lent began I had occasion to preside at Mass at a hospice. From the altar I looked out over faces of folks for whom this would really be the last Lent ever. That has truly impacted my own Lent this year.

        • Karen

          Powerful perspective, Ronald! Thank you

        • Shelley

          Wow. That sure puts things in perspective. Thanks for sharing!

        • Mixed Chick

          My stepmother is in hospice right now, and had almost no warning of what was to come. She is sedated much of the time because of severe pain. I have been praying for her. I don’t know what she is able to do with her own prayer life. She has been praying with the chaplains when she can.

        • Linda Carmelle

          Blessings bestowed on both presider and attendees of that hospice Mass are a gift from God. In our life time we will all know someone who will choose to receive hospice care,if we could be open enough to even pray with them or for them in their time of need this would make a difference in the core of both souls. Thank You for saying Yes to God’s call and sharing this experience with us.

          • Ronald Kurzawa

            Thank you!

        • Joanne Melear

          I know what you felt, Ron, because I was a hospice Case Manager the last 4 years I was a full-time nurse (age 63 – 67) and I benefited so much from that experience. For example, I looked at the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and realized how few of them I have done well and some of them I HAVE NEVER done, like visiting someone in prison. Then I thought “I better get busy!” I delved into the life of Saint Teresa of Calcutta and when we had “Ministry Weekend” last Fall, I joined St. Vincent dePaul. Recently I completed my classes to be a Case Worker and got 100 Prayer Process cards from Dynamic Catholic, to share with my clients when I visit their homes, some copies of Matthew’s CD on Making Good Decisions and hope to add “Resisting Happiness”. Another thing I want to do before I die is read the entire Bible, so I can honestly say “Yes, I did.” when St. Peter asks me if I read God’s book. Matthew advised reading Matthew (of course), Genesis and then the Proverbs and Psalms. I am almost finished with Genesis. Yesterday, I posted on Facebook that I am taking a break from Facebook to complete those 4 books of the Bible and will let the 250 people there know when I do so. Matthew says “Replace unproductive habits with productive ones.” Less TV; more spiritual reading. I listen to his tapes whenever I am in the car alone. It REALLY helps me on my journey and I want to encourage everyone to avail yourselves of his tools! Thank you, Matthew!

      • Joyce W.

        I started praying daily for the deceased and souls in purgatory in November 2015 and found that I didn’t want to stop when November was over, so now I continue to pray a litany for the faithful departed and another prayer for souls in purgatory and I try not to miss a day. Like you Linda, I do often pray for the souls of those I hear or read about on the news. When I dip into the Holy water on entering or leaving the church, I let a drop or two fall onto the ground for the souls in purgatory before I make the sign of the cross. Somehow this all has become very important to do.

        • Barbara Levich

          Me too, especially for the souls who have no one to pray for them. And yes for the Holy Water: “Wash away my sins and refresh the souls in purgatory.”

          • Diane Grohn

            Barbara, That is wonderful” Wash away my sins and refresh the souls in purgatory”.
            . I will start to pray this.

        • Marilyn Russell

          i also pray for deceased persons especially those in purgatory especially those most abandoned.

          • BEV F.

            I OFFER UP ALL THE SOULS AT THE TIME OF EUCHARIST AT EACH MASS. I ALSO OFFER MY DIVINE CHAPLET PRAYER FOR SOULS IN PERGATORY. MY SISTER SAYS MASSES MONTHLY FOR THE SOULS AND SAYS ASPECIAL NOVENA FOR THE SOULS DAILY.

        • helena handbasket

          Our parish priest gave a great homily to the parish school kids this past All Souls’ Day. He compared being in Purgatory to your car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, being dependent on someone else to save you. That’s the same with the poor souls. They can’t pray themselves out of Purgatory.

          Check out the Chaplet of the Holy Wounds, which is specifically meant for the Poor Souls In Purgatory. I say one every day. There are even special red rosaries you can get for this devotion as a reminder of His Passion.

          • Joyce W.

            Thanks, Helena, I will look into the Chaplet.

          • Linda Carmelle

            Thank You for this idea!There are so many ways to pray for souls, surely if we enlighten each other many can be saved.

          • LINDA J DONOVAN

            Helena Our Lord told St Gertrude the Great , in a vision that he longed for someone to ask him to release souls from purgatory to heaven. The Lord told the saint in another vision that he would release a thousand souls every time the following prayer was prayed:
            Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my won home and within my family. Amen

          • Linda Carmelle

            Yes! This one is in my Pieta book,my mom and grandpa gave me. I also have said this prayer at mass too. How generous our Lord is to provide a way to release souls who can no longer help themselves!

          • Patricia

            To Linda Donovan,
            I also have this prayer of St Gertrude that I pray daily for the release of souls from purgatory.

        • Linda Carmelle

          Thank You for this suggestion, i will do the same at mass this Sunday,and every mass I attend.

        • Kj

          Thank you, thank you, for your dedication to this well-needed service!!!

      • Judy Norman

        Thank you for your message.

      • Lisa Young

        Wow, well said!

    • Jay

      I too have seen many people’s lives change. Some for the worse and so many for the better. I wonder if we miss that sometimes because they aren’t changing as we think they should,

    • Ann G

      Hi Doug,

      That would be my last Sunday too. Actually, it’s how I spend Sundays now. I’d skip the cheesecake though! 😁

      Thank you for the post,
      Ann

    • Marilyn

      Doug, you sound like such an upbeat person, and I am so happy to read all your comments. You should sit next to Matthew Kelly!!! I’d like to hear more about your views.

      • Doug

        That’s very kind of you to say Marilyn. I am nothing but happy with my life. I owe it all to God.

    • Marilyn Russell

      i worked for Hospice for several years and it was indeed a blessing. Being with people who were about to cross over their positive attitudes, the love they shared with family and friends and most were not afraid at peace with the Lord and themselves. I thank God everyday for the blessings He as bestowed upon me.

    • Donna R.

      I agree with you, Doug. I’ve been in ministry for over 40 years, both before and after marrying my husband, who became a pastor of a small mission church with an outreach ministry to recovering alcoholics, drug addicts, the poor, and the homeless. We have seen many lives totally transformed by God’s love and grace, including our deacon, who at one time was a violent, homeless drug addict! But the transformation that affected me the most was seeing my father, who had been an alcoholic all his life, become sober, stop smoking, and attend church regularly with his family. He died at age 51 of cancer, when I had just entered my teens, and for that last year, after he accepted God’s love and Jesus’ sacrifice, he was a totally changed man.

      • Doug

        God Bless you and your husband for your work. Your father’s story is the ultimate example of conversion and faith. We all know that he went to heaven. God’s love is so b beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • Karen

    If I had one Sunday left….I would celebrate! Celebrate time in Mass….celebrate time with my friends & family and celebrate my many blessings that I have received in my life. Open myself for heaven….and I’m sorry but there would be cake!!

    • Lori

      Don’t be sorry about the cake. Celebrate that you are going home!

  • Linda

    If I had just 1 Sunday left I would do most of what I do now (Mass, exercise, rest, ) with the addition of a little more prayer time and more time in nature. I’d probably see if I could go to confession.

  • Ed

    One Sunday left? Prepare for Mass, Participate in the Mass. Be in direct contact with the people that I love.

  • Niove Candida Rosario

    Hug my children and husband really tight and don’t let go.

  • Peggy Rowe-Linn

    I would go to Mass and then at my goodbye party which would begin at 8:30 a.m., right after Mass, I would give away my entire estate to those I love, including the Church. I think it would be awesome to see their faces as you give your “life and loot” away! I would close the party with a huge play of my life done as a humorous interpretation and laugh with my family and friends. Then, I’d take one last walk on the beach with my beloved husband as I contemplated the eternity before me. I would thank God for this day and ask for forgiveness of any wrongs I have done unknowingly to anyone.

    • Robert

      Thanks for sharing and your life and loot comment will stick with me for some time. How perfect.

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Robert, and you’re welcome!

    • Nancy McGee Perda

      Wow!! That is a perfect last Sunday!!

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Nancy!

    • Julia Oaks

      This is what I would call a perfect Sunday….

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Julia!

    • Patty Dyer

      Loved all that you said, Peggy!! I would do the same…the beach would be the perfect way to say good-bye to this earth…walking hand in hand with my husband, too!! Make it Hilton Head, SC and it would be more than perfect 😀

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Patty! Hilton Head is not a bad place for that final walk. An incredibly generous client of mine paid for my husband and I to spend a week on Pawley’s Island with all of our children. We went to Hilton Head while we were there. It was a trip we will never forget from a client we will always love.

    • Lynne

      Peggy – well said – A perfect Sunday.

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Lynne!

    • Deb weiler

      Omg Peggy! I love that idea!
      That would be my last Sunday too.
      would go to Mass and then at my goodbye party which would begin at 8:30 a.m., right after Mass, I would give away my entire estate to those I love, including the Church. I think it would be awesome to see their faces as you give your “life and loot” away! I would close the party with a huge play of my life done as a humorous interpretation and laugh with my family and friends. Then, I’d take one last walk on the beach with my beloved husband as I contemplated the eternity before me. I would thank God for this day and ask for forgiveness of any wrongs I have done unknowingly to anyone.
      I had to copy and paste that so the idea would not go away! I want to copy and paste it over and over again . Thank you !!

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        You’re very welcome, Deb!

    • Susan Gates

      Loved your last day!

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Susan!

    • NancyB

      Beautiful!

      • Peggy Rowe-Linn

        Thank you, Nancy!

  • SanctusSanctus

    Spend it in adoration, praise and thanksgiving of He who loves us, hopefully with my entire family with me. Happy Annunciation Day! Our Lady who said “yes”, pray 4 US!
    Have a great day everyone!

  • mrcpuhead

    I’d have a family celebration sandwich, with the Mass as the bread!

  • Ally

    Kudos to the people who say they would exercise on their very last Sunday. I would be infinitely more likely to eat a cheeseburger, fries, and dessert.

  • karen Bednarz

    I know that would spend it with my family and hold them close, but you should have said what if you only had 1 day left instead of sunday? I also would send some time with praying and going to church. I try to be the best that I could be to my fellow workers even if we disagree.. Time doesn’t wait and anything could happen. How about telling people about God and try to teach them that God Loves them and wants them to know that we are going to his place that he has prepared for us.

    • Donna Sweesy

      Great answer. I had a dream once when I was a kid where I saw Jesus coming down the road to our house and I went out to meet him. Seemed like a good dream but something Disturbed me about it. Twenty five years later, it was brought back to my remembrance and I was asked a question. Why didn’t I wake anyone else up? I was so looking to Jesus, I never thought about it.

