March 13: Ordinary Things

Day 11

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At Dynamic Catholic, there are three qualities that I always want every team member to have and every team member to be growing in: committed, coachable, and aware.

What I want to talk to you about is this third quality of awareness. It’s one of the incredible gifts that God wants to give us and increase in us gradually as we grow spiritually.

Most of us have awareness in hindsight. Most of us can look at something that happened last Christmas and say, “Ah, I get it now. When he said that to her and she said that to him, what was really going on was this.” That’s awareness in hindsight.

What God wants to give us—it’s an extraordinary gift really—is the gift of present moment awareness. He wants us to be aware of things while they’re actually happening.

So right now, you’re experiencing this message. Are you here? Are you thinking about what you have to do today? Are you thinking about something that has already happened today? Or are you here?

He wants to give us incredible present moment awareness. He wants us to be aware of things that are happening while they’re actually happening.

Three weeks from now, he doesn’t want you to look back on some experience of your granddaughter coming up and giving you a kiss . . . he wants you to be completely absorbed in that moment. He wants you to be aware of it while it’s actually happening.

When you walk up to receive Jesus in the Eucharist at church this Sunday, he wants you to be completely aware of what is happening in that moment, while it’s actually happening.

He wants you to have life in every breath. He wants you to taste every mouthful of food. And he wants you to taste every drop of water. He wants you to have this astounding awareness.

The great enemy of awareness: multitasking.

Multitasking, which has been completely, sort of, defunked by scientists as not actually saving us time. We don’t actually accomplish more through multitasking, but we are addicted to multitasking. And multitasking is the great enemy of awareness.

So if you want to grow in awareness, two things:

1) When you’re with people, give them 100% of your attention.
2) Stop multitasking.

Whatever you’re doing, give it 100% of your attention, get it done, then move on to the next thing.

“God wants you to be fully aware of every breath of air you take, every bite of food, every smile from a baby, every word you read, every song you hear, every kiss on the lips. God loves ordinary things.”

Matthew Kelly, Resisting Happiness

Share this quote.

Focus

God wants to give you present-moment awareness. He wants you to be aware of things while they are actually happening.

Act

Learn to find God in the ordinary activities of daily life. At the end of the day, write down three times when you were fully aware of God in your day.

Pray

God, help me to find you in the ordinary; help me to immerse myself in the present moment so I can be with you.

Today’s personal reflection features Dynamic Catholic team member Jessica Albers. Jessica is one of our accounting associates. She comes to us from Minster, Ohio, and grew up milking cows on a dairy farm. Jessica’s favorite holiday is April Fool’s Day, and she is planning to run the Boston Marathon on Easter weekend.

How do you find God in your daily life?

Let us know in the comments!

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  • Maria Guadalupe Moran

    God wants me to see and feel his presence in the world around me, people, nature, food, even the air that I breathe. So much of this is taken for granted! We live every day in such a hurry that we miss out on what is present at each moment of the day. I’ll try to be more aware of what I see, smell, taste and feel and find God in all things.

    • David B

      Thank you I walk each morning and look for nature. To hear the birds or to see the fox, rabbit or deer going about their day. It is a blessing.

  • Barbara

    I find God in daily life in the smile of a stranger, a door unexpectedly held open for me, the hug from a grandchild, a kind sales person. and my 12 year old dog looking into my eyes. The beauty of a misty sunrise or a blazing peach and purple sunset, the sound of waves rolling onto a beach, a beautiful butterfly, and the chirping of a bird and the sound of a gentle rain. One does not have to look far to find God all around. God is good! We only have to open our eyes.

    • Didi18

      Beautiful thoughts, Barbara. Thank you.

    • Mary B.

      Beautiful words!!!!

      • JMFishman

        Thank you for your excellent description!

    • Anne

      Beautiful and so true!

    • Patti Clifford

      Beautiful! Nature is truly God’s presence in the world. Let’s not forget to look in the mirror each day, gaze into our own eyes and see God’s presence
      This is one place we often forget to look. Take the time today.

      • Myrt Rollins

        Thank you, Patti! In me and in you and in your insight!! Myrt

      • Louise

        Very well said, Patti. And remember…God doesn’t make junk.

      • Angela Holke

        Yes! Patti, thank you for this reminder! We are all made in His image and to appreciate God in ourselves, what a beautiful, sacred thought! That’s where it can start, in us! Praise God and bless you 🙏🏻😀

    • Gerry

      This is beautiful and reading your comment I feel His presence!

    • Joanne

      Very nice words. I live in the desert Southwest. We are experiencing an early Spring. Every beautiful blossom on my fruit trees reminds me of God’s love.

    • Jackie

      That is so true, Barbara. Very well stated and exactly what’s in my heart. Thank you !

      • Barbara

        Many years ago I asked a co-worker if she ever had a bad day. She was always cheerful and smiling. Her fiance had died when she was a young woman. She never married. She told me every day you have a choice to make it a good day or a bad day. She chose to make every day a good day. I never forgot that.

        • Jackie

          We should all live by that..make the right choice to be positive. I am trying that every day..letting negatives go and turning into a positive day. I have no reason to complain about anything. I get upset a lot because 8 of my 9 grandchildren live in 3 different states. But I have one who stays overnight every weekend, so for that and for FaceTime I am very grateful. 🙂 I am 70 and have the privilege of still being able to earn a living at nannying for a very loving, generous family. ..so my bills all get paid without much of a struggle. I am luckier than a lot in that I have an excellent health plan as a retiree of a large insurance company. So see? All is really good and I feel that God has totally stepped into my life ..how grateful I am for that! And I have a wonderful, loving, non-judgemental BFF who is in this journey with me. We are both a part of this Lenten program and love it. Thank you for sharing that story, Barbara! Your words have been good for me today..you have made a difference. Bless you and love…

    • Leah Levitt

      I have two dogs. Your comment reminded me of what joy I get when I focus on them. Throwing their toys. Petting them and having them lick me. Maybe if I were as nice to people as I am to my dogs I would get the same joy from my interactions with people. I have been trying to do this. Hugging people, telling them something nice, how glad I am to see them, etc. it is a lot harder for us to treat people with the same love we do our dogs because our dogs reward us with unconditional love.

      • Debra Kyser

        Yes, our dogs will always give us unconditional love even, when we blow it. With people it is harder to have interactions with, as they do not always give us that unconditional love. In fact they blow us off quite a bit at times when it comes to phone messages, I have experienced lately. I think we have higher expectations with people. Our dogs love every moment with us they can get.

        • Leah Levitt

          You hit it on the head. I think we have to act like dogs and give unconditional love to people even when we know they are likely to respond negatively to us. Too bad some people are like this. However I mostly have positive experiences with people when I try to see God in them. When I have negative experiences I try to realize it isn’t my fault necessarily and if it is I try to think what else I can do.

      • Jonlea

        And just listening to people!

        • Leah Levitt

          Yes, I talk too much. I have to work on listening.

    • Ginger

      Thank you, Barbara for your comments. You have helped me realize and remember the many times God has been present in the moments of my life. I pray this will help me to see God in all the circumstnes of my life. And, thanks to you, God has used you to open my eyes. God bless you.

    • Karen

      So true! How beautiful is God!

    • Diane Grohn

      Barbara, i thank God daily for sending me my dog.He will be 10 at the end of march and is such a Joy- Jesus over you- my friend Eileen Mitchell told me. He can be a Teufelkind-devil child-mischevious but never a dull moment. I am very lucky women!

  • Doug

    I finally slowed down! In this Sunday’s gospel, from Matthew, we celebrated the transfiguration of Jesus. Each one of us is granted the opportunity to be transformed into someone who has complete faith and trust in God. This happened to me 5 years ago this month. Since then, I appreciate every minute of the day. I am constantly focussed on God, something I never used to do. I consider the air, the moon, my family, you reading this, blue skies…little sacraments. They are gifts from God, just the way He intended it to be.

    As in the gospel yesterday, God said to listen to Jesus. He is speaking to us, maybe not directly, but through others’ smiles and kindness. God Bless.

    • Ann G

      Completely agree, Doug! So happy for you, as this way if life…it brings me peace and joy!

      • Doug

        Thank you Ann. My prayer each day is that more and more may experience what I have. It really is incredible.

        • Joey

          Awesome

      • Elizabeth Brumann

        Awareness Am I hear happening hear and now and when I go to go to church and get Jesus in the Eurcharist I am supposed to taste the food and water. The bread is the body of Jesus and the wine is the water of Jesus. The big roadblock is to awareness is multitasking and the future but now is the time to step back and see god in the small parts of day such as the air we breathe. Awareness is about hear now and giving our 100% full attention to god. Lent is a spiritual journey through the desert and god is hear to guide us through the desert by understanding who he is and what is life plan is for each of us.

        God has a plan for everyone and he helps those people who want to be helped. God is our road map to the future and he can guide you through your toughest future decisions. Lent is about fasting and abstaining from negative thoughts and attitudes and doing the work of god and it is not bashing, slamming or degrading the church or the cardinal bishops priests deacons or the pope it is about using the church as way to help us out by doing acts of kindness and charity and being aware of god and his goodness kindness compassion mercy and forgiveness. It is about cursing god our saying never things about god or about using his name in vain it is about respecting god by letting god be a part of your life treating god as our father and friend and listen to him. God does not judge or condemn anyone he loves and accepts anyone. God helps his people out he is there for his people in time of need and despair and he does not let his people down he raises them up.
        God is kind and merciful and slow to anger and forgives sins. A person can become closer to god by getting the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, communion and confession.

        Forgiveness is when you forgive a person who has hurt or has done any harm or damage to you and not holding a grudge against that person. It is about letting go of the past and moving onward and forward to a bright and happy future. It is also about self forgiveness and letting go of your faults errors mistakes and shortcomings and to let go of the people who hurt you and release them to god. I would want to release Andrew, Chris, Sara, Sean, Tara. New friendships goals and objectives. Lent is about prayer fasting almsgiving reading the masses in the magnifcant reading the bible the daily offering and the daily reflection praying the rosary and mediating on the mysteries of the rosary watching the masses on television going to mass stations of the cross reading the mass in the daily roman missal Lenten reflection mercy forgiveness reconciliation acts of charity and kindness good thoughts and being Christian preparing ourselves for Holy Week and Easter.

    • NancyB

      Nicely said, Doug. I am seeking what you have and enjoying the journey along the way. I look forward to finding the joy you have found. God bless you too!

    • Tina DaRe Vore

      That is so beautifully said. Thank you, Doug!

    • Kathiehc

      Yes, I do believe in little sacraments! When we’re sharing God’s love either as priest (through our Baptism) or as a recipient, it’s an occasion of blessing/grace!

    • Ginie

      Thank you Doug, I consider the little flowers of the fields-weeds to many as a gift of God’s love, the clouds, and like you the rest as small gifts from God. You said little sacraments, to me that takes it up to another level…I’m listening. God Bless you.

    • Pamela Cosseboom

      Thank you Doug, this was lovely and said well. Reading your comment brought God to my center.

    • Al Etten

      Little sacraments! I love that way of describing the gifts God gives us Doug! We need to appreciate every minute as it happens and while it happens. As the song says “Don’t it always seem to go, that we don’t know what we got till it’s gone”!

      • Bud

        …and another song says, “Little things mean a lot…”
        Bud

    • Carol Nachtrab-Woehler

      Well said, Doug. This morning as I did my morning walk I can truly say I saw God’s love. It is a cloudy misty morning, but as I walked, I could see the trees with their many buds and was at awe with how God allows Spring to arrive. I was able to appreciate my surroundings as gifts from God. May your day be full of many such blessings.

    • Marilyn

      Good message Doug. I used to think multi-tasking was efficient, but now I can see through other’s experiences, that sitting quietly, listening to God’s voice, and living in the moment is the grace of a blessed prayerful life.

    • Jody Herr

      That’s beautiful Doug, thanks for sharing. As Queen of multi-tasking I need to learn from this.

    • Steven Hotho

      thanks, Doug. I’m so glad you are writing again on this site. You inspire. I wish I could be transformed. I try to focus on God/Jesus throughout the day, but so far, I’m not very good at it. Better than before, but I have miles to go. (wish I could undo this post – it is me – EmmaLou – not my husband who is posting this.) Blessings to you. And thank you.

    • Latifa

      That is so true. That is why we have to try and become more aware of what’s happening everyday of our lives. We are missing out on a lot.

  • Ann G

    I find God in what I see and feel: a gentle breeze or a gusty wind, both are like a hug. I find God when looking into the face of others, it is a reminder to treat everyone with respect. Today’s message was fantastic, especially the multitasking reference! Recently, I started to focus on present moment, no regrets for the past or worries for the future; WOW what an amazing, positive change for me….try it! May God bless you.

    • Doug

      You really hit on the head when you talked about forgetting the past. Ann, it took me so long to get over that and there are times when I still struggle with it…as evidenced by the dumb mistakes I made. I do appreciate your spirit and the way you articulated your message. Blessings

      • Kj

        Sometimes I feel this is all why many of us say things like, “Can’t believe the time has flown. Wasn’t it just September? Or Christmas? Or last year? I believe it’s because we are not breathing in the moment. We are so busy with the business around us that we miss those precious moments and when they speed by, we can’t believe we are “another year older.” This is something I really struggle with and am trying to commit to allowing God to change in me, this Lenten season. Blessings, Doug!

      • Angie H

        I have found a good way to get rid of the past is to write yourself a letter. Put it all in the letter. Your weakness, your emotions, your actions. When you are quite satisfied with the letter. Seal it in an envelope, the BURN it. Yes, safely go outside or in the fireplace and torch it. Release that baggage. You may not be able to forget the past, but you can come to accept you did what you did. Be in the moment as you watch the smoke curling up-toward God who is listening.

    • Bonita

      Love the advice of “no regrets for the past or worries for the future”!! I am going to let that sink in. Thank you!

      • NancyB

        Me too, Bonita!

  • Arnetta Berkley Jones

    I have the amazing opportunity of working for the Y and where I sit I get to see the awesome sunrises. I always say God has taken out the paintbrushes this morning on Bob Ross is painting a beautiful sunrise today.

  • Jean

    I am the director of a preschool. I find God hundreds of times each day! A smile, a hug, kind words…an enthusiasm for life! I think I am the one learning the most from these children. 😀

    • Jane Deutschlander

      Yes! I work with children in primary grades – they truly are the face of God. They are so loving and genuine! I look forward to each day with them!

  • Jane Deutschlander

    One of the traits I most appreciate of those I know is their ability to give undivided attention to the person they are talking to… I had an Aunt who was this way. She certainly lived in the moment and when you were with her she made you feel like the most important person in the world. I am a multi-tasker, very distracted, and I desire the ability to live in the moment. I try but fail more than I succeed. This week I will focus on finding God in each moment and strive to give my undivided attention to those I am with <3 This video was a wake up call for me.

    • Mary B.

      Couldn’t agree more with you!!! I will be trying alongside you on this one!!

      • Jane Deutschlander

        praying for you….

        • Tonya McNair

          Me, too!

      • Eleanor

        as will I!

        • Robert Stanton

          Mee too

          • Matt

            Me three!

        • NancyB

          Me too!

    • Sue M

      I can so relate to this, Jane. I am also a multitasker and can be very distracted at times. This video made me realize that I need to work on this. I will pray for strength from God to be aware of Him in the ordinary things.

    • Ann

      Amen! I am right there with you Jane. Matter of fact, as I listened to the talk this morning, I put something away that was on my desk that didn’t belong there. WOW. Slow down and STOP. That’s the message for me today. Thanks for posting this, so I know that I’m not alone!

    • Michele

      I feel the same way Jane.

    • Louise

      Well said Jane. One of the worst multitasking activities… is being on your phone when in the presence of others. I’m as guilty as anyone. But it is definitely something I am very aware of and trying to overcome. I’m working on being more like your aunt.

      • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

        I used to wish I had one of those phones that can do everything but the laundry and cleaning; everybody else had them but I didn’t. Time passed and as I watch everyone with their faces in their phones , there are no real conversations. I don’t ever want one of those dumb smartphones. I like knowing God a whole lot more. I DO practice giving my full face and eyes to every conversation .

    • Seana Zoderer

      I love your comment. I always thought that multi-tasking was a good thing. I even had it listed as a skill on my resume. I am definitely taking that off! I admire people that give you their undivided attention – like your Aunt. I have been working on this myself. I look a person in the eyes and focus on what they are saying instead of thinking of other things or what I would say in reply. I am definitely a work in progress! 🙂

  • Holly Lanford

    I am guilty of constantly thinking about all the things I need to do that often I am not present in the moment. Last night I hugged my 15 year old good night and told him I loved him as I do every night. It felt good to be actively present as he hugged me tightly back and told me he loved me. I pray to be actively engaged in every moment and to feel God’s loving presence.

  • Larry Dunleavy

    One of my priest friends, Fr. Carlos, had a mantra that we should have “an attitude of gratitude” throughout the day and look for the “God winks” that happen all the time. Another, Fr. Ed said during a homily once that we should fall out of bed onto our knees thanking God for another day, something I did again about an hour ago. These ideas sunk deep and have helped transformed my life and daily persona , I worry less and smile more every day. Now about that multi-tasking…nailed me on that one Mathew!

    • Roberrt

      Thanks so much for sharing these “nuggets”. I just love when these kind of little diddy’s stick with me. May your day be filled with winks.

    • Angie Freeman

      The ‘attitude of gratitude’ is a reference from 12-Step meetings. I owe a lot to 12-Step fellowships, I should know. And I’m reading a book now, When God Winks at You, written by SQuire Rushnell in ’06, all about ‘Godwinks.’ It’s a very good read!

  • John L. Kemmis

    It seems that I find God while looking back. Well except on vacation. And I suppose there are times in the present with I have found Him. I may not register it as in the present. But then God is with me all the time, so why would I find Him? He is always here with me. I should still be aware though. Hmmm. I am going to think about this and try to become more aware of Him when I am not.

    • Rosemary Jensen

      I’m with you, John. I know God is always with me and I with Him. I think today’s lesson was keeping vigilant to the goodness and beneficence of God in all things even when we’re overwhelmed with other things. I try to take these times and offer them as prayers. Pious platitudes are not necessary. We don’t have to look for God, He’s within us and all around us in all things, there for the looking.

  • Sherry McCollum

    I find God everyday when I look into the eyes of my 18 year old son. Since taking a deeper dive into my faith I come to realize not to sweat the small things in my life which growing up in an Episcopalian household I believe I was taught to do just that. I had a loving, close knit family and we went to church on Sundays but I really don’t think I learned anything about my faith back then. But now that I am a Catholic. I have learned so much and am continuing to learn that I am so grateful to be Catholic. Our son is named Jonathan which means “Gods Gift” and I truly believe that is what he is; a gift from God and that is where I see God everyday with his smile, his hugs and his deep respect for his faith. His father and I are so blessed and grateful for this child and we know wherever life takes him, his faith and God’s love will be right by his side.

  • Linda

    When I hear the term “finding God” that makes me think that God is lost or hiding and we have to find him. Perhaps the bigger question is do we let God find us? Or do we hide on him or try to get ourselves lost ? I think when we focus on the moment which is what Matt Kelly is talking about then we become aware that we don’t have to find God because he is already there. I think the more we see with the eyes of faith the more clearly we see that Jesus is always with us and that gives us strength to be totally present in the moment even if that moment is incredibly painful

    • Louise Riehl

      Linda, I totally agree that Jesus is always with us and I thank him always each time he makes me more aware of his presence in my life.

    • Kj

      Profound! Wonderful thoughts, Linda!

  • Nancy R

    Multitasking is the great enemy of awareness. How I’ve always been so proud of my ability to multitask. I’ve been working on being in the moment and I’ve been enjoying life so much more. It’s been quite peaceful. I use my breathing as ways to get focused and centered. I love the idea of including God into this practice!

  • Tara

    Great message this morning. I woke up with my mind in all directions thinking about all the things I have to do this week. God has blessed my family with a new job and an upcoming vacation. However I also have a few sick relatives. This message was so on point and really spoke to me. Breathing and taking in the moment, becoming fully aware is tremendously helpful. Seeing God in every breath is also helpful to focus on Him and know that He will continue to guide me.

  • Karen

    This is a VERY good point, especially now days with all the social media and phones. How annoying is it to try to have a conversation with someone and they are texting and pretending to listen. I try very hard to put the phone down and away when having a conversation, especially with family. I think its rude-period!! We all need to give 100%. I actually had a lady sit next to me at church and was checking her phone and texting the whole time, i wanted to say something, but i didn’t. I know there are apps on phones where you can follow the readings etc. but she was texting, I could see her on facebook. I only wish everyone would do the simple task of putting it away. Todays message truly hits home-Thank you!

    • Louise

      I agree wholeheartedly with you on this one, Karen. I have been guilty of this myself and am really working on it. One of the best things that I have done these past two Lenten seasons is to give up Facebook and concentrate more on these posts. What a difference that has made in my Lenten journey.

  • Ethel L

    I try to see God on every heart he has created, although it’s challenging When you had judged someone already. I try my best to see the goodness in each one, instead.

    I’m a planner and I multi task daily. I need to be conscientious and be aware that every moment is a”gift” to treasure. Great message!

  • Gina B.

    This is, by far, going to be my greatest challenge this Lent. I would say, I’m a professional multi-tasker! But, I will admit that I miss many moments with God because I miss many moments with His people. This idea of giving FULL attention to each task I’m doing and not doing several things at once, has crossed my mind before, only to be “blown off” because I NEED to multi-task! My need, not God’s need. I have to, right? But instead of saying “I need to!” I should be PRAYING, “Lord, do I need to?” and open myself to his grace so I may give full attention to God in the little things which will truly give me so much more joy!

    • Shawn

      Oh GIna I so get it! Even last evening I found myself urging my teenage daughter to blow through a story so I could get on to the next thing. I realize I have done this a lot in my life as I remember moments as a child when she would ask me to stop working and play with her. I catch myself after the fact, knowing that somebody I will do anything to have those moments back. I too need to stop and savor each moment and thank God for every opportunity to live in the moment and praise Him for everything, especially the precious gift of my daughter!!!!

    • NancyB

      Well said, Gina. I will travel this journey together with you starting now! God Bless you.

  • Pearl Brown

    Thank you Matthew I do a lot of multitasking and never gave it a second thought. I will now and take one task at a time it’s simplar that way

  • Mary B.

    Matthew wrote this one for me! I am the biggest multi-tasker around and also very proud of it – however I realize that I miss out often on enjoying the present moment! I am constantly aware of what is going on around me that I miss out enjoying on what is happening in the now!!! I want to do it all but I realize that I need to slow down and enjoy the present moment! I need to let my guard down and actually enjoy fully without thinking about what’s next!!! Up until this video, I was never really aware of how guilty I am of this trait – time I make a change – praying for the strength from God🙏

  • Nancy D

    Great message today. I am not a great multi-tasker. When I try, I fail at both tasks. Therefore, this message solidifies what I thought, I need to stay focused in the moment. I need to learn how to keep things going on in the background from distracting me. When I allow things to distract me, I miss things that are important to others and me. I will definitely work on the activity stated about and record when I was aware of God three times today.

  • Lisa

    Yesterday I was at a family party. It was the usual loud, laughter, busy. But I found myself just watching, absorbing the moment. As I sat quietly among the crowd of family, I reached out my hand and held my 5 month old sleeping grand niece’s little hand and just held it so softly. I wasn’t aware at first. But as I didn’t let go of her tiny hand and was in the moment I suddenly felt overwhelmed with the love of God. I realized in that moment how beautiful each of my family members are. I thought of all the kind acts each has done. I also thought of all the struggles each have and is currently facing. I pray for them. I felt love and gratitude. I will continue to strive each day to live in the moment. Thank you Lord for helping me see.

    • Susan

      That was beautiful, Lisa, I can just see it!

      • JMFishman

        Yes, I agree – beautiful, precious! Thank you for sharing and providing a reminder to us of the gifts we have in our family members.

    • Kenneth Wodzanowski

      Gratitude!
      Thanks, for re minding us all.
      Life gets tough, we get cranky,moody, egotistical but hopefully we can be aware of our human condition and like you said and Jesus that we can experience the kingdom now, glimpses of it now!

    • Jennifer Lind Bourgeois

      Oh Lisa! That brought tears to my eyes!

    • Patty Dyer

      Funny how a little one can bring out the best in us!? So precious! Please pray to end abortion!

      • Dennis Salemi

        Amen

      • Timothy Korth

        Amen………….

      • Midge Barger

        Amen!!!So well said; Patty. “Suffer the little children to come unto me; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I pray the rosary every day for an end to abortion.
        Thanks for your insightful comment.
        Midge.

    • John

      Hi Lisa,
      Your post reminds me of Andy Ottos recent post of how your moment looking at the baby is how God looks at us. Thx for reminding us. Have a nice day.

      • Cecilia

        What a beautiful thought and so full of God’s own truth.

      • Angela Taylor

        Feeling God’s presence throughout the day can be challenging for me especially when wrapped up in my to do list. But when something takes me by surprise or makes me veer off from my initial focus, I’ll get little glimpses of heaven. The church song Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord is so true. I am hoping to catch more of those glimpses this lenten season.

        • Angela Holke

          Me too! I think when we take that time to lift our minds and hearts outside of our own selves they are glimpses of God and His immense goodness and love for all of us.

      • Delores

        Amen

      • Angela Holke

        Yes, thank you for reminding us!

      • cmac

        Wow. Thank you for that … apparently God really wanted me to read what you said, since I cannot hold back the tears. I immediately envisioned my four beautiful grandchildren and how deeply and profoundly I love them. They are the light of my world, they’re always on my mind. When we’re together all I want to do is gaze at them, squeeze them tight and just try to absorb the scent of their little heads, the velvety softness of their skin and wish I never had to let go …. Coming face to face with the thought that God loves me in such a way is almost too much to accept

    • Stephanie Rodriguez

      Brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Erika

      I had the same experience on Saturday night at a large family gathering. I was overcome with God in everyone and everything! I also thanked Him for his presence and allowing me this moment. It was a powerful experience and I was filled with so much gratitude and joy!
      I am striving to see Christ in everyone I encounter. My new goal for this Lent and beyond is to give up multi-tasking, to give myself 100% to each person I am talking to or each task I am working on. God comes to us in the present and I don’t want to miss Him! God Bless you all!

    • Deirdre Douglass

      I had a similar experience yesterday at Mass. I sing in the choir so I’m standing, facing the congregation as they come up the aisles to receive Communion. As I watched the people come forward, old, young, babies in the arms of their parents, multiple skin colors & nationalities, I was overwhelmed by the beauty of God’s Church and the gift of His Son in the Eucharist and by gratitude to be a part of it.

      • Sarah Anderson

        I had such similar thoughts during Mass yesterday. We have some immigrants at our church and they brought up the gifts. And then once in a while at our church they allow people to come up and get the anointing of the sick. This time there was a young boy maybe 10 years old and then also some older folks. It was touching to see all these things and take them in….. remembering that God loves us all and that his church break boundaries… be it age, race, and etc.

        • Angela Holke

          Yes, Amen!

      • Pat Riley Blackwell

        Deidre, your comments reminded me of something a priest said once at a retreat – as you see people coming up for Communion, say, “the body of Christ” as you look at each one. This will help you realize that we are each the body of Christ.

        • Angela Holke

          I love this! I am going to do this! Thank you, Pat! 🙏🏻😃

        • Sarah

          That is beautiful. I will remember this.

        • Kelly

          That is so beautiful!
          That is what I see when I am a Eucharistic minister . Such a blessing!

    • Michele

      What a lovely moment, thank you for sharing. I’m glad you were able to sit and see. : )

    • Cecilia

      You have just experienced your own little miracle! I pray you enjoy many more

    • Anne Mason

      Hi Lisa. Your post was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Your story about holding your little grandniece’s hand was similar to what I experienced several years’ ago at Thanksgiving. My niece had just become a mother and I was anxiously awaiting her arrival for Thanksgiving dinner so I could hold my new grandniece, Aurelia. When everyone was enjoying dessert, I picked up Aurelia in my arms and just marveled at her. Her little hands, nose, feet, and toes. So wonderfully made by our Lord God! I received a gift of awareness while going through my two breast cancer diagnoses and treatments. What a blessing to be able to experience the presence of our Lord and Savior in the present! I pray for many, many more of these beautiful moments for you, me, and for all of God’s children. Peace! : )

    • I love to people watch during communion and just to see all the people. Sunday mass was much more crowded than normal and it was beautiful!

      • Marie

        I am usually deep in prayer after communion, so I never watch the people

  • Denny Hennessy

    I am constantly trying to slow down to be present in the moment. I’m getting better at it and continue to work at it. I used to pride myself on being a great multi tasked and Matthew is right…it is the killer of being aware of the moment. My commitment is to be 100% in the moment and when I’m with someone else to give them all of my attention!!!

  • Jeanette Mikinski

    “Seek inspiration in daily affairs” is a quote from a Dan Fogelberg song that jumped out at me years ago and stuck in my head. Today’s reflection made me think of this quote again!

  • SHANTELL HABETZ

    Slowing down, WHY is that such a huge struggle for me. I pray daily that I can just slow down STOP MULTITASKING, and enjoy God. I am a mother of 6 so my life is full of multitasks. My Goal is to stop rushing through my life that God has given me and enjoy the gazillion blessings that he has showed upon me starting with my beautiful family. Thank you Dynamic Catholic for this reading today it has just given me the nudge that I needed to get it through my thick skull that THIS IS WHAT GOD WANTS FROM ME NOW!!! God Bless

  • Latifa

    Wow that’s beautiful and thought provoking. I try to look for God in every present moment. Me coming into the faith and becoming Catholic makes me more aware. It’s the most wonderful thing ever. I will feel or see God’s presence in a moment and I will start crying with joy. When I’m at church on a Sunday an I receive Holy Communion I cry. I can actually feel Jesus.

    • Cindy Leslie

      Latifa God bless you. What joy one gets in receiving the body and blood of Christ in Holt Communion. What a gift God has given you.

    • NancyB

      I share your feeling when receiving Jesus very often. I strive to be fully in that moment, every time!

      • Latifa

        It’s amazing. God bless.

    • Karen Kotzbach McCreary

      Latifa, you are my GIFT ! God is all around you and everything you share here . Thank you so very much .

      • Latifa

        You bring tears to my eyes. If I’m making a difference in someones life it’s because Our Almighty Father has given me that gift. In all I do it’s for God. God bless.

    • Patricia

      Thank you Latina. This is Beautiful. I too experience beautiful joy through receiving Holy Communion. Also the awareness that we are with and surrounded by God in all things. God is Love!

  • Frances Tooley

    When I took a deep breath with Jessica…..tears came to my eyes….I felt God’s presence…Thank you God.

  • Monica Radey

    I have been shown that God is not pushy nor demanding with my attention, but invitational. He waits nearby and invites me to invite Him to be in my conscious presence.
    God is freedom.

  • Jason Beck

    Awareness. Wow. How often I am not in the moment. My kids talk to me and I’m not fully there. I’m thinking about needing to do this and that. My wife talks to me, it seems like I’m listening but I can’t remember what she said. I’m not really aware of her. I’m really aware of what it is I think I need to be doing at that moment. I’m trying to multi-task and it doesn’t work.

  • Daniela D.

    I do this as a prayer: in every little detail I feel the presence of God I say “Thank you Lord” It makes me feel like the blooming flower or the ray of sunshine are a gift intended for me to let me know that God is with me always.

  • Michael Baur

    To answer the question, I do not know how I find God in daily life. I never thought about looking for God in everything. I am going to step back from now on an look for God in my daly life

  • Jacob

    I find God, while I am running or driving. I think about how thing could happen and how I want it to happen. I figure out what it going to take like a plan. I do want my plan Togo into place.

  • Colleen Evans Hoffman

    I have been struggling with giving God more time, or just sitting quietly to pray so I can listen to Him….this morning I was getting ready for work and got a message that I didn’t have to be in for 2 hours, so instead of going back to bed I took the opportunity to use this extra time and give it to God! Wow, what a gift it is in turn for me too! I’m so grateful for these videos and excersizes for Lent helping us to grow closer to God and to help in becoming the best version of ourselves! I am taking today’s message right now and living in the moment with God.
    Thank you! God bless!

  • Jean Walton

    I ask myself each day “who have I helped today?” This keeps me on alert to be aware of the people around me and how I can be God to someone in there moment of need.

    I am not a planner, which is not always a good thing. I have a hard time making commitments. But I try to truly live in each moment and let the Spirit lead me.

  • Karen

    That was a beautiful mix of spiritual and practical advice.

  • Mary H

    This reflection reminds me of lessons from St. Mother Theresa… one, one, one and find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Thank you for these Lenten reflections, for the daily reminders to keep on the God track and appreciate one moment, one person and one event at a time.

  • Marilyn Russell

    Beautiful words to live by. I can always be in such a hurry, do this now, get this down next, I really need to stop and be aware of each moment of each day. I am retired, why the hurry, take a breadth, enjoy the moment, BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Lord may I be more aware of Your presence today, and always and in all ways. Thank you all for sharing.

  • Kathy H

    My prayer group always does a sharing of each person, on our closest moment with God since the last meeting. Often, for me, it is the small things — a visit with my elderly mother and her hugs, my daughter asking me to visit her because she misses me. or a smile from a stranger who lets me merge onto a road. Recently, after having a lot of back pain, I experienced an extended period of pain relief. I had prayed to God for relief from the pain, and felt immense gratitude when I had those pain-free moments. I love being given the gift of God letting me see Him in everything.

  • mrcpuhead

    Wow – for once I was ahead of a daily Lenten message! Last week I finally acted on something I had realized long ago – that multitasking in my daily prayer routine is BAD! I had been listening to the Invitatory and Morning prayers of Liturgy of the Hours while driving to work. Every single time, my mind would wander away from what I was hearing, such that I couldn’t even recall any of many parts of the prayers (except the ones that are in every day’s set of prayers). So a few days ago, I switched to starting the morning at home in a quiet place to fully focus on these wonderful prayers, as well as the Best Lent Ever daily reflections! Yes, I am living proof that multitasking doesn’t work, and I thank God for breaking through my stubbornness! Bravo to Dynamic Catholic for sharing this simple yet powerful message!

  • Lilia

    The last few months I had the privilege to volunteer a few hours at a geriatric medical clinic. It’s so gratifying to spend time with the elderly. I came across a patient with dementia, not fully aware but seemed content with her surroundings. At times repeating herself, mostly very positive. She was the last patient, as I was ready to walk out, she waived and said “thank you for you smile” she made my day, a true blessing ! This are the moments when I truly feel gods presence in my life. I pray God allows me to continue to be of service in any way possible; this is where I find God’s true joy.

  • Suzanne McBride-Pezzullo

    My Grandmother saw God in the moment. Everyday she would look out the window, take it all in and Thank God (out loud) for the beautiful day: rain, snow, clouds, sunshine. She was a role model on how to show gratitude and live in that moment. Not that she didn’t worry..but she also knew how to pray and let God take over. I strive for this in my life.

    • NancyB

      My mother-in-law, at 92, is my prayer warrior. I learn a lot from her in every encounter and strive to learn more. God put her son in my life for a reason all those years ago. Praise God.

  • Rose Yagiela

    Your comments tied right into our pastor’s homily and what I’ve been watching lately on some spiritual talks on youtube. I love how when you say yaweh it’s on the breath in and out. Sometimes we just need to breathe and slow down. thank you for reminding me of this. These videos have been so nice. Thank you for making me more aware this Lent. God bless you Dynamic Catholic.

    • NancyB

      agree!

  • Mike

    This is a wonderful message for me. Like most of us I feel like there’s always more to do and there is time to do it in. Living under that kind of pressure all the time leaves little room to think about God unless you can stop and see God in each moment. I love thinking about finding God in each breath, in each task I do at work, as I’m driving and I am in the presence of others. These Lenten reflections have really helped me to be more present and aware.

    • NancyB

      Me too, Mike. God bless you!

      • Mike

        Thanks Nancy!

  • Angel Schneider

    Love Jessica’s share of Mother Olga’s advice. When you reframe the simple act of breathing in the context of it as a gift from God, the experience is totally different. Wow! Thank you!

  • Angel Schneider

    A few years ago I received a book as a gift, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. I have since given away a dozen copies…it is an incredible story of discovery into finding God in the most simplistic of places. It’s a must read for anyone looking to deepen their awareness-in-the-now.

    • Louise

      Talk about being distracted…I just hopped over to Amazon and ordered this book. But I actually think it was “God thing”….a good distraction.

      • Angel Schneider

        Yay! I’d love to hear what you think of it!

  • Bobby

    Today’s lesson is especially important to me. Too often I find myself distracted by the sheer number of things that I have to do … pay bills, work projects, kids activities, ‘mandatory fun’ (the stuff my wife signs me up to do!) and so I try to do them all at once. Crazy. Someone once told me that we are attracted to what we need to learn. It seems that God continues to present to me the things that he wants me to learn — and until I embrace the lesson, it seems that I keep doing the same thing over and over again with the same result. Yes, insanity. The lesson for me today is to slow down and do whatever is in front of me, and leave the results to God. The lesson too is simply if I just embrace the lesson, I can learn from it, — I can create awareness — to see what’s coming and to choose a different path and not keep repeating the same old thing — and to ultimately remember ‘to be here now!’

    • Pat

      I can relate Bobby. Seems I repeat the same lessons over and over. Now, I pray and ask God to help me to “get it”, i,e, learn it! I, too, firmly believe we are drawn to what we need to learn. We can try to ignore it, or learn it, as it will become a gift.

  • NancyB

    Here before I retired, I thought the ‘skill’ of multi tasking was a gift. I just realized that I am still often multi-tasking in my daily prayer life. Focusing on God and then mid stream, a quick thought about what I have to do next. When I didn’t have those interruptions in my prayer time, I do feel closer to the Lord in those moment. Thanks, Matthew for showing that my habit is one I need to change in everything I do all day long.

  • Mary Kay

    I love love love Matthews message today. It brought to mind what I call “God times” which I like to share with my daughter because she gets that and that is another God Time for me. My take away from. Today is to focus on my multi tasking which I do a lot. I always say we women do this well. So I challenge myself to not multi task. Humm, deep breath and let God in. Love this. Blessings to all.

    • NancyB

      So true, Mary Kay. I too thought it was a ‘woman’ skill. I accept the challenge today as you have. God bless you too!

    • Kathy

      My other challenge is to remember that I accepted the challenge to be present and aware!

  • Dorothy Cabral

    I first of all start every day with prayer and this sets the tone of my day putting God first in my life. Like everyone I have all kinds of things going on in my daily life and I sometimes get so wrapped up that I loose my focus on Gods plan. But then the simplest things hit me straight on and I see God clearly, the simple thing: the beauty of nature, I live in the country and looking out my window or driving down the road I notice the trees with snow covering the branches and the sun light glistening off the tiny i icesecals and I see it as Gods work, beautiful , simple and peaceful. I stop and take a moment to give him thanks and praise. He is with us every moment of the day if we just open our eyes and ears we will See and hear his presence!

  • Emily Rodriguez

    I find god through my few moments of silence throughout my day. It is as if he is with me to sort of calm me down and tell me it’s ok and that I’m going to make it through the day. He is there reminding me that I have him by my side at all times so that I know that I’m never alone and that no matter what the day may bring he is by my side to help guide me, to help support me, and to be my cheerleader when I feel like I can go no further. I wish I had more silent times in the day in which I can be with God and his presences because it is such an overpowering experience and it gives I would imagine everyone such hope to keep going in to a future eternal life and in daily life in itself.

  • Kathy Pichler

    I just read yesterday in one of my Lent readings the following: “Prescription for Health: Quiet the mind for just 3 short breaths. Repeat as needed. From Mindfulness on the Go by Jan Chosen Bays. That along with today’s message from Dynamic Catholic had given me the knowledge that it only take a a few seconds to bring myself into the awareness of God in my life.

  • BC

    For as long as I can remember, I have been a Mary in a Martha’s world! I didn’t always understand my need to work on tasks slowly or to take time to reflect & process what I was hearing or the increased sense of intuition of people & places when I began ministry work, until I found out that I was a contemplative! For the first time, I finally felt that I had a place in a world that appears to be racing at the speed of light! Contemplative prayer slows us down to be able to contemplate the voice of God within us and in the world around us. I am a better Christian Catholic because of it & I highly recommend it’s practices, especially Lectio Divina~

  • Barb Stuart

    I think I needed to multitask out of guilt.To do “stuff” and to move on. I am now retired and that has changed alot of things in my life-I sit, I look and sometimes I finally see what is in front of me. Now, I get up and try to take it with me. Blessings to all of us. At the Eucharist, I put my hands out and try to keep my whole being in His Presence.Wow, His presence is there and now I do a spiritual communion when I sit and see and feel!

    • Patty Dyer

      I do the same, Barb in the way of multitasking. I, too, am now retired and wish I would have made more time for God while I was working. The “norm” for me back then was to rush around in the morning getting the kids ready for school, myself ready for work and say my prayers as I was in the car heading for work. Instead of focusing in on talking to God, I was concentrating on driving to work and said my prayers then. Fast forward a few years later, now I am retired and I think I have finally learned to set aside time in the am and before bed to talk to God! I pray I see Him in others each day and that they, in turn, can see Him in me 😊

      • Barb Stuart

        I did the same thing-driving and praying and then I would walk into work and I wouldn’t practice what I was just praying for. Now when I talk to peple, I look them right in the eye and I really want to know how they are.

  • Marla

    Busy, seems everyone is busy, I used to do a after school / Sunday school on Wednesdays. I always found myself rushing to get ready. One day I had so many things to do to get ready, when I finally set down and prayed. When I opened my eyes one of the kids little blow up ball was laying there, right in front of me. It was turned so I could see the picture that read ” Jesus Loves You”, immediately I knew I had nothing to rush for, Jesus had my back. The afternoon with the kids was filled with the joy of Jesus.

  • Sue

    I constantly remind myself (and my family) that the most extraordinary things and events in our life are often the most ordinary. Peace and love.

  • Kenneth Wodzanowski

    Presence, noticing,being!
    Last night I gave out the Eucharist at mass and I was present fully and wow,what a difference in experiencing the ordinary.
    The body of Christ, as I held it before people received Jesus and as I looked through it and saw the body of Christ in every woman,man and child that received it.
    Ordinary bread and wine!

  • Brandon Roeder

    I was literally multitasking when he said don’t multitask. A great lesson I have tried to focus on this year, especially when spending time with my two little girls.

  • Traci

    Please explain how his can be worked out in this situation. I understand what your saying but as a mom of six I have a very hard time not multitasking in order to bring organization and order to my household and my family: the kids play sports, I work part time and we have chores and rules. I am constantly moving from one thing to the next, and moving around so that thinks will get done. How do I not multitask and become more present? Please help? I do make time for prayer throughout the day, silence too, but then I jump back into the mix.

    • Pat

      Maybe Traci the bottom line here is you are at a place in your life where you are being required to do many things for many people. Think when I was in your shoes, I had to do alot, but i was always fretting if I would get it all done and sometimes, I felt resentment. Wish I would have breathed a little deeper, prayed quick “help me, Lord!”prayers, and expressed gratitute a little more. It seemed, at the time, time was standing still, but it actually went by so very fast. You will soon find yourself at a different place in your life. Right now, you are at the Best place, for as you grow older, your memories will come from where you are now. Do your best and enjoy!

      • Traci

        Heard! But is that not multitasking?! Am I not getting it ?

        • Pat

          Depends on your definition of multitasking. Think what the point may be is that in today’s society, a person’s worth is measured in how much the person can accomplish. One can lose sight of many gifts that slip by because of the overwhelming drive.

          To be more “present” in your situation, you might want to do some research. I suggest Mother Teresa, who was extremely busy, but who knew how to take it one moment at a time. Maybe you might derive some clarity from her quotes. She offered all she did to God. You can do that. Picking up socks off the floor…..Jesus, I offer this to you…Jesus, today I will be very busy, because You have give me a beautiful family, so I offer it all to. You, step by step…

          • Traci

            I get it. I wear Teresa of Calcutta on a charm around my neck. 😉 She is very important to me and I have many of her books.
            I work a lot and I don’t have a problem with hard work. I was just wondering if I was doing something wrong by doing so much. But I understand now that for God and being mindful of Him and abandonment to His will requires a lot of work at times and it’s not wrong to always work hard and long as long as He is at the center. Praise be the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary ! We just won’t call this work multitasking because the singular goal is for King And Kingdom!

  • Bridget Perez

    Thank you Matthew Kelly for this beautiful quote about God loving the ordinary things!! How beautiful this is and it inspires me to really be thankful for each and every moment! God bless you and this ministry!

  • Rita scollard

    Today’s theme reminds me so much of a Holy Card I have in my prayer book. It says…”God said “I Am”! If we think about the past, with its regrets and mistakes, God is not there. His name is not “I was”. And if you think about the future and it’s concerns and what MIGHT happen, God is not there. His name is not “I will be”. But if you stay in the present moment, you will always find God. His name is “I AM”!” We need to remind ourselves of this daily, don’t we? …just like Matthew says…it’s a wonderful gift, to be aware of the present moment, but it needs nurturing. Instead of in my prayerbook, it should be a hanging on my wall. Rita

  • Kathy

    Fortunately for me I had to stop multitasking when my first grandson was born. I took care of him when my son and daughter in law worked. I’m used to babies coming from a big family but I felt the need to concentrate only on him so I could feel the joy but also make sure I was doing things right. He is now 4 so I slipped back into multitasking because he didn’t need me to do everything for him and i stopped living in the moment which eventually just led to doing things my way and not what God wanted me to be. This last September my second grandson was born and I now take care of him. I stopped multitasking once again to make sure my concentration was on Jordan. I realized during the best advent ever and now the best lent ever that all I needed to do was look in the eyes of both grandchildren and I can’t help but to see God. These two awesome children are a blessing to me from God so I figure the least I can do is have a prayer time that is uninterrupted so I can feel spiritually what God wants for me. I fall back into multitasking every so often but I try and catch myself and look to God to lead me each day

  • Ellen

    Jessica, Was so surprised this morning as I listened to the Dynamic Catholic videos to see one of my former students giving testimony to God in her life. How awesome to see you being so successful, but also very expected. You were a great student and friend to all your classmates. Good luck in Boston!

  • Cindy Leslie

    When I was a child, I had a dream that God asked me if I wanted to care if my family. I said yes. For years I didn’t understand because my parents took care of me. One day I had a argument with them and moved out of their house into my grandmothers house. I took care of my 96 year grandmother. I had a lot of time to think and reflect and talk to God and one day I said to my grandmother I’m meant to take care of you nana. I think God meant me to be with you to take care of you. Today I’m helping to take care of my mother who is 80. I believe God was asking me to take care of my family in that dream today litterly.

  • Olga

    As spring is nearing I started hearing the sound of a bird & it took me back to when I lived in my moms house. I felt myself so present in this moment. Thank you for the reminder of how powerful it is to live in the moment!!

  • Pat Thomas

    As I have grown older I have discovered how important it is to take some moments out of every day to think of God, say a “thank you” to him and be pleased to have been given another day in this life. Now it has become a habit for me. And as Doug said, to look at everything around me and know it is God’s work.

  • Melissa

    Wow! As a Mom of 6, I am always needed by more than one person at any given moment and trying to multi-task relationships often leaves someone sadly saying never mind. How can you make this awareness possible in the midst of so many needing something from you all at once. I find myself telling my husband and kids “there’s only one me.”

  • Carey Montz

    Talk about timing. So I’m coming off the heels of having the great opportunity to see Matthew Kelly speak yesterday in Slidell, LA. Elliot Morris, a musician who tours with Matthew, played a song yesterday called “Right Here, Right Now.” The words of the chorus, “Right here, nowhere else. Right now, ever again” are so poignant this morning. Do yourself a favor and google Elliot and this song and reflect about today’s message of awareness of the present. God Bless!

  • Lea Novak

    I had to laugh as I was listening to Matthew Kelly, while emptying the dishwasher this morning, as he assured me that multitasking doesn’t really save any time or accomplish more. It’s so true…I couldn’t give him the attention he deserved because I was clattering around putting dishes away! Point taken…now to put the new knowledge into action and stop trying to do two things at once!

    • Jenny

      Well said and so true! 😂

  • Jenny

    My mother-in-law’s 88th birthday was this past Saturday. Wilma and I have had an “interesting” relationship as we have shared her son. Wil has been sick lately and I wanted this birthday to be truly special. We had lots of surprises during the day. Towards the of the day, Wilma was sitting in a chair listening to some music sitting next to her youngest grandson, my son. She looked so little in the chair, holding my son’s hand, tapping her foot, listening to the music. As I went to take a picture, I was astounded by the sheer happiness and beauty in her face. I knew in that moment I could never capture that look on her face on film. I realized then that God was reminding me how short and fragile life is. That it is the little things that matter. That Wilma deserved my respect and love for a life well lived. That any differences we had were petty and small. I realized in that moment of awareness that I loved Wilma for being an amazing mother to my husband and making him the man he is today. Just an amazing moment! ❤️

    • Louise

      Beautiful.

  • Jennifer Haeussler Brewer

    I’m on spring break this week, so plan to slow down a bit or at least change the pace to activities. Trying to find God in the little moments is going to be a terrific challenge for me today. I am looking forward to it.

  • Carolyn Brauer

    When bad things happen, when someone’s life is fraught with fear (domestic violence or loss of income) those are great distractors from finding joy in the simplest. Struggles with depression also makes things difficult and can blur one’s vision and attitude. As I work to overcome the deterrants that hold me back, I lift to God the burdens that those that are suffering are going through. I pray that I can be more aware and sensitive to when someone needs a prayer or word of assurance that God knows their struggles and wills for them to experience His love and peace that passes understanding.

  • Debbie

    Yes, I think multi-tasking takes away God’s presence in the moment we’re in. It’s our way of getting more done than what we should get done in a day! God wants us to relish the moment, I believe, to breath in “every ounce” of his presence with us. We can’t if we rush through a day trying to cram more in the moment than what God intended.

  • Maria

    I try to recognize God’s presence in my daily life…getting a green light when I’m in a hurry, arriving safely to my destination, my husband’s patience with me, my phone conversations with my mom, the smile from a stranger, my 26-year-old daughter sharing an experience of faith, and so many other simple, yet beautiful ways. Yesterday as I was serving Communion in mass, a little boy approached me for a blessing, and after I blessed him, he wrapped his arms around my legs tightly and said”I love you so much!” He didn’t know me. There was God in that innocent boy! What a gift that I will cherish forever! I pray each of you reading this see God everyday, in every way.

    • Louise

      So beautiful.

  • Dennis Salemi (Big Den)

    I just found God and hearing about watching my grandchildren

  • Mick Peterson

    When we stop and smell the roses, we should also see what color they are and listen for any honey bees buzzing around

  • mistymama

    I experience God so much through my grandchildren. At Christmas, taking my 4 year old granddaughter after mass up to visit the manger. She whispered to me, “Is that the real Jesus?”. My 19 month old granddaughter, looks at the many crucifixes in her home and points to them and says “JESUS” , one of her first words, along with daddy, mommy etc. They see the world through such innocent eyes and I feel so happy and connected with God when I spend time with them.

  • my2cents

    Look forward each day to this message in my inbox. I share on my Facebook page also.

  • Julie Concannon

    I held my breath for years in fear and anxiety, generated by a lifetime of events. One day, someone said “just breathe deeply through the fear.” Take a huge breath and let it out slowly. In that moment, I felt God, and each day now when I feel that fear of the day coming on…I breathe through it. I know God will be there in that breathe that I take in and the breathe that I release. It is a simple act, but just powerful. This is how I envision God. Simply powerful…amen.

  • Sara

    How do other mothers of toddlers avoid multitasking? You need to feed the kids, keep the house clean-ish, potty train, keep on the clock the whole time to not forget medicines, keep the kids from fighting, pay attention to (for me) two kids at one time, not to mention feed yourself, pay bills, plan and start activities, laundry, etc. Generally I find that dropping one item and the whole house comes crashing down. I’d love to quit multitasking, but I can’t come up with a way to do it.

    • Janet Revheim

      I’m definitely not perfect at it either, but the Flylady system really helps me limit the multitasking. There are certain times when I do certain activities and most things can wait until those times. Its good for kids to learn patience and I learned from Parenting with Love and Logic that it is good to teach kids to respect themselves by you respecting yourself and your time. If I am doing laundry and my oldest needs help with his homework he can either wait until I am done or move on to something else and we can get back to it. Usually he figures it out on his own while he waits for me and learns more than if I had dropped what I was doing to help him. Of course with my toddler things are a little different, but I have learned to anticipate her needs and get her situated prior to me starting a task that needs my attention, or get her involved with “helping”.

  • Caroline Johnson

    I love today’s message of living in the moment and stop multitasking! I needed to hear this today. Thank you for giving me permission to live in the moment!

  • Sandy Venneman

    On an ACTS retreat that I was on a few years ago, I remember one of the slogans that we said throughout the day was “God is good, all the time”! How can you not believe this when you look all around you! I try to keep this in mind all the day no matter what is happening!

  • Debbi H

    Jessica and Dynamic Catholic Team,
    Today’s message really hit home to me. I am constantly multi-tasking. I’m praised in my workplace for my abilities to do this well. I feel good accomplishing tasks.
    Toady’s readings and messages are a great reminder to me to pull away from this behavior and just be still…..be still…..and know God.
    In my head I know this, but I must make a daily effort to pray daily for God’s help in this area of my life.

  • Debbie

    Yes, I think multi-tasking takes away God’s presence in the moment we’re in. It’s our way of getting more done than what we should get done in a day! God wants us to relish the moment, I believe, to breath in “every ounce” of his presence with us. We can’t if we rush through a day trying to cram more in the moment than what God intended.

  • Rebecca C. Winston

    Finding God in the ordinary and mundane is a joyful experience because it is through the simply daily tasks and responsibilities that we have and do that God reveals His presence and how we can develop into who He really wants us to be and how our ministry of the Gospel of showing love is demonstrated. People watch our actions and our lives and by being conscience of Jesus’ presence in every part of our lives brings about change and the ability to live more fully as a child of the King. Through the Sunday and daily readings, the sacraments and reflection through prayer I deepen my faith walk and my witness. God is so faithful in revealing Himself through the little and the big but especially in my silence when He draws me into a deeper love relationship because I allow His presence to fill me through awareness in every experience. Praise His Holy Name!

  • Nancy

    Every morning I open my Laudate app, I read the daily readings and meditations, I do my prayers. I feel so blessed in so many ways. That I have the time, that I have the equipment, but mostly to me that I have the word of God in front of me, also that there are meditations or reflections that help me maybe understand and focus on what is being said. I feel blessed that I can read, that I know how my tablet works to be able to connect. During lent I like to extend this time, and this year I am doing it with the Best Lent Ever with Micheal Kelly.
    I was never good at multi-tasking but I so can get into appreciating every facet of every move I make, every breath I take, hmmm …… Reminds me of a song. (Sting) There Is so much beauty in the details of our being, such a gift to appreciate every detail God has put in to just creating you. Our God is an awesome God, and Awesome he is barely touches how phenomenal and mind blowing our creator truly is I don’t think our vocabulary can truly describe how wonderful he is.

  • Mary Carol

    Pennies from Heaven and pray to Jesus as the Christ Child were two articles I had read shortly before the birth of my granddaughter. I was invited to witness her birth but as the time approached we were informed that only two coaches could be in the room for the birth, so my son and his future mother-in-law stayed and I went to the hospital chapel to pray. The mother had labored for 31hrs.and they were concerned she might not be able to deliver vaginally she might need a C-section. As I entered the Chapel there was a beautiful statue of the Holy Family and as I looked at the Christ Child I remembered the article and I prayed to him and asked if he would take my granddaughters hand and help her through the birth canal and that both her and her mother would be ok. Back in the waiting area I pulled a tissue from my pocket and when I did a penny fell to the floor and in slow motion did a beautiful spin and when it stopped I reached down to pick it up and noticed the time on my watch to verify I looked at the time on the wall 3:55am I knew in that moment God was speaking to me and my granddaughter was born. She only had to push for half an hour, the doctors were amazed! And when I asked the time of birth, 3:55am! All Glory and Praise to Our God!

    • TCarrington

      I may be a deacon, but I struggle like everyone else to stay focused on what really matters. For many years, in fact, I managed an international business organization in over 30 countries. I “multi-tasked” (if such a thing is really possible)… always feeling like I had to lead the charge on everything. After all, billions of dollars and jobs were at stake. It was quite stressful, especially after I was promoted to the big position.. But over time I started focusing less on doing it all and instead I worked hard to develop good people, even though most didn’t report directly to me. I got to know them as individuals.. What they worried about, their aspirations, their families. They became friends as much as employees and you know what, they were the top performers in our business and I could always count on them to follow through. It’s the same way with every one we meet. You have to meet them where they are and know that everyone has their dreams, insecurities and concerns. Be present to them. Besides, when you’re not present to others you can easily miss the coincidences in our lives.

      Mary, your story about pennies reminds me of something that happened to me. Once I presided at a baptism for a six month old baby, the first grandchild in the family. The child’s grandfather lamented that his wife wasn’t there to see her first granddaughter christened. His adult children reassured him that she was, of course, there. After the the baptism was concluded and pictures taken, I walked with the family to the church exit. Suddenly, everybody abruptly stopped, as the infant’s mother stooped over and picked up… a penny. Seeing that I didn’t understand the significance, she explained that before her mom passed away from cancer five years earlier, she said she would send pennies to remind her children that she was watching out for them. And, in fact, at her funeral, they found a penny on the floor of the church. And so it ran that way for five years…until this day when I baptized the first grandchild. Of course, those pennies could’ve been easily overlooked but everyone knew to be on the lookout for them, that is, to be aware of their mom’s presence. It’s the same way with God…

      I’m blessed to be married to a very loving women and highly successful novelist. One of the quotes attributed to her is “A coincidence is just a small miracle in which God chooses to remain anonymous.” I can say this with certainty: If we maintain an active spiritual awareness in our lives, we’ll spot those “coincidences” and know that God is present to us always. Pennies from heaven… who would’ve thought?

  • Cindy Rodriguez

    During mass yesterday, I looked at my daughter as we knelt down as the priest was consecrating the body and blood of Jesus. I saw that she was loosing focus and I said to her quietly, isn’t it amazing how Heaven opens up at this very moment and all the Angels, Saints, and loved ones that have passed join us in communion. God is awesome. After I said that I saw her regain focus and an unconscious smile formed on her face as she watched the miracle.

  • Diana Patulak Ross

    This was an awesome episode of Best Lent Ever. So many of us, especially me, worry about the future and spend so much time planning, I needed to be reminded that the present moment is all we have right now. And the “present” is a “present” from God and He is here in the moment.

  • roniquebreauxjordan

    I sat, yesterday, fully present at Mass…observing the the blessed mother holding Jesus, then…the cross that is the art work our parish (..Jesus on the cross). What a transfiguration! Assuming the lesson is to always remember that sacrifice…make that meaningful…maybe this is the meaning of being fully present?

  • Helene Bridge

    I too need to focus on being in the moment. Today I will single task and be present to each person and experience in my day. Just for today…I will be here. Just for today…I am present. Just for today…I am grateful for every breath. Just for today…I love to live fully. Amen

  • Rebecca

    I find God in the people who make me happy. My boyfriend and I currently have a long distant relationship and we only see each other about every two weeks. When I talk with him at night, it brings me joy. I know this is a way that I am finding God because I truly believe that God brought us together. I also see God when I spend time with my family. Of course God brought us together and I enjoy the time I am spending with them. With life being very busy, it is a great feeling to be able to spend time with them and really be in their presence.

  • Gerry

    I find God in the morning when I rise and I let Him know how much I love & adore Him. My precious gift of my grandkids is another place I find His presence – pure joy!

  • Ruth

    I struggle to feel God’s presence in my daily tasks. I often feel it when I do my daily reading and prayer, when I go to mass, sitting in bible study, talking to others, and when I spend time with loved ones. I think during the busier times of the day or when I get too focused on completing tasks I lose sight of God and I become wrapped up in worries and ‘getting things done’. It’s funny that I could be so distracted spiritually and so productive at work at the same time. I am trying to find a way to incorporate the one into the other, to put God into those busy moments.

  • juliana Hunt

    When I correct my children I hear God Correcting me! When I tell them how important they are or how much I love them I hear God telling me the same. It makes me feel loved and like he cares for me.

  • Alice

    Wow! I get so much out both videos. Today Jessica drilled it down to making me realize even with our breathing we can experience God. I find God in my daily life by prayer in the morning. I see God in nature and I thank God for many things. But I do multi task and lose myself and God. I agree with Matthew Kelly that Mulittasking is the enemy of awareness. In the corporate world, there is so much time lost due to multi tasking. I am retired now so I don’t have to live up to the expectations of multi tasking but have the habit. I want to continue to find God as much as I can in every moment. God Bless!

  • Janet Revheim

    I have so much free time. I am a stay at home mom. I am also a minimalist so I have a small house and very few things to keep clean and organized. I love a simple lifestyle, but sometimes feel my life seems too simple, that I need to fill it with more things and activities. I used to be an overachiever and sometimes still struggle with the desire. Today’s message really put it into perspective for me, I am blessed with all of my free time. I get to stop and smell the roses everyday. My life is not empty, it is full of all of these little moments.

  • Angie O’Mara

    I have found myself having trouble focusing on everything throughout the day. I pray throughout the day, but my mind is always drifting back to the source of my confusion. Problems in my family is the source of this confusion, and I don’t know how to solve it or even to respond to it. My most peaceful time is on the morning, saying my prayers, talking to God, and listening to Matthew Kelly and the Dynamic Catholic speakers. Please pray for me to have God’s full peace in my life again.

    • BethK62

      I have the same trouble staying focused.

      I’ve returned again this year but this time I’m trying to really listen and work this into my life. I’m also reading his book Rediscovering Jesus. Highly recommend it as it’s very easy to read and understand.

      I loved this talk today. Multitasking is something our Pastor has talked often about as a way to get nothing done. It’s so true.

      I think Angie the message is humbling. We just aren’t that powerful to figure out how to solve things on our own. I’m going to pray for you that you will find this peace. If you fo back and read your words perhaps you have already started to find peace but in an unexpected way?

      It is wonderful to be walking this road with you and all the other people here. I started saying a daily Rosary almost 4 years ago not out of belief but out of desperation. It stared the day I went to my Pastor and told him I wasn’t going to make it one more day and had even lost my faith. It was that morning that he spent with me that even though I didn’t know it at the time changed everything. I came home took out a Rosary and found an app with the words and started on my knees. I didn’t really believe there was any hope and wasn’t sure if this was even true but I was desperate.

      Well four years later I’m still here. It’s challenging living with depression and that was my fourth major episode in my life and I was sure the one that was going to finally be the end for me. I believe now that the day I went there I surrendered to the Cross of Christ. Father anointed me when we were done speaking. I am nothing without God. It has been shown to me over and over again when I try and control my life it’s not long before it spins out for control and I end up losing my connection with God.

      The last place I alway go in desperation it back to God begging for help and the Hand of Jesus once again pulls me out of the waves. Thank you God for your infinite patience with this sinner.

  • Margie Suarez

    It is so loud in my house. My husband is going deaf and he turns the TV on SO LOUD. When he goes to work and the TV is off and the quiet is around me. I find the presence of God in my daily chores, in the conversations in my head, and in that little that says, “time to pray.” It just dawned on me that maybe God wants to spend time with me when I hear that message. I should stop saying things like, let me finish the dishes, or the laundry or the whatever…. Thank you, God Father, for wanting to spend time with me.!!!!!

  • Jean Prescott

    Oh, I am so fortunate to live in an environment teeming with wildlife and growing things. I often wonder how anyone who lifts his head from his phone and looks around…how can he not see God everywhere. One of my favorite God-gifts is about to be distributed again for my 75th Spring. It’s the scent of honeysuckle on the humid evening air. Thank you, God, thank you.

  • Mary W

    I start each day with the daily meditations on the readings for the day in the Word Among Us. They end with a short prayer that I want to keep in mind throughout the day. But that can get lost as I multitask my way through the day! The past few months I’ve been using an app on my watch to bring this prayer back into my awareness. The app reminds me periodically throughout the day to stop for one minute and breathe deeply. It was created for health reasons but I’m using it also to turn my awareness back to that prayer for the day. Ok, I’m a techie geek but maybe God is happy to use that to break into my day.

  • Trudy Ray Parmarter

    Thank you Jessica. Breathe…God moment…Breathe…God moment.

  • Peggy

    Since starting the ‘Best Lent Ever’ I know it has increased my awareness of God in my daily life. I find him when I look at sky and inhale deeply, I find him in conversations with flails and friends. When I was growing up and going and had the privilege of going to a Catholic school we were taught from day one “God is Everywhere” and I think as we get older some of us may have let life get in the way of that. But now more than ever I feel Him with me in everything I do. Thank you, Matthew for giving me my Best Lent Ever.

  • Marie

    Reminds me of this quote from Leo Tolstoy I heard 30 years ago at church and never forgot: “Remember that there is only one important time and it is Now. The present moment is the only time over which we have dominion. The most important person is always the person with whom you are, who is right before you, for who knows if you will have dealings with any other person in the future? The most important pursuit is making that person, the one standing at you side, happy, for that alone is the pursuit of life.”

  • Faith Barton

    Finding God in the present moment gives me happiness and peace. This is important for me because I feel like my life is not going anywhere and that nothing very exciting is happening. That’s a problem for most of us, because most are not called to heroics, but to daily, normal life. 🙂

  • Joanne Radie

    When Matthew mentioned multi-tasking I immediately stopped! I do this all the time. I will be more mindful of being aware of what is happening in the moment. All the things I worry about doing at the same time will still be there, but the moment I am experiencing at this time will not. God bless xo

  • Ginie

    Thanks Jessica for sharing Mother Olga’s advice. I’ve always viewed God in Nature, in family, in the gifts I receive, but never considered the air that I breathe…yet the breath of God is what distinguishes us from the animal kingdom….food for meditation today.

  • LosmanPO

    One of the things that I have become aware of is that in our pursuit of happiness, we jam pack our lives with a multitude of things that we believe will bring us joy and happiness. We do this to ourselves and to our kids. Sometimes, it’s simply because everyone else is doing it and we feel like we’ll be left out. We all want the best for our kids and for us, but is the answer in all these activities and distractions. I think not. As I am becoming more self-aware, I acknowledge that I have never been a stop and smell the roses kind of person. I have come to realize and understand that this is a weakness in me. It has weighed heavily on my mind for the last several years because I just can’t seem to break this mold. During this Lent’s personal transformation, I have offered this area of my life to God so that he can take this weakness and turn it into a strength…that He would provide me with the astounding gift of present moment awareness.

  • Joan Paul

    I have to disagree a bit about what Matthew Kelly said about multi tasking. I was unloading the dishwasher as I listened to his reflection today. I find, as a busy house wife, that doing easy tasks that don’t take a lot of thought such as dishes and laundry are a great time to listen to spiritual podcasts. I look so forward to these times when I can serve my family and at the same time be fed spiritually. I also really enjoy exercise and prayer at the same time. I ride the stationary bike while I pray or do spiritual reading. And I pray the rosary while I walk around my neighborhood or a park.

  • Deb Durrett

    I was focused this morning on sunrise, a walk with our newly adopted dog(especially when I noticed a cat moving in a nearby yard), and some down time to start off my week. I’m glad he brought up the falsehood of the benefits of multi-tasking. Tis how we were trained to work in retail & I always found it frustrating. I much prefer focusing. And so I will work more on it from this point forward.
    Thank you Matthew Kelly & Dynamic​ Catholic.

  • jerseyangel

    Love all these beautiful comments. I find God in all of them. Thank you. I love nature, and often find God walking along the beach, during a sunset, on a hike.. Yesterday I found God while hugging my husband, (he lives else where during the week) so very special, my son’s compliment that I cooked a good dinner, and seeing the beautiful cherry blossom trees. But being with family, what a blessing. Thanks again for Dynamic Catholic each day and for all of you starting my day off on a positive note.

  • Lynn Keiner

    When one of my cats, I have two, sits on my lap. I often think what perfect prayers they are. Animals are exactly as God intended without artifice. All of nature is a constant reminder of Our God of the love so generously given. That’s why St. Francis of Assisi is my favorite saint. God surrounds us and is in us and is reflected in all of creation.

  • Mary A Christopher

    I am the multi tasker of all times! If I didn’t, I feel like I would never get things done. I am, however, going to try to give it a try to be more attentive to who I am speaking to, and to be more attentive to the task at hand. My husband, on the other hand, can ONLY do one thing at a time. I actually have been critical of him because of this. I have said “Can you only do one thing at a time?” Like that is a bad thing. But, he doesn’t listen to one person attentively, and I don’t me just me. He gets very distracted, easily, by TV, or his book, or solitaire or whatever else passes by. So we all have are idiosynchrases that way. Back to multitasking, I am getting ready to go to Planned Parenthood today to march and protest. Pray that I am not distracted there, please. I will be saying the rosary and asking God’s mercy for anyone that crosses our lines. We have had some saves and actually have seen the numbers go down here on days that our local PP clinic is staying open. YAY, GOD!!!!

  • Dixie

    I seem to find God and feel connected when I am walking my dog, Stella. She is always so excited to be getting to go outside and see what is going on. I concentrate on the beauty of the day, whether it is rainy or the sun is shining. I do notice how it only takes a few small things to make a dog happy. We should all take note of the happy times and be thankful of them. Being in God’s presence makes me feel understood and cared for.

  • Sherry Smith Bryant

    Nicely said Doug,…little sacraments! I found myself reflecting upon the ordinariness of dropping kids off this morning, and to stop and be thankful for that ordinary routine. I also love something Fr. Walter Chisak said, “For what can ultimately trouble the soul, who accepts every moment of every day, as a gift from he hands of God, and strives always to do His will.” He is truly present in “every moment”!!

  • Jackie

    I kid you not..as a food addict, my mind is always full of food thoughts and what I can go get to eat. Today’s video had a profound affect on me. As I was cleaning peppers to make stuffed peppers, I stopped myself from the food thoughts and focused on the beauty of the colors of the peppers. Thank you, God, for taking over and guiding me today. I felt like it was a breakthrough of huge proportions. Keeping God with me in everything I do today. Blessings to all of you…and love.

  • Mary Sturm

    What an inspiring reminder!! Thank you Matthew Kelly!!
    I pray for the time that I will
    only ever do just the same ONE thing all the time…
    uniting my heart and will in Jesus’, as he does work through me.

  • Carol Cuomo

    Multi tasking has been something I have done all my life. Juggling schedules, tasks, raising children,activities, you name it…. love to be busy. AWARENESS!!! I can honestly say I have felt like I have missed some moments, some happiness along the way. This spoke to me… allowing myself to be in the moment, aware and quieting my mind and body. There is a time for everything.

  • Theresa

    My son, who lives 6hrs away, just sent our spread-out family, this video, and I set it up to watch it. Then he called from the top of the mountain where he is a ski patroller. Now that was finding God for starters because he connected to me just before I started! And to be even more convicted of God’s presence, I planned to get dressed while watching the video…so good thing I am dressed now…as I am again dumping the multitasking idea! Thanks for your video.

  • Maureen Daniels Ceglia

    I have experienced the power of being in the moment so why is it that I hardly ever bring myself there? It doesn’t seem to come natural to me. As Matthew said in his video, I think it is the gift of awareness that will bring me to the moment more often. If I can be in the moment I can be with God. I am so thankful for these short little videos that pack so much wisdom into them, I am thankful for Matthew Kelly.

  • Deacon Cy

    I visit nursing homes and the home bounds and I find God in each and every person I visit. In the smile and the hugs I get from them.

  • Grace Browne

    Matthew Kelly is right. Multitasking is not good, especially, if you’re cramming so much in to a day. You lose focus on what counts the most: being present in the moment and appreciating it. Maybe stop what you’re doing and take a breath at different times in the day. Take a moment to thank God. I’m reminding myself to do this as I’m typing.

  • Eduardo Hoover

    Yahweh uses letters of the Hebrew alphabet that do not require the lips or tongue to form their sounds and can be said by breathing in inhaling and exhaling and seem to flow with every relaxed breath we take. Sitting comfortably with eyes closed listen to your breath as you breathe with your mouth relaxed opened just enough to breath and you can hear it ever so softly without even forcing the elocution of the name. God is alway very near.

  • Dennis Whittington

    I start each day with this prayer, “Dear God, may I see you in others that I meet. May I see you in all your creation both living and nonliving.” I am one who has always looked for the why or the reasons behind our Faith. I have concluded long ago that reason will take you so far. Faith will complete the journey. Two sources that I look to are Psalm 46:11, “Be still and confess that I am God.” and the story in Exodus where Moses asks God to reveal Himself to Moses. God grants his wish but will not allow Moses to see His face for Moses would have surely died. Instead, God shields Moses’ eyes with His hand as He passes by, taking His hand away only after He had passed so that Moses could see God from the back.

    I think that’s how we experience God. It is not a direct meeting rather it is indirectly that we experience God. We cannot possibly know the full glory of God in this life. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t or don’t experience God in our lives. God created all things and set His creation into perpetual motion yet He is still directly involved with it. He presses upon each and every part of it, giving it life with His love. Without God’s presence, life would cease.

    Like Moses, I believe that God affords us glimpses of Himself. We cannot see God directly but we can in His creation. He is in you and me. He is in every tree, plant and creature. He is in the rocks, mountains, plains and sea. Some look at scenes in nature and think how wonderful God is to have created such a thing yet He is there in the tenements and slums of the city. He is in the suburbs. He sends rain down upon the just and unjust alike. He cares for and loves all HIs creation alike.

    Whenever life starts to feel like it is closing in on me and things seem engulf me with worry and busyness, I stop and pray then listen for His words, “Be still and confess that I am God.” It helps me always.

  • Joanne Williams

    Okay, I confess. I was playing with my cat while I was listening to Matthew…..multitasking is my life – sometimes, even when I pray. So, another goal. STOP. Do one thing. Enjoy that thing, and move on. Amen.

  • Midge Barger

    Before my feet touch the floor to get out of bed in the morning; I stop and thank God that I am still here and give praise and honor to God Almighty .As a Senior Citizen living alone in Florida;
    I spend a great deal of time in prayer and meditation every morning. I am so blessed to have the time and still have the ability to care for myself. Getting old is tough and not easy on your body but after all these years ;I have found myself and my faith stronger each day that passes and I am so aware of the many daily miracles that God sends my way.God is goods…All the time…….All the time; God is good. We serve an awesome GOD!!!!!

  • Laura LaDue

    I considered myself the champion of multitasking. I thought I was really accomplishing things. However I was just running in circles. I have made a conscious effort to slow down. When I don’t allow the guilt of “being lazy ” get in my head, I then can find God everywhere. It is a beautiful feeling not to be wrapped up in worldly things but in Godly things.

  • Tony Pantera

    I remember God is with me always when I take a random moment and just attend to everything around me. I stop what I am doing and really try to perceive all I can in the immediate surrounds I find myself in. It is an out of daily routine experience.

  • Maria

    I find Him when I take the time to slow down and talk to Him. No matter how anxious or distracted I was before, I try to obediently give Him my attention, if only for a few minutes. The change in mood I experience is obvious.

  • CathieHeenan

    How do I find God? I find him just by looking at my 2 loving sons, I find him in all the nature that surrounds me. I also find him in my wonderful family and friends.

  • Paul

    Everyday I participate in this bestlentever series, I always have at least one great takeaway. Today there are several for me. When I look back on my day, I can always see missed opportunities for me to embrace God’s presence in the moment. I feel awful that I did not fully recognize it as it happened. Matthew also referenced receiving the Eucharist each week. When I look back, he is correct in that I don’t give the proper time and respect for what I am actually doing in that moment. What a missed opportunity! I also know that I can do a much better job going forward with giving people I come in contact with , my full attention.

  • Jan Onnen

    If I’m honest with myself I struggle with finding God in every day little moments. This WebEx today reminded me that it is a conscious choice I’m making to go through the day so busy and unaware of God in the little things that are so precious to me. Starting today I make a pledge to myself that I will slowdown and become fully aware of God in my every day little moments.

  • Shyne4god

    thank you Lisa and Doug it’s so amazing the touch or kiss of a baby ( and it doesn’t have to be someone’s that you know Any Baby ! But for me when I hold ,see, or kiss and bless my grandkids That’s when I see God most in that Thankful moment I just say Wow ! Also when I take a Dailey walk on the beach just 10 mins from my home I stop and say ” Thank You God ” what beauty I see , what freshness I smell , the sounds of kids laughing ! , the endless water !! What I need to learn is take those Dailey moments that don’t seem as important and reflect and see God in them ! I am learning to take my weekly Eucarist as a very special moment with Me and God ( that’s been so awesome !

  • Jess

    Oh, how I need Him! I listened to this as I was doing the dishes 🙄
    Reminds me of someone once telling me that BUSY is Being Under Satan’s Yoke. It’s time to slow things down a bit and stop multitasking!

  • Christine Overkamp

    Thank you Jessica. Taking that deep breath does help me focus on God. It reminds me that He gave me that breath to focus and listen to His message. This lenten series Catholic Dynamics is offering is THE BEST! I love Matthew Kelly’s sharing and the fact that his staff are contributing their own personal insights. God bless each of you. Our Lenten Spirituality Group is using the book Why Worry by Jeff Dunn this year. Very interesting and I find myself, quoting things being shared on this Catholic Dynamic website too!! Just need to focus on the now and let tomorrow be tomorrow…today is quite enough on anyone’s plate. Blessings always

    • Eric DePoto

      I agree Christine, I so agree!

  • Dani

    As I walk 15 minutes to and from class each day I normally speed walk in order to get out of the weather, even when I’m going to be early. Living in Michigan, the weather is hardly to be called friendly, so this is a normal occurrence for most people. One morning though, I’m not sure what possessed me, but I slowed to a pace that is far below my normal, and just started to really take my time to observe the world around me and find the beauty and love of God in it all. Taking the time to observe God is a huge blessing that we often give up each day.

  • Chuck

    When you slow down long enough to give God a moment in your life, you will automatically become MORE of God and LESS of yourself. This will always result in you having a closeness to God you otherwise would not have had in your busyness of life.
    Carpe Diem
    Chuck

  • Barbara Levich

    I had a friend who used to frequently say, “Be here now.” That small phrase has helped call me I to the present moment more often than I can count.

  • Jill

    I have been experiencing something new and really quite cool in the last few months…when I am tuned in and aware of God, and can feel Him working through those around me, a very sudden and unstoppable wave of tears is released. Not sad. Not happy. The only way I can make sense of it is applying what a good friend/priest once said to me about tears. He said we’re all made of water predominantly. And when we crack open, and go really deep down, where God dwells in us, it releases water. Like a well. Like a baptism. This sensation has been so strong and I LOVE it! God is reaching all of us through so many moments each day, most especially by others in our path.

    • Carmela Campanella Douds

      My experience has been similar. I’ve asked for God to restore my heart which has been hardened by a life, and I believe it is happening. Yesterday, while in the Adoration Chapel, I prayed for people one at a time, with deliberation and as I did, I experienced tears of real compassion for each. I’m so grateful that God has heard my prayer. Thank you for your testimony; it has affirmed my own experience.

  • Tara Stone

    I was diagnosed with stage 3b, advanced and aggressive breast cancer 9/15/2011 at the age of 42! I’ve always been a believer and had a good relationship with God, but had often let the stress and busyness of life get in the way of dally devotion/ prayer. Later.. later.. later.. was my mantra, my promise to Abba. My dear friend and I would get together on Wednesdays for prayer, and we would often say.. what human relationship would put up with this treatment!! Living in the present moment was definitely NOT happening. I was in management in community mental health and a single mother and found myself planning 10 steps ahead…ALWAYS! I was an anxious, tied in knots, worrisome mess and then guilt-ridden that I wasn’t fully trusting God. I know!! I worked out, ate well, did yoga, and prayed, but was not in a good place. God delivered me from all that through cancer! I know!!!I I had to leave my job, jump off the cliff into Abba’s arms and have utter and complete faith that not only would he care for my needs, but restore my physical health. A near death sentence by medical professionals, no income, lost my house, body changed forever.. cancer touched every area of my life.. EXCEPT my soul!! No matter how much it slithered, creeped and crawled through my system, it could not touch my soul. And, ABBA was so faithful and gentle and loving and he covered me in his healing balm of grace, love, healing acceptance and support. So, I found myself forced to slow down, learned to live in the moment completely unsure of what the next day or next year would bring, and enjoyed the journey of complete trust in my Father!! I saw Him daily in circumstances, the Drs, nurses, friends, families and kind strangers I crossed paths with everywhere. My relationship and prayer life has never been better! I will celebrate 5 years of cancer-free thriving next month. I remind myself often throughout the day that God is in charge and through Him I have strength to encounter and deal with anything! My friend and I still do prayer on Wednesday’s, I find Him through prayer devotional, rosaries, daily prayer and good spiritual books, BUT I SEE Him in the faces and hearts of the amazing people I cross paths with daily and my ability to help others and my great capacity to love. I SEE Him in the beauty of our environment.. the colors, the sounds, smells! He gives us everything and everyone we need when we need it. Doesn’t mean it’s always easy and smooth sailing.. usually not (smile).. we are human. But, I just bring myself back to the present moment AND I love living in the present moment with my most loving Father, Abba! Just keep your eyes and hearts open… He’s EVERYWHERE…you’ll be amazed!

    • Carmela Campanella Douds

      I have a young friend just diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. She’s struggling in many ways, but it, as you said, hasn’t touched her soul. Thank you for your testimony; please pray for my friend, Elizabeth.

      • Tara Stone

        I will!

  • Scott Sowers

    It’s not so much “me” finding God in everyday life and all that is around us, it’s more of God finding me. He stops me in my tracks when I see the smile on my youngest daughters face when she gives me a big hug everyday, when I try to calm the wagging tails of our happy dogs in the morning when I feed them or the love I feel when I make it home from work and see my beautiful wife again and especially when I get home in time to see our new granddaughter before her mom, my oldest daughter, sweeps in to take her home after work. God always takes my breath away at the sight of the ocean crashing on the beach or the beautiful copper and gold of the changing leaves in the mountains, when we take time to go on vacation. One of my favorites is when he calms me with a pop up storm with the thunder, lightning and smell of a spring or summer rain. I really love the seasons, the circle of life. God also shows up in dark times to remind you that he is there. I could go on and on about how many times God taps me on the shoulder. I guess I could spend more time looking out for him and getting more joy out of life. Couldn’t hurt, right? God bless.

  • Carmen Daniels

    As I was watching today’s video I was attempting to multi-task and work on something else simultaneously. I started laughing when Matthew Kelly said that the great enemy of awareness is multi-tasking. It is a perspective I’ve never considered before. I think that if I attempt to be more present in the now and increase my awareness of life, it will help me prioritize the things that are truly important in my life.

    • Superma

      I was amused because I wasn’t watching him talk, I was playing solitaire and listening……but some people are better at switching from one task and back to the other if they get interrupted.

  • Carmela Campanella Douds

    I’ve been using the Sign of the Cross as a means to bring God, in His complete Trinitarian Being into my moment, my life. This is a physical act which I’m hoping will strengthen the habit of living, with God, in the moments of my life.

  • Sue Russell

    a poem some of my children have learned, which fits in exactly with this lesson:
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  • Emmy Lou O’Connor

    I am totally aware of God in His creation, especially and aside from the obvious – the gift of Himself. Some days start before sunrise and I may not be in the best mood but as I’m driving to wherever and am privileged to see a beautiful sunrise, all’s right with my world when a short time ago, it wasn’t. This can happen with that beautiful sunset, gentle rain, etc. The smile of a baby or child can lift spirits ot make them even better. I was happy to see this discussion because we have so much to be grateful for that so often gets lost in our busy, multi-tasking day. I can be the biggest culprit and often feel at the end of my rope but I am so grateful to know God is ALWAYS there with me and lets me know it, often at just the right time. Oh, don’t get me wrong, there are time I think He forgot me and what I am going through. Then I have to, hopefully, let myself slow down, try to be patient and discern just what IS happening. God’s never let me down when I count my blessings.

  • Michele

    Eek … While watching/listening to Matthew’s video, I was also writing an email to a parent of a student. Then, he was talking about multi-tasking … and I had to stop! haha I am so bad about doing multiple things at a time! I am almost always doing two things at once. Usually, at my desk I have my desk top and lap top up and going as I move between different jobs! Thank you for the reminder to focus, and pay attention to what I am doing so I can see God more clearly. I find I see God most often in the kindness of others and smiles. : )

  • Fanny

    Today’s words were very good for me. I was worried because about three years ago I started losing my ability to multitask and realized I had to concentrate to accomplish something and remember what I was doing and do it well. Now I am grateful for this “loss”. Blessings to all dear group and my gratitude to Mathew Kelly for helping me live a better Lent and try to become a better version of myself.

  • Karen Schoenfelder

    I just want to thank Dynamic Catholic for this Best Lent Ever! I have been blessed by listening to it daily and I am learning so much about the person I want to be-the person God created me to be. These daily reflections seem to speak directly to my own needs and what is important in my life . Thank you for helping me grow closer to God each day.
    Karen

  • Tom Kohler

    Prayed the Holy Rosary very slowly. Contemplating every word.

  • bob brand

    I read “Resisting Happiness” before Lent began because I wanted to be better prepared to learn and take away important actions steps from the Best Lent Ever Program. Before I read the chapter, Ordinary Things, I had already begun to see God throughout my day. The chapter, though, motivated me to be even more conscious, aware, and now it rare when something happens that I don’t see God at work. This isn’t only the Best Lent Ever, it’s the most spiritual uplifting exercise I have done, and I have had some amazing experiences like doing the 40-Day Journey based on Rick Warren’s book, “The Purpose Driven Life” with my son and wife. The stories Michael Kelly relates, especially those about John have had a profound impact on my daily life. God is with me always, and I mean always, every moment of every day. thank you, Michael

  • Beth Kern

    Yesterday at mass, I watched a young boy leap into his fathers arms. He had wandered into the wrong section and forgot where he was seated. After a few minutes of searching, his dad walked over to gather him back. Talk about an amazing moment. Ordinary, yes. Definitely a reminder of how we all should feel. Glad I was able to witness while singing in choir.

  • Casmir Nnaemeka

    Really today,I experienced an inner peace within me. It is even with me now as I comment. I found this experience as I took some time out to detach myself from the worries of the day to commune with the Lord. It was refreshing. It was like,A chilled glass of scold water in the scorching sun of the world’s troubles. The quiet Christian music on a low tune helped to tune me to the frequency of heaven. I have decided to make it a daily routine. I asked God for it to be daily.

  • Lorie

    I always go back to the fear of stopping. I am afraid to be still. Don’t know why yet. Can’t slow down or stop, gotta be running wide open. God always run with me, be the wind at my back. Help me to slow down and truly appreciate what you have given me and LOVE you, right where I am. Help me have ten minutes of silence, in my head and in my heart and my soul.

  • MaryAnne Casaul

    I find God through nature. I love to look at the night sky and at the day sky as well, the trees, birds, wind. It always puts my life and what I am focused on into perspective. One of my very favorite songs is How Great Thou Art.

  • bob brand

    im dopey, I meant, thank you Michael

  • bob brand

    I really am out of it, sorry Matthew

  • Leah Levitt

    I spend a lot of time thinking about other things when I should be in the moment. I am trying to see God in all the people I meet like Mother Theresa. It is said she always concentrated only on the person she was with. I am trying to keep focused by concentrating on that person. I am reminded of an encounter with an elderly Chicano Lady yesterday at Church. I of course see her at Church. She always gets a big smile on her face when she sees me and comes over and hugs me. I feel very comfortable smiling right back at her and hugging her. She is a Saint I am sure. I love seeing her. I am trying to respond to people like she and Mother Theresa do. How much nicer the world would be if we did this. It is easy to see God in her. I am trying to see God in everyone I meet. Another example. I was at an art opening and doing a slide show to document my husbands art. There was a Chicano man there I didn’t know with a camera. He looked a little formable. But I forged ahead and asked him who he was and if I could take a picture of him and his art. He is a wonderful friendly man and for the rest of the evening we were laughing together and sharing stories. I use my photography to break ice and get to know people. Most people love to have their picture taken. I always show it to them. I also make sure I don’t just pick young pretty people. I like to photograph elderly, all races, all sizes, etc. I think it makes them realize they are really beautiful even if society doesn’t necessarily recognize them as so. I also use my two dogs. They help me to get to know many people. I am finding God in these people and hope to get better at it.

  • Margie Kennedy

    I found God today, when in the moment, I let go of worry for today. My mom is having hip replacement surgery tomorrow and I was flying to California tomorrow to take care of her. The weather in the Midwest is causing some trouble. My mind was racing to find a solution. I stopped and realized I cannot control this. I got an update from the airline that I can change my flight but could not get through to talk to someone. I opted for them to call me back. In the mean time my mom called to let me know her surgery will be later in the day and she will stay overnight at the hospital. I was trying to get to her to take care of her tomorrow night. When the call came through from the airline, I knew that mom’s time table had changed and was able to change my flight to Wednesday and be there when mom comes home. I’m grateful and can rest easy tonight.

  • Debra Kyser

    I have found that I do multi-tasking too much and need to stop that. I do not concentrate and give things my full attention at times.

  • Togni Thomas

    Find God in every moment ’cause you don’t know how many “moments” you have left. You may not be able to enjoy your little grand daughters hug next month. I felt God when I took that deep breath and it felt FANTASTIC!

  • Bette

    Just returned from a retreat centered on being in the “now” . Thank you for the reinforcement

  • jesspinosa

    I love to take photos, especially when I am traveling. There have been many times when I caught myself getting so involved with my camera that I neglected to see the beauty of my surroundings. I’ve been working on it, and I have made some progress. This will be tested when, in a few weeks, I head for Poland and Lithuania. Would I be paying attention to the holy sites, or would I be more concerned about framing, lighting and film speed? We’ll see.

    • Rufus X

      I have thought about that for at least 30 years, Jess. Especially with our phones as our cameras. I didn’t have a camera with me all the time but I have my damn phone with me! Speaking of which, I have started leaving my phone in the car when I run into the store, or at a restaurant with friend and ESPECIALLY at church. I have come to realize, mostly by watching these phantom humanoids walking around staring down at their devices, that when I am somewhere-but-on-the-phone and am really not “there” (where I physically am) but I am “on the phone.” This attempt at multi-tasking is the ultimate fail! When the guy who sits next to me in my amazing choir in my very much Roman Catholic cathedral, no less, is on his phone every minute doing some SnapChat or Facebook thing, I am very much aware he is not really there or with me at all.

  • Maureen Gomes

    Beautiful words I too thank you,God Bless

  • Mary Sherman

    Do we put Life in every breath. Great intention

  • Rufus X

    She probably should have added to find God every time you fart. I’d never be without Him!!!

    • Angel Schneider

      Oh Rufus, you’re so right! God’s gifts are in every bit of human biology. He can even show up in crude humor. May God bless you in whichever orifice you may meet.

  • ann hart

    I am very guilty of multi tasking. I have trouble with present moment living

  • Bernice M. Jakel Callahan

    And here, in my latter years, I have been bemoaning the fact that I can no longer multitask! This must be God’s way of saying, “pay more attention to Me in this moment!” As a matter of fact, now that my life has slowed down, relatively speaking, I am able to focus more on the things that are most important in my day to day moments. Yes, God has become the center of my thoughts and actions throughout the day. What a blessing! I am much more aware of His plan in my life. Now I can focus on being who I was always meant to be – a child of God. I am so grateful for finally becoming aware of His role in my life. This is my prayer for everyone.

  • Sarena

    I had been pushing myself extra hard to get some work done, all of it. I go to lunch with my fiance and an MJ song comes on, the lyrics “…gotta leave that nine to five up on the shelf, and just enjoy yourself” catches my attention. I had gotten some things done and I decided that I can do the rest tomorrow. I believe God brought that to my attention because I need the rest and God knows what’s best for me.

  • Denise Vega Ruvalcaba

    When I wake up and I see sunshine coming through the window, every cup of coffee I drink because I love the smell, seeing the beautiful sunset and my 2 month olds smiles while he sleeps. These simple things are where I see God and He is telling me he loves me through all these simple acts that we often take for granted.

  • Trevor Pelkey

    I find God in the meaningful interactions I have with people, in the love I feel for my family and girlfriend, and in the beautiful scenery around where I live. I have come to find that by appreciating the “ordinary” things in my life, I am at comfort even in the midst of more difficult times/days.

  • Susan Budak Runne

    Wonder if Jessica saw Sister Olga from BU speak. I saw her too a few years ago. What a wonderful person she is. To be in her presence was a treat. She gave a talk about how we are all called to be holy, we need to open our hearts and let God in, as imperfect as we are.

  • Michael Ennis

    Sometimes I find God in my life daily life through untended reactions to my actions. For instance, I am always shaking the hands of veterans who cross my path and thanking them for their service. At work the other day, I had a customer who told me that he has severe hearing loss from being in artillery during the war. I reached over the counter and shook his hand and thanked him for his service. Behind me I heard three voices go, “awwww”. I don’t think anything of this, it is just something I do. There are many many other examples I could give. I never doubt for one minute that God has my back, and that He is always with me.
    God Bless

  • Therese

    In the moment….that is what I am trying to do right now, as I sit and read everyone’s comments. The mind is powerful and is trying to tell me otherwise. I know mindfulness and EVERY day I need to remind myself and stay in this moment. The plants can be watered later!

  • Sherry Hayes-Peirce

    Great idea to simply take a deep breath and focus on your breathing for a few seconds throughout the day to check-in with God’s plan for the day. Thanks Jessica and Mother Olga!

  • Lori Grajek

    I felt a bit conflicted about the admonition to stop multi-tasking. I love listening to books on CD while making dinner. Maybe one day this week I’ll try seeking God’s presence with me while I’m making dinner instead. Finding HIm in the ordinary things sounds like an awesome way to realize He’s with me always.

  • Judy

    Take a deep breath. Did you just find God? – Jessica Albers
    What a powerful question!

    I find God in that moment I’m aware when I wake up before my alarm.
    I find God in birds chirping.
    I find God in thunder.
    I stumble across God when my glance captures a budding flower
    I stumble across God when there’s a parking spot when I’m in a hurry.
    I stumble across God when FaceTiming with my granddaughters
    I thank God in the moment be a reminder of something I need
    I thank God in the reminder to leave some food as a sacrifice offering
    I thank God for that a-hah moment when reading Scripture
    I see God in my daily reflection books
    I see God in the quietness of softly falling snow
    I see God when it’s raining
    I hear God in the sounds of silence
    I hear God in the thunderous roaring winds at the Grand Canyon
    I hear God in the goodnight words with my husband

  • Margory Placha

    I had to laugh at multi tasking, it’s one of the great myths of modern life. You either do one thing well or several badly. You just can’t do two things at once. I find god in the snow, the wind, the trees and my dog who knows just when to need attention!

  • Genie C Balantac

    … I LOVE the message today.

  • MurphsLaw

    Excellent message, and we also need to find God internally….as well as externally…….

    +++12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
    13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.+++
    .
    Look for God within us….That’s where he does his best work !!!

  • Major Multitasker

    I had to laugh–because I pulled Matthew’s video up, started playing it, turned up the volume so I could listen while I started preparing dinner. Hmmmm. Message received–stop multitasking and take a couple minutes to sit and really listen, absorb what’s being said instead of trying to catch the message between putting water on to boil and assessing what ingredients I need.

  • LJ

    Before coming out to do this study today, I actually thanked God for my breath. I was aware of my breath as being gift. Saying this to you publicly feels funny. It feels even funnier to be aware of how sad I am. We talk God all day long, sometimes I wonder if it is an abuse of His name.

  • Justin Spector

    Loved your video. And you may be the only person I’ve ever seen whose favorite holiday is April Fools Day. Haha. God Bless.

  • Elaine

    Each morning my Cat Penny wakes me with her greeting that I think she is glad to get the day started. She follows me about and then goes to the glass door and we look outside as it begins to get light. As I embrace the start of a new day I am aware of the peacefulness that is ordinary and extraordinary. I thank God for all that is ordinary.

  • Jo Lumpkin

    As the one year anniversary of my nieces 5 week old baby boys death approaches– I think of how being fully aware of every moment with that precious soul would have been so great. I really pray that I will never not be fully present in every moment of my loved ones lives again! God did bless me with the wonderful awe inspiring gift of seeing that precious boy come into this world and wow what a miracle. Something I will never forget. Please pray for my great nephews soul.

  • Liz McGinnis

    Yesterday, after mass , when we got home my husband told me that I put him in a grumpy mood. When I asked why he said I just do. His comments really hurt me, so I retreated to our room, folded laundry, cried a little bit, wrote in my journal and then prepped for teaching the middle school CCD class later in the day. He never asked me what was bothering me, just kept telling me to stop playing games. When I told him I did not really know what to say, he just told me to stop pouting. I was quiet for the whole day. He did come up stairs and gave me a few hugs. I was listening to a Christian song titled, just be held. So, I did. I just let him hold me. My psyche is probably still bruised from not getting my way and maybe still a little hurt. I was aware and appreciatve of his hugs and concern.

    This Lent I am working on not always being right, being more quiet and taking in God in everyday things. Good thing Lent is not over as I have a long way to go!

  • Sara Tabora

    Well maybe a little easier said than done with small children

  • Jesse Bourque

    Funny how as I was listening to Matthew Kelly talk about awareness and multi-tasking that I was tempted to check the calendar for some question I had about this coming weekend. And then I might have missed something that he said… I had to literally force myself to stop…listen…be aware…and be in the moment.

  • Mary McGee Johnson

    This…. ordinary things, People❤️Love this !

  • Maria

    I care for a 93 year old woman 3 days a week. With all I do for her I am amazed at what she still can do and the stories she relays to me. I feel very blessed to be in her company!

  • Prolifedem6M

    I invite God into my thinking and find myself talking to him many times during the day. This is not formal prayer, but more companionship with God. The traffic light turns green as I approach it. Thank you, Lord. I hear a useful comment on the radio or read one on-line or in the newspaper, Again, thanks God. I run into a hitch in my plans. Now, what should I do about this, Lord?
    I’m conscious of his presence in my life. Not necessarily every minute, but much of the time. It’s like having someone you love in the house. You’re not chattering to or thinking about that person every minute, maybe not for hours at a time, but you’re aware he’s there.

  • Lydia Ross

    Our daughter in law just sent us a FB video of our youngest grandson finally walking. I watched with awe as he realized that “I can walk” pride came over on his wee face. He is using ankle braces and a walker but he is finally walking!!! Thank you, God!! Our prayers were answered!!

  • jim

    I often am thinking about what I am doing next instead of concentrating on the moment. Even when I was watching Matthew Kelly, I was thinking if I should write this and what I should write. I like what he said about multi tasking. However, I enjoy saying the rosary while I am walking outside or even walking the dog. I see students in my classes are robbed of classroom instruction quite often when they multitask. I am going to try and focus on the moment and see how it goes

  • Julie Muetzel

    I feel like I am never more aware of God than when I’m receiving the Holy Eucharist. I always look the minister or priest straight in the eyes and receive this most precious gift. There are times when it’s truly overwhelming. And after I’ve received I will sometimes bow my head in my pew and watch the people file past, like a pilgrimage of sorts to Jesus. I will strive to experience that feeling during “the ordinary”.

  • Cadre Aaron

    Many of us often fall prey to the idea that “living in happiness” is some place, somewhere, in the future. We just have to work hard enough to get there and then, finally, we can unload and be “happy and fulfilled”. That’s a big lie. Happiness is finding fulfillment in the “now”. Finding ways to appreciate the world. Finding ways to give back to those in need. Stopping to admire the incredible things which surround us. That’s living!

  • A.C.

    Any one else out there who is a working mother and wife with young children? I don’t mean any disrespect to Mr. Kelly but I see that it is extremely hard for mothers (especially those that are also committed to a job 20-40 hours per week) to not multi-task. How else would I remember all the things my children, home and work need to run? I feel like it’s easy to say but even harder for mothers with full plates to do. Most of us wake up running and don’t stop until bedtime, when we accidentally fall asleep tucking our kids in. Even as I write this post I’m putting at least 3 things on hold. May the Lord and blessed mother help sustain all the presence of the working mothers out there.

  • Rae Mims

    I find God in so many parts of my daily life. When I look at a sunrise or a particularly beautiful sunset. When I hear a child laugh. When I get a choice spot in the parking garage. When I feel overwhelmed at work and just think “help me.” When I am out in nature and seeing His creation. When I have a connection with a friend.

  • Henry

    I was aware of God’s unexpected presence and blessings this morning. I was working quietly in my front yard garden. Suddenly, a pick-up truck pulls up and the driver asks me if I need any tree trimming done. And, as a matter of fact, some long delayed tree-trimming was my next project. Within minutes, the “Tree Angel” that God sent me today was busy trimming two trees, then cleaning up. It was clear to me that the Tree Angel (Lee) was looking for work and appreciated the opportunity. I very much felt God had brought us together this day, this hour, this minute.

  • Cathy

    One thing I have noticed as a guitarist and singer at Mass is that there are certain songs that touch my spirit and make me feel God (the other singer and I call them “Jesus bumps” instead of goosebumps). This is especially true when we hear the congregation singing along with heartfelt participation. The words just seem to have incredible meaning.

    • Jim Ziegler

      Cathy-You are so right about Jesus bumps with certain songs.When I was a youngster my aunt passed away and they played a song at her funeral that still touches me every time I hear it.My Mom died unexpectedly 4 years ago and I asked the choir to play it at her funeral.Now not only do I get Jesus bumps I get tears in my eyes cuz I feel like my Mom is there.The song is “I am the bread of life”Wish I could here you sing it.

  • Jim Ziegler

    I also am trying to be transformed.But at times in a busy life I get caught up and lose focus.I am new to this site and I really enjoy it.I love the videos and the comments you all write.Seems like they always bring a tear of joy to my eyes.As a former priest of mine always said and I say it a lot and I will say it to you all “God Loves You and so do I”Thank you all for the joy you give me.

  • Jackie

    This was awesome….both videos! This is something I want to work hard on the rest of Lent…..complete awareness in the moment! Thank You Dynamic Catholic.

  • Sandra

    I too am professional mulitasker. My job requires it. While I listened to the video I was doing my report at work..
    Could not understand a word or two.
    I had to laugh when Matthew Kelly mentioned stop multitasking.
    I will work on giving my full attention
    To people and stop multitasking.
    I do feel God’s presents at many moments in my life, prayer, family gatherings, Sunrise, sunsets, birds singing, my grandchildren, majestic trees, walks, the moon, clearing in fields, flowers, people I meet, and especially the Eucharist. Thanks
    For Reminding Me To Be Still and Know That I Am The Lord.
    God Bless🕆

  • JayAW

    Try telling your boss that you no longer believe in multitasking and you’ll find yourself in the unemployment office. If you’re not working on 20 things at once, it means you don’t have enough work to do, so here are four more projects to take on. Is this the work of the evil one to take us away from focusing on God? I think it is. In some offices, work is your life and if you’re not in the office 90 hours per week, then you’re not being a team player.

  • Kreikemeiers

    We are going to work to find God when we get ready in the morning, when we do our chores, and by savoring each bite and thanking God for each bite of food.

  • Dayn

    Jessica,

    Thanks to you, I just found God.

    Dayn

  • Michelle Hernandez

    I am privileged to have people share the depths of themselves with me, to invite me into their lives, to talk about things they’re afraid to talk about. In my everyday work, I see and feel God’s presence through my clients, whose stories I hold as sacred, and I invite Him to help me guide my clients on the right path.

  • Marise Petry

    When I think about all the years of my life, I can truly say that the life I have right now is one of the happiest times I have lived. I feel loved, cherished, cared for and closeness in my marriage; My relationship with my children is solid (so glad I worked with Martha on the musical); and my joy in being a grandmother is beyond belief. In my professional life, I am confident In my abilities and trashed meeting and connecting with each student. In my faith life I am growing, being challenged, nudged, encouraged, supported by my faith community. More than ever I feel strengthened and consumed by the Holy Spirit through Jesus in the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the food I need to face each week to live the Christian life. It is in being aware of God’s Goodness, Generosity and Love that allows me to see the goodness and happy things I have each moment of each day.

  • Janet

    I always find God in nature. Some days it’s the rain that falls on my face or the sunlight that peeks through clouds or the smell of freshly cut grass. Every time I walk outside- I feel God’s presence. I remember once when I went to visit friends in NYC- I had to go to Central Park- not because it’s a popular tourist site but because I needed to see trees and grass and the small ponds of water. I felt so claustrophobic without being surrounded by the natural things.

  • Daniela Bianchetti

    I find God when I just open my eyes in the morning. I thank God for one more day he blessed me with. Today God spoke to me through my daughters. She pleaded I am always too busy to spend time with her. I listened and will do my very best to pay attention and be more focused on every moment.

  • Nicole M.

    To answer this question, I have to backtrack to the previous issue that was brought up in the first video about multitasking. It is sad to say, but I feel like our world has become so used to multitasking that it’s hard to do anything but. This lent, I really want to focus on being more aware and living in the present moment. Just tonight, I was talking to my mom. It was just regular conversation, but I barely heard a word she said, because I was too distracted with my phone and the T.V. on in the background. I need to stop the multitasking and really try to focus on one thing at a time. With this, I hope to be more aware so I can find God in my every day life.

  • Suzanne Beurer Nader

    Yesterday at Mass I was in awe with the readings. The Transfiguration of Jesus has always been inspiring to me. We rarely stop to realize how incredibly close to Jesus we can be in our daily life.
    With each person we encounter throughout the day, we meet Jesus. As part of the choir I helped lead the congregation in singing, “Transfigure Us Oh Lord.” We are telling Jesus to make us more like Him.

  • Theresa Birdsey

    Today I found God in the face of my mother. She is struggling with dementia and she doesn’t remember what she did during the day or what she had for lunch. When I visit her and she can’t remember what she says to me, I find it sad but I see God in her eyes. I hug her and remind her that God is with her and she will never be alone. I know that God is not only with her but He is with me, too.

    • Linda Carmelle

      I understand how this time can be filled with many emotions,for both of you. When I was engaged to my husband his Grandma was suffering dementia. I was at a point in my life where I was working part time and had finished classes to become CNA certified. I was able to offer Jeff’s mom respite time so she could do some of her own things,while I spent time with Grandma. Our time was incredible! Grandma Mary(as I called her) would say her own prayer all day long Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! and Oh God ! Oh God ! Oh God!These prayers made her focus clearly in her moment,but it made her children and grandchildren feel like she already left them behind. I could reach her and help them see she was still there. I helped Grandma Mary pray the rosary and say the Our Father ,repeating with me. I brought catholic newspaper with crossword puzzles ,she loved doing those in her younger days they told me. She helped me figure out the answers. She still could remember some hymns,we sang or hummed together. She couldn’t remember my name, she couldn’t remember what she did that day nor even what to do next in a task at times. She would say to me What do I do now? But the farther back I could take her the more she came out of her world of dementia. Can I say these things will be the same experience for you,I’d like too. But I can say your Mom has God with her in every moment and through the Grace of God you may see more of it each day!P.S. I can also say each day I told her our plans for our wedding,at a time when we weren’t ready to share with everyone else the details because we wanted to make this journey as adults compromising with each other,instead of having everyone else insert their opinions and thensome. Grandma Mary was the best person to talk to,giving me advice,but never breaking any confidence. On the day of our Wedding my Mother in Law wouldn’t let Grandma Mary come,she thought it would be to stressful for her. So afterwards we went to visit her. She remembered and made the connection then,for at least aweek and a half after she kept asking what was happening with her Grandson and his Bride. Dementia can rob us of many things ,but it also can give us the time to live and relive in some extraordinary moments. I pray God will let you enjoy those Fruitful moments =)

  • Jo

    I feel God’s presence in other people’s happiness.

  • Arthur Brown

    Awareness is a virtue that most of us are to busy to be aware of what we are dong. How many times is the TV on and you are watching diner, Someone comes over and you need to finish up something you started because you did two other things without finishing the first one first. How many times have you been listening to your spouse, children, friend pastor at church and your mind is in another place. I have learned to finish my projects as I need to so when it is time to for me to be aware of things I can pay attention to those things that God wants me to do on His be half because of His will and not mine. I pray everyday that God and the Holy Spirit will give me wisdom to do His will when, where and why will be his decisions and not mine. He is the potter and I am the clay. So be it and maybe He will be able to mold me into the best version of myself without me messing anything that He has create for me to do. God bless each and everyone of you in your spiritual journey with God Chris and the Holy Spirit.

  • Barry Dupre

    I’m not much on multitasking my brain is too slow! But I often find it difficult to keep my mind from wandering, and to focus! Even when I’m in prayer, the past and the future try to invade, rather than focusing on the moment or what’s in front of me. I recalled this dialogue in Star Wars – Episode I – The Phantom Menace, which makes perfect sense about being aware. “Qui-Gon: Don’t center on your anxieties, Obi-Wan. Keep your concentration here and now, where it belongs.
    Obi-Wan: But Master Yoda said I should be mindful of the future.
    Qui-Gon: But not at the expense of the moment. Be mindful of the living Force (God), young Padawan.

    I will pray for God’s Grace. To be more aware and to focus on the moment!

  • Kira

    Thank you everyone – What an important message. I was taught to believe multi-tasking is a positive attribute. I have to say that I do not enjoy being on the receiving end of a multi-tasker as I don’t feel as if that person wants to spend time with me. I know in my efforts to multi-task I have neglected my loved ones or colleagues by not giving them my full attention. Thank you for making single minded focus the right and healthy task. I have been working toward this on my own and it is no coincidence that I viewed this message and prayer action today😇
    Kira

  • Amy Reinhardt

    I find God in my interactions with others, especially my family and those close to me. During times of struggle, I often see little moments that are affected by divine presence. For example, the past couple weeks have been spent preparing for my grandma’s funeral. I was put in charge of creating photo boards and a digital slideshow. I proactively assembled four boards last week. Along with the photos, I included some brightly colored flower stickers. After a couple days passed, I was at the Dollar Store and decided to buy some 3D butterfly stickers to accompany the flower stickers. I went home and immediately added the butterflies to the boards, and the result was a more complete look. That night we received a call that my grandma had passed away. The next morning, my grandpa sent out an email to all our friends and family with the news. At the end of the email, he included a Chinese quote that was on the wall of the hospice house she was at. The quote read, “What a caterpillar sees as the end, a wise man sees as a butterfly.” I sat in shock thinking about how I had just added in those butterfly stickers to the photo boards the day before. I knew right then and there that God was involved in our planning.

    • Ev

      Amy I believe that God gives us signs all the time. That was so wonderful that you received yours. A sign of peace.

  • Zoe

    Something’s just occurred to me….My Husband and I LOVE watching movies about THE COLD WAR. Seriously. The really FUN ones, are the ones that are in German, or Russian, with English subtitles! So now, I have a WHOLE, NEW IDEA, about how to keep God with me, IN THE MOMENTS. I’m going to behave as though I’m GOD’S OPERATIVE, infiltrating enemy lines and I’m WIRED, and periodically, I will just randomly ask Him, “Are you still receiving me? What are my instructions?” MAN, I bet I’ll get some really weird LOOKS! LOL!

  • Rene Ramirez

    Wow really something I needed to hear slow down many times I’m multi tasking

  • BJ Jarvis

    I find God when I wake up and took above and thank Him for another day. As finding Him in my daily life I never really took the time to notice. So today I will be more aware of Him and His doings.

  • Glen Arcalas

    As negative as the workplace can be I do find God in the little things of my day because I seek God out. Lately the work I have been doing has actually starting to feel like work and not as enjoyable as before. I constantly seek the lighter side and even when faced with negative action or event. I ask God what are you trying to tell me. Sometime I want to give in to the norm of cursing out loud but I know in my heart there is another way.

  • Alice Ann Hengesbach

    Amen! Amen! Amen! Some call this approach “living in the now.” I highly recommend it. And as for “multi-tasking” : gave this up years ago. There is a saying in Latin (which I forget) that translates: Make Haste Slowly. Enjoy this 24 and the blessings that come with it.

  • Heidi Cook

    Thank you for the gentle reminder to slow down and remind me to see the beauty and love in the simple things in life. I all to often rush about and then look back and wonder, wow what a crazy and hectic day. Please help me Lord to slow down and enjoy the beauty that lies within each moment and to not get so lost in the hustle and bustle that in most cases in really not all that important. Lord when I do get busy and lost, make me stop and take a breathe and so I can bring my focus back to see and enjoy the simple things, the simple blessing you have in store for me. Amen.

  • Today’s reflection hit home for me. I’m in my 60’s now and have become spiritually renewed. But in my personal reflections I have realized that I didn’t live my life as a life of awareness. I’m sad because I know how much I have missed in the opportunity to grow in my faith because of it. Awareness is a great tool for making GOOD decisions. So, the articulation of this concept is a gift to me as I try to be “in the moment” going forward.

  • nicole bonnivier

    I graduated in 2001 and I specifically remember our classes teaching us how to multi task. I can personally say it has robbed me of so much. I am grateful to recognize it but it is a daily battle to be present. my three daughters suffer when I loose this battle. I have missed much of their young years being absorbed by this teaching.

  • Greg Kaczmarek

    Since surviving two cancer diagnosis at the same time 10 years ago, I literally take time to smell the coffee and thank God as often as I can and of course praise him . Among other endeavors I have I drive for a rental car company in the northeast. God’s presence is everywhere, Adirondacks, Green Mountains, the sky simpe streams and everywhere I look. Since cancer I see and hear more clearly the presence of our Lord

  • Gary Roys

    A retired priest I know turned the parish on to the time. Fr. Don called them “God Moments”. How right he is. They don’t have to big things but watch how people act with other or with you. My last God Moment was at our fish fry I saw a friend reach over holds his wife’s hand and kiss it. You could see the love.

  • Steven Elton

    I met a gentleman who survived thw holocaust as a child! He escaped the concentration camp and ended up being a professional soccer player and successful businessman in America. To be near such a person of courage, full of life and loving to help others was a blessing!

  • linda

    I find God when I swim laps. I can’t multitask and it is so relaxing that I begin thanking God for water, my health, opportunities …….. by the time I’m finished I feel renewed spiritually as well as physically. I try to swim 5 days a week and over the last 6 weeks it has allowed me to become a spiritually calmer and stronger person.

  • Barbara Smith

    At one point in my life I was struggling with finding God in my daily work as a speech pathologist. I was working in the public schools with preschoolers. I prayed to God to show me His face at work. Later that day I was walking a little 4year old boy back to his class. When we were looking out a window into a courtyard, he turned around and looked at me. It was God looking into my eyes through his with such love. It took my breath away. It was at that moment that I knew God walked with me every day. I need to keep looking…..

  • It’s a different type of multi-tasking. We are using different faculties to enter into intimate prayer with God – physically moving fingers along beads, vocally/mentally saying the prayers, meditating on mysteries. It can draw us into contemplative moments if we allow space to hear God as well as speak to him during our Rosary. Or sometimes it’s a background to a rote task we are doing, but the rosary doesn’t take away from our ability to do the physical task, like washing dishes, etc. Is that what you mean?

  • I really like the idea and practice of being aware of God with each breath, realizing that breath is a gift from God and it is he who is sustaining us by it. All in one tiny moment…

  • Diane Grohn

    I think Matthew is a bit jealous that women are better multi-tasker’s than men!
    All kidding aside, I believe pray and meditation focus me in the moment. I pray daily, and sometimes I pray for practical assistance. I feel god does hear me and sometimes think oh yes, God helped me with XYZ!
    A great feeling!

  • *waves* at Jessica! I also work in accounting.

  • Julie Martin Simpson

    What a wonderful dialogue. Here I find Christ, the church, my brothers and sisters. Thank you for sharing your God moments.

  • Angie Freeman

    I find God in my daily life when I pray and meditate. When I pray, