March 28: Hungry

Day 24

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In our modern world of comfort and convenience, we don’t necessarily experience physical hunger that often. We can deal with our physical hunger fairly quickly in most situations.

But we have a lot of different hungers. We have spiritual hungers, and emotional hungers, and intellectual hungers. There’s hunger around every aspect of the human person, and getting in touch with our hunger is one of the great spiritual gifts. It’s actually a derivative gift from the gift of awareness that we spoke about earlier in Best Lent Ever.

How aware are we of what’s going on around us? How aware are we of what’s going on within us? Do we know what we’re hungry for? Do you know what you’re hungry for at this time in your life?

We read in the Scriptures that Jesus came to feed the hungry and to heal the sick. And obviously a very literal reading of the Scriptures could say, “Well, I’m not hungry, and I’m not sick.” But we are. We are hungry. We are sick. Do we know our hunger? Do we know our sickness?

I was talking to a friend of mine a couple of weeks ago. He was reading Resisting Happiness, and he just got done with the chapter on hunger. My friend is a very, very successful professional athlete, and I said to him, “So, what did you work out?” He said, “You know, to be honest, I’m hungry for community.” He went on basically to say that being famous as a sporting figure and being wealthy as a sporting figure are both impediments to authentic community.

I think we all yearn for that. We might not have those impediments, but I think we all yearn for that community. We all yearn to belong. Why do kids go off and join gangs? Why do people go off and join cults? Why do people get themselves into these situations? Because we have this yearning for community; we have this hunger to belong.

What are you hungry for? Maybe you’re hungry for community, or maybe you’re hungry for something else, but we’re all hungry for something. And Jesus came to feed the hungry.

“Every yearning is in some mysterious way a yearning for God. While we are searching for him far and wide in this world, he is waiting for us in the very depths of our souls.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

We are all hungry for something.

Act

Write down everything you are hungry for at this time in your life.

Pray

God, I need you. Give me the patience and awareness to let my hunger for things of this world lead me to the deeper need and yearning that I have for you.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Aurora Patag. Aurora is one of our mission partners. She comes to us from Cincinnati, Ohio. Aurora has lived in seven states and three countries, speaks Tagalog fluently, and worked as a chef for six years.

What are you hungry for?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • mrcpuhead

    My top three hungers:
    1. To do more as a husband and father for the enrichment of my family,
    2. To make the time to capture my story of overcoming a brain disorder in a book,
    3. To get the opportunity to use my untapped abilities in my career.

    • Maribeth

      Mrcpuhead, I would like to know more about your overcoming a brain disorder as my husband is dealing with something now. I am praying for him constantly, mostly that he will turn to God for help. He is angry right now.

      • mrcpuhead

        Maribeth, in my case, it was bipolar disorder. One huge lesson learned is I had to fight it on the physical, emotional, and spiritual level. Early on, I thought prayer alone would get me through. It took several years to find the right combination of medicine and therapy, and I believe my faith and the incredible love of my wife gave me the courage to seek out professional help. With others in my family, I’ve seen legal hurdles prevent getting the right care, since adults need to agree to care unless they pose a grave threat to themselves or others.
        My prayers go out to you and your husband. Try NAMI or other similar organizations in your area for help.

  • Pearl Brown

    To be a good Christian, to love and serve God each day fully, to help others where there is a need.

  • Jeanne Server

    What I hunger for: to feel love and to love without judgement, offering each day as I wake up to our Lord and Savior in all that I do and say.

    • Suzy-Bakebeans

      Are you reading my mind this morning?? Haha! Me toooo! ♥️

      • boulders124

        Well said for a great majority of us,

    • Duscha Ross

      Amen. I very much hope to pray with the honesty of this awareness, so that the Holy Spirit would be invited in to guide my way each day. Well stated, Jeanne. God Bless.

  • Angela Taylor

    I hunger for truth, the ability to live life prayerfully and unity within my family as followers of Christ.

  • Susan A.

    I am hungry to be free. Free to be who I am. Free to give generously to to those in need, free to feel joy when seeing the beauty of our world, free to have peace in mind and spirit, free of negative thoughts and bad habits, free to unlock the chains that bind me so that I can be the best version of myself.

    • Lisa

      I never thought about hungering freedom until I read your post. It makes so much sense to me though. I hunger for knowledge to clearly understand what I am supposed to do, but even when I seem to know, something holds me back and now I realize it’s freedom that I am truly hungering, freedom to do what I already know is right. Thanks for sharing and helping me today.

      • Lea Novak

        Freedom and courage to do what is right, in a world that doesn’t recognize right, and treats right as wrong!

      • mjtav240

        Wow!! That is profound!! Truly!! “Free”! Why is that so hard? But it is……

        • mjtav240

          Oops – I meant, “freedom to do what I already know is right!” Very hard….

    • Jim Snyder

      I agree with you on freedom but I almost like the word Liberty more. Freedom can be taken away by Men and Governments, but liberty is that gift from God that grants every person with natural rights and the freedom to exercise those rights. That said, I hunger for the Wisdom to discern and judge in my daily life what Jesus would want me to do when acting with free will. In other words, act in ways that are true, right, and lasting.

      • Susan A.

        Well said Jim

    • Laura leah Yarbrough

      I am hungry to find my true self. To be free to be me, all the time. Accept my flaws and continue to be the best version of myself. I am hungry for spiritual truth, learning the history and teachings of all who have come before me with without skepticism and judgement.

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      Beautiful.

    • Kathy Anderson

      Years ago, I traveled to another state to present at a conference. For three days I was free to make choices for myself alone-not me, the wife, nor mother, nor teacher. It was a very revealing experience.
      We all have restrictions on our decisions as they relate to other. Are these the chains to which you refer? God will help you to live within them if asked.

      • Susan A.

        Hi Kathy
        I can’t recall a time when I was free for days picking and choosing how to spend my time. That must have been strangely wonderful!
        At this time in my life I have a many responsibilities. I want to perform well wearing those different hats. People are depending on me. Although it is my joy to help I’m feeling overwhelmed and it’s starting to get to me.
        Thanks for your encouragement !

  • Tina

    I am very hungry for the knowledge of God so that I may love Him to ,my full capacity, and I am hungry “dying” to know what He wants of me in this life. (something specific).

  • Ellen

    I hunger to serve others. I hunger to be closer to My Lord and Savior. I hunger for solitude where I can just sit in God’s presence.

  • Grace Cintron

    I am hungry for:

    1) giving back through service to God and holy Mary my gratitude for all the blessings that I have and receive.

    2) peace, dialog , sincerity, fear of God, commitment among some of my family members and relatives.

    3) increasing my patience, my faith in putting my lovely son’s future in the Lord’s divine providence.

  • Heidi Johnson

    I hunger to become the best version of myself. I struggle with how best to do that and in trusting that God has a plan that I need to discover in His time, not mine 😉

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Heidi, I would start by choosing 1 small thing, that you can do better, like not snoozing in the morning, drinking water instead of soda, calling up a friend instead of getting on Facebook… Small things can make big changes. I’ll pay for you

      • Heidi Johnson

        Thanks!!

        • Terrie Munger

          I like that! Concrete small ways to become a better version of ourselves, thank you. Two things that have helped me this lent – instead of giving up chocolate(lol) it came to mind to do two things…keep moving(not so much sitting in your favorite space)and say “yes” more than “no”. Wow…what a difference these two things have made in my day…of course centering it all in Christ.

          • Lea Novak

            When we are open to Him, He does tend to send things our way!

          • Therese

            About giving up chocolate, I was watching one of mother Angelica’s classic shows on Lent on EWTN. She said that instead of us giving up chicolate, we can try to become sweet or chocolate to our neighbor. Funny but profound…

          • Terrie Munger

            nice idea and also true – sounds a little like one of the videos actually…we might be someone’s answer to prayer(God using us as His vessel of love, that is…)

  • Tom Holland

    I’m hungry for closeness to God.
    I hunger for much more simplicity and forcus in my life.
    I hunger to much more involved in my family’s life.
    I hunger “to make a difference” in the lives I touch.
    God has directed me to become a Secular Franciscan and I want to be the best Secular Franciscan that I can.
    I hunger for the strength to be the healthiest person I can be- including the perserance to loss a major amount of weight to reach that health goal.

  • Mary

    I hunger to cherish my relationships, pray constantly, and be the best version of myself.

  • Jane Deutschlander

    Community – I attend mass regularly. However, I attend a mass at a church other than my parish. This mass feeds me spiritually and I learn so much through the Homily each week. The problem is, I feel like I am on the outskirts, I don’t really belong because it is not my parish. I can’t really join this parish because my husband does not have the same appreciation for this mass and attends mass at our parish. I have always struggled in large social situations… not confident enough to step forward. Thing is, if I am asked I am always willing and eager to participate… I just am not good at initiating it. I pray that I can find a way to be part of this community and the confidence to initiate my participation.

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Jane, have you gotten involved in volunteering at this new church? A year ago when I moved away from home, I had to start all over and one thing I did was I found a few ministries in the bulletin and started getting involved. It wasn’t long at all that I felt welcomed, at home, and a sense of belonging.

      I suffered from large social situations too (and still do to an extent) and I will pray for you to find a way to be part of this community and overcome your obstacles.

    • Paul

      Jane- You are at that parish for a reason…God is asking you to participate, answer Him, He will be at your side.

    • Sandy

      Jane, I am in the same situation. i will pray for you. Will you pray for me?

    • Kj

      Jane, have you taken the time to ask God what He wants you to do? I know for myself, I seem to always miss that step and am trying to make a conscious effort to involve Him in all my big decisions…. It’s hard, but I believe it work! Also, remember that a certain parish or pastor or person does not define your faith in God or the Church, God does… I will pray for you!!

    • Elisabeth Young

      From my point of view, it is not an either/or situation for you, but a both/and. 🙂 We have many people from another parish who join us at daily Mass and they (to different extents) choose to be involved at our parish in addition to their own parish. Whether is it going to coffee with the “regulars”, to volunteering to water plants, to joining us at our “Awaken to the BEST” and “MOMemtum” (for women) or “That Man is You” (for men), they have been able to enjoy both parishes. I wish you well.

    • Maribeth

      In our Diocese, it is OK to be registered in more than one parish. We have a lot of seasonal people. Our parish registration form has a section for volunteering. Another thought is to write a note to the parish saying what areas you would like to volunteer in, providing a little background and your contact info, and asking that your name be passed on to those who run the ministries you are interested in. Hopefully the Holy Spirit will help you find your place in the parish.

  • Lynn Nguyen

    1. To share my life with someone- someone to share this spiritual journey with, to love and care for, to see the world with

    2. To have more time to be creative and focus on my hobbies – painting, cooking, outdoors stuff, etc

    3. To be able to use my own experience of overcoming social anxiety and help others who suffer from it

    4. To get so deeply rooted in my faith and love for the Lord that no matter what obstacles come in my life, I will be peaceful and joyful just knowing that Jesus has already overcome everything.

    • Doug

      Considering #4, I feel like you are well on your way!!!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Doug!

    • Nicole

      Love #4! God bless!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Nicole!

    • Waiting Patiently

      Interesting how all these things could work together to become fulfilled. I will pray for you.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you

    • Julia Oaks

      You nailed it for me..#4 is what I hunger for. In this world today it is difficult to remain steadfast in your beliefs when do many oppose you. I love being with like minded people and being able to stand up for God’s laws no matter the challenges it imposes amongst friends.

      • Annette

        I truly feel the same way and want others to see Jesus in me always as He is the center of my life!

      • Joy

        Amen!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Julia, I totally agree! Dynamic Catholic has such a great community to share with others. Prayers and God bless!

    • Kenwyn

      Yes!! I love #4. May we all strive for #4.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Kenwyn, yes we all do! Prayers and God bless!

    • Cheryl DeMott

      Love #3 and #4 this truly what I want as I continue my journey to eternal life and to become a Saint.

      • MamaC

        I have never heard anyone, at least to say aloud, was that they aspired to become a saint! May God bless you on your quest!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Cheryl! Prayers and God bless!

      • Terrie Munger

        hey I know her and yes she is doing well in the Saint department!

    • Janet Marusiak

      Yes beautiful goals. I too have an anxiety disorder and it is more pronounced when I am ill or have one of my fainting spells. I have an alert bracelet that calms me as I live alone and it makes me feel safe to know I can get someone if I need them. I must say that when I did have a bad spell in the past and went unconscious I never had a thought or worry of dying alone as I knew the lord was with me but I did worry about my family finding out and I live away from them here and how sad they will be. As we grow in Faith, we hunger less and fear less and worry less. I hated to talk in front of people but as a lector it was stress at first but praying to the Holy Spirit beforehand makes all the difference and it is not my words that people need but that of the Lord’s so I offer it up to Him and my anxiety is gone. If you have not tried to read in church, that is a good way to start to conquer the fear of anxiety as you are safe with your own to support you.

      • Peggy Evans

        That is so beautifully said
        Makes me appreciate our readers more.

    • Sue Wurtzbacher

      Lynn – Exactly how I feel!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Prayers and God bless you Sue!

    • Jessica

      Lynn, I cried instantly when I read number one as I prayed this exact thing (almost verbatim!) yesterday. I know once I share my life more deeply with God (number four) only then will I begin to love myself first. He will bring someone into my life at the right time. Often now I tell myself I am a child of God which has helped with letting go of the self doubt, believing I have no purpose and the anxiety that can sometimes bring. Thank you for sharing.

      • Phil

        Jessica, you are a child of God, and that makes you infinitely worthy. Only his opinion matters, and he has an amazing plan for you. Never forget that.

        • Jessica

          I really appreciate that Phil:) Thank you.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Jessica, God puts these things on our hearts, that’s why so many of us yearn for the same thing. I just pray for God to reveal his plan for me at the right time, and wait patiently. Prayers and God bless!

    • Constance Griffith

      Well said Lynn! I feel the same way #1 through #4. I couldn’t have said it better. God bless you for saying it for me. #4 is my favorite one. I’m 67 and going going through RCIA. I have my confirmation on Easter and for the first time in my life I’m learning the love of the Lord.

      • Tricia Wickers

        Glad you are finding your way. Godspeed

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Tricia for your blessings

      • Rose

        My prayers accompany you Constance

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Rose for your blessings, And God bless you

      • Ann Albosta

        God has surely blessed you to come to this place & time in your life! You are to be envied! I wish you the very best!

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Ann for your blessings, God bless you

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Constance, God bless you! I’m so glad to hear that.

      • Antoinette Odusanya

        Constance, May the Holy Spirit guide you through your spiritual journey to Christ 🙏🏾

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Antoinette and God bless you God bless you

      • Lydia Ross

        Welcome to the Catholic Church. Isn’t the Lord wonderful?