  • mrcpuhead

    When I see the word “waste,” I think of my process improvement training and experience at work. Lean principles, born from the manufacturing industry and adopted by the information technology sector, focus on the value stream – defined by your customers. Eliminate waste, only do what contributes to value. So, as nerdy as it sounds, I like to look for ways to apply this every day of the week. For Sundays, celebration of the mass, and family activities are the heart of the value stream. Oh, some down time is too – hey, we’re not robots!

    • Robert

      So nerdy, but so practical. Could you imagine diagraming a single typical Sunday for purposes of re engineering?

      But the message is obvious, we can do so much better without really even trying. Let’s do it!

  • Colleen Braun

    I know several people who have totally changed their lives and gotten closer to God!!
    One had a terrible temper, he started to pray and asking for help from heaven. He started to get more focused on being the best person he could be and today he is an awesome, amazing person! He is charitable, helpful loving person! Goes to daily mass and others remark about the way he treats people with compassion and respect!
    Others have changed life choices and come into the Catholic faith and are repenting over past choices asking for forgiveness from God! Trying to live by Gods Commandments!
    Prayer does change us when we truly want to be closer to God and realize this life is the size of a pin head and eternity is FOREVER!!
    I believe every second is a chance to rethink, change my life and grow closer to God so heaven will be a possibility for me! Please pray for me to make it there when God calls me home?? Thank you and all of you will be remembered in my daily prayers. God bless us all 💖😘🙏🏻

  • Karen in FL

    I would start my last day as I do every day: With morning prayers, Mass readings and reflection, thanksgiving for my many blessings, and listening to the birds outside my window. Then I would ask my family and friends to join me at Mass…the celebration together would be incredible! The remainder of the day, we would spend together, laughing, hugging, sharing stories and letting them know how much I’ve loved them. I wouldn’t allow any sadness, only joy! I would savor every minute of the day…not looking ahead at what is to come (although that would be hard!) and not looking back with regret at what I had failed to do.

    Although I can’t be with them all today, I can certainly do the rest! I won’t miss an opportunity today to tell them how I love them, and I won’t forget to tell God how much I have valued my time on earth, and how much I look forward to being with Him in heaven!

  • Susan Fishbaine

    I’d go to mass with my daughter and grandchildren just like every Sunday. I’d ask my husband and son to come along. Afterwards we would all spend time together as a family; sharing God’s love and our love with one another.

  • Jaime Anita Hoshino

    Wow if I only had one Sunday left.Just thinking of this makes me 😢 cry.I mean it really makes me emotional.The obvious answer is Going to Mass for me and then Having a large meal with all who mean the world to me which is my family and friends.Lord help me to see this and try to Work harder on using my time wisely❤Thank you Dynamic Catholic you for helping me in my daily Prayer life and a continued Inspiration in my life.God Bless you all and Matt my dream is to one day meet you.Anita in Austin,Tx

  • JayAW

    I kind of don’t look at it that way, having one Sunday left, because that to me is kind of being hypocritical. My last day is coming, whether it’s tomorrow or 40 years from now. I’m a sinner and I’m not always successful at doing those things that I “should” do, but generally speaking, I do prioritize things. I do procrastinate as well, but so does everyone. I’m human and I’m imperfect. I could do some things better with my Catholic faith, but I also look at all of those things I did accomplish. I’ve attended nine consecutive First Friday masses, I’ve attended 10 consecutive First Saturday masses, I’ve consecrated myself to Mother Mary through the 33 Days To Morning Glory book, I’ve done 57 novenas, and I taught myself how to pray the Rosary since my family didn’t teach me how to do it. Is there more I can accomplish? There sure is, but I’m proud of all that I have done and it was my choice and my faith to do those things.

    • Beth Hazelton

      As someone who has strived to eradicate negativity from my life, I REALLY like your message: let’s celebrate how far we’ve come rather than how far we still have to go. Thank you for this! 🙏

      • JayAW

        Beth, I’m glad you liked my post. Like you said, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come rather than putting too much emphasis on our faults. Its not being boastful if you are proud of accomplishing something. Celebrate those things and then move on to something else that you want to accomplish. Even the smallest accomplishment is proof of your faith, and no human has the right to say you didn’t do enough.

  • Helena Cupit

    Hi Sam! How on target were your comments. Mass first! I am a big proponent of productivity. I want to be able to look back on my day and be able to say I loved today, I cared today, I helped today, I prayed today. I thank my father for instilling in me the desire to never waste precious time. I pray that my children will have that same desire. Life is short, eternity not so. God bless you Sam and Dynamic Catholic.

    • Ronda Jewell

      Helena, I loved what you said about looking back on the day. In fact I wrote it down. This Best lent ever has turned out to be Best Lent ever. God bless.

  • Janet Marusiak

    I think this is my favorite video of all so far. I worry I waste so much time. I do have health issues that keep me home most of the day with bad back and vertigo and fainting spells. I had a painful experience yesterday as I went out to do some shopping for my mom who is in a nursing home now and needs some things. I found them and then had the pain just before the cash register but I kept deep breathing and go through and home safely. Last year when I had a bad fainting spell after this pain and was unconscious for awhile, when I woke I was so weak and I could feel every heart beat and everything was in slow motion and I really thought this is it. I found my cordless phone as I do not own a cell phone, and I called first my POA, I think she hung up as I could not talk well and then my brother John in Sydney and he asked me to call 911 and I must have but passed out again after, and then my best friends Alice and Alan who had to drive in a snow storm half an hour away to come to me. I did not want to die alone and at first was in a panic but then I did calm myself into acceptance. I do not remember getting back up to open the door for the ambulance people pounding on my door but must have and I looked up on my wall before I blacked out again, and the picture of our Blessed Mother hanging above me and I was calm as she was always calming to me. I donated that picture to my first church , St. Mary’s Polish church in Sydney to share her beauty with them. I don’t even remember going back to the bathroom and they came and got me up and then heard my friends come in after. They had two flat tires coming to help me and had to be towed after and they thanked me for allowing them to come and help me. What good Christian people. They never took Bible Studies that I know and they do go to church and help out and they are true Christian values and put themselves last to look after others. Anyhow, off the topic here, when I was feeling I was going to die and this happened again lately, and when I gave up my dog as she gets so nervous when this happens, and I want her to be with people that she knows so gave her back to the people who rescued her from being put down. What would I do if I knew I was dying, what would I want to do with that day and of course you want family around and to make any amends in your life but we should do that all the time so don’t wait till you are on your death bed or you may be all alone. I think I would love to be with my church family all around me and us having a great meal together. I would love if my family was there too but I do not live near them so if I was home it would be them, having a meal together.

    • Rita

      May God bless you, Janet.

  • Elaine

    I like Suzy’s plan and would like to do just that. Mass first, then celebrate life and death with all my loved ones. In addition I’d like to add that I want to give a parting gift of a donated organ to someone in need.

  • Eduardo Hoover

    To be totally truthful if I knew I only had one Sunday left I’d skip Mass and go with my parents to their Lutheran church and spend the day with them and hopefully my children and grandchildren could come across the country to be with me. Kind of sounds a bit selfish but man is not made for the Sabath but the Sabath is made for man; it’s my choice. Knowing I would soon be present with Jesus as this life passes, missing the Mass would not be huge and I know Jesus would empathetically understand as He spent forty days with His disciples He loves before going forth to the Father and all the heavenly host.

  • Angie O’Mara

    Go to Mass first, and savor every prayer, hymn, ReadinGSM and the Gospel. Praise God to my fullest intent. I would then fix a beautiful meal, and be surrounded by my family, my loved ones and friends. I would let them all know how very much I love them, and thank them for being in my life, but why should I wait till my last Sunday, when this is something I should be doing with all my Sundays.

    • Cynthia Lim

      Very true! Why not make every Sunday or better yet, every day our last day? I have had many experiences when I wished I had done something but did not and end up regretting.
      My last Sunday would start with Mass, hopefully with my entire family, a good lunch with them, a few phone calls to people I love and have not seen or talked to for a long time, a selfie with my family, and pray the rosary until I breathe my last.

      • Patty Dyer

        Ah, yes….going into heaven (hopefully!) with a rosary in hand….now THAT is the way to enter eternal life!!

        • Midge Barger

          When we say the Rosary; I compare it to holding Mary’s hand and what more beautiful way to enter eternal life; knowing that SHE is walking with me Hand in Hand. YES!!INDEED!!!

    • Mom916

      I suggest getting take outs. You time is too precious to cook. Spend it with family and friends. Lol. Just kidding. Maybe you really like to cook for others. I do like your last statement. A wake up call for sure. But praising God to your fullest extent was truly the most powerful statement for me.

    • Pamela Urban

      Amen

  • nevilledidit

    We do this quite a bit in our house. When faced with a tough decision (or resistance) we ask ourselves (or someone in the house will ask) “If you get hit by a bus tomorrow what will you wish you had done?” It is very thought provoking and has led to some interesting discussions. It has also led to a second piece of cake on occasion (when it was really good) or finishing up a project that needed finished so as not to leave it for another. This question has also led to more Mass attendance, including daily Mass, because who wants to meet Jesus and say “Yeah yesterday I was just to lazy or busy for you.”

    • Mary B.

      I ask myself a similar question ” what if I am hit with a serious health issue?”, what I would give to live an ordinary day without worry!!!

      • Cathy M.

        Your comment really affected me. I will think about it today and try to live with real gratitude. Thank you.

  • Peter L

    Wow! These last few days Matthew has been blowing me away. This is the best Lent ever. Been with these 2 programs (Adent, Lent) since the beginning.
    To ponder only 1144 Sundays left … !!! With a math mind I want to pick at it from all angles . Beginning, middle, & end … Let’s start at the beginning – a very fine place to start.
    So in reverse, when I was 22 (1144 Sundays in), I wanted to figure out & solve life’s problems. Didn’t we all?
    Now I’ll pick just one. Forget about Sunday. Let me start today. I think the one problem I want to work on today is relieving someone’s loneliness. Just listen to them. It may be someone close to me .. Or a complete stranger. And then if God blesses me with another day, I’ll work on it again tomorrow. Thank u, Matthew. Thank u all. ✌️

    • Mary Finnerty

      This is what I think Jesus had in mind, collaborating with Him to help others.

  • Michael Baur

    If I had one Sunday left I would spend ever minute with the people I love.

  • Kathy

    If I only had one Sunday left I would forget about the things I needed to do around my apartment, forget about grocery shopping, forget about cleaning my car, forget everything that I’m thinking about that troubles me. I would get in my car drive 15 minutes to get to church either mass or adoration and then drive another 15 minutes and end up at my sons house. I would spend the rest of that Sunday with my son, his wife and my two grandsons who I love so much that even thinking of only having one more day with them brings tears to my eyes. I would remind them that they must trust in god, and listen carefully to what he may be saying to them. I would hold everyone in my arms and not let go until that Sunday was over. Life can be gone in a minute and I know that from personal experience so I would make every second of that day giving praise to our Lord Jesus Christ

  • Trevor Pelkey

    If I had one Sunday left, I would not change what I usually do for the first part of it (going to mass). However, I would change the rest of the day, for sure! I would be much more outgoing, letting everyone – especially my family – know how much I appreciate them. I would have dinner with my family, girlfriend, and a few of my friends, and spend the rest of the day with them – talking about absolutely anything that comes to mind. At the end of he day, I would thank God for the blessed time he has given me.

  • Betsy

    There are aLOT of people in AA and would imagine in other 12 step programs who do radically change their lives. So it me, I see it happen all the time!!

  • Liz231

    Confession at the top of the list! Then Mass, then a Holy Hour.
    Then call family & talk to them about our Catholic faith & how important they need to make it in their lives. Maybe knowing that I only have one day left to live, they might actually listen & that would give me/Jesus great joy! I have a large family & lots of them are away from their faith, so this would take up most of the day!
    I would also ask for their prayers when I’m gone – especially to have Masses said for me.

  • Seeker

    I would make the most thorough, complete and sincere confession of my life!!!

  • Beth Hazelton

    Sam’s video, to me, is a powerful lesson and really made me evaluate how I’ve already spent the first few precious hours of the day. As I read many of the responses it became so clear to me – for most of us, we will not know it is our last Sunday, or Saturday, or any day. While “live every day like it’s your last” always seemed so cliche, I think I will indeed begin to use it to determine what is and is not worthy to spend the precious gift of time on.

  • Michelle Ardini

    Unfortunately, some people do change, but not for the best. They become atheists and grab all the pleasure they can get. Don’t waste a single day should have a different meaning for Christians.

  • Lisa

    Such a thought provoking question. In all honesty, I’m not sure what my day would look like. Always mass on Sunday……but would I be frantic, freaked out at the thought of just one last Sunday? Would I race around like crazy trying to tie up loose ends, make spreadsheets and lists for my husband and family like I do before leaving on a trip? Make sure the bills were paid? I need to pray my ideal last day would be spent at mass, in deep prayer, asking for forgiveness and spending time with those I love in a peaceful, loving day. I’ll add this to my daily prayer list!

    • Nancy Britt

      Lisa, I wish I could say that I would savor the whole day with family and friends but I, like you, might be running around making sure that my husband and children know where everything is and trying to make sure that everything was in order for them. I think before I knew it, the day would be more than half over and I would regret not having enough time to do something with my family. I do believe, however, that preparing things and making sure my family is taken care of is one of the ways that they know just how very much I love them and that the next day and going forward, they would reflect and smile that I did that on my last day. It should definitely not replace spending time with each other which I feel is absolutely the best gift you can give someone but my family knows the person I am and that taking care of them is one of my greatest joys and expressions of love. I can say that in the process of trying to take care of them, I would pull my boys….including my husband…… in the kitchen to teach them to cook which would bring much laughter and quality time with them. I smile now just thinking about it. I guess that means that I should do it sooner than later, right? Why wait until the end is near before I do something that makes me smile in thought. I was comforted to know that I was not the only one who felt that way about my last Sunday. Have a blessed day!

    • Tricia Wickers

      Lisa I would also be thinking of my family. I would not tell them it was last day. I would write my girls and husband letters of love and directions and get things organized for them. I would of course go to mass and ask for guidance. Lastly I would head to the beach and thank God for the many gifts He has given me throughout my life.

  • Ditas Supleo

    I would continue what I usually do on Sundays….. Go to mass, enjoy lunch with my family, do my laundry and watch TV with my husband. Pray the rosary with him after dinner.

  • John L. Kemmis

    If I had one Sunday left.

    I would thank God and search our those I love and tell them, “I love you so very much.” Then I would take a sheet of paper and a box of soft pastels and paint a scene of a cross or candle.

  • Angel Schneider

    2,210 Sundays left according to to SS Administration website. Then a thought can even to mind…that’s just an average. All of the women close to me in life have died well before the expectancy number and so that leaves me with on 1,742 Sundays. Then I remembered something our priest always says, “Tomorrow is promised to no one. Do today what you had wished you had done yesterday.” Through God’s grace I have turned my life around. A life formerly full of drinking and promiscuity is extinguished and now I live to bring others out of the darkness and into His truth and beauty. I fight to help the youth of our parish to follow His path from the beginning and not fall as I did. I still have a LONG way to to grow before my last Sunday (if that is His will) and I relish the opportunities to learn and do more! Please Lord, continue to work in me, to push me to grow closer to you everyday!

  • jesspinosa

    My last Sunday would be very much like my usual Sunday routine, but only bigger and better. Mass first, followed by a longer Holy Hour (Holy Hours!) because I know I will have a lot to say to my Lord, especially prayers of thanks and gratitude and a passionate request that He take care of my family and friends’ difficult situations, illnesses, broken relationships, etc. A long walk to my favorite places in the city for a last visit. A “last supper” with my friends, with lots and lots of chocolate cake and gelato (one or more scoops for the road). And finally, after I have said my last “see you later” (not goodbye), I want to be alone once more with my Lord, hoping that His face would be the last I see before I finally close my eyes, and His face that I see when I open my eyes once more, in heaven hopefully. How I wish tomorrow would be THE day!

  • Jennifer Acosta

    Amen!

  • Diane ortman

    The question is, what would you do if you had one last Sunday, not necessarily one last day. So my Sunday would start by going to mass, joining the choir (which I’m not a part of now)and singing my heart out, praising god for my last Sunday.
    Everyone that I know and love, including all the animals in my life,(family pets and the dogs I walk) would have a huge picnic. Play games, eat all our favorite food. In other words Eat, pray and love. Everyone leaves the party filled with joy, hope. Armed with what it takes to make their lives the best it can be. Pay it forward

  • Elaine Cooper

    Carpe Diem
    I gave up my social media’s 6 weeks ago. Deleted apps and deleted accounts. Hours were wasted on them. Now I find I waste time here reading and commenting so it’s time for yet another goodbye. No self control I guess. I grew up in the last generation of no seat belts, no cell phones, no Internet. I survived just fine. I know life is short, already learned this lesson thru dying loved ones and working with seniors. What if I don’t get those 80 some plus years that these seniors got? Spending today with my Mom and brother. Then I’ll take it from there.
    God bless everyone of you and may you also seize not only your day, but every minute your breathing. ♡+
    “Instead of posting about it, just do it!”
    All my Love,
    Sincerely,
    ME

    • Seeker

      Brilliant!!!!

    • Karen

      Thanks Elaine for that beautiful comment! You are so right!

    • GG

      I don’t like wasting time on the computer either, especially face book and looking at all the comments here. So now I am limiting my time to 15 min reading these comments and 15 min twice a day for fb. I feel better about it all now. Sometimes I set a timer so I don’t go over that amount.

    • Donna Fiems

      Off FB this Lent..best idea ever.! If Last Sunday, Mass as usual..lunch with family..lots of hugs slip into..Adoration Hour besides Tuesday..thanking God for many blessings..praising Him for all He has done…coming to Earth so I could get to Heaven…..joining family I have missed so much! Back home and more hugs to kids and bro and sis!! thanks to all of you for beautiful thoughts and comments🐕

    • Carol

      Don’t give this up. It’s not a distraction but a source of inspiration and encouragement, a call to center our life on God.

  • Joe L

    I am humbled by the strong faith that so many people have on this board seem to have. I absolutely try to make every day matter and as I get older, I increasingly think about living my days as full and with as much purpose as they can be. I also have my share of bad habits that I’d like to change – hopefully way before my last days here on earth. Unlike many of you however, I still am afraid of approaching my last day and worry that it will be filled with fear and panic because I love life so much, I care about my family and friends and I truly want it to last. I believe in God, but I also think our understanding of what comes next is much too simplistic and hopeful. It probably is much different than what we imagine because of our limited thinking. I worry most that nothing exists at all after death in spite of our collective hopes and beliefs. And it frightens me that the world will go black at my very last moment. I don’t know how to move beyond this, but for now I’m extending my new habit of daily praying to help me through this fear.

    • Seeker

      Many thanks for this honest posting, Joe. While we try to put our best “faith face” forward here I’m quite sure many of us are plagued with those nagging doubts, fear of death, etc. I know I am. But becoming the best version of ourselves here and now would serve us well, right? You’ll be in my prayers; I would appreciate yours. Good day, good Lent.

    • Jonel Leger

      Joe, my middle son, age 8, has been asking of late, “what if all this God stuff is just a folk tale?” I told that It may well be, but I’m okay with that because now, in this life, my faith makes me a better me, gives me peace, makes me want to be the best version of myself, treat others with the dignity they deserve, etc. also, I’ve had really awesome moments with my Lord in mass, adoration, prayer that make me believe. (Ok, I gave my son a shorter version of that response.) even if all goes black (which I just know in my bones ain’t it), it won’t matter cause in that scenario, you wouldn’t know that it went black. So live now. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. I loved the definition of heaven in my oldest son’s first grade catechism: living in happiness with God. That starts now and I believe extends into eternity, but the now part is enough for me to keep the faith.
      About your other point of not being ready because you love life–Prior to marriage and kids I was so ready for death (not in a bad way). I was looking forward to it; excited even. Now, not so much. I want to grow old with my husband. I want to see my boys grow and flourish and have families. I think these sentiments are not only ok but what God wants for us–to love and be loved. God is Love. We can start our eternity now living in happiness with God and all His children.

  • Rebecca Stritt

    Wake up so early and drink coffee and pray alone. Then I would go upstairs and watch my boys sleep a while. Then we would all go to Mass, and after I would go to confession, ask Father to pray for me, and give him a big hug. Then, I would go out to lunch with my little family, call my family members and tell them I love them, go to the turtle park my little guy loves so much, throw rocks in the ocean, and then go home. We would all go down for naps (my fav part of the day) and I would snuggle my golden retriever, little boys, cat (if he’s up to it), and husband (always up for a snuggle). When we wake up, I would go straight to Adoration alone. I would make a stop at the piano in the sanctuary, and sing Jesus a song. Then I would go and sit with Jesus and ask Him for peace. I would stay in Adoration with Him until my heart stopped beating. And that’s what I would do with one Sunday left.

    • Tony M

      Wow! This is beautiful. Sounds like you have done this before. 😉

  • Scott Sowers

    Packing our bags for eternity. It’s a good thing to remember that “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” And I will add, whether it’s one day or eternity. God bless.

  • Susie Avril Glascock

    I have almost cried during and after many videos but today is it. I am making a crazy change in my life. Taking a leap of Faith and leaving my long term teaching career to enjoy something else. I am tired and don’t want to hang on and be a mediocre teacher. I want to take my zest for life and work it in a whole new venue. Has anyone else ever done this?

    • Susie Avril Glascock

      I want to rejoice in all the last days! I know with God my leap will be rejoiceful!

  • Leah

    I would go to mass, celebrate with family and friends. I would cook my boys their favorite meal, go for a walk with my husband, dress up to meet the Lord, pray thanksgiving for the opportunity that God gives me to be here and I accomplish, ask for forgiveness for all my mistakes and pain that I caused to anybody, and ask my sister to welcome me when I get there. After 30 years of her departure to heaven, I would love to see her again when my time comes.

  • Jean Walton

    If I had one Sunday left, I would go to every mass available and to reconciliation…and spend the day with my family.

    I just lost a close friend to a very short battle with cancer and now my dad has been diagnosed wit cancer. Gives me a new perspective on time – what will I do with it?

  • Jonel Leger

    I would spend my last Sunday almost exactly as I spent last Sunday. I’d go to mass with my family, but I’d get there early so I could receive the sacrament of reconciliation and see my boys receive it (well the two who have received first penance). Afterward, I’d spend it visiting with, breaking bread with, and playing (sack races, relay races, three-legged races, tug of war, pool, etc.) with my extended family. I would invite friends and their families to join us though. Also, I’d have the bun with my burger, some chips, and the whole slice of cheesecake. When I got home, I’d make sure my husband was up to snuff on all our insurance policies and retirement accounts and bills, etc. (one last run through cause that is how I am). Then I’d snuggle with my boys (ages 6, 8, and 10) and either watch a movie we never found the time to watch or read books or play board games and answer those question cards they love. After they went to bed, I’d spend my last night alone with my hubby.

  • Mick Peterson

    I am co-editor of our monthly parish newsletter, and I’ve been fortunate enough to write an article each month over the past fifteen years. After reading “Resisting Happiness” earlier this year, I knew I would incorporate some of the principles explained in the book in upcoming issues.
    How ironic is that in our March issue which parishioners should receive TODAY, the topic on the “Back Page” is “How many Sundays do I have left?” BTW, after doing some geneaology and math, I hopefully have 800 left.
    The key is what we do with those Sundays…and the rest of the days, for that matter. I plan on making the most of mine…God willing.

  • Therese Kennedy

    I would go to mass, have more time with my family and make sure to tell my family I love them.

  • Connie McFadden-Chase

    What would I do with one Sunday left – early morning mass which is my favorite, and then day with family and friends and all the people who have impacted me. I would take the opportunity to tell each of them thank you and how they impacted my life – old friends from the past and current friends in my life now. I would share nuggets of wisdom with my grandchildren to carry with them. There would be music, dancing, delicious food and drink. I would ensure all that the celebration is for my journey to the next life. I would have time for confession and a conversation with God to give strength and courage to stay in the moment of celebration and not to have fear.

  • K Graham

    I would go to Mass, have all of my family with me sharing in the anticipation of seeing my eternal home. Then we would come back to my earthly home and cook up a huge brunch. Sit together in laughter and enjoy each other’s presence.

  • Frances Tooley

    If I only had one Sunday left……everyone is answering with go to Mass first. I find myself at first frozen …..not willing to commit to print what I would do. I think I would start with prayer….if I knew it was my last Sunday….I would thank God for allowing me to have it….I would go to my hometown and attend Mass with my dad and sibling’s family and then celebrate the rest of the day with my own family and play play play with my grandchildren.

  • Nancy R

    My last Sunday? First mass, song and prayer! Then to my house to celebrate with family, friends, pets and good food! Sounds like a big celebration at my house. Please join me friends!

  • David B

    Would start with early morning sunrise hike through local state park. Then mass followed by luncheon cookout with friends and family.

  • Cynthia

    One morning recently, the discussion was centered on boredom. I’d like to share a definition of boredom given to me by my first spiritual director. She said boredom is the result of non-involvement. Think about it; whenever we resist involvement with whatever is at hand, it becomes boring. Whenever we defeat resistance and become thoroughly involved in whatever, it becomes interesting. I’ve lived with this definition for about 40 years now and, as a result, I’m really never bored anymore.

    Blessings…

  • Mike

    For me, it wouldn’t be a change in what I would do but more of a change in how I would do it. I would still go to mass and spend time with my family and with myself, reflecting on the past week in gratitude and with a thoughts about what I have experienced and learned. But in all these things I would be much more prayerful, intentional, present and mindful. So the radical change for me is to start being all those things now, today.

  • Jacob

    I go to church and celebrate the mass. Then, I would be with my family and friends. I would watch our favorite team on tv. I would go to eat our favorite hangout. I will enjoy a nice run at night. By letting that cold night chill hitting me in the face. This would be how my last Sunday will end of it.

  • Josie Pingel

    This discussion seems to be tailor made for my current situation. I have been helping an elderly aunt and uncle as they need to leave their home due to health changes. Last week I worked to clean out their home to ready it for sale. They never had children so the job fell to me, a niece. They were very frugal, saved money but when they did purchase something, my aunt wanted only the best. They lived in this house for sixty years. In my uncles basement work area I was amazed to see the contents of a very large cabinet. It was fill with hundreds of perfectly cleaned and cared for empty jars. It seemed that every jar purchased at the grocery was saved. In an upstairs closet I found it neatly packed tight with boxes of every size and shape, all empty. I was filled with an overwhelming sadness at the realization that these boxes and jars were a representation of their life. Please Lord, help me to put my time and money into what really matters … God, helping others and love. Forgive me for the times I felt things were what would make me happy.

  • Jean Walton

    Based on these averages, I have about 11,300 days left on this earth. How can I change to leave a better imprint of God?

  • Rita Gahr

    I would start my Sunday as I always do by going to Mass and praying the Rosary. Then I would spend the rest of my day with my family hiking on God’s beautiful Earth. Then ending the day in prayer thanking God for the life he allowed me to have.

  • Maricela Collins

    I would most definitely attend Mass. I never tell my family that I love them so, I would run around the house telling them how much I’d love them and give hugs. My family eats lunch with my grandfather every Sunday, and most of the time I don’t acknowledge that he is here, so I would sit and talk with the time I had with him. Then, in the afternoon I would gather all my closest friends and we’d go on a road trip around my town. We’d try new food, run around like little kids on a sugar high, smile at everyone we’d see, I would finally come over my fear of sing in front of people, and I would go sky diving. In the late afternoon I would, rent a huge white blank room and get all the paint colors in the world and splatter paint all over the walls. Then, the very last thing I would do is go to a hill, get down, on my knees, and thank God for my life and for this day he has given me. Then, I would just sit and watch the sun, God’s beautiful creation. That what I would do if I had one Sunday left.

  • Mary

    My last Sunday would be spent much like many of you have already stated, Mass, family/friends and celebration of life. One thing I can add is quiet time in front of the Blessed sacrament before mass and receive holy anointing/last rites. Forgive me but there would definitely be donuts instead of cake.

  • Jim

    I had one Sunday left with my beautiful wife Terri in June. I did not want to leave her to go to Mass so I took out a hymnal and I sang her all of her favorite hymns. My Mom brought us both communion. She was unable to talk at this point so I did all the talking. I held her hand, I prayed with her, I took a nap with her. I had her family and friends came. Those who were not able called and talked to her. The day ended with just her and I drifting off to sleep with her in my arms. She died two days later. I hope she had a great last Sunday.

    • RAB-G

      Jim, you so beautifully helped your precious wife move from her earthy home to her eternal home in Heaven.
      Terri must have had her Best Sunday ever. Peace to you & yours.

      • Jim

        Thank you RAB-G. Bless you and your family.

  • Sally Kiko

    Met you at the event in Surprise, AZ and you told us that you had Day 22. Have been looking forward to it all Lent. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Thanks for helping put on the event that meant so much to me.

  • Laura leah Yarbrough

    First I would try not to panic. Pray for strength, peace and guidance. Participate fully in mass, do a reading and serve the Eucharist. Gather with friends and family. Dance. Smell my horses mane. I mean deep breathes. Watch the wind blow through the grass. Snuggle with my Husband and daughter. Hold my daughter and play with her curls. Look into my loved ones eyes and tell them I will always love them and protect them as ferociously a spirit can! Namaste.

  • LJ

    Know Him, the one true God.

  • Sandy K

    My last Sunday, would begin with a quiet encounter with Jesus, followed by asking for guidance and direction in how it is HE would have me be on this my last Sunday in this world-THY will not mine be done.

    Why wait for our last Sunday, I desire to spend every day as my last embracing the intimacy of Christ at every moment-Consoling the heart of Jesus in the smile of a child, the tear of one suffering, the beauty of creation and you can too!

    God truly has done for me what know human power could, miracles abound, my life has been spared and transformed in a very profound way, it is no longer my own.

    “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Gal 2:20 RSV2CE

  • Donald Marquez

    I think this is question is important for me right now because even though I can honestly say I have changed (too long of a story to tell mainly because of how long it took me to get here) and have rearranged my priorities to include things in my routine that would go into my last Sunday anyway–Mass, prayer, family, walking the dog, encounter, etc.–this question invites me to step back and ask, “what’s missing?” When is the last time I picked up the phone and called my godmother, who is 81 (and surely has limited Sundays left)? Is there a relationship that is still not quite right because of past hurts? Has my current routine–even with its mostly good habits–become so routine that I have forgotten how to stop and smell the flowers? So with one more Sunday, I would of course start with Mass. But then I would try to attend to those things that are still missing as I prepare myself to meet the Lord. Maybe during my last walk with the dog, I would greet as many people as possible, especially those living on the streets. Go beyond the “hello”. Finish it with a feast with my close circle and even those who are not in my circle (Luke 14:13). Perhaps I’ll shoot a YouTube video telling my conversion story (even though I was born Catholic), in hopes of converting others. Close it out with laughter and tears, hugs and kisses. And prayer.

  • Alice Buckley Reis

    At 84 yrs, I would do what is before me, the usual routine: turn off the alarm, turn on the heat/cooler, take a pill, make a cup of coffee, pray, go to mass, breakfast with friends or not, read paper, watch TV. The rest of the day would be responding to what gives happiness to others. That could be making a dessert for a dinner host, taking grandson to baseball practice, or going to the gym with husband instead of lying on the couch. Just praising God in doing the ordinary things.

  • Joanne Waldron

    Pray in my beautiful church dedicated to the Sacred Heart. I am so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s presence which I am able to experience there..and we have the Divine Mercy tapestry to remind me to always trust Jesus..I’m so grateful for my faith, so grateful for the many people who have worked hard to share that same faith.
    Peace. Joy. Hope

  • Paul

    I would invite all family and friends to join me at mass, then spend time together afterwards in a great setting enjoying each other’s company!

  • Daniela D.

    Reconciliation, Mass and then I would make a video to thank all the people that are part of my life and I would pray for the ones that have hurt me and forgive them. That should give me enough time left to be with my nuclear family away from distractions just in each others company until my last Sunday is gone.

  • Trudy Ray Parmarter

    If I only had one Sunday left I would want to spend it with my husband, 8 kids and their spouses, 16 grandkids and 3 great grands. Our kids live all over and we have not had all of them together in over 15 years. That definitely would be a Blessed Last Sunday.

  • M Pull

    According to statistics in the US, I have approximately 260 Sundays left. Yes, I have contemplated many of these questions and for the most part of my life, I am ready and excited about Eternal Life. BUT, there are days when I would like a ‘do-over!’
    Thank you for what you are doing ~ it is a REAL and HONEST way to live life.

  • Susan Budak Runne

    So many good ideas are mentioned here! I love nature so I think I would find a beautiful place, ask my priest and my friends and family to go with me and have a special prayer service outside where I could share my love for everybody to their face and hold them. Go on a nice walk together. End the day with Mass and meal shared together.

  • Peggy

    I always go to church on Saturday night but if I had only one Sunday left the first on my list would be Mass. I would spend the morning in church with Our Lord and the the rest of my day I would want to be with my family surrounded with a love and lots of laughter.

  • Mel Babin

    Most of the comments below are what each of us might do with one Sunday left…I agree with them. Going to Mass to start the day, spending time with family, then friends, prayer, and a celebration. I also think that we don’t know if we are going to live until tomorrow(Sunday). Since we need to live moment to moment in awareness of what is happening in our lives now(today) we should try to live our last Sunday today. I think that our time can never be considered wasted if we do go to daily Mass when possible, read Scripture, spend time with family and friends and live each moment as if it were our last.
    Matthew, you have reminded me of the importance of those moments that pass so quickly with those who are around us everyday and how I spend that time with them. Thank you for inspiring me.

  • KAJ

    I smile as I realized that most of the comments on this post surround a common theme…the same theme of the Tritium…how Jesus spent his last days…in services to others, a last supper with friends…alone in prayer…and with his mother. I would spend my last day Sunday very similar…I would attend 7am Mass, receive reconciliation with last rights, spend time family/friends sharing a meal and celebrating the life I’ve been given, and finally in prayer/adoration. I would like to do it all outside in the sunniest place I could find in nature and be near the water.

  • Laura LaDue

    I would go to mass first. Then I would spend the rest of the day with my family and friends and letting them know how much I love them.

  • Jason Meler

    I hope I would spend the last Sunday like most other good Sundays: get up early, spend some time with my wife and kids who know I love them, go to church, talk about the mass on the way back home (we drive 35 minutes because we live out in the boonies), and have a great brunch. Then, walk our dogs and take care of cleaning and getting everyone ready for Monday after a blessed Sunday afternoon nap. In my line of work, I see people die more than most and have had to tell people that they were going to die soon. It seems to me that going on living is the best way to live.

  • Debbie Maurseth Ishii

    If I only had one Sunday left I would ask the Holy Spirit to show me how to live more joyfully and how to better share that joy. I would spend time with God and ask Him where I was needed most in my last few moments. I think I’ll just go ahead and do that today.

  • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

    Sam, you truly have the gift of a motivational speaker! You spoke as if you were only speaking to me, connecting with me and inspiring me!
    Thank you, dear Sam! God bless!

  • Leticia Isais

    I would wake-up very early to thank our Lord for another wonderful day-and last day, Mass definitely next celebrating with Jesus. And I would spend the rest of my last hours, minutes, seconds with my family, praying with them, enjoying them, loving them and celebrating with them and thanking them for always being there for me. Nothing else would matter…

  • Sarena

    If I had one Sunday left, I would go to Mass, spend the day with my family and leave all my worries and anxieties. A huge part of my life had been wasted in continuous worry in large part due to anxiety. These are days I cannot return to. Now, when stress and anxiety come hovering like a dark cloak, snuffing out my sunshine I work harder to fight it from stealing happiness from me but I was told recently that all I need to do is put it in God’s hands.

  • Michele M C

    What a perfect Saturday message! I do agree with Matthew in that most people do not change; that is not necessarily a bad thing…and not everyone needs to change (and I mean drastically change, not continue to grow)
    I think when one is faced with addictions or life threatening illnesses and behaviors, it’s a change or die choice and in those cases, yes, people really change if they choose to. I am continuing to seek out opportunities and people with whom I can share and discuss faith; surrounded by them, by a wonderful church and by all of you, it seems like this is the norm but I don’t think it is…it is my norm. After viewing this message (particularly Sam’s little video) my Sunday tomorrow will be much different!

  • Lea Novak

    I’d make sure to go to confession and receive absolution, then Mass! Then I’d try to get the members of my family who aren’t speaking to each other as they used to to reconcile. I know they miss the easy closeness they used to have… Then I’d cuddle up with my husband…

  • Ruth

    I would hope and pray all day that the stress of “one last Sunday” would not take me over and keep me from enjoying it. I know from experience that ‘last days’ are not always the peaceful and easy days that you wish for even when you can prepare for them.

    What I would want is to wake up early but spend some time in bed enjoying the peace and comfort of that moment and reflecting on the day ahead. I would go to Mass and celebrate and enjoy the little moments that I always do kids running around, listening to the entire congregation participating, and grabbing a doughnut after I take some time to pray. I would listen eagerly to the music especially the mass parts and sing with my entire heart the whole time.

    The rest of the day I would spend with my husband finding ways to enjoy each moment by taking a walk, going out for lunch, sitting quietly and talking with each other. I would want it to be a simple, quiet day where I could pause at any moment and feel the Lord’s presence and be comforted.

  • Heather Felton

    2,028 Sundays left

  • Sarah

    If I had one Sunday left, I would make sure I attended a Mass where I felt GOD speaking to me through the words and actions of the celebrant.
    There is a poem that reads, “A rose is a rose is a rose”, meaning that what you see is rose, but some roses have a sweet fragrance and another one may have no scent. I apply this to “A Mass is a Mass is a Mass”. When we attend Mass there is a difference in one from another. You may hear someone say, “It’s not what you get out of Mass, it’s what you put into the Mass”. But, if I come with the intention of being in relationship with GOD, I would hope that the celebrant would also help in making GOD visible.
    It is said that the priest is the “PERSONA OF CHRIST”. If we are to acknowledge that, then we should see and hear CHRIST made visible.
    I believe that some of you reading this will understand what I am saying
    about one Mass from another. Still others would say that I am a “cafeteria Catholic’ in that I pick and choose that part of my Catholic life. Then maybe they are right, but in a cafeteria one should choose what truly nourishes oneself. I delight in seeking out a Mass that nourishes my relationship with GOD . While on this subject, if we are to see Christ in the person of the priest, when the priest says to us
    “Peace of GOD be with you”, THEN why would we say “and may the peace of GOD be with your Spirit? iN using those words, are we not extending the peace of GOD back to GOD?
    Instead, we should do as we always did before the latest changes …After the priest says “May the peace of GOD be with you, we should say, “And may the peace of GOD be with you”?
    Yes, if I had one Sunday left, my husband and I would go to the Mass where we do HEAR GOD in the words spoken by the priest in the homily and I would hope to see CHRIST smiling at me when I go to receive HIS Body and Blood and not be looking away or saying “The Body of Christ” so low I can hardly hear him. Yes, A Mass is a Mass is a Mass, but some give off the fragrance of GOD more and some Masses help me be a better version of myself and to improve my graced-relationship with GOD. Amen.

  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    How many people do I know who have radically changed their lives? MANY. I am one of them. I made a choice to not drink alcoholically. In order to keep on that path I had to radically change every minute of every day. I had to change my out look, my world view and all my relationships. And here I am along with many others … sober, productive and continuing to be my best possible self. “Waste” … what is wasting? I believe that if we live a life “on purpose” it is not wasted. Please do not confuse “busy” with “not wasting.” A life which is mindful, purposeful and grateful is not wasted. Matthew’s point is well taken. Life is choice … I choose to enjoy this 24! Blessings.

  • Ruth (Cole) Wegscheid

    If I had one Sunday left, I would not change too many things. I have always valued Sunday as God’s day, and begin with Mass with my husband. We go to a small, rural church where the congregation is all family. It is not unusual at all to stay after Mass and just visit for up to half an hour or decide to go out for breakfast with some friends. A nap is almost always a part of Sunday, followed by basking in the love of Jesus and just enjoying each other’s company. Things I would probably change would be to spend some time reading the many wonderful books I have not gotten around to, visiting family and friends either by phone or in person and letting them know how important they all are to me. Dear Jesus please help me to remember to do these things every Sunday that you grant me here on this earth.

  • Filomena Dias

    I do think about dieing, many times! I do agree that change comes slowly for some and others do make some radical changes and their lives! I have seen it with family members of mine! I am not afraid to die, because I believe that God is waiting to receive us into a much better place! (Heaven). Praise God!!

  • Jimmy Smith

    With me my last Sunday I would have to go,to mass get Fr. to hear my confession then linger in the church asking for forgiveness and hopping I’ve.done evrything the Lord God wanted me to do yhen spend time with family and friends

    • voteprolife

      that was my thought too, confession (but on a Sunday? :o) Mass and family, too of course. This video really made me think… thanks Dynamic Catholic.

  • Barbara Smith

    This hits home as my husband’s brother is dying from pancreatic cancer and his sister died from the same thing last May, 39 days after she was diagnosed. Mass and family. That would be my last Sunday.

  • Nancy Dreher

    This morning I was talking to my sister about how life is ever changing.
    I never dwelt on the past, I cherished the beautiful simple memories, but didn’t dwell on the sad parts.
    There have been many, as we all have loss.
    I am a nurse, I feel I knew life is fragile at an early age. I appreciated the simple daily rituals of life, I knew it could be gone in an instant. I saw this with my patients and families. I never thought it would touch my life. Isn’t that funny? How our mind protects us? But ageing, as wonderful as that privilege is, brings profound changes weather we like it or not.
    Today I was very sad, feeling all those feelings that I wish to NOT FEEL, about the people I love who are gone. Feeling time is becoming swift and stealing from me what I hold dear.
    Then I listened to my “best lent ever” dose of the day….
    Can anyone deny the power of God!
    Thank you Matthew Kelly, He spoke to me through you.
    God Bless
    Now its up to me

  • Rita scollard

    Wow, Sam, how did you get so smart and wise at your young age?. How I wish all 4 of my children, all 50+ yrs. had your outlook! GOD bless you.

  • Diane R Fontenot

    Wow, changing your thinking to having only one Sunday left sure changes your priorities doesn’t it!

  • Barbara Churray

    I would want to gather all of my grandchildren in one place and play with them, hug them and tell them how much I love them and how much joy they give me. And I want their parents there to tell them how much I love them, how grateful I am to be their mother, and how grateful I am to their wives for choosing them and loving them.

  • MariAnn PALADINO

    Treat everyday as your last. No regrets. My mother was a great example. Fearless in facing death she was the happiest person I have ever known that was dying. She felt fortunate she had time to spend. She was dying of lung cancer. A nurse who worked with the dying and also bringing baby’s into the world she said. “It takes 9 months and a lot of work to get into this world and it’s going to take time and work to leave. Don’t worry , God will take care of us. ” Her life was always couragious and full of Gods grace. When she passed there were about 15 people with her. The sky opened up and there was thunder and lightening. My friend said a power soul has just left this earth. I think she is bringing some restless souls in to heaven on her back. She would if she could. My mother prayed the rosary almost all day everyday. She was never without it. She always made time to take care of the sick or provide counsel. Amazing. Miss her.

  • Jamie Orourke

    I would announce to my friends, family, acquaintances and social media that I had only one Sunday left and this is what I intend to do: pray for grace, go to my spiritual director, pray for grace, do a comprehensive, detailed, exhaustive examination of conscience with my Spiritaul director (or Priest) pray for grace, ask for the sacrament of the sick including a complete confession of mortal and venial sins, pray for grace, be remorseful and contrite, if I were suffering pain I would pray for grace to embrace it and not do anything to dull it so that I might offer it up and would pray for grace that I would not be afraid and give thanks for the hope of heaven for myself and the world.

  • Angela Taylor

    What wonderful ideas and responses from everyone. I quite thoroughly enjoyed reading all of those, especially the walk on the beach giving thanks to God for the life I was given and asking for mercy as I prepare to enter etenity. One thoght occurred to me while pondering this last day, what about serving others. Reaching out to the lost and lonely. I went to the fish fry at my church yesterday evening and had the privilege of sitting next to an older gentleman while I ate. I noticed pie when I found the table empty but then he came back from getting a refill. We had a wonderful conversation and I could tell he was enjoying talking with me especially since he had lost his wife some years ago. Spending time with those who are down or lonely would be a great way of sharing your last day. As the priest’s last words say Go out to serve God and one another. Thanks be to God!!!

  • Dixie

    I believe changes can be made in the person you choose to be instead of accepting the person you are. I was in an automobile accident when I was a sophomore in college. I had to have plastic surgery and missed much of my first quarter of my sophomore year. I decided at this time to change the inside, as much I did on the outside. I made an effort to become a better me. I forced myself to be a more caring daughter, sister, friend, student and extended family member. I took the time to listen to others, made the effort to do random acts of kindness. I chose to be more respectful to adults and I took time to try to put myself in others situations. I decided to not talk about others and to change the subject if others did so. That made time to talk to others about things that really mattered. This has been a lifelong change in the making. By making the decision to be a more caring and giving person, my relationship with God changed. The biggest change came by becoming an active listener. I found that I was not responsible for solving others problems, but that by listening it seemed to help others at that moment in time. So, I do believe it is possible to change in a substantial way.

    • JoAnn

      Thank you Dixie for your sharing. JoAnn

  • Clare54

    Life is short! I realize this each year! My life has changed. The kid’s are grown. I don’t have Sunday’s the way I used too. When I was growing up Sunday’s were a day of rest. This was practiced every week. Sunday’s began with morning mass and were spent with family, a great meal, a football or baseball game. I still love Sunday’s! They are still a day of rest for me. So if this Sunday was my last Sunday I would go to confession on Saturday. Attend mass on Sunday and have my family for a family dinner. I would end my Sunday in prayer.

  • Angela M. Williams

    I would want to spend my last Sunday at Mass, in prayer, walking the beach, in dance class, eating grilled fish, veggies, and BBQ chicken breast with my family all at the Vatican.

  • MarilynPM

    Last Sunday? What if I were to die sometime today? I could have a massive heart attack. I could be killed in a car accident as I drive around town doing errands today (that happened to a friend). The likelihood that I will KNOW when my last day is going to be is probably zero. So how should I spend my time today? And if I am alive tomorrow, how should I spend those 24 hours? Living! Loving! Being the best version of myself I can be. If I don’t do that today, what are the prospects of my doing that tomorrow? or the next day or the next? Thank you, God for this last hour. Give me the grace to be the best I can be the next hour.

    • Singer

      Wisdom in just few words. Thank you so much, Marilyn.

  • christol murch

    I would participate in Mass and then spend the day writing letters to family and friends to thank them for their friendship, support and love throughout the years. My husband, children and grandchildren would meet to celebrate
    at my home where we would say our goodbyes. I would tell them that I would pray for them when I meet the Lord.

  • Anna Brady

    What great ideas. My last Sunday would start out attending Mass. Next would be a large party with ALL my family and friends. I would bring all my pictures along (we could look at them and remember all those great times). Celebrate life here on earth before the final good bye, to this life before the next chapter.

  • Christine Overkamp

    I lookd forward to these posts each day and the discussions that follow. Thank you so much for opening yet another door to a way to help live the life that God has given me to share. Peace and blessings to all especially to the Catholic Dynamics team.

  • Cathlynn

    This is not a rhetorical question for me. My youngest son was murdered June 23, 2002. I was woke up around 3 AM then received a phone call and was told by the doctor that someone shot my son and he was killed. I know that life is precious and from that moment forward I have often asked myself “if this was your last day what would you be doing? Today, am I ready to meet God-have I put things off that I need to do.” I never got a chance to say good-bye to my beloved son, to hug him one last time. He was 21 years old when he tried to talk a stranger from shooting his friends…and got shot in the heart. He was the only one shot so he did accomplish what he set out -stop a blood bath. For me every day is my last Sunday. God is my priority. Then the divine in myself, my family and others. It is only through relationship that this love can be shared and expressed.

    • TerriB

      Oh, Cathlynn, as a mom to a lot of boys I can’t imagine your pain. Hugs and prayers to you.

      • Cathlynn

        Thank you Terri. I have another son who will be 38 years in June. And I find so much joy in my grand-daughters who live out of state-ages 9 and 7. The 7 year old reminds me so much of my son in heaven, same fun personality. God is good through the suffering.

    • Joyce W.

      Cathlynn, thank you for sharing such a painful story that really puts it all into perspective. God bless you for coming through it with faith and not bitterness. Hugs.

      • Cathlynn

        Thank you Joyce. I love hugs.

    • Pat

      So sorry for your loss, Cathlynn. Your son is a martyr for sure. Bet Our Lord was with him at every moment. You, his friends, all who have read this, are so much more aware of how precious those whom we love are to us.

      • Cathlynn

        Thank you Pat. I believe as you wrote that as my son, Christopher, bled out the spirit of Jesus moved in. Picturing this is the only way I can cope with knowing how he died…on his plaque in the “Book of Life” the scripture quote is when Jesus said ” this is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ” John 15: 12-13

  • Beverly

    I agree Doug, family is high on my list. Adding up the Sundays I have left
    Was shocking! I’ve been trying to open the eyes of one of children whom is an Adult with children. She’s not guiding her children to go Mass. I’ve been picking them up to go to
    Catihism class. Trying to be gentle!
    I’m not afraid of dying I love God with all my being.
    I’m afraid of leave this world without
    Guide them to our sovereign Lord…
    Bev

  • Leah Levitt

    Will am 77. About five years ago I had bladder cancer. Fortunately I have been cancer free. However it made me aware that I might die at any moment. I have done several things. I am more active in church. I pray more. I read mostly religious books. I have taken religious pilgrimages to Italy, Ireland, and the Holy Land. I realize I am not going to be able to physically do a lot of things I used to do so I don’t put off all the things I want to do. So if I knew I only had one Sunday left I would go to church. Say my Rosary. Say goodbye to my family and friends. And eat a really wonderful dessert and meal with my husband.

  • Christine Deacutis

    There is like surviving a life threatening illness that will help you see what is really important in life. Who matters most, what matters most and desperately trying never to waste time. My advice is don’t wait for an illness or devastation of some sort to put off love.

  • Rebecca

    If I only had one Sunday left, I would wake up at the crack of dawn and do as much as I could. I would get all of my close family and friends together and share this last day together. We would do something outside such as going for a picnic or a hike. I would also want to go on a bike ride. There are so many things that I could come up with that I would want to do that I probably wouldn’t have quite enough time to do them. There are so many things/people that I take for granted. I will continue to live my life to the fullest and enjoy every moment that I have with the ones I love.

  • Patty Lou

    I would want to pray for the right words to talk to my sons who have little or no faith, and then have the courage to speak them. For a long time, I have walked egg shells around the subject because I am afraid they will avoid me if I come on to strong. I say grace silently at most family dinners : only on holidays and other special occasions do I say a short prayer out loud. I pray often that the holy spirit will give me the right words and the courage to use them.

    • Ginie

      Patty, I too need to have the courage and the voice to speak out to my sons and to pray aloud at every meal as if it was my last meal with them.

      • Patty Lou

        I will pray: Holy Spirit Come to you and I and all how have this needs for the right words to speak to our children

        • Ginie

          Praying for you too. Holy Spirit send your graces on us, all of us parents with children who struggle with their faith, and help us to know when to speak and when to let you take over. God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be merciful to us and our children.

  • Liz

    Loved Sam’s video! She is spot on and brought great points that I can totally relate to! Social media can suck up so much precious time.

  • Rosie

    I know I would probably spend my day in church with my family. I have a short story to tell about my brother who passed when he was 50 with brain cancer although not known at that time. Our deacon was giving a homily and asked the congregation who was ready to leave this earth today and go on to the heavenly reward. He asked for a show of hands. Only one hand went up and that was my brother. At the time, I could not understand why he didn’t want to stay with us and was so anxious to leave. But as time went on, Rob suffered (even then with schizophrenia and physical issues since birth). He suffered more when his brain cancer caused him not to be able to pray as he always had. He was so faithful and such a good servant and through him, I came closer to my God. I now understand Rob’s suffering and willingness to leave it all behind and join His Father in Heaven. My wish is to someday join him again without all the suffering, even if I had only one Sunday left. My home is not here.

  • Cathy Leeming

    I am having surgery on holy thursday. Some events have led me to believe God chose that day. I am generally healthy and don’t expect problems but one never knows……If this is my last lent, it IS my best one ever. This is the first-time I have done such a program. Thank you for making this happen.
    Catherine

    • Mary

      I will offer my prayers for you that day Catherine. We will see you for the Best Advent Ever!

      • Della Nestor Garrity

        I will pray for you too.

        • Mary

          It was the day I received my First Holy Communion.

      • Cathy Leeming

        Thank you for your prayers Mary

    • Ginie

      Praying for a successful surgery Holy Thursday and healing, and to see you for the Best Advent Ever.

      • Cathy Leeming

        Thank you Ginie. God bless you.

  • Mary

    I would go to 8:00am Mass. Having done chores on Saturday, I would have a luxurious day, seeing friends and loved ones. Having a special dinner that I would prepare for hours, my joy at the thought of sharing with loved ones and dying next, as we are born again to Eternal life!

  • Dale

    The older I get the more time I spend with God to me it is comforting . I enjoy church . If you haven’t been to church for a while. I suggest go to a class . Catholics returning home it is extremely helpful.

  • Ssamaca

    This message was so important today. Thank you Michael.
    The saints were so “focused”. Nothing seemed impossible, and they worked all the time.
    I had a wonderful friend who was a dairy herd manager until he was 82 and physically could not do it anymore. Joe was a voracious reader, and read every book he could find about saints. His wife died 20 years before him and his children were grown and far away. I asked him why he kept working. He told me that he never read about a saint who retired and went down to Florida to play golf.
    So here’s why he worked. He used all his earnings to help people who came to his door in need of whatever. It was always with his great smile, and a message about God. He made many converts. He helped many people fix their lives. When he could physically not work anymore, he moved into assisted living by choice, read scripture and prayed the rosary all day until he passed on quietly a couple of months later.
    30 years after he died, I still say a prayer for (or to) Joe every day. He helped me then and still helps me now.

  • Judy

    I did the math. 1,183 Sundays left for me, actuarially.

    I would attend Mass and spend the day with my family, and best friend. I cannot think of anything better to spend my final 24 hours on earth than to be with Jesus, my family, and best friend.

    Matthew Kelly’s insight as to we waste time in moments zeroed into my heart. It’s so true. There are days when I think to myself, “Well I cannot get that time back.”

  • I realized today that I’ve begun experiencing “resistance” regarding the videos. I don’t like to watch something that I can read through so quickly, and the transcript link is right below the video. Today I started to click on another tab to finish up something else on the web, and then I realized – by splitting my attention I was giving in to resistance. The temptation that watching was “wasting time” and I could just listen while I did this other thoughtless task. But that’s a lie. I can’t pay fully attention in a life-changing way and do something else at the same time. So I clicked back over the the Dynamic Catholic tab and watched, just watched. And that was an important lesson, glad I caught on to it this time since yesterday I didn’t and “lost” that time of intentional attention.

  • Pat Dodd Polito

    A recent diagnosis of cancer was certainly a rude awakening. Without any doubts it changed my life in a blink of an eye. I realize how fragile and precious life is. Even though my prognosis following treatments is currently promising i look at life much differently. One day at a time, living it To the best of my ability, putting God and family first and no longer sweating the small stuff. Life is too short.Not only on Sunday but everyday. Live in the moment and Thanking God for each precious day.

  • Lorie Heyn

    If I had only one Sunday left, I would get up early, and since it’s a “what if” I can choose that it would be a nice late spring or early summer day. I would go for a run at dawn and watch the sunrise, and just listen – to the birds, to the sounds of my feet hitting the pavement, to the quiet. Then I would go to church with my Honey. We would certainly have a big dinner with all of the family, much like a holiday if it weren’t actually a holiday – like Easter Sundays used to be when we all lived closer to each other. Then I would spend as much time with my Honey and with my family as possible, and as much of it outside as possible. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t spend any time with social media, unless it were to post a few final photos, because posting photos of the good times, food, and places is what I do.

  • Pearl Brown

    Pray

  • Prolifedem6M

    Probaboy the same as I do now. I love the contemporary 11:30 Mass I attend now. I’d still read my newspaper, listen to the ball game and perhaps go through my e-mails.

  • Teresa Anne Sorensen

    If I knew it was my last day I would want last rites and the apostolic blessing. I would want to see or call all my family to tell them I love them one more time. And I would love to have a big giveaway or arrange for it at my funeral. I would like to die with empty hands.

  • Robin Taggart

    If I plan on living another 2080 Sundays I do not want to waste my life repeating the same bull. My resistance is deep and it’s not working for me.

    Change is good, failure is good because it gives me a chance to assess and learn and then grow. Maybe it’s time for radical change for me!!

  • Mixed Chick

    great concept.

  • Marg C.

    I have 1305 Sundays left based on actuarial tables. Doing the math is a reminder to cherish everyday. It just doesn’t seem like that many. I’m going to start a mass journal tomorrow.

  • Marjorie

    I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer late in 2010. It was a life changing moment because my mortality hit me head on. I then developed pancreatitis from one of the chemo drugs and spent more time in the hospital than out for about 4 months. During that time I had a closeness with Jesus that I didn’t know was possible. I read my Bible several times a day and just knew that Jesus was right beside me as they were always finding one more procedure to try on me. I felt so much peace, the kind that can only come from God – I really didn’t worry about one more day because Jesus had covered me in His blood!

    Since then I have tried to focus on reading the Bible and definitely pray more…. I find myself just talking to Jesus like would any friend. I have the cancer gene and have been through lots of surgeries, tests and appointments. in the last 6+ years but I’ve learned that each day is truly a gift from God that we should enjoy as much as we can. If you really think about having just 1 more Sunday or 1 more day it does change your life!

  • Hannah

    Mass, then hang out with friends I never see the rest of the day. Perhaps at night I would visit my extended family.

  • Mark Darrow

    I’m guessing I have ~520 Sundays left… diagnosed with CLL makes me think about the potential short time here on earth. More optimistically, I could have 1140. I need to live every day like it could be my last.

    • Seeker

      Prayers to you, Mark.

  • Nancy D.

    Well, first I had to so some basic math. If I lived another 50 years, there would be 2600 Sundays. However, if I lived another 30 years, there would be only 1560 Sundays left. 20 years is a difference of about 1000 Sundays. That is a huge difference. Therefore, if tomorrow was my last Sunday, I would go to church, drive to the beach to reflect on how beautiful it is, and then want a family dinner. God is very important to me, and then family is next in line. I am trying to be better about visiting my family, especially my parents. As I tell my daughters, you don’t want to be on your death bed and have many regrets. You want to look back on your life and know that you did the best you could and had as much fun as you could with family and friends. Life is full of choices, we need to make the best choices for ourselves that enhance our lives and does not waste it.

  • James Tokarski

    Mass & Communion, then Fly Fishing with my brother

  • Dennis Whittington

    I wouldn’t want to know if I had just one Sunday left. I’d rather follow the advice of that old country song and “live like you were dying”. One day just isn’t enough. Grand feasts, celebrations and long good byes all sound nice but I’d rather concentrate on things like forgiveness, compassion, brokenness and joy. Who in my life needs my forgiveness? Who do I need to seek forgiveness from? How can I show compassion each day for those who need it? Am I humble enough to allow others to be compassionate to me? How can I heal my brokenness and that of others in my life? How can I best use my time to share my joys and share in the joys of others?

    Another thing I noticed in the comments (I might have missed it), was that no one mentioned Confession. I want to prepare myself in the best way possible and that means Confession and the Eucharist. I know it might be a hard thing for many to do but weekly Confession is a good habit to get into.

    The older I get, the more I realize I need to change my daily habits in order to get right for my final days. With my heart condition, I could be gone tomorrow or I may be good for another 20 or 30 years. There is really no way for me to know. So I treat each day as a special gift from God. Each day is another chance for me to get it right.

    • Seeker

      I actually posted this morning that I would make the most complete, sincere confession of my life. That would probably take up a good part of my last Sunday…

  • Judy

    I joined the Catholic Church 15 years ago. Through the years, I stopped going to Mass. I was living through “My Way” of Life instead of “God’s Way.” I had a heart attack and was close to death May 8th Mother’s Day Evening. God allowed me to live. It opened my eyes. Almost 11 months now of struggling to live and get my health and strength back, I lived many moments asking God to heal me. I have read the Bible, went to Sunday Mass, prayed more in 11 months than I have in 10 years! I look for signs in my everyday life from God, I find myself singing old hymnal songs without thinking, I pray during the day, I speak to God, thank Him for the miracle of saving my life, for giving me another chance to get my life and priorities in order. I stop in the moment and praise His name and thank Jesus for forgiving me of my sins each day. I waisted years of my life doing other things and walking in darkness. I thank God for the moments I have now, each day! Now, I live my life for Him, I am happier, healthier and at peace. I ask for wisdom and strength to help others to not make the same mistake. I am the one you spoke of Matthew Kelly! I don’t take life for granite anymore! I live each day as if it’s my last. I live in the moment for God and to do His Will! God Bless each of you and Thank you Matthew Kelly for your daily Lent Sermons. I look forward to reading and learning everyday!❤

  • Elizabeth Riley

    I look forward to Sundays so much, probably more than anybody that I know. Sundays are my one day of the week to actually relax. They tend to get busy during the school year despite trying to relax. If I had one Sunday left I would probably spend it in front of the tabernacle praising God and letting the Holy Spirit flow through me however he wants and singing praise and worship songs.

  • Mary

    How special to celebrate his life with him and not once he was gone. God bless you.

  • Steve

    I had that life-changing experience with a sea shell in a special prayer service. In that prayer service I faced up to the reality that I was not the same person in the work-a-day world that I thought I was when I was doing “church things.” It hit me hard. Church is what you do all day every day. If you feel uncomfortable it may be because you are not truly living out your values. I know that “every day is a struggle” and I just try to keep working at it with a few reminders in my workplace.

  • Tony Pantera

    I plan Mass tomorrow then some canning projects followed by choir practice in preparation for Easter. Now I’ll be looking to do more in between those events.

  • Denise Guidry Mouledous

    I think about the concept of time here on Earth often. I lost my husband to cancer almost 4 years ago and have my mom and my inlaws who are in their late 80s. Time is now short for them. My 87 year old mom says that she thinks she has about 3 years left! Mind you she is in perfect health taking no medicine at all and her siblings have all loved until their mid 90s! My in laws are frail though. Spending time with all of them is my priority and especially letting my 12 year old spend time with them.

  • Debra Kyser

    Go to church first of all.Pray, worship and think about God more. Then would spend time with family and friends and have a fun time!

  • Babciamel

    I would pray, pray, pray. Weather permitting, I would go for a walk in the park that surrounds Niagara Falls. I would walk over the Three Sister’s Islands (part of the park) and sit on the rocks and contemplate the beauty of nature and the Glory of God. I would invite my family and a few close friends to attend mass with me. After mass, I would treat everyone to brunch or dinner where I would say my farewells to those most important in my life. I would prepare a few lines about each individual and how much they mean to me and how they have influenced my life, perhaps starting with a quip about something that happened with each person, because I love to make people laugh. I would end the dinner by telling them that I look forward to heaven and that they should not grieve for me. I would give each a long warm hug and tell them I love them. As evening fell, I think I would prefer solitude so I could meditate and pray that I be forgiven for all of my sins. As midnight drew neigh, I would spend the last hour praising God through my favorite hymns.

  • CathieHeenan

    If I only had 1 Sunday left, I would get up real early and go to the first mass, go for a nice long nature walk and thank God for all the beautiful nature we have here on earth. Then I would get together with all my family and friends and have a big party and let them all know how much I love them.

  • Agatha Ezeani

    If​I had one Sunday left I would attend mass , receive the holy Communion and ensure I help those In need.

  • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

    Since I’ve outlived my life expectancy by a few years and things are changing ,Mass is what I wait for the most . We went to Mass today then waited in church for Matthew Kelly’s talk to begin. I became freezing cold in spite of being in warm clothes. At the break, we got the blanket out of the car , my daughter brought me hers and a friend helped with some other things . Such caring people all around me ! . Joe wheeled me back in and we enjoyed the rest of the day . I’d celebrate the last Sunday at Mass, with my family in God’s house listening to Him speak through others while I enjoyed listening and loving those around me . *_* K

  • Thomas

    I guess id invite everyone to my house after mass & play performance from my church group.. id def hang with my closest fam… and definately try to spend time outside grilling with close friends n fam… definately giving gratitude for each moment…

  • Dave

    How do people hate? It is one of the things in life I never understood. My mother always taught me to look for the good in people and that is how I have lived my life. Today if just for today look at someone and try to bring the best out of them. God is in there just waiting to come out. We need to be Jesus and bring God out of them. Have a blessed day and remember your never alone.

  • Barb Stuart

    Good morning, I would hope also that this fellowship would be in my family and friends.Mass foremost and then rejoicing to be in the presence of the Almighty forever more.

  • Maria

    Early morning Mass and then a party with whoever can come. 🙂
    I’d also take the chance to give my work on my graphic novel to my family (both hard copy documents and stored data) because I’ve worked hard to make that happen. I want them to see everything for what it is and since in this instance I can’t wait to reveal it bit by bit, I would have to show them in that short amount of time what I wanted it to be. (There would probably be a tape recording. Not all my ideas are down on paper.)

  • Oscar Elizondo

    If I had one Sunday left I would spend it with the Lord first and then surround myself with family. My wife and kids, brothers and sisters, nieces
    And nephews, and then finally would give my students at the middle school the chance to tell me goodbye. I Love all these people, but most of all God.
    Thanks and God Bless everyone!
    Seize the day, for God is Good All The Time—All The Time God Is Good!

    Mr. Elizondo
    San Antonio, TX

  • Don Kumpf

    After watching this video and second time, I believe I missed the point. At first I thought, you already watched this, why watch it again. Then I thought, maybe God wants me to watch it again. Maybe there is a message I missed the first time I watched it. Sure enough this time I heard God says, don’t waste the gift of the time you have been given.

  • Pat

    Last year on Easter Day on the way to Mass, randomly, an old tree fell, hit a power line, snapped three power poles down as power lines, flashing and snapping went across my little car and surrounded me, along with the poles. It all happened within seconds. It could have been my last Sunday. My brothers and sisters, our Lord had me at perfect peace. My first thought was, this may be it for me. Be with me Lord. I am most grateful to know when faced with death, what peace Our Lord gives.

  • Michele

    I would want to invite all my family and friends to go to mass with me, and then have a picnic after with Frisbee, drink lots of Coke, pray together, having my husband next to me the whole time holding my hand, and give a lot of hugs followed by saying I love you.

  • Cheryl Diamond

    I changed my life because I was disgusted. My religion that I was born with was causing me a lot of grief. I was dissatisfied with my life. I decided I needed to take a different path, and it happened the day Jesus invited me into a Catholic church. From that day forward I have not looked back. He changed my life from real sorrow to real joy. I thank him everyday for his many gifts. I have received no greater gift, other than what came from the Holy Spirit. He blesses me everyday, and I am so grateful to him.

  • Michael Ennis

    I would definitely start with Mass, thanking God for the life and life experiences He has provided for me. Then I would spend the rest of the day hugging as many family members as possible and telling them how much I loved them. If there was still time, I would do the same with my friends.
    God Bless

  • Ann

    if I had only one Sunday left, I would surround myself with my children and grandchildren family and friends and celebrate the love that we have shared in this lifetime! I would sing and smile and pray!

  • Vicki Passier

    I would go to Mass and really focus on every second of it, go to breakfast and enjoy my family and hear every word they say. Then I would go out into the woods and walk with my husband and notice the incredible beauty of every single thing I see, smell and feel. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to feel this way every single day? I will with God’s help try. Vicki

  • Nicole M.

    What Sam said is actually spot on to what I would do if I had one Sunday left. I would wake up and go to 8:00 mass with my grandma. I would want to go on a nice long run. Then, I would want to spend the remainder of my day with my family and catching up with friends. On Sundays, I also like to take time to prepare myself for the week to come. I’ve found that when I am prepared for the week, it goes a lot smoother.

  • John M Mulligan

    This message really hit me today. On August 9,2010 ( a Sunday) my wife went into a coma from a cerebral aneurysm and died the next day without ever waking up again. We had just spent a wonderful day together shopping,eating out and sight-seeing. Sundays were our day together because it was the only day of the week neither of us had to work.
    We should value every day because we never know when it will be our last. The days you can be with loved ones should be the most special and treasured.

  • Sue Ondersma

    I would Invite all my friends and relatives for a celebration of life party. I would thank each and everyone of them for being in my life and making it so wonderful. I would ask them to continue to be strong in their faith. Also, when they visit my grave I would tell them to remember something about me that would bring a smile to their face rather than tears.

  • Amelia Sweeney

    On the same day I received this reflection, a colleague of mine lost her 46 year-old husband very suddenly and unexpectedly. Her message to all her friends and family was the same as yours: don’t waste a single day with the one you love.

  • Nancy

    When I was a young little girl, every Sunday the family would all go to Mass together and we would fill a whole pew. After mass after visiting with other parishioners we would pack back in the car and go back to my grandparents house we are we would meet up with family members cousins Aunts Uncles from all around cities close by. We would have the most wonderful dinner together and all the aunts and uncles would visit with the grandparents and the children would all play together. This is a wonderful memory from my childhood. This is a tradition that should be brought back.

  • paolo

    Well, after two years of panic and anxiety attacks, i came back to my family the Catholic Church, I find it so difficult to talk to priests and nuns, not easily approachable but i will continue to submit to the Church and be obedient to God, i found this website through a young girl who wants to be a nun. I love nuns and priests and people who love the Lord Jesus. I have always had passion for serving the Lord and helping anyone suffering. but now i am working on obedience not sacrifice.

    Now i do not trespass into peoples lives, and just listen, instead of doing. I had a lot of pride before, even singing in choir, was pride. And serving the Lord, i believed it was me, but it is the Lord Jesus Christ, not me. The pain and suffering i felt in the last 2 years have been to much. i never want to experience that again. i left my job working at a college, and went off to China, angry at God, In China, saw a lot of crazy things, even with a little light, in total darkness, I realized how serious Church is and forgiveness. also i learned to stand up for my self.

  • Therese G Upperman

    I disagree with Matthew when he says that most people don’t radically change their lives. If that is true, then why have Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Weight Watchers,& the list goes on. I have seen many lives transformed and see how people have really, radically changed their lives.

  • Emma Spaulding

    I would get up early like usual, go to Mass with my family, have lunch with family, relax outside, maybe workout, hang out with friends: just be with the people I love and do the things I enjoy doing. Sundays are usually the day I have little actually planned out, so it would be a good day for reflection and just being in the moment with the people in my life.

  • jim

    today could be my last sunday. why wait until sunday?

  • Joni

    To answer the question, If I had one Sunday left, what would I do? I would spend the day somewhere beautiful, in nature, and thank God for His creation and for all the blessings I have had in my time here on earth. While it’s a nice thought to think that all of my family and friends would come and join in on a big celebration, I don’t really think that’s realistic. I have been to one of those, and people were not happy and celebrating. It was a somber situation and a little peculiar.

  • Anne Schuck

    new to the discussion. I believe I would have the ones I love around and enjoy the day for it’s intended purpose. I would take time for church, and the peace it offers me,and then get together with family and do what feels good.
    Love of God and loved ones are most important. It would be a special day. A happy day.

  • john francis, a disciple

    I would make sure that I would receive absolution this week

  • Jackie

    This was a very powerful reflection. I am still thinking about it today. It resonated with me at a deeper level because it was genuine and came from the heart. We have all heard the casual questions about what you would do if you only had a week to live. But this personal reflection, framed in terms of Sundays, really caused me to stop and think. We can’t live every day like it’s our last…we have responsibilities, jobs, etc that would make this hard. But to plan one day a week to live as though it were your last…this is something I can commit to. And Sunday’s are the perfect day for that. Starting with Mass. Thanks Sam!

  • jetguat

    For me, these two videos are by far the most impactful. Thank you Matthew, and thank you Sam. We all know its not easy to not waste time, to waste days. Here is to hoping we can all make progress on getting the most of each day. Carpe diem!

  • I’m not sure. Well, I thought I was until I read a few posts. That is what I value about this Lenten journey we are taking together…the sharing…from the videos to the personal reflections. Thank you to everyone.

  • lizmvr

    Obviously Mass would be way more important to me if I thought it was my last Sunday. It’s sad that I don’t give it a priority on my other Sundays. I have roughly probably 2600 Sundays left. (My first attempt at math really scared me! For a minute I thought I only had about 400!) That number looks big, but I know that years seem to go by pretty fast especially as I get older. I miss my family. I don’t live near them currently, and I honestly don’t have a ton of close friends anywhere. I do call my mom about weekly, but it’s hard to talk with my niece who is only 2 years old on a phone call–she wants to play more than talk into the phone 🙂 I like running, too, and I should make time to take my dogs out with me more than I do. Shopping really isn’t necessary for me, but really only because I do so much of it anyway, when I don’t need anything. Mass and family and my dogs–that’s really probably what would be most important to me if it was truly my last Sunday.

  • Tina VB

    I would want to go to Mass as a family then gather with loved ones for a beautiful feast. We would break out the photo albums and videos and share our memories. We would pray together sharing our hopes and what we love about each other. We would create a piece of art with a symbol, scripture passage or written thought from everybody that could be enjoyed long afterwards to remind each other of the gift we have shared. We would end the gathering with a huge fireworks display. Then I would like to rest in my husband’s arms, look at the sky, talk about the little moments of love we have shared and bask in the gratitude I feel every day for God giving us each other.

  • Kat Graham

    If I had one Sunday left I couldn’t think of a better place to spend it than here at my home with my family sitting close to where my Sacred Heart enthronement pictures are and just giving thanks to God, giving and receiving hugs, and enjoying every topic of conversation. I hope the house would be filled to the brim with family and friends so that I could just for one last time hug them and tell them how much I love them. We would have our favorite pizza and enjoy a hot fudge sundae with only the best music playing.

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