        • Constance Griffith

          God is good indeed!

      • Kathy

        Constance,
        I too was away from church for years, I was the same age when I went to RCIA, it was a wonderful road to finding & loving Jesus. I have much to be grateful for, I talk to the Lord every chance I get , or I say a silent prayer. I turn to my Bible daily. The Lord is wonderful, I lay mu burdens at his feet
        as the Bible tells us.such inner peace and joy is wonderful.
        Kathy

        • Constance Griffith

          RCIA is a wonderful journey to go on. I’ve never known such inner peace could exist. Amen

      • Ma

        Wonderful, congrats!

        • Constance Griffith

          Thanks Ma, God bless you

      • Karen

        I am so excited for you that you are going to be confirmed on Easter, and that you have found the love of the Lord. God Bless You!!

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Karen, God bless you

      • Pat Burr

        How wonderful that you are being confirmed. It is never too late to immerse yourself in God’s love for you.

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Pat, my only regret is that I didn’t find the love of the Lord sooner. God bless

      • Chris Hayes Pittman

        Wonderful so excited for you!! Congrats

      • Karen

        Congrats

      • Mary Brennan

        Congratulations best wishes and prayers for you

      • Anna Brady

        That’s wonderful Constance. May God Bless You.

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you Anna and God Bless you.

      • Maria Byrne

        What a blessing, Constance! Welcome to the Catholic Church. You are home. God bless you and keep you always!

      • Donna FiemsJ

        SO happy for you, Constance!! What a glorious journey! Thoughts and prayers for you in the days ahead. And Lynn, you have written my thoughts too! God bless you

        • Constance Griffith

          Thank you for your blessings Donna, God bless you

      • Mary Ellen

        Congratulations to yoou Constance.

      • Catherine Simone Mason Puglies

        Awesome, I am a convert. I don’t think it matters how old you are. It is a great journey, we are on when we take it with GOD.

      • Vinnygret

        Congratulations Constance. Welcome to the Church. May God bless you abundantly.

        • Constance Griffith

          Thankyou for your blessings and my our God bless you

      • Debra Kyser

        WOW! That reminds me of a book I read about a 80 yr. old lady who joined the Catholic Church from an Evangelical background called My Journey to the Land of More by Leona Choy. She’s now got a second book called Living the Treasures in the Land of More. Both are available through Amazon. I think at an older age you can appreciate things. I am also a convert who is a revert. I did not really understand things when I first joined in college and had to get reconverted later.

        • Constance Griffith

          Thanks Debra. You are so right. I have learned so much in these last few months it’s amazing. I love being a Catholic and all the Catholic people I meet. I was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and they don’t have anything good to say about us and our idol worshiping. I’m so glad that I finally see the light of our Lord. My cup runneth over. Amen

        • Lori Grajek

          Thanks Debra for the book recommendation. I am always looking for inspiring books. Here’s one for you: Rebel With a Cause by Franklin Graham III. It’s Billy Graham’s son’s autobiography. Even tho’ he’s Protestant it’s a great story of how God moves in peoples’ lives!

      • stingerbee

        I usually read a lot of the conversations and don’t often chime in; but Constance, you moved my heart. I’m in my church choir, and therefore have been exposed to almost every type of liturgy you can think of. But there are two days of the year that always move me most deeply. One is Good Friday, where the Catholic church prays for EVERYBODY- from the most wretched to the most holy- no one is left out. No wonder the devil shudders. I wish more Catholics were aware of the power of prayer going on across the world on Good Friday!

        Secondly and more emotionally, is the Saturday evening Easter Vigil. I am astounded when I see people like you beginning their conversion. These are miracles before me. I thank God (the Holy Spirit) and pray silently for every one of those people to go deeper into the treasure of their new religion. And now I will remember to include YOU this Easter Vigil.

        Constance, people like you move me to tears every year. But I’ve seen fewer and fewer converts at the Vigil. If more Catholics would step up the meaning of their Good Friday Service, imagine how that could turn around. Your prayer is powerful… Pray for the “use to be” Catholics. And may God enrich your journey forward.

        Bea Biederman

        • Constance Griffith

          Oh Dear Bea
          Thankyou so much for your encouragement and prayers. You and Catholics like you is another reason why it’s so wonderful to become a Catholic. Everyone has been so encouraging and everyone has so much love for our Lord. This has been my best journey ever!
          God Bless You

    • Joy

      Lynn, I have been struggling with point 3 and pray for it to take a backseat so I am better able to connect with people.

    • Martha Kauffman

      #4 Nailed it for me too. Just wrote it in my Lenten daily journal. What a beautiful heart you have. Thank you for sharing Lynn!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Martha! I’m glad you were able to relate to my words. Prayers and God bless!

    • Kevin Clark

      Number 4 is amazing!!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Kevin! Prayers and God bless!

    • Mike

      AMEN to #4 – I couldn’t have said it better! Thank you Lynn.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Mike! Prayers and God bless!

    • Rose

      Very well said. I copied your notes to read from time to time as a reminder of some great goals as I journey through this Lent season as well as the future after Lent. No. 4 is very well said and a goal I also have. Thank you Lynn.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Rose! Prayers and God bless!

    • J Schodron

      Definitely #1 for me as well and #4. I really hunger to be able to trust that God will guide me in both of these and that I will be able to see his will. Well said Lynn.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thanks J! Good has a unique plan for all of us, we just need to wait for his timing. Prayers and God bless!

    • John S.

      Spot on with #4!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you John! Prayers and God bless!

    • Lynne

      I too struggle with #3 but, 1 & 4 are also true for me. Thanks & blessings.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Lynne, it’s interesting how many of us struggle with the same issues. This is such a great place to find support and encouragement from people who know what we’re going through. Prayers and God bless!

    • Dale R Evans

      When I was in my late twenties I had a deep conviction our Lord had a partner for me. I thought it was this one and then that one and good increasingly frustrated. So I gave up the issue. Not long after I was teaching a class. One of the students was a old man. After several classes he brought his daughter and introduced us. We got married. That was 46 years and we are still in love.

      • Rachel

        This is so encouraging, Dale! I long for a life partner, and while I still have plenty of time to find “the one,” I find myself questioning if the Lord will really provide for me in this area. Maybe it’s time I give up on the issue (as you wisely put it) and trust that things will come through in God’s time! Thanks for the inspiring story. Blessings to you and your wife!

        • Dale R Evans

          I appreciate your response. And I really believe things will work out for you. God Bless.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Dale, Thank you for sharing your story! It’s beautiful! Prayers and God bless!

    • Bonnie Sue

      Amen

    • Elizabeth Brumann

      To get myself deeply rooted in my and love for the Lord no matter what obstacles roadblocks or situations that I have I can become more peaceful and joyful knowing that Jesus has already overcome everything and is there to help me out in my time of need and everything is possible with god.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Elizabeth, It’s funny how much we all yearn for the same thing, no matter how different we are. Its clear, God has put this on all His children’s hearts. Prayers and God bless!

    • Leanne

      ~Leanne

    • Maria Vaccaro-Sardos

      Thank you Lynn, I have such a hard time expressing myself at times.while Reading what you wrote I was saying to myself yes, yes that’s how I feel! Thanks again you help me find the answer to the question.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Maria! I’m glad you were able to relate to my words. Prayers and God bless!

    • Susie

      Kudos…kudos…to you Lynn. I totally agree with everything you posted.. .it’s exactly how I feel as well…very well put …

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Susie! Prayers and God bless!

    • Cindy Leslie

      I agree with all you said. I pray for all that. God bless you for saying this. May the peace and love of Jesus be with you!

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Cindy! Prayers and God bless!

    • Reemee

      Thank you for sharing this Lynn 🙂 It’s like you read my mind! I hunger for all 4 of them, especially #1 & #4

    • Vanessa Suffoletta

      Amen.

    • Alison Watts

      Everything you said is exactly where I am at and what I am hungry for as well. May we both continue to seek them out and find contentment in Him. Praying for you.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Thank you Alison, prayers for you as well!

    • Jim Maida

      Way to go Lynn! I can associate with #3. By the way, you look very familiar. From Oklahoma City by any chance?

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Hi Jim and thank you. No, not from okc, Atlanta

    • Diane Grohn

      Lynn, You are very articulate. I agree with your thoughts. Wish I had all these gifts as well.
      I do have a strong faith, but at times wonder if he has time to hear me as well.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Diane, God has no limitations, I have to remind myself of that as well. Prayers!

    • Al

      You almost expressed my thoughts exactly but I’m still working on overcoming social anxiety. It encourages me to know that your journey has made you hunger to help others through it.

    • Jerri M

      Wonderful responses, Lynn! I can relate to all of them, but especially love #4. Thanks for sharing yourself with us.

    • Muppy

      Thank you, Lynn, for speaking for me literally… I can’t believe that all four of your “hungers” are totally the same as mine are. I know that I need to work at them myself, but I can’t get motivated enough.
      Thanks again. God bless you and help you satisfy your hunger.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Muppy, thank you. I would recommend Make small goals, find out what drives you, then commit. Prayers

    • Michelle Walters

      Well said!
      I echo #1 and #4.
      I also hunger for spiritual and emotional strength. I have faced an incredible medical crisis (almost died), and I can see God’s merciful and gracious hand guiding me and planning out every step to my continuing recovery. My life completely changed with one terrifying diagnosis. But it’s not over. And there is much uncertainty about next year, I just found out yesterday. I’m mostly scared. I have never faced anything like this before.

      • Lynn Nguyen

        Michelle, thank you for sharing. When I am faced with a challenge, it always seems like I get so emotional about it that nothing could be worse. But then I come out on the other side and now that I think about it, God has given me strength the entire time, even when I didn’t acknowledge it was Him.

        I was diagnosed with something serious at the age of 24, I’m now 37, and though it wasn’t life-threatening, it could have been if I didn’t listen to my heart and continued seeking medical advice. Many told me it was normal, but I knew in my heart, it was much more serious.

        I pray God gives you the strength to overcome this challenge in your life and to have peace. Do what you can, and let God handle the rest. He has a plan and even though this may not make sense, just know He is in control. Prayers!

        • Michelle Walters

          Thank you, Lynn. I needed to hear that today. God Bless.

          • Lynn Nguyen

            You’re welcome 😊

  • Doug

    1. I am hungry for more love in the world. There is way too much hate. Any hate is too much, but this is ridiculous.
    2. Salvation/heaven
    3. Continuing my intimate relationship with our Lord, and the ability to share my spiritual love to all.

  • Angi

    I agree Doug, there is too much hate in this world. I hunger for love and peace for everyone.

  • Matt

    I hunger for more clarity in my decisions on being of service. I deeply hunger that people will seek simplicity, so that more may find and be at rest in the presence of God.

  • Marianne

    I hunger for:
    1. The ability to trust God’s mercy and love in all aspects of my life.
    2. Patience.
    3. My ability to overcome social anxiety.
    4. More generosity and kindness to everyone.

  • Jill Coleman

    I hunger for the words to articulate this next chapter of my life and what I am suppose to do and where I’m suppose to live. And continue to have the courage to act and say things without fear base but through love and with gods backing.

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Prayers that God will show you the path and His plan.

  • Ally

    One of the things I’m hungry for is the ability to actually hear God’s voice and know His will for my life. People always say “God told me to do this or that,” but I’m not confident that I can distinguish God’s voice from my own thoughts. I pray that this will come with time.

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Pray, God show me what is your will and the wisdom to recognize it when you’re speaking to me.

      It takes time and persistence but it will happen for you if you continue to seek his will. Prayers

      • Diana

        Lynn thanks for that prayer. I wrote it down and intend to pray it every day. I like Ally have a hard time hearing Gods voice.
        Diana

      • Christine Deacutis

        I think God’s Will for us is always right next to us….: to love Love the people we share daily life with…..at home, in church, on the road, in the market, in our delivery people, friends and family. If you are alone pray that someone reaches out to you in love. Sometimes you have to call someone and say I am lonely to find someone who wants to meet that need for you.Difficult step but we need each other.

        • Lynn Nguyen

          Thank you Christine, I have learned not to be lonely because I’m never alone if I have God. But This life is just too beautiful to discover it alone. Prayers and God bless!

      • Ally

        Thank you, Lynn!

        • Lynn Nguyen

          You’re welcome!

        • Lynn Nguyen

          You’re welcome Ally! I never prayed like this before until just last year. But its so simple. Prayers and God bless!

    • Eric Musick

      Amen. I feel the same. I pray every day for clarity to do his will. I’m not sure what that is. But I am confident that I will one day know. I pray this for you as well. God bless

      • Justme

        I can so relate to this as I feel the same way! I pray everyday that God would open my eyes to see His will for me and open my ears that I will hear Him.

        • Carolyn Brauer

          You are on the right track! “Hearing” God’s “voice” isn’t limited to just the use of our eyes and ears. God can speak to us through ALL our senses. He is limitless!

      • Ally

        God bless.

    • Nick Rizzi

      Amen! Ally. I think God is communicating this to us in different ways, but there are many distractions around us that prevent us from hearing. I pray that we can learn and practice how to be more mindful “in the present moment”, to be able to hear God’s voice clearer.

    • Kelly Baldridge

      I completely agree, Ally. I have never felt like I’ve heard God talking to me, the way others describe it. That is what I hunger for, too!

      • Kenwyn

        Have you ever spent time in Eucharist adoration? I ask because once many years ago I had a very moving experience during adoration. It was an out of body experience ( no I am not crazy). It was during a very stressful time in my life but I truly felt God’s presence and it gave me peace. I felt he spoke to me and said I am with you….. it will all be OK. Now everytime I’m at adoration I pray for that same experience. I always feel His presence and at peace during adoration. If you haven’t tried it I REALLY recommend!!

        • Genny

          I too have concerns that I am not hearing God’s voice, but I am completely wrong, in the scriptures, salms, gospels, He is directly talking to us.
          In adoration I had also an experience some years ago, asking Jesus why I do not heard you? talk to me, I then felt a need to turn back and look at a young boy dress in black…PRAY FOR HIM …I heard! Later I found out he was a deacon in need of a transplant… after few months I even went to his Ordination and gave me a blessing as a priest, later in life he confirmed me as an Extraordinary Eucharist minister…sure the Holy Spirit works in many ways !
          I also heard from another young priest that we can heard God’s voice in the silence…He will talk to us through our thoughts…try it!
          God bless
          What am I hungry for? : my husband’s love…

          • Joy

            Genny, there was a time I shared the husband hunger. I prayed fervently and was drawn to reading some beautiful Christian women books on love and marriage. Ultimately, while I couldn’t change my husband, God shaped me and this led to a greater happiness I never could have imagined. I will pray for you.

        • Kelly Baldridge

          I have done Adoration occasionally, but not on a regular basis, bUT hAve never had that awe some experience…yet. My daughter (22) had the same experience as you at Adoration earlier this year, and her faith has been on fire ever since! She will be graduating in May with a teaching degree and has already been hired by one of the Catholic schools here in town, and is SO EXCITED that she will be able to incorporate her faith in the classroom everyday! Thanks for your suggestion, Kenwyn.

      • Ally

        I hope that it happens for both of us!

    • Cathy Fullan

      Ally, that was on my list, too. For the exact same reasons as you. I often pray and sit quietly asking God to speak to me. It is not as though I am asking for proof of his existence, my faith is very strong. But hearing His voice would be the sweetest, most amazing gift. I pray that this happens for both of us.

      • NancyB

        Me too! I’m waiting but I think I tend to get in my own way.

    • Really

      Love this thought!

    • Matt Brady

      You should consider reading “He Leadeth Me” by Fr. Walter Czisek. It’s on Matthew Kelly’s favorite books list and it has had a profound impact on my understanding of God’s will. We often think that God’s will is out there to find, hear, or discover through some extraordinary means. This book showed me that God’s will is ever-present, amidst our daily lives; it’s not something to only find in the extraordinary, but also in the ordinary activities of our daily lives.

      • Joanne Melear

        Thank you for your suggestion, Matt.

      • Ally

        I always love a good book recommendation, thank you!

    • Nancy

      Hi, Ally! I share your hunger. In fact, I returned to college to get my teaching degree (completed at age 60) because I felt that was God’s call to me. My mother became very ill while I was student teaching and I spent the next two years caring for her. I have spent the last fourteen years caring for ill and dying parents and feel extremely blessed to have had that time with them. I completed my degree while being their caregiver and both of my parents have since passed on to the Lord. Now I am 62 and working as a sub, and not finding it especially fulfilling. I’m wondering if I misread it and it wasn’t God’s call at all. I pray for an answer, but I think He is going to have to hit me over the head or drop something in my lap because I have no idea what God wants me to do! I volunteer as a parenting class coordinator at a crisis pregnancy center, do the bookkeeping for my husband’s painting business, and still have one daughter at home as a junior in high school, so I am busy. However, I really thought God was calling me to become a teacher. I have a wonderful husband, six beautiful kids, and five wonderful grandchildren, so I am happy and blessed! It’s just that darn thought that I am supposed to be teaching. For now, I’m praying and attending daily Mass as often as I can and I am sure God will guide me…eventually 🙂 ! I really agree with your line, “but I’m not confident that I can distinguish God’s voice from my own thoughts.” Did I just think this? Thanks! Nancy

      • Erin

        Nancy, given all of the roles you play as caregiver for all those around you, I certainly believe that God is telling you that working in a school may just be your place! Is it possible though, that perhaps He wants you to step back from being so many things to so many people, and pursue a teaching job that is just for you? I think it is your time 🙂 I don’t think that’s selfish, I think God is telling you it’s time to accept this gift.

        • Tricia Wickers

          I agree Erin

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Erin. I am letting God lead me from here and I will see if that ends up to be teaching in a school. I am keeping all options open and I’m asking the Lord to guide me.

      • Kathleen Talkington

        Nancy, I can hear your pain and confusion. I think we have to be very careful to assume we know the outcome of what God is calling us to. When it doesn’t turn out like we thought then we feel that we have missed God’s will. God called you to get your teaching degree. In obedience you completed the call. For now, that is all He has called you to. That is enough. Remember the story of Abraham and Isaac? Abraham followed God’s will thinking he was going to sacrifice his son, but that was not the end result. We are not responsible for the outcome, we are only responsible to take a walk with the Lord. I say to you as the Lord would, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Be at peace.

        • bonnie drech

          that is awesome kathleen, i think you absolutely nailed it..for me anyway. i really believe that God will guide you along, that somehow you will always end up where you’re supposed to be, even though the road may wind you along and you may not have gone the most direct path or the intended path, God will take you on the plan b to still give you the outcome he wants you to have. Give it up to him and believe that He will get you there, that’s my belief.

          • Joy

            So true Bonnie. Plan b can be really difficult to comprehend as a human, however these are the plans that we seem to most grow through and grow closer to God.

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Kathleen. I will be at peace and live in each moment.

      • Tricia Wickers

        It is difficult to reap the rewards of seeing students grow as a sub. Your time is limited so you don’t get to see how or who you made a difference with. You are role modelling to them Christian behaviors every time you sub. God bless you

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Tricia!

      • Lea Novak

        Maybe you could look into teaching religious education classes? Just a thought…

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Lea. This is a good idea except our parish religious education classes are in the evening, which doesn’t work for me or my family. I appreciate the thought!

      • Laura

        Nancy, consider that God may be putting you in place for something down the line. Perhaps there is a child whose life you may impact with the gifts God has given you. It may not be right away. I have found myself in situations where I am a resource to change someone’s life or help them and am amazed at the perfect fit of what I can do and what they need. God knows what he’s doing. Trust.

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Laura. This is exactly what my sister just said to me. We talked about the young boy I worked with while student teaching. Without sharing any personal information about him, I will just say that he was a very disruptive student with constant trips to the principal. By the time I left he had completely turned around and he made the card for all of the students to sign. I cherish his words, “Miss Nancy, We truely love you, we truely, truely do!” (his spelling) I told him that I expect great things from him and I can’t wait to see what he does with his life! I was also called in to help with a three-year-old boy in a preschool who made it very difficult for the teacher because he had very disruptive behavior. Again, within two weeks he became a different child after I realized he craved physical affection. Being aware of the limits of a teacher, I still made sure I squeezed his arm, patted him on the head, and gave him the occasional hug, giving him lots of personal attention. The other teachers agreed with my opinion and did the same. They tell me that he is a changed child! Maybe these boys (and perhaps other children I don’t know about) are the reason God called me…to put me in the right place to help them! I think God has gifted me with the ability to perceive children’s needs and help them be “the best version of themselves!” I love this Lenten program!

      • Carl

        Hi Nancy,
        I have no idea what God wants for you (or me!). What struck me was the example you set by caring for your parents for fourteen years and describing it as “extremely blessed.” I have known quite a few people who have had to care for family members in poor health who viewed their experience as anything but “extremely blessed.”

        There are many ways to teach – and not all of them are in a classroom! Maybe your training as a teacher has made you a better parenting class coordinator. You are a terrific role model! Could it be the “lesson” is that it is never too late to pursue your dreams?

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Carl! Care giving can certainly be very challenging; however, I had conversations with my parents that I would never have had otherwise. They taught me so much and I believe my children learned a lot from my mom and dad through those years, as well. My children also gave tremendous joy to my parents! It’s a wonderful gift when you think that you are doing the giving and in the process receive so much more than you gave.

          I do believe that my training has made me a better parenting class coordinator in many ways, particularly the need to differentiate to accommodate all needs. In an effort to reach everyone, I now create handouts in Spanish and Arabic (Google translate is great!), because many of our clients have English as a second language. That has proved to be very helpful. I think much of the presenter’s information was missed before the handouts were added.

      • Ally

        Thank you for sharing, Nancy. I wish God would hit me over the head with His will often too! It sounds like you are doing God’s work as best you can right now, and perhaps you didn’t misread anything but are just in a season of waiting…I’m never sure if I’m in such a season or not, but I try to remember how long David stayed in the pastures tending his flock and then running from Saul before his already-proclaimed destiny to be king actually came to pass. God bless.

        • Nancy

          Thank you, Ally. Boy, all of you know your Bible stories better than I do! Or at least rely on them for guidance more than I. Reading the Bible more may be just what I need.

          • Ally

            Grab a study Bible! That’s what I did and I love it. It takes twice as long to read with the footnotes, but they’re invaluable. However, I also think I took that particular lesson from another book called Wait and See, by Wendy Pope.

          • Nancy

            I will! Thanks!

      • Mary Timko

        Hi Nancy, It is truly remarkable to go back to school in answer to a call from God. It can also be a little scary. I too went back to school. I believed God was calling me to find a way to help out the church. Most of the priests in my area were being called out of hospital chaplaincy to run parishes. so I decided to go back to school and be a chaplain. Reading that perhaps you needed God to hit you sounds familiar. I knew that I got excited about talking about God. but should I really invest the time at 50 years of age to go back to school. so I told God that I couldn’t hear his answer and that I needed a hit from a 2X4. I went to Mass on Sunday and the priest said, If you want to help others with their spiritual lives and you need to go back to school to do that, then go back to school. It was loud and little scary but that is what I did. Along the way I saw myself in lots of different roles, campus minister, teacher, parish ministry. But I needed two supervisory classes and I was told that I had to take Clinical Pastoral Education classes and they not only changed my life but helped me into a position as a chaplain at a mental hospital. I have learned a lot but was feeling that this was only for learning and am being called to something else. I was just let go do to downsizing and now am forced to listen more carefully to God’s voice. Maybe you found the right training but God is calling you to teach somewhere else. Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish God’s voice. Just some random thoughts from a fellow seeker.

        • Nancy

          Thank you for sharing your journey, Mary. I can relate to the request for a 2X4! We have a lot in common and we will both enjoy seeing where God leads us next!

          • Mary Timko

            Thank you Nancy! We are definitely on a journey. I just keep trying to steer. I need to trust God to steer!

          • Nancy

            Me too!!! You said it perfectly when you said you keep trying to steer! I am God’s worst backseat driver! 🙂

    • Kim Roberts

      I have always felt that same way until just recently I learned that we hear God’s voice through the scripture. Jesus is the word become flesh. I have started reading the daily readings each morning with the intent to hear God’s message to me and there are times now that I know what he is saying to me through those scriptures. I have a long way to go but this has been an amazing first step. Maybe it might be helpful to you too.

      • Mike

        That’s a beautiful way to approach hearing what God wants to communicate to us Kim!

      • Christine Deacutis

        Someone once said when you pray you talk to God. When you read scripture he talks to you.

        • Reemee

          Well said 🙂

      • Ally

        Thank you, Kim. I have begun to read Scripture every day (since New Years) and I’ve enjoyed it very much. I hope to hear God speak to me through it.

    • Lea Novak

      Yes! I have the same problem! How can we know when a prompting is from God, and when it is our own desire?

      • Ally

        If I figure it out, I will let you know!

      • James Troska

        I believe we can know when a prompting is from God when it is something we’d NEVER have thought of. A thought of our own desire is, often, a selfish thought or a thought that would bring us Kuddos.
        Marilyn Troska

    • NE_lady

      I feel the same way. Sometimes, when I’ve prayed for things for a long time, I do feel like there is an answer. It is so rare though. So I’ve decided that God keeps me “in the dark” because it is good for me in some way. Since I do not feel called to big things, I try to do little things for God all the time. Like Therese of the little flowers and Jose Maria Escriva. And pray more. I definitely have gotten the message that I should pray more. :p Working on it.

      • Ally

        Yes, I believe that’s where I should start as well.

    • Patty Lou

      I too struggle to distinguish God’s voice from my own thoughts, and I also struggle to follow through when I am pretty sure of what God wants me to do. I hunger for discernment and the courage to act and overcome resistance. I will pray for you in your efforts also.

      • Ally

        Thank you, Patty Lou. I will pray for you as well.

    • James Troska

      I too struggle to hear God’s voice. My Spiritual Director asked me to sit quietly, without distractions, with a pen & pad on my lap to write down any thoughts that come. When distractions come, just brush them aside to Jesus, and pray his name slowly with my slow breathing and again be in His presence. Marilyn Troska

      • Ally

        A very practical reply, thank you!

  • Marsha Mohan

    I am hungry to understand how I can let go of things I cannot resolve or control. Iinjustice within a community to make our home a happy place as it once was through honesty, cooperation and caring for one another. I pray I can be the best person I can be. I pray for peace within my relationship with my husband, family and those around me.

    • Lisa

      I am feeling lost and hurt in my relationship with my husband. I hunger for security. I know that Gods plan for me is much greater then my own. I hunger for clarity of Gods will for me. Thanks for sharing. God bless!

    • Carlos

      Marsha and Lisa, I share your thoughts, feelings and longings. My family has completely unraveled in this past year, with each person attending to their own selfish whims and desires. Although I have held firm to my beliefs and convictions, this has only served to push them further away. Sin, selfishness and free will are very hard realities to face when you are the only one trying to live in God’s Kingdom. My only recourse has been to live a life that is holy and pleasing to God, to be loving and forgiving, to place my family in the loving hands of God, to be still and to know that He is God. God works all things for the good of those who love him. I pray for the both of you and for all of our families.

      • Marsha Mohan

        Thank you Carlos and Lisa…God, my prayers, sharing in the Mass and being part of this “Best Lent Ever” has been a saving grace God Bless

  • Linda H

    Matthew hit the nail on the head as far as what I’m hungry for–community, to belong. I’ve always been the outcast, the nerd, the goody too shoes. I grew up watching Sesame Street,Laverne and Shirley, Happy Days, etc. All those those shows showed people/characters surrounded by a circle of friends. I guess I lived such a sheltered life I thought that’s how the world would/should be. I had imaginary friends as a kid. Not any specific ones that recurred as I played but I often pretended to have a best friend that I was doing something with. When I entered school it was the complete opposite. I had a terrible time making and keeping friends. I’ve never been one to drink or party and living in a small rural town there really weren’t many opportunities to meet people that didn’t involve drinking. I think the college years were some of the best of my life because for the first time I did have a circle of friends and although they did drink, I was accepted even though I didn’t. As an adult and parent my life revolved around my family and my kids, which is great but I’ve always longed for a friend. A few years back I did have a close friend and a great circle of couple friends. Unfortunately that is no longer the case. Living back in the same small rural town it’s even harder to find and make new friends. I suppose Church would be a great place to look for friends, but our parish is very clique-ish and doesn’t feel very inviting. I don’t know if I will ever have the friendships I long for but I do pray daily for it.

    • Nancy D.

      I felt like I was reading about myself. I watched those shows and had difficulty making and keeping friends. Even now, I try to build friendships, but I realized that it is a two way street. I felt like I was the one doing most of the work. When I stopped working at the relationship, the friendship died. I too long for a community of friends. I have changed parishes in the hopes to find a community that I felt that I belong to. I am still figuring it out. I really do hope that you are able to find friendships in your community.

      • Linda H

        Thank you Nancy! Like I just responded to Karen, sometimes I wonder if I am the problem when it comes to making friends. Maybe I don’t give enough of myself. Maybe I am the one that doesn’t do enough work to maintain the friendship. I think, though that I’m scared. I’m scared to open up, let my guard down. That seems to be when I get hurt. Some people make friendships look so easy. I often wonder how they were able to make so many friends or maintain friends for so long. Some times I feel so foolish when I actually put down my thoughts in writing. I probably sound like a teenage drama queen! I’m 50 yrs old for heaven’s sake! Should I really be worried about friends? I hope you are able to find friendships in your community as well. I will include you in my prayers.

    • Karen in FL

      Try to remember that there are likely others around you who feel the same way, and join in where you can at your church. Wait for others to realize that, in you, they will have a true friend. Try not to focus on your need for friends and let it happen without trying to make it so. I wish you lived here…I would be your friend!

      • Linda H

        Karen, thank you for your kind words. Sometimes I wonder if I’m not the problem when it comes to making friends. Maybe I’m too selfish or self centered. I guess I’m not sure I know how to be a friend. Something I definitely need to keep praying about.

        • Karen in FL

          You can do this, Linda. Check out a ministry at your church, start small, be the one who always has a smile on her face, help someone who has no one, and you will see a change. Keep in touch, will you? I will pray for you.

    • Nancy

      Two quotes from Mother Teresa come to mind:

      “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.”

      “The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.”

      ― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa

      I think there is a hunger for friendship in our country as many people lead very busy lives, but lack a close community. I agree with Karen that there are probably many people around you who feel the same way. Don’t be afraid to reach out.

      • Linda H

        Thank you Nancy! I try to remind myself often that I need to look at what other people around me may need and stop focusing on what I’d like for myself. I have tried doing Random Acts of Kindness and generally they make me feel so uplifted! There are times though when my kindness is almost made fun of. Maybe I should focus on reaching out in hopes of being the answer to someone else’s prayer. Thank you for helping me re-focus. 🙂

  • Mike

    I hunger for love, faith and wisdom.

    • Ally

      Amen. You’ve summed it all up there!

  • Chrissy

    I hunger for more acceptance and less judgment in this world.
    I hunger for the ability to love God as he loves me. To be “on fire” with love for Him..
    I hunger to get control of my eating and to be a healthier weight.
    I hunger to make a difference in people’s lives.

  • M. Manion

    1. I hunger for peace not only within me, but with the world. So many things seem to be out of balance right now.
    2. I hunger to know when I need to be talking with God instead of wanting to eat. I think that many times due to my emotions, I feel it is physical hunger when really it is me needing to relax, close my eyes and sense that God is present and there to help me get through my feelings.
    3. I am hungry to help my adult children the best way I can in being an example and support for them in their times of crisis or yearning to be understood.
    4. I hunger to continue to learn so much more about God than I have in the past. To grow in my community within my church….I love bonding with others.
    5. I hunger to be the best that I can be by creating and doing the things that mean so much to me.

    • auntiquer2

      Thank you for putting into words most of my feelings. God Bless you.

  • Penny

    I agree with Aurora. I hunger for unconditional love just for being and the patience and understanding of God’s plan for me.

  • Rebecca Stritt

    I hunger for stability. For my husband’s Navy career to become more stable. I hunger for a community on this earth that I can keep. I hunger for a spiritual director on this earth. I hunger for moments I can steal away and go to Adoration. I hunger for peace and true friendship. I hunger for feelings of Jesus’s love.

    • Carlos

      Rebecca, I had a 21 year career in the Navy, and I have shared this longing. I also know that you and your husband experience these changes from two different perspectives. I pray that you both receive the stability you long for and that you seek out and find community wherever you are, most especially in the church. It is God alone who allowed me and my family to survive the roller coaster ride of a military career. Place your trust in Him.

  • Eduardo Hoover

    I hunger for soundness of mind in this crazy world. I feel the world is a place of constant torment that steals away my spiritual peace. I hunger to leave this life for the tranquility of the next but for now I must suffer with patience and courage faithfully knowing my sufferings unite for the fulfillment of Jesus’ suffering. Being Christian is difficult and to be Catholic is challenging in any era but especially now. I often question, “Why?”

  • Waiting Patiently

    I hunger to know what God wants me to do. I want certainty and that doesn’t always happen. I need to find peace in that. I am hungry to know more about my faith. I study as much as possible and the answers come when I take the time. I am hungry to be open and honest and not be persecuted. This has led me to work on my communication skills. I work hard to not a be a “bull in a china shop”, and sad to say, sometimes the best thing to do is to say nothing. I am hungry to create. I have a wonderful wife and 5 soon 6 children. There is a time and place for everything. I use my non-creative time to decide how I am going to create so that I don’t waste time with a million projects that never get finished. I realize that just because I am hungry doesn’t mean that I am going to get to “stuff my face” in whatever way I feel drawn. Being hungry in something also means being disciplined and “dieting” so that I don’t ignore what I am responsible for, it means baby steps. It means prayer and looking for ways to fulfill my hunger that God would approve of. All this talk of hunger is making me think of a double burger with cheese though so… yeah. 🙂

  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    Hunger and crave “less busy.” Just as when I am physically hungry I seek food: sometimes healthy, sometimes not; when I crave being in the “now”, I seek stillness and quiet. Enjoy this 24. Blessings.

  • Betty Streff

    To have a deeper, richer marriage.

    To be more financially stable.

    To find an audience for my writing and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

  • Elaine

    I hunger for my broken family. It is that, that brought me closer to God in prayer and the Church. I continue to pray for my family, friends and to God to accept his will and help me mend.

    • Carlos

      Elaine, I share this hunger with you. The pain of seeing my family unravel before my eyes through selfishness and godlessness has also brought me closer to God and the Church. You are not alone in this fight. God is the great healer and is working this out for our good. I pray for you, your family and your friends. May you replace the pain, confusion and loneliness with God’s hope, joy, love and peace.

  • Mick Peterson

    The desire to belong…to belong to something that’s relevant and important…and there’s nothing probably anything more relevant and important than my relationship with God. If we all have this, our parish community will grow in leaps and bounds

  • Linda

    I’m hungry to be an accepted and welcomed part of my Parish and use my gifts and talents.

  • Sherry McCollum

    I hunger to have less stress in my life; not to put so much emphasis on how will I be perceived at work, hungry to do the best job I can do and have God’s guidance and support when things aren’t going so well. Hungry to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend and co worker. Really starving to become a better version of myself.

  • Susie Caughey

    I hunger to bring Jesus whom I have come to know and love to all those I encounter. I hunger for my own family members, my relatives and my friends to open their minds and hearts to the One who loves them so much and to get back to worshiping God and serving others. This is my uppermost daily prayer.

  • LizH

    I hunger and pray daily to be able to attend Mass with family members who have gone astray.

  • Donna Kay Bloom Hipfner

    thanks Matthew!! nice haircut 🙂

  • Nancy D.

    I hunger for:
    1) to be a part of a community,
    2) to be courageous,
    3) to be in love again.

  • Pat Dodd Polito

    I hunger for a deeper intimate relationship with God
    I hunger to give up control , to let God minister to my needs, Let Go & fully trust in Him
    I hunger to make a difference

    • Anci

      Pat, you have truly summed up what I was feeling in my heart! I also hunger for the grace to control my eating to be healthy and take better care of temple God gave me…to do so I have to let God minister to my physical and spiritual needs. To keep that on my heart all day and not give up by evening. Menopause has been a really difficult time for me and eating and desiring the wrong foods has been a terrible hurdle. If I let go and fully trust Him, it doesn’t have to be that way…God bless you Pat for helping me to verbalize my hunger!

      • Pat Dodd Polito

        Oh Anci you are very welcome. Try not to get discouraged. With God’s help you will be able to take better care. I will keep you in my prayers. God Bless!

  • John L. Kemmis

    This (today’s videos), the question is so personal. Should I be honest in its answer? And if so being, how can I or should I blog my inner most hungers?

    So here is my attempt at being honest. Or is it being selfish?

    My routine during this Best Lent Ever has been to write down “The Best Lent Ever”, day, date, and today’s title at the top of the piece of paper. Then write down the quoted sentence(s) that Matthew gives us. Then I journal ideas heard while the videos play. I have pages of notes and reflection. My brother reminded me of the available transcript. But that is not the same, not even close. Today, for some reason, I listed the 4 hungers Matthew mentioned in passing. And I noted Aurora’s one liner, “… which is crazy.” Among my notes.

    My hungers.
    Physical hunger – to be touched, caressed, snuggled; to caress with my fingers, lips, senses.
    Spiritual hunger – to listen to your voice, Lord, as I watch it appear at the point of my pencil, or at the stroke of my pastel stick on paper, or the photo image(s) that pops-up from my camera.
    Emotional hunger – to cry with joy in your presence, Lord.
    Intellectual hunger – to understand or realize my fate, my unknown future, or journey, or destination. Whatever that is, that is grasp-less.

    ….. which is crazy!

    Ha! Thank you, Aurora Patag!!! You are right!

    • Lea Novak

      I like the way you broke them out into categories…physical, spiritual, emotional, and intellectual. Your emotional hunger resonated with me!

      • John L. Kemmis

        Matthew listed those categories in his video today.

    • Bill S

      John, those are great notes on various aspects of your hunger. I share several of them with you. Thanks for commenting!

  • Angie O’Mara

    What do I hunger for?, I hunger for God’s love,His peace and His strength, to meet each day with a refreshed spirit to do His work. I hunger for peace, and unity in my family. I hunger for God’s love, that I live each day according to His Holy will.

  • Michael Baur

    I hunger for companionship and the power to get out of my head to become the better version of my self.

  • Karen Buitrago

    I too am with Ally.. I hunger for peace of mind and to live in the moment so that I can hear God’s voice more clearly and deeply. I pray for you all.. great reflections!

  • Adrianna

    I hunger for…
    1) A Marriage with my husband that reflects Gods love. Being more patient, kind, and forgiving towards each other. So that some day we can start a family of our own.
    2) A balance between work & home. I have a hard time getting out of the work mindset when I walk in the door.
    3) More opportunities with my passion. Singing in choir at church and playing piano. I hunger to teach children the beauty of music using Gods word. My dream is to lead children to Jesus through music.
    Jesus please help me for I’m hungry for these things. Lead me the right way and help me grow in all these areas of my life. I am hungry!

  • Mark

    Good song for today’s reflection – “Hungry” by Kathryn Scott

  • jim

    My son’s soccer coach always told the boys they didn’t win, because they weren’t hungry enough. To discover inner hunger is the first step toward wisdom

  • Jacob

    I am hungry for love, to overcome my anxiety, and to be more open to other.

  • Laura Dicas

    I hunger to be free of senseless worrying and anxiety, to find a career that lets me use the gifts God has given me, to be in a loving relationship and to continue to become closer to God

  • Rebecca

    I am hungry for a closer relationship with my friends and to make more friends. I recently moved to a new city and haven’t met a whole lot of people yet. I am a fairly shy person so I find it difficult to make new friends.

  • Jean Walton

    I am hungry for a deeper purpose in this life…a yearning to leave Christ’s footprint every step of the way…

  • Lisa

    I hunger for peace and patience. I have a son with Autism and I constantly worry about him and his
    future. Even though I pray about it all the time, sometimes it overwhelms me.

  • Mary Kay

    Aurora you said it so well for me. I hunger for that faith in me to grow stronger and more trusting.

  • Tricia Gura

    I hunger for the Lord! I want to be so filled with Him that everything I say and think and do is of the Lord. I want to be so filled with Him that there is no longer “me.” I want every action and decision of mine to be of Him and His will – particularly in decisions of an impending divorce. THY will be done!

  • Julie

    I hunger for a group of women who will accept me as I am and discuss with me my questions; about this book, about being a child of God, life as a wife, a mother, as an employee. I had this once, about 16 years ago. I’m trying to figure out where it might be now.

  • Dorothy Ruggiero

    I huger to be the healthiest version of myself. To lose weight and increase my willpower. To find someone to share my journey of faith.

    • Teresa Adohu

      I think willpower has to be given up. Acceptance of yourself is stronger than willpower. Give it back to God

  • Guy Pondrom

    I hunger for more love, more peace in the world and a greater love of Jesus.

  • Shimmer

    I pray for acceptance of my True self. The person God is creating me to be right here and right now. My hunger is but a shadow of the hunger God has for me. And if for me for each and every person He holds in creation.

  • Matt Brady

    I hunger to put aside my own selfish desires and to live a life devoted to being the best husband and father that I can be.

  • Teresa Adohu

    I hunger for ongoing compassion, empathy. I hunger for spirituality in my personal life. I have a difficult time with quiet. With being present at church and in prayers. “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. “

  • Daniela D.

    I hunger for let go of my insecurities and fears to live the life God wants me to live.

  • Anci

    I hunger for holiness. Not just part of the day but ALL day to be with Him and in sinc to be the best-version-of-myself. ONly then can I help those around me to be the best version of themselves.

  • Stephanie Rodriguez

    I hunger to be still and know that He is God. And that love and grace and forgiveness are all part of that package, which is crazy! Loved both videos, thank you.

    • odette

      that is good, i hunger for all my family to be spiritually healthy,
      I hunger to see my husband be open and involve more in prayers
      I hunger to be open minded and patient with people i meet to not judge the situation there are in.
      i hunger to share my experience of God grace, how God deliver me from low self esteem
      i hunger to share Gods love to everyone i meet, and how faithful God is

  • Janet Marusiak

    I am hungry for all my loved ones to be with me in communion with God the way I am. I get so excited when I hear someone is back in church. In the last month I was so overjoyed when my mom of 91 said she talks to Jesus and he answers her. Wow, I am so excited for her and for her belief and growing faith. This is the closest I have ever felt to my mom and I feel I belong now to her in a spiritual way we never connected before on. I hunger for the rest of my family to “get it” and know God loves them so much and wants them to know Him.

  • Dorothy Cabral

    I hunger for a deeper relationship with our Lord. Yes there are times when I hunger for materialistic things too, or acceptance by all or, for a healing, more financial stability! But the truth of the matter is when we are able to Focus our lives on the Lord we will realize He alone will provide us with everything we need and will bring us eternal happiness.

  • Mary scott

    I’m hungry for a sign from my husband in heaven as others have seen and talked about from their loved one as I don’t think I’ve ever had one in 3 yrs. maybe I don’t recognize them! Pray Lord that I may see and recognize a sign from Pat😥❤️

    • Seeker

      I think one of life’s greatest mysteries is how the departed are able to communicate with us. The hunger for that “sign” from a loved one can be so desparate and powerful that people ascribe a “sign” from them where there isn’t one. I’ve seen this in my own family. Maybe Pat is communicating with you in dozens of ways that are not as obvious as “signs”? Maybe subtle communication is the way of his new glorified existence? All will be revealed when you are reunited with him in Christ. Meantime I pray that you will be soothed with the balm of the Holy Spirit as you grieve.

    • Nancy

      Mary, I’m sorry you lost your husband and are so sad. I will pray for you.

  • Anastasia Acheamaa Okyere

    To be more rooted in my faith, to be able to love more and live simple.

  • Theresa

    I hunger the ability to let go of fear and worry.
    I hunger love and affection and a deeper more meaningful marriage relationship.
    I hunger for peace, calmness, laughter and more joy in my life.
    I hunger to know and accept God’s will…God’s direction for my life’s work. I do Mammography. I am very good at it and I am gentle and compassionate with my patients. I hunger the ability to stop questioning and just accept that this is what God wants me to do. It quite honestly does not bring me very much joy. It is very physically demanding plus women hate to see me because they say it hurts or because it reminds them of when they had breast cancer so it’s mentally exhausting too but I must remember that I am here to serve….In what ever way God wants me to based on my talent and abilities. I do love helping people but didn’t think God meant for me to compress their breast and find breast cancer. I hunger to put my career questions behind me. ..And to increase my graditude for a career that many people would be most happy with.

    • David B

      Theresa, this is awesome. Though I do not do what you do I am hungry to be grateful for my current career.

    • Nancy

      Theresa, while you may see your career as not thinking that “God meant for me to compress their breast and find breast cancer,” I see your career as saving women’s lives. No woman wants to be diagnosed with breast cancer; however, I personally know many women who received the news from mammography results and subsequently received the treatment that saved their lives. Without a technician like you, they would not have known, and they would not have been able to be treated. You are a blessing!!! Even though I have to admit not relishing a trip for a mammogram, please know that it has nothing to do with the technician and everything to do with personal privacy and fear. You save lives and may God bless you!

  • Jeff K

    I am hungry for fulfillment, happiness as a result of fully developing my abilities and character. Not according to cultural definitions, but by using the gifts God gave me.

  • Rita Gahr

    I hunger for love, someone to help my lonely existence. I am fine on Saturdays when I am with Family and Sundays at Mass it is just Monday thru Friday when I am alone. I spend an hour a day praying, which gives me comfort but the rest of the time it is just me by myself. It was different when I worked but these past 6 months the feeling of loneliness and abandonment have been creeping in. You just feel like you are on the outside looking in.

    • If you are now alone on weekdays, have you tried daily mass?

    • Robert

      Thank you for sharing. While our paths are all different I think we share some of the same challenges.

      My recommendation for what it’s worth. Take it or leave it of course. 😎. Get out of the house each and every day. Get out in nature. Take a long walk where others are walking. Join a club that my be associated with an interest/hobby you have or maybe something totally wild and crazy.

      I have found groups to be so welcoming and I have met such nice people from so many different backgrounds. (Despite my being quite reserved).

      Hope to see you on the walking trails.

    • Jane Hurley

      I don’t know if you have the means to be out and about, but if you do, you might consider joining one or two church ministries or local service agencies as a volunteer. Follow your interests and abilities….maybe volunteer at a food pantry or soup kitchen, do admin work at your parish office, etc. if you cannot get out, you might look into doing phone work for a volunteer service organization. Transition is hard, but pray that God directs you in your hunger.

  • Robert

    I am starved.

    To belong. A better relationship with my wife. Confidence in my ability to contribute to society and special causes.

    To be relevant. Have purpose and deliver on it. Help others in any manner I can. Leverage my strengths and skills. A stronger voice in the victory of good over evil.

    To rid myself of the bad habits that are too many to name and too embarrassing to admit. Be the best version of myself.

    Stop being so selfish.

    Thanks for listening 😎

    • Cecilia

      Thank you for being so real and specific. I relate better to things that are concrete every day. And hearing it from someone else helps!

    • Seeker

      So well said, Robert. I will pray that you are fed and fulfilled. Good day and good lent.

      • Robert

        Many thanks Seeker.

  • Cecilia

    I wish I could say that my first thought was I am hungry for God. But my first thought was I am hungry for more time with my grown children who live far away. I am hungry for time to work in the garden and to cook new things. I yearn to be free of caregiver responsibility, but would never consider giving that up as long as needed. I am married to my best friend, but I yearn for other friendships as well. Some days are great and some days I feel really empty. My morning quiet/prayer time does fill me up. I just need to learn to carry that with me through the day.

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  • Jennifer Lind Bourgeois

    When Matthew spoke of being hungry for community, and for belonging my heart leapt! That’s me!!! I long for a place I truly belong! I believe that I’ve finally found that place in my Parish and in the Sacraments!!! This after many years of addiction and bad relationships! God is leading me down a new path. I’m hungry…..HE fills!!

  • Kathy H

    I hunger for staying focused on what is right for me. Sometimes I feel like I am going in many directions at once and not accomplishing all I want to, and at the end of the day, I don’t feel like I’ve gotten a lot done. I know praying about it will be best, but I do get distracted a lot.

  • Paula Gaub

    I hunger for a new job and new city to live in.

  • Joy

    My hunger is to grow closer to God every day while having the strength to do His will. I yearn greatly to share the fulfillment of this hunger with people, yet it is difficult to evangelize. In the busyness of life, encounters to connect are too often shallow in spiritual depth. Through this Lenten series I have come to really appreciate the community at weekly Mass.

  • Donald Marquez

    I have a hunger to evangelize to the youth, to dive into their hearts and souls and introduce to them a new way of experiencing the Mass; a new way of praying; a new way of listening to the voice of God in their lives. To introduce a need for Jesus in their lives. Practical yet powerful habits they can start now that will strengthen them as they grow into adulthood. Build a foundation now that will keep them rooted in faith so that when the world starts grabbing at them and life becomes full of challenges and hurts, they remain steadfast; their faith unwavering.

  • Clara Turci Depko

    After much thought I am hungry for peace. With God’s peace I could disconnect from worries of problems that I have no control over. I could feel his love more his joy more. With his peace comes a different way of living. To live in his peace is to completely trust him in everything you do. I am hungry for his peace.

    • Connie Jones Moore

      I too hunger for peace…Phillipians 4-6 tells us how but it is so difficult if we are predisposed to worry!

    • GG

      That is what I yearn for too. The Lord’s peace. I don’t need to be happy… just at peace… a contentment. There is a difference between peace and happiness. The happiness that Matthew Kelly talks about, I would describe as the Lord’s Peace or True Happiness.

  • Alina Shanon

    I hunger to be comfortable. with myself- with my faith- with others.

  • Magalis Muniz

    *I want to be loved because I exist. I don’t want to be loved for the things that I can do for someone. I want to be loved just for who I am. That is what I’m hungry for. I want to be a better example for my family. To be a good wife and mother.

  • I really enjoyed the 2nd video of Aurora’s thoughts on hunger. This is what jumped at me.

    “I don’t want to be loved for anything, I Hunger to be loved because I exist and that’s how God loves.” (Aurora Patag)

    Right on, Aurora.

    I call what you said about who you know, where you work, and what school you went to as SHALLOW & SUPERFICIAL “Love”.

    You eventually find out who your family & friends are when you suffer. sometimes that’s what it takes to wake our mind & soul and start filling it with Christ’s “Real” Love for us and genuine friends/family. Get rid of the “superficial & shallow” love as it’s not what we deserve.

    Thanks again, Aurora, for your message.

    Peace~Victoria

  • Tara McDonald Ortiz

    To be completely at a calming peace with myself and my husband, expanding this peace to others

  • Ann

    I hunger for a deeper spiritual connection with my husband.

    • Mog

      I hunger for the same. We seem to be on two very different paths. He chose not to follow dynamic catholic this lent.
      I hunger for him to even begin to understand me a bit! We are 35 years married & I long & pray for us to be really able to communicate. I have expressed this for years. I hunger too for our daughters & their families to return to the faith.
      I hunger constantly to be able to live my life, as Jesus would like me to live it.

  • Kevin Clark

    I hunger to for the lord to say at the end . “Well done my faithful servant.”

  • Rachel

    Lynn–I so completely relate to all four of your points!! 1. As a twenty-something longing to share her life and spiritual journey with someone else, I question if I’ll ever be able to find and connect to someone. Anxiety/low self-esteem is definitely an impediment on my part. 2. I would love to have more time to dive into my creative hobbies as well! Creating things is when I feel most alive. 3. I have overcome general anxiety myself and would love to use this to help others in the same boat. 4. You nailed it with this last point! I long to surrender myself to the Lord, knowing that he has overcome everything so that I can face whatever obstacle with total confidence in Him.

    Just looking at all these comments, isn’t it amazing to know that there are so many people in this world who hunger for the same things?! We have a community of fellow Christians encouraging and relating to each other, and this is one very small and beautiful way God is feeding our hunger for relationship and community. Have faith, my friend, that God will feed our hunger in the right ways at the right time! <3

    • Carlos

      That was so nice and well said Rachel. I certainly share this hunger with you. I’m sure many seeing this reflection also feel the very same way. May these yearnings be filled so that we may all know His love more deeply in our lives, through friends, family and a uniquely shared with another.

      • Rachel

        Thanks for the encouragement, Carlos! It is so nice to know we are not alone in our hunger. God bless!

  • Patricia

    Aurora, when you said in your video that God loves us just because we exist, it hit me deeply. It is true that it is something I already knew intellectually, but this morning it travelled that sometimes long distance from my mind to my heart. Thank you!

    • Kevin Clark

      Isn’t it beautiful how much the the lord loves us!!

  • Julie Calderon

    I hunger for peace and justice on the local, national, and global levels. I hunger for clarity of mind and clarity of purpose. I work as a vice principal and every day I see young people experiencing anguish and acting out on that feeling in destructive ways. So I pray for them and for those of us who are committed to guiding them.

  • Colleen M O’Neil

    Thankyou Aurora.

  • RD

    Meaning, love and forgiveness. I think these are universal hungers. God truly does satisfy them all. (And can use us to help satisfy these hungers in those around us.).

    The challenge is to realize:
    True meaning is simply being God’s loved little child.
    True love is not selfish in any way, rather it is always allowing yourself to be filled up, so as to easily overflow and empty out.
    True forgiveness is God’s signature attribute. His mercy is infinite and can bring total peace and joy. If we could only learn to accept it, and then become a channel, spreading God’s mercy more and more.

    God really did come to earth to feed our hungers. Lord, I accept you as the bread of life. Come to me and nourish my hungers for meaning and love and forgiveness. Amen.

  • Kevin Clark

    1. Hunger for my son to hear god’s voice. Be obedient and do good in this world.

  • Lori

    At 52 and my three boys in adulthood and heading to college, I hunger for them to continue deeply in the faith that my husband and I brought them up in, and to also connect more with my husband on a spiritual level. I feel like I am so hungry to learn more and more about my faith and to share that with others. It’s crazy that at 52 I am just starting to feel this more then ever, or maybe I’m just finally listening to God. We sent our boys to a catholic school, attend mass every weekend, and they participated as altar servers. But I hear out in my community how some kids as they are now young adults are turning away from God, and it scares me!! I pray that my boys will continue in their faith.

    • Kevin Clark

      I worry too about how my youngest and only son is going to do in life. So I hunger to be voice for him and be a daily reminder that he can do good in this crazy world.

  • JayAW

    More than 10 years ago, my wife dabbled in witchcraft and went to coven meetings. I didn’t approve of her doing this, but she said she felt drawn to nature centered types of religions. After a few years she stopped attending those coven meetings. On one hand I didn’t understand where she was coming from, but I also thought that she was searching and yearning for something more. Neither of her parents were religious so she had no one to teach her about Christianity from a young age like I did. I don’t judge anyone who is searching and yearning for more, but we as cathlolics and the church itself have to do a better job of teaching out to those that are searching. My wife has said that she feels like she’s being judged and made to feel guilty by some priests that she has heard on the occasions that she has attended mass. She also has pointed out that there’s so much hypocrisy in the church, especially with the priest molestation of altar boys scandals. I can’t say that she doesn’t make valid points. I feel that if she ever decided to become a Catholic that it will be through God’s workings. I try to be a supportive husband and also educate her on some things, but I can’t force her to do anything that she’s not ready for.

    • John L. Kemmis

      She is right, we are all hypocrites. But then that is why we are at Mass. The Lord allows us hypocrites to enter his holy presence, even if it seems for only a brief moment each week. Its a mystery to me, and that brings joy. Encourage her to experience the mystery at Mass, whatever it might be. It might take a few Masses for that experience to become present or apparent. And it is inconvenient and uncomfortable at first. I am a convert and it has taken me a few years to discover the mystery. And I am still discovering.

    • Tina

      Please try to explain to your wife that she should not be surprized to see sinners in the Catholic Church. It is like a hospital. There you see only sick people. Humanity is in such a mess ever since the fall of Adam and Eve, so we all need spiritual healing.
      The One and only Healer is Jesus Christ. He is the Only Way to Heaven. Our souls will live forever, There is only Heaven and Hell for a soul to choose. So we go to Church to meet Jesus in the Sacraments. We should not judge the Church by the people that come. I shall really and truly pray for you both.
      God Loves you both, and wants you to come to Him through Jesus Christ and the Sacraments. It is the best and safest way.

  • CK Kav

    I am hungry for a sense of peace…in my heart, in my relationships, in the country, in the world. Hungry that all these daily videos and prayers will stay with me each day and further than the 40 days of Lent.

  • Jacki Tescione

    To be loved just because I exist….. I pray that I may stop giving “reasons” why others shouldn’t love me. I deserved to be loved because I exist….with all my flaws.

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Jackie, you are so very loved! Prayers for you!

  • John S.

    Aurora’s video is the best I’ve watched so far of this Lenten series! 40 days with strangers in the middle of nowhere and unplugged from the world! That is a new goal for me! Thanks Aurora.

  • Liz Sullivan

    I’m hungry for faith. I pray, go to Mass, follow programs like Dynamic Catholic but always those doubts creep in.

    • Carlos

      Liz, I am reading a book by Max Lucado called “Just Like Jesus.” The chapter that I just read last night discusses the power that our thoughts have in directing our lives. The most interesting insight of this chapter is that all things are under the authority of Jesus Christ, including our thoughts. When doubts creep in, we have the power to place these thoughts at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ. By placing all of our thoughts under Jesus’ authority, scripture and the Holy Spirit reveal to us God’s truth and help us to expel those doubts. I pray that your faith and trust in God will continue to increase immeasurably with each passing day. God bless!

  • Barbara Diecks

    I hunger for the ability to put life aside and focus more on God, i tend to let cleaning the house or doing laundry or many other things get in the way.
    I am learning to pray thru cleaning and laundry but also to take time as soon as I wake to share with God. I hunger to do God’s will but also fear I won’t hear His calling
    I hunger to help those around me but need to pray to help them in their needs not in what I think they need
    I hunger for a deep relationship with God to put Him first in all things
    I hunger for more time with my family and especially my grandchildren
    I’m thankful to Matthew Kelly for this book, for these 40 days and I’m thankful to each of you sharing your life with us.
    Have a blessed day

    • Peggy

      Thank You, all the things you have said is exactly how I feel. I couldn’t have said it better. Thank you and God Bless You!

      • Barbara Diecks

        thank you Peggy, it’s always good to know there are others who feel the same way. Have a blessed Day

  • Marilyn Russell

    I am hungry for my family to have Peace.

  • Betty’s Blessing

    Everyone’s hunger is different. I was married about a year and 1/2 ago. My husband and I belong to a new parish. For me, I hunger to part of a church family. My husband, he is fine without have personal relationships with other members of our church family.
    At this point in my life, I try to be the best person I can be and lovingly take care of my aging parents, how they have lovingly taken care of me. At first, when my parents both had health issues I was upset with my siblings for not doing enough. Then, I let go after much thought and prayer. Each person deals with things in their own way. I know I am doing what I can for my parents, out of my love and concern. I do for my parents, because they are my parents. When the day comes, I know I did everything in my power that I could have done. I no longer let what my siblings don’t do bother me. It only causes my hurt and anger.

    • Nancy

      Having cared for both of my parents for many years, I am aware of the family strife it can create. Everyone’s personalities, abilities, and time constraints are different, and sometimes it is pressure from a spouse or children that limits siblings’ availability. You will find that everyone reacts differently after you lose a parent, as well. Some of my siblings regretted not doing more and had tremendous guilt. You will not have that and hopefully will be grateful for the time you are spending with your parents. I am the middle child of seven, so trust me, I know the emotional roller coaster you are on! 🙂 God bless you!

      • Betty’s Blessing

        Nancy,

        Thank you for your kind words. I am the middle of 6 children. It is hard when you see some of them going off every weekend and have time for friends and to have fun, yet you are not able to do that because your time is spread so thin. When you have time off you have stuff at your own place to take care of. I have let that all go. I had a lot of anger over it for awhile and felt like I was ready to have a nervous breakdown. I went for medical help and just prayed for healing. I am at a good place now. One of my other siblings has stepped up more. God bless you too!

  • Paula Stone

    Peaceful fellowship. Not to be alone.

  • Laura LaDue

    I am hungry for inner peace. I’ve lived with depression and anxiety for most of my life. While they are under control through counseling and medication, I still hunger for that inner peace.

  • Marina Reed

    I hunger for a real friend. A friend that cares for me and what I do, and that I can go to in need. I am an artist and run a small art business , and I would love someone to share my love if painting, and art with me, a friend who is really interested in what i do.

    • Lynn Nguyen

      Marina, what type of painting do you do? I love painting but never developed my skills.

  • Geraldine A. Aspen

    Aurora, your message is so beautiful and simply says so much! Thank you.

  • Anna Krystyniak

    I hunger for self acceptance. I keep trying to find it in different ways, but still not happy with myself at this current stage of my life. Growing up I always wanted the dream of marriage, kids and staying home with them. Never in a million years did I expect that being a stay at home mom of two boys would make me feel lonely.

  • Peggy

    I hunger to be able to truly express myself especially here and when I’m trying to write in my journals. I have a very hard time keeping a journal.

    • Carlos

      Peggy, I have had a hard time keeping up with my journal this Lent too, even though I know it is a great outlet for my thoughts and feelings. There is a unique and different perspective that I receive when I put my thoughts down on paper. They become more tangible because they are not simply in my head. I will pray that we both are able to push past resistance and continue our efforts to write in our journals.

  • Monica Moreno-Mata

    What do I hunger for? Sticking to my daily prayer and being able to feel the peace I get from it through out the entire day. Being able to say no when I already have too much on my plate.

  • CathieHeenan

    Most of all, I am hungry for knowing that I am truly blessed by God. That God can work through me to help other people out. I am hungry for my family and friends to be happy and healthy. I am hungry for being able to do the job of my dreams on taking pictures of God’s great beauty of nature.

  • Tony Pantera

    I thought about this and found that my hunger leads me to join all the groups I do. I am a member of my
    teacher’s union, church, Boy Scouts, Elks Lodge and Hashing running club etc. I hunger for communities
    I can share with. With people I can make connections with.

  • Mary Jane

    Matthew Kelly seems to always say ‘just the right things’ weekly, and I am most appreciative of his insights! Yes, I hunger for deeper understanding of God’s words, thirst for just that special something I haven’t been privileged yet to experience in my daily Christian walk with Jesus! I hunger for more people to come and know Jesus! Community I have been blessed with through my Church with true Christian friends to praise God with three times a week, besides Mass on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday. I thank God that there is lots of us ‘walking’ along with Matthew on this Lenten journey to Easter and Life Everlasting! God bless everyone’s week!

  • Diana

    These videos are always spot on with what is happening in my life each day and the conversations that occur in my life. My husband and I recently have been discussing our hunger for community and being surrounded by young Catholic families working toward a similar mission. We desire to live in community and have a sustainable, small farm. To be reminded of how we can pray for this hunger and continue to wait patiently brings me a lot of hope.

  • Carlos

    The further that we get into these reflections, the deeper the realization that I have about the fact that each of us really do have God-sized holes to fill. Even in the areas that we think we are fulfilled in this life, God can fill these areas completely and perfectly. This has been an epiphany for me. We long to love and to be loved, but our minds tend to limit that to the human love that we receive from our friends, family, and spouses. When human love fails or is not enough, God’s love is always there in perfect portions. I hunger for God to fill all the holes (hungers) that I have in my life through both the people here on earth and in a life spent in communion with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I pray that we all will continue to choose to let Him fill the voids in our daily lives.

  • Kathleen

    I am hungry for pure joy in my marriage. I hunger for trust, for happiness, for laughter once again. Life has throw a lot of junk into our lives and I/we are trying, but Satan of course keeps trying to not let that happen. I ask for your prayers. I am not going down without a fight. COME HOLY SPIRIT!!!

  • Kathleen Cranford Kelley

    I am hungry for my life to change. I am hungry for love, respect and happiness. I am hungry for being pain free from actions of others. I am hungry for sight. “I once was lost, but now I’m found Was blind but now I see.”

  • Amy Reinhardt

    I hunger to do meaningful work that will fulfill me on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level. Since I’ve been job hunting, I haven’t been able to find that spark quite yet.
    I hunger to be challenged by my partner. He is a wonderful man, and I am so blessed to have him, but I wish he would lead me more in my faith and push me to be a better Catholic.
    I hunger for better relationships with my family. Each of us is taking his or her own path. The paths barely intersect, and it worries me for the development of stronger bonds.

  • Alice

    What am I hungry for ? You know I feel like Aurora, I need to go somewhere or stay here and unplug to figure it out. I am anxious a lot and fight the urge to always be busy. I guess I am hungry for peace, a deeper understanding of my catholic faith and to be a good person every moment ( I belive that’s possible).

  • Art evangelist

    I hunger for sharing my gift and talent with my own community, having them join in and becoming a part of the whole as the mural process comes together in our neighborhood! We are giving back together and in turn becoming an example of Jesus’s LOVE and healing for all those who hunger.

  • Christine Haymes

    When I was younger, I prayed for a partner and hoped that God would chose someone who shared my faith. He sent someone that I would not have picked for myself but forty one years and four sons later I know He sent the perfect partner to share my life and faith.

  • jerseyangel

    I know that reading scripture often points to what God’s will is for my life. One message I have been getting more and more lately at mass, at Bible study and from my spiritual readings. I am to share my faith and love of Jesus and God with others. I pray God gives me opportunity in what ever form that may be that I can do that with boldness and no hesitation. Just thinking about telling others about Jesus gives me anxiety, so I pray if that if God wants me to do that, to give me the confidence and the words to say.

  • Michael Ennis

    I am hungry for my next role in this world. I spent most of my life in human services, and it was very fulfilling the majority of the time. I took a hiatus from this field after my third layoff due to funding cuts, and although I mostly enjoy what I am currently doing, it has left a hole in my spirit that needs filling. I pray to God and Jesus every day for guidance on what I should be doing now. I just have to relearn how to hear the answer, and when the door is opened, have the courage and conviction to walk in. I am truly Blessed each and every day of my life.
    God Bless

  • Filomena Dias

    Everything is said, Lynn was pretty much how I would have put it. Thank you for your wonderful sharing! I especially liked #4! God bless you always.🙏🏻

  • I am hungry for happiness in a few areas of my life, but I believe the greatest hunger rests in professional happiness. Professionally, I am famished, if the “truth” be known and that hunger impacts every single part of my life. I read an article today about what to do when you are miserable at work. It suggested 10 reasons we end up in the wrong job, with number 10 being “Feeding the Lifestyle Monster”. As I listened to Matthew Kelly today, I realized I am definitely feeding the wrong hunger. The writer, Alaina Love, shared that “understanding what’s required for you to craft a happy life can prevent
    you from becoming a slave to the lifestyle monster’s insatiable appetite
    for more, and trapped in a job just to feed that monster.” I loved the parallels that I saw in the two messages. It reminds me, as I need to be reminded every day, that that hunger, that hole, is a God-sized hole that can’t be filled with earthly things.

  • Kimberly Trapp

    1. To be wise enough, honest enough, and responsive enough to choose Christ and truth at any cost.

    2. To live fully in the truth of Christ.

    3. To use the gifts and talents God has given me to bring others to Him for his glory.

    4. To become, in Christ, the best possible version of the person he created me to be.

  • lizmvr

    I hunger for love. I do want companionship more than I have it now, but there are definitely times over the past week that I’ve been grateful for friends reaching out and including me in plans, too. I also want physical touch sometimes–I have dogs, but it’s nice to hug people as well. I know the companionship and touch are part of the overall love I want to feel, and I also want, as someone else said, to love others without judgement. I realize that it’s impossible for me to know all of the motivations behind others’ actions, but this doesn’t always lead me to be forgiving as I should be. I hunger for community as well, but again, I think this is just part of the love I want to feel and give.

  • NancyB

    Wisdom to approach every day with a deeper understanding of what God wants from me and how to proceed. I hunger to let go and let God.

  • Clare54

    I hunger to understand Jesus more! I hunger to understand the beauty in suffering and offering to God in such a way that you can see joy on my face! I hunger to understand everything I don’t understand about God and what He wants for me in this life. Amen.

  • Toni Duffy

    I am starving to belong some where. To feel loved. Real love. To not feel this aloneness. So much that I have given away what was not love. But just lies.

    • Carlos

      Toni, I think without a doubt loneliness has been the greatest pain I have felt in my life. I think this is because I have never had to really feel it until just recently, but it really drops your to your knees. Unlike direct physical pain, the pain of loneliness can chain us inside our minds through our thoughts. My wife left me for another man about 10 months ago and at times I have been shackled to abandonment, betrayal and utter loneliness. I have had to change this loneliness into solitude and silence turned towards God. Slowly but surely God has allowed me to see who I am, which is who He wants me to be. We both have so much to offer to this world. Going forward, I know that if we both continue to seek, we will find truth and all that He has to offer.

  • Taryn Macary

    I hunger for falling into the consoling arms of Christ, for unifying my heart with His, for hearing his words,
    “I love you Taryn,” for hearing His words, “Keep loving,”and to opening my heart, my will, my time to loving others, smiling, supporting, and praying to those I can connect to. I also hunger/long for His will in my personal pain in longing to use my professional gifts (administrative) when I am unable to because my husband is permanently now in a nursing home due to his MS.(As a “community spouse”, due to to his being on Medicaid, my income would go to his nursing home in addition to $2,200 I pay which is not workable as I need that income.) I hunger for God’s grace is this situation and my frequent hunger/pain.

  • Rosie

    I hunger not so much for myself but for others to open to the gifts so freely given to us. God has been good to me and how I know things can change in an instant. We are losing generations of young people and families to the world and I hunger to see them coming back to the kingdom of God, here on earth. So many are lost and have turned their backs on what really matters. I would love to see them accept the Good News and make it a part of their lives.

  • Sharon Rasmussen

    I can remember when I wanted unconditional love s a child but due to the lack of nurturing and harsh conditions my mom and stepdad grew up with, they were not able to give what they had not received. When I was 8 years old in a catholic boarding school, I wandered into a chapel at night. I saw the light from 2 candles on the altar and sat down. No one else was there. I was scared of being alone but then I felt a peace inside me. A light from one candle came towards me and all I could think of was how beautiful it was. When it got to me it shimmered gently into me in the shape of the Holy Spirit. I felt the power of God’s unconditional love and reassurance that the church was my home and would always be there for me. God has been faithful to me all these years. I am 80 now and He has kept his promise even when I failed. This is the only unconditional love I have experienced besides the love of my husband. The older I get, the more I try to be more faithful to his love because I am grateful for his love.

  • Kathy Anderson

    I have had a blessed life and have had more than my share of happiness but I have always yearned for peace. Seven years ago, I attended a weekend retreat and found a bit of that peace. Now I pray daily and often but I still hunger to know God intimately and to build a two-way relationship with Him. I am still searching to know His purpose for me at this time in my life.

  • Lynette Houska Zenor

    I’m hungry for my parish….In July 2016, my parish experienced a devastation. Our Monsignor was charged with sexting a maintenance worker. Who would have thought? Many have left and found a new parish. I no longer attend Mass as I did. When I do attend, nothings the same. Empty pews, low head count, new Monsignor has done away with our Life Teen Mass on Sundays. I’m sad. I’m mad. I’m hurt. How do I find my spiritual growth?

    • John L. Kemmis

      I looked back in my Best Lent Ever journal and found this on Day 7.”Spend a few minutes in the quiet of your church.” And then this question is written, “God, what do you think I should do?” And later that day I wrote within, “Freedom comes with the question.” Many are praying for you and your fellow parishioners.

    • John L. Kemmis

      Sorry, my previous reply didn’t address your dilemma. I find spiritual growth through first by finding a quiet, comfortable place, and then reading the Mass readings for the day, any day. Next I read a reflection or homily on those readings. Followed by praying (in my case I usually whine) to God, sometimes asking “What do you think?” Of course my whining preamble if full of blah this, blah that. I probably sound quite ridiculous to Him. But then with my favorite pencil and paper in hand, I write down a prayer or two to him, our Lord. And with some bravery, add some praise and thanksgiving. I often forget that praise and thanksgiving part though. 🙁 Maybe I need more practice or resolve. My hope is that He understands and is merciful. There is no perfect process, but I think you have already discovered the answer before reading any of these replies. For you have asked the question.

    • Blaise Burkhard

      Allow yourself time to process the disillusionment you’re feeling. Priests and parishioners come and go…God still lives in your church and your parish and you. Pray for patience and the wisdom that will grow from this heartache.

      In our parish, we had a priest who confessed at each mass one weekend that he was having inappropriate relations with a woman. He was forced to do so by the archbishop due to the unchecked circulating rumors. (You can imagine a few unfavorable scenarios). Since I was not aware of any such rumors, I was horrified and shocked as he made his revelation in tears. My horror and shock surprisingly was directed at the Church. I saw this broken priest as a flawed human being who was struggling. He was a sinner…just like me. I was filled with compassion and wished I hadn’t witnessed his soul-baring confession. I can’t imagine the shame he felt after making the fifth public confession. I understand that he broke his vows, and I felt a sense of betrayal in the sense that his responsibilities and actions as a priest were questionable for some unknown period of time. However, I couldn’t and didn’t judge him. I prayed for him. My family, including my teen-aged children, discussed the incident at great length afterwards. My daughter said that she appreciated his confession because that made him more human and relatable to her as a priest. Maybe she gained some wisdom…

      • Lynette Houska Zenor

        Thank you with much love from the heart. You “get” exactly what I’ve been feeling, i.e., horror & shock directed at the Church. Betrayal hurt the most. I will continue pray for him, without judgment. I feel confident I’ll regain placement in my parish again.

  • Yvette Perez

    I have hungered so many things at times i believe to be sselfish …. I recently finish a 12 week alpha course and i have come out hungry for more jesus in my life … I am hungry for prayer and to pray for others i actually catch myself praying for people i never thought i would ever pray for but i know its the holy spirt using me …. I hunger for the lord to use me as a tool to be an answer to others prayers … I feel so close to jesus at this lenten season more than i ever have felt in my life…. I thank you lord for a new day…

  • Tammy Reasoner

    I hunger to spend my waking hours using God’s gifts and talents in a way that will speak to others, because I know that’s not only how I best serve Him, but how I feel closest to Him in my life.

  • Lilia

    I try to live my life in service an gratitude regardless of my situation. Try not to focus on my self. I yearn for friendship and community, I resist opening up to let friendship in my life. I pray the Lord helps me break this behavior to fill this yearning.

  • Kathy

    I am a widow and I’m hungry for companions, not for dating or marriage but just for someone to share my Christian viewpoint with. I love both “Best Lent Ever and Best Advent Ever”. I can read about other people’s ideas and thoughts and it helps me to try to grow and learn so I will be the best version of myself. The comments pull me in to share my thoughts and how I can change things around to really grow more on my spiritual journey. When Advent or Lent are done I feel like I’ve lost a few friends and what can I do to fill the void. This is always such a great learning experience as well as looking at others and what they do in certain situations. I actually wrote Dynamic Catholic about a suggestion that maybe we can have a forum all year long. I suggested that it could be as easy as having discussions on the daily reflections. I know it would be huge Blessing for me and others to continue to share our Christianity and Catholic viewpoints. I’m really hoping and praying that this idea will come to fruition. If anyone is interested in a daily forum maybe you as well could ask Dynamic Catholic for that as well. It doesn’t mean everyone would have to do it everyday but I know that being able to have this each day would lift me up knowing that I could share things between all of us. I hope everyone has a beautiful and spirit filled day.

  • Paul

    I am hungry for:

    1.) For my wife and children to experience pure happiness in their lifetime.

    2.) To find meaningful work that you can’t wait to get there in the morning and are not anxious to leave.

    3.) To have complete confidence that our financial plan will last us through our retirement years.

    4.) For my sick sister to enjoy good health and happiness again.

  • Justice.

  • Holly D.

    To feel God’s presence on a daily basis. To know that He is by my side guiding and encouraging me. I am also hungry for solitude so that I can feel and appreciate all that the Lord has given me.

  • Michele A Shedd

    To have a clearer focus on God’s plan for my life

  • Jimmy Smith

    I hunger for more of Jesus I can’t get enough I do Cursillo and Arise retreats and take classes and go to seminars about our faith and theology I read books and the scriptureI just can’t get enough if I could leave my job and just do the Lords work I would

    • John L. Kemmis

      My Cursillo weekend in February, 1998 was a turning point for me. Awesome journey that continues. Like the Best Lent Ever.

  • Pat

    Hi Lynn, I understand all you hunger for but #4 is fabulous and I think it will take care of the others. God Bless

  • LJ

    BELONG-YES-HUNGER-YES/CLICKS-NO: My communion is a union with the all powerful, all knowing, God who supplies the depths of living H20. This desire is a gift, I personally am willing to give my life for the attainment of my desire. Hungry?

  • Francine L Spinner- Kelley

    thank you Lynn, #4 is my favorite, so I copied and pasted it…. so beautiful. I totally love the Lord, and best wishes to Constance as you join the Catholic faith in the fullness of faith. God Bless.

    4. To get so deeply rooted in my faith and love for the Lord that no matter what obstacles come in my life, I will be peaceful and joyful just knowing that Jesus has already overcome everything.

  • Leah Levitt

    I have a hunger to participate in and learn more about my Catholic Faith. I try to go on Religious Retreats once a year. I am in my seventies and became Catholic in my early seventies. Fortunately I have the resources to do this. Last year I went to Rome for the Canonization of Mother Theresa. I also went to Knock and Clonmacnoise in Ireland. Soon I will go to a Woman’s Retreat with the Carmelite Nuns at Sacred Heart Retreat House which I do every year. I still want to go to Lourdes and Fatima. I have a great hunger to attend these and am never happier than when I am at these events. I am lucky that I attend a vibrant church that has all kinds of opportunities to do this.

  • Michael Kaucher

    Very interesting thoughts on the hunger for genuine community shared by Matthew. One of the greatest hungers I have is to see Jesus’s prayer of unity realized. The genuine community that so many people hunger for is the Body of Christ. Jesus prayed (as accounted in the gospel of John, chapter17) that His followers would be one. This oneness impacts the world and is lived out every time a diverse group of Christians (Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, etc.) gather around the truth of who Jesus is, and share His love in some tangible way in the community. Lord, grant me the heart to love all those around me and invite them into this beautiful community that is the Church.

  • Karen Bumstead

    I hunger to be: closer to God, to be the answer to someones prayer, to use my gift of creativity in a way that serves God and to be more present and aware of those in need around me.

  • Suzanne McGlaughlin

    I hunger for

  • Judy

    I’m hungry for physical healing, and community (friendships).

    There are several physical disorders that I have. I even had to quit working. I was declared permanently disabled and receive Social Security. These are my cross to bear. Yet I hunger to be free from these things that have robbed me of life. Things people take for granted, like driving, especially night driving. People unable to drive at night are typically viewed as elderly. I’m not elderly. I have quite a few decades on me, but I’m far from elderly.

    My other big hunger is community, especially girlfriends, and daytime girlfriends at that. I’ve been hosting daytime bible study for years. And as life changes, people left the group. I’m down to one lady (12 years my senior). “Where two or more are gathered, I am there in the midst” (Matthew 18:20), has been our motto. We both look forward to our Tuesday mornings. That’s it. My best friend lives in east central Florida (I’m in MO). My friend from the US Navy lives in northwest Florida. For 23 years, my husband and I are in a couples group thru church. Once a month, seven couples focusing on God and marriage. It’s date night with friends. It’s not like I have no friends…I have no daytime friends, the let’s go do something in the daytime friends. That’s what I crave. Perhaps this is God’s plan because it affords me a few hours to sit in my prayer chair doing Scripture writing, Letcio Divina, journal writing, and God-writing, my reflection books, and Bible study homework.

    Now that I know what I’m hungry for, what am I to do with this awareness? I am powerless over health cures. I could take a photography class and perhaps meet others who share a similar interest. That is what I’m going to do…now if only I could find a daytime class. Hmm…

  • Christine Overkamp

    AURORA,

    What a beautiful hunger you shared. I love it and pray that many of us will strive for that same hunger…to be who Jesus created us to be and to do with the life He has give us. Each morning and several times during the day, I thank Jesus for the gift of his love and graces shared for me to give to others. It is such a profound sense of connection in that short but sincere thank you Jesus. I wish I had the words to explain it more deeply but that is how I feel. God bless you and so happy you shared your hunger with us. God bless you. Christine Overkamp, a retired Catholic School principal.

  • Kathy

    I am hungry for more people to love. God has blessed me with a good husband, two married daughters, and a grandson. I’m a private-duty nurse so I have a patient who I spend two days per week with. I spend more than an hour per day with God. Yet I have too much spare time. The thing is that even after all of these blessings, I feel that I spend much of my time in irrelevant activities just to keep myself entertained.

  • Erin O’Connor Killeen

    I am hungry for the love of my children . I adopted 4 children 3 from Russia and 1 from the United States. They are adults now and I never hear from them and they don’t come home to visit . I miss them so much and my husband and I feel very sad about it . We have reached out to them and have tried to keep in contact but they very rarely respond . My son from the US calls us but we haven’t seen him in over a year and my daughter has completely shut us out … my other 2 sons just don’t bother to pick up the phone or respond anymore… it hurts so much because I have 2 grandsons . We gave our children a good life and loved them with all our hearts and soul . My friends always say they just don’t get it….. they know how much my husband and I were involved in their lives and from the outside looking in we were a hapoy family and I thought so too….. just don’t know what has happened… so my biggest hunger is the love of my children and I am trying to accept what is and fill the empty hole with the love of God. Please pray for me.

    • Trudy Ray Parmarter

      Praying

      • Erin O’Connor Killeen

        Thank You Trudy!

  • Lorie Heyn

    I would agree that community is one for me: adulthood can be rather lonely at times. I am also hungry for a real sense of purpose; I know God created me for a reason and all, but I just need a true direction and purpose. I am also hungry for peace; as a person who has lived with anxiety disorder for years, I definitely seek peace, both internal and in the space around me.

  • Kim Bordelon

    A more of an intimate relationship with my family ,Have I tried hard enough no, but I ask God for strength because when something is truly worth it it will be the hardest thing to accomplish but so worth it…in the end

  • Jean Prescott

    Aren’t the differences among us amazing to uncover. I yearn not for community but solitude. After 40 years of working in the frenetic environment of a daily newspaper newsroom, I relish peace and quiet. And I do mean solitude.
    I believe if we just ask, God gives us what we need, and He occasionally reminds me that I need some face time with others by presenting invitations and opportunities I don’t particularly want but cannot avoid, and then the I have to thank Him for knowing best. He really does know best, doesn’t He?

  • Terrence & Barbara Caster

    I loved today’s message. How can we invite 100 Million people to experience this love for the Lord?
    TR Caster

  • Nancy

    Unfortunately, our religious education classes are in the evening and that time doesn’t work for me or my family. I had never heard of Lectio Divina. Thank you for the link. I printed the information and will use it along with Ally’s recommendation to use a study Bible!

  • Trudy Ray Parmarter

    I hunger to be a life long learner. What does God want me to learn next?

  • seakiev

    I am desperately hungry to hear from God regarding my writing career. I have been applying for jobs writing and otherwise without luck. I pray to God daily asking for an answer to this prayer. I have broken down in tears many times over my unanswered prayer and wake every night asking God why he remains silent. I need a job to pay my rent and buy groceries. My heart’s desire is to continue to write for and about God. Yet, I receive nothing but silence from God. I need a job, no matter what kind of job. I don’t understand why God is silent? Why he wouldn’t answer such a vital prayer?

    • Mary R

      I wish I could give you an answer but I can’t. I can and will join my prayers to yours.

    • Clare54

      I will pray a rosary for you today. That through the intercession of Our Dear Blessed Mother that you will receive some resolution soon.
      I speak here from my own experience that God speaks to me in His loudest voice when I am the most silent.God Bless You. Keep the Faith!

    • SanctusSanctus

      I’m thinking about today’s Gospel reading about the guy at the pool, hanging around for 38 years; St. Monica praying for her son St. Augustine for years…. Dorothy trying to find her way home and all she had to do was already available to her in her ruby slippers….
      Amazing to think the Light of the world, the wellspring of water, the Kingdom of Heaven all dwell within us and how do we “tap into” these resources?

  • MaryAnne Casaul

    I had to laugh at first when I asked myself this question. Trying to be truthful I first thought of the material things I hadn’t yet obtained. The Holy Spirit and I had a great laugh! Getting deeper though I realized I hunger for that one special friend or even friends who I can relate spiritually with. I do have good friends, however, I don’t feel fed when I am with them I guess because we are not on the same spiritual level. I know not everyone is. I’ve read some posts about retreats and this is something I truly desire. Perhaps I will be led to the right retreat for me. I can honestly say though that the Holy Spirit is working in feeding my desire for spiritual community through these reflections. God is working!

    • SanctusSanctus

      At first I was thinking “cheesecake”! I long for those special consolations I believe I have received from Our Lord and can’t help but wonder why it is that we don’t seem to get the messages as others…. we wait and watch and listen….

  • mel

    I am hungry for community as well. My husband and I moved 6 hours away from family and friends. We love our life together, but we miss familiar faces around us. I miss having a support system nearby. I am also hungry for learning my calling in this life. I am almost 30 years old and I feel uncertain about my path. I want to live out my purpose, but I am not sure what that is.

  • Angie Tassin

    I hunger for the people I know and my family to accept
    for who I am Just like Jesus has.

  • Steffen

    I am trying to start a L’Arche community in Connecticut. My son with autism and Down Syndrome will a need a nuturing and spiritual community someday. I keep waiting for the Holy Spirit to bring the key people into my life who will be committed to this endeavor. This is what my soul hungers for.

  • Cathy R.

    I am always more and more hungry for the Lord.
    I am also hungry for a job where I feel wanted and valued (I feel neither at my current position). My ideal job would be working somewhere for God and His people, but my family needs me to have a salary Mr. Kelly found a way, and while I am not as talented as he, maybe there is some hope for me.

  • Johanna webster

    What am I hungry for that is a good question one that I can not answer at this time. Trying to find my life purpose at 70 years old. Sounds crazy , I have been very successful in my life but it does not seem enough for me. I do not want to sound ungrateful, but I want to find a sense of peace and love. I want to find this through my faith. Hope it happens soon.

  • Zoe

    Community. That’s a hard one for me, because very few of my fellow Catholics want community with me. Attending Mass really takes a lot of COURAGE.

    Better Time Management/Self Discipline. These past 24 hours have been CLASSIC. I tend to STAY UP ALL NIGHT, on FACE BOOK, connecting with friends. I’ve got friends in RUSSIA, whom I’ve never met face to face. When I finally sleep, I’ll sleep until NOON, get up, get my poor, elderly Husband some BREAKFAST, and just see what else he needs from me, until after Dinner, when we watch whatever he chooses for us to watch together, and then he goes to bed and I go online. I KNOW what I need to be doing IN BETWEEN TIME. RIGHT NOW I need to be Praying THE ROSARY, THE ANGELUS, and the CHAPLET OF DIVINE MERCY. I need to be doing SO MUCH MORE, than just getting through these moments of physical hunger, biding my time until DINNER.

    My life is on the verge of serious change, and I need to be ready for it, when it happens! I’m 54 and I’m GOING BACK TO COLLEGE! I begin on Thursday, April 6th, with a COMPUTER CLASS (ironically). I’m trying to GET MY ARMOUR on!

  • Lori Andre

    What I hunger for, I hunger for God’s
    love knowledge mercy and forgiveness. And in my 48 years of life I have never yearned for so much knowledge as I have in this time of Lent I don’t even know how I started receiving these emails, but I know that it was God’s will. Because I have never gotten to feel him as much as I have felted him for knowledge and hope and wisdom he has finally answered me and the feeling is so wonderful I just wanted to share this with everyone that he has put this wonderful man beside me to experience his glory his admiration and love thank you Jesus Christ for all the little miracles that you have performed in my life. I hunger only for you.

  • Dominique Kohlenberger

    I hunger to be able to put God 100% of the time in the center of my Life and to start every day with my devotionals to prepare me for the day. Because if He is the Center….. all will go well! He takes away my anxiety and worries about the things I cannot change.

  • Elizabeth Riley

    I’ve always enjoyed being out in nature. I think that the best part of being in nature like some forest is being able to just sit or lay down and do nothing. If I had all the time in the world I’d probably find a deserted log cabin in the middle of nowhere and become a hermit. That is where we are most likely to meet God because we are not easily distracted by school or work or social media.

  • Trevor Pelkey

    I am hungry for a deeper relationship with the people around me in my life, even with people I am not very close with at all.

  • Shonne Farrell

    I hunger for the peace only God can give. I want to be His servant and share His love with everyone I meet.

  • Mark Darrow

    I’m hungry for an expanded network and relationships. Reconnecting with family members, past friends and coworkers. My network is broad, but my intimate relationships is narrow.

  • Barry Dupre

    I am hungry for the presence of God in a solid, tangible way in my life, and have been for a very, very long time. Though this seems impossible the hunger remains. It took me a long time but what I’ve come to realize, at age 53, due to life’s consequences, and a legitimate prayer life, including having become a Bible reading Catholic, that the intimacy that I desire most has been available to meet all along, my entire life. It is in the Corporal Works of Mercy, charity, giving of myself to those who are in need! To experience Christ in all my brothers and sisters, rich or poor, friend or not so friendly. I believe this is where my Hunger will be finally satisfied.
    “What you do for the least of these, you do it for me.” Jesus tells us!
    God bless you all!

  • Niove Candida Rosario

    I hunger for internal peace
    I hunger to find my calling in the remaining years of life in this earth
    I hunger for having the means, time and opportunity to really help others
    I hunger for feeling the presence of God at every moment in my life
    I hunger for communion with our creator
    I hunger for the salvation of our youth

  • Mary Brennan

    I hunger for Christian community, act 2;42 and a closer relationship with my children and grandchildren, and it will most likely be the same with now the three great grandchildren. Time will tell all, but it is heavy, I keep on trucking and praying, Thanks be to God

  • Del Flores

    I’m hungry for peace, kindness to one another, no abuse of our people and no more illness.

  • AB

    for a deeper relationship with God, to make him more present in my life and thus more visible in the people I dela with every day.

  • mjtav240

    I’m hungry for a deeper relationship with the Lord, and I believe each day I am drawing nearer, although there are days that I feel that I take a few steps backward.
    I hunger for the ability to live out the truth (as Matthew spoke of yesterday) in my life, instead of being a “yes” person, saying what I think others want to hear.
    I hunger for wisdom – to learn what God is teaching me through the truth.
    I hunger to love others authentically, not with duplicity, but with genuine love for their souls.
    I hunger to be in awe of God, not to be so casual about His presence in my life!

  • Michael

    Advice about hunger from a chef, irony makes me smile. I would love some advice on ideas for community centric opportunities to join a retreat as you described. At 48 years old, Jesus Christ has opened the door wide for me through the Holy Spirt; sometimes I truly feel the Father’s paternal smile from outside of me deep within me. I know God is all around us, every day, every where; but He speaks most profoundly through His creations, absent our white noise polluting His majesty. Any advice on 40-day type immersive retreat destinations would be considered a blessing.

  • Prolifedem6M

    To know that somehow, somewhere, what I have done and what I have lived through has made a difference, that I have impacted the lives I have encountered in a positive way.

  • Maria Nowak

    I am hungry for kindness, respect and acceptance for who we are.

  • Nicole M.

    Just like Aurora, I want to feel loved just the way I am. I feel like I often hunger for relationships that are broken in my life to be fixed. I find myself seeking others approval when they’ve let me down so many times. Maybe God took them out of my life for a reason. Rethinking this question, I have a deep hunger for God’s love, time spent with family and friends, volunteering, living a healthy lifestyle, and striving to make a difference to help my students and my athletes succeed.

  • Michele

    I am hungry for community with those my age … I am hungry for clarity about what God wants me to do, where to live, and when to go.

  • Ruth

    I am hungry for a vocation, for familial peace, for true communication, and for learning most especially.

  • Arthur Brown

    I am hungry to continue to search more deeply in the word and to get to know more about Jesus as in my life time I still won’t know enough. I thank God for sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross then in resurrection he gives us continually eternal life with God because He removes our sin and loves us for who we are. I hope to encourage others to find Jesus so that maybe we can change the world one person at a time with the love of Christ who is present with us in the Holy Spirit and the love of God who never gives up on us. His will be done not my will because at the end of the day and the end of my life that is all that matters and the hunger He gives me is to give back to the world so that others will find the joy and love in Christ.

  • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

    There are many earthly things I’d like . We all do . A new car, new clothes etc. But,what I hunger for is to find my way to God by bringing to Him the best “ME” . My limitations are many but I can always find a way to interact with whatever I have, or whomever is around me .In this world all we have are things and people. So, I smile at people and use what I have wisely .That IS the tricky part .All we have is time, this second right nwrite a letter, make a phone call to a lonely widow or make a blanket for a baby that needs one . They’re all just Jesus to me a

    • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

      Right now I can’t even fix my comment . My PC is the worst . No , I don’t want a new one .We are given everything we need to get to heaven . I have all my earthly needs and many of my “wants”. I hunger for the ability to use every minute as wisely as I can in order to bring the best M E back to God. .Letters, phone calls, baby blankets and smiles to a few people I may see ,say my prayers and that leaves me hungering for only one thing: God. ( A working PC is OK but don’t hunger for it. )

  • Paula Hecker

    I hunger for holiness!

  • Grandmama 16

    To Lynn and all….It’s true, Jesus has overcome everything but what I hunger for is peace in my heart and soul. Depression has plaqued me on and off since childhood. I’m 73 and a convert of 45 years, have a great family, 5 children and 2 Viet refugee sons, and amazing husband but I hold on to a resentment about daughter becoming mormon at 19…long story of our relationship including her death by breast cancer in 2006. I prayed and prayed and prayed for her and felt no peace as she breathed her last. I, her dad and her husband were with her. I have to trust that God had mercy on her soul. She was such a fighter, an amazing woman but I can’t explain the hurt within me. I hunger for this daughter. Her husband raised their 3 girls so well and recently remarried, waiting until the girls were ready, 20, 18, 15. I’m so happy for them and that despite religion we’ve remained close. We have 2 sons away from the church and it hurts but not like our first borns’ actions which contributed to their loss of faith. I think it all has something to do with my pride. Our remaining girls are faithful Catholics and I praise God for that. I hope and pray that what you hunger for will be a reality, tho the greatest gift you can receive is our faith and the Bread of Life, Eucharist that sustains us. God’s Blessings, M.A.

  • Tila

    The Holy Spirit is marvelous! Lynn, how could I not believe it! As Constance shared, I too, have that incredible hunger and oneliness at the the young age of 79! I am so blessed with good health, energy and youthful abilities, yet, I long to share my deep love for Jesus and my Church activities with a like companion. I co-teach RCIA and am an active Lector and Extraordinary Eucharistic minister. Congratulations.
    Let’s keep each other in our prayers.
    God bless.

  • Peter L

    You know, sometimes you just have to stop, take a step back & reexamine an important topic or issue in your life. And I needed to do that with what I’m Hungry for before I move on to today’s (3/29) topic:
    1) I’m hungry to truly know My Father (Abba)
    2) I’m hungry to be the father and the leader, protector, & provider of my family that I’m called to be – modeled after Dear St. Joseph
    3) I’m hungry to know The Truth more deeply & intimately, for He is The Way & The Life
    4) … and I’m hungry for the silence … because I wouldn’t have gotten any of this without it

  • Frank

    To break the chains of habitual sin and find myself closer and immersed in GOD

  • Lea Dacanay-Rodriguez

    Aurora,

    You said it very well. I want to be loved just because I am. Thank you for sharing that.

    Lea

  • Catherine Simone Mason Puglies

    I absolutely love all of these videos, but this is my favorite.
    I am hungry for free time, which is funny because it is my own fault that I work extra. I guess I am more hungry for my willingness to spend more time with GOD and doing his work that he wants me to do.

  • Maria

    I am hungry for a joyful life. I am hungry for not just doing well in school but also learning well in school. I am hungry for writing and drawing the most amazing story I can. I am hungry for getting people excited about the beautiful and inspirational things of this world. I am hungry for a strong friendship with Jesus.

  • Sue

    This is very personal. My husband and I are no longer “intimate” due to health problems, but I still long to be held, and hugged. It seems he no longer feels the need to spend time doing that.

    Secondly, I feel the need to be closer and build a deeper relationship with my family. They live a days drive away. I see all my friends sharing in the daily life of their families, being close to their children, grand-children, even their great grandchildren. I feel like I am missing so much.

    My saving grace is that I have wonderful friends, a wonderful church community and a husband who loves me.

    I have been mildly depressed for quite some time. I think this question just helped me figure out why. Now I need to figure out how to make it better.

  • Emma Spaulding

    I am hungry for being able to get to know God better and experience His love and mercy, being able to understand other better, to live in the moment and not be distracted. I am hungry to be able to travel the world, experience new things, figure out who I am on a deeper level, and have less stress and more love for the people and things in this world,

  • Fanny

    Besides being hungry for material things that will benefit my health and mind I hunger for peace and safe environments for all. For this I pray everyday. May the answer to our prayers give us a better world. Amen

  • Jennifer

    I hunger for closer relationships with my family, and deeper relationships with my friends.

  • RAB-G

    Unconditional LOVE is a true blessing that we all hunger for. Acceptance for just the way we are is a gift.

  • Carla

    I thought that was beautiful, Aurora Patag, to express how God loves us and that “we want to be loved just because we exist” which is how He loves us. It’s Agape and it is something we all need to hear that others feel the way we do. And, we are more alike than we are different. Well said! Thank you!

  • Debra Kyser

    I am hungry for several things. First to be stronger in my faith and experience the Lord in a deeper way has been a quest of mine. I am also hungry for companionship. So often I need to get stimulation from being with others and at times it is hard to find people with the same interests to get together and do things with. That also leads to a feeling of needing community. With no husband and grown children with families of their own i feel isolated. I am very thankful here at home to have my furry friend, my dog for some companionship.

  • Sarena

    I’m hungry to feel free and to increase my family.

  • Barbara

    I also am hungry for love. I an a recent widow with grown children, married with children of their own. VERY BUSY! I hunger for companionship, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. I feel lonely a lot.

  • Rae Mims

    I hunger: to have someone truly love me; for someone to truly know me; to feel like I make a difference in the world; beauty; culture and growing deeper in my faith and my walk with God; to have answers.

  • Margo

    I hunger for the depth of feeling I get when I sing Handel’s Messiah each Christmas with the Combined Church Choir. 400 people come from all over, some two hours by train, for ten weeks of practice before the performance. We are all Christian. Before the rehearsal we say the the Lord’s prayer and sing the doxology. Our current conductor is also Christian. Sometimes the tears run down our cheeks as the Spirit moves among us. The performance, there are two, are like nothing I can describe. I have sung in “secular” performance but it is not the same. I am so grateful Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be with us.

  • Rosalie Naco

    I’ve been reading with best lent ever and its meaningful. Good to hear from Ms. Aurora, loving GOD is sounds like crazy loving without but as we are. Hope many youngsters find this daily reflection everyday! Mabuhay! Gods blessings to all!

  • Vivienne

    I hunger to develop a relationship with our Lord and my daughter!

  • Steven Elton

    To draw water from the right wells that will feed and encourage my walk with G–

  • Kimberly

    I hunger for companionship. I’ve felt called to be a wife and mother my entire life, but the longer I go without meeting a good man, the more I struggle with faith and trust in our God, and the more I start blaming myself. I pray I can use this hunger to grow closer with God and find joy and peace in life and in trusting Him to provide

  • Babs

    I am hungry for complete love just for who God created me to be and to love the same way in return,

  • I’m hungry for peace – peace in my mind to be freed from anxiety, peace in the neurologic sensitivities to sound & light, and most importantly peace between myself and God as I’ve struggled in my interiour relationship with him during the exterior struggles in my life.

  • Bernadine

    I’m hungry for holiness. I’m hungry for my time alone with God. When I pray and soak up His Word, I am filled. When I repent and call out my sins, I feel purified. I hunger for this in my daily life. About four days a week, I go on long walks…those walks are good for my health, but I tell you they are so much better for my soul because I pray, I talk to God, I meditate, I listen to the daily word and devotionals.

  • Henry Mastroberardino

    “I don’t want to be loved FOR anything. I hunger to be loved just because I exist. And that’s how God loves. Which is crazy.” Aurora’s words resonated with me like no others I have heard in a long time. If we loved each other in that way, heaven truly would exist on earth.

  • Denise Slowinski

    I hunger to be just loved for me and not what I have to offer anyone, to be loved with no expectations.

  • Andrew P. Montana

    1. A deeper relationship with Christ.

    2. I hunger for a spiritual partner, with whom I can love and cherish,until God calls is home.
    3.for my children to grow up loving Christ and to follow his way

  • Lori Grajek

    I am hungering for self-respect. I’m at the stage of my life where I’m on the brink of being an empty-nester. I realized recently that I am still sacrificing my time too much for my “kids.” I finally realized that this is no longer necessary. My “kids” are young adults very capable of taking care of myself. I can let go of much anxiety if I let them do for themselves and spend more time looking at my own “log-in-my-eye.” It’s a weird feeling going in reverse: parents find themselves losing their job more and more as the years go by and it takes wisdom and grace to do it wisely. I guess that means I’m hungering for Gods wisdom and guidance.

  • Lynette Houska Zenor

    Thank you with much love from the heart. You “get” exactly what I’ve been feeling, i.e., horror & shock directed at the Church. Betrayal hurt the most. I will continue pray for him, without judgment. I feel confident I’ll regain placement in my parish again.

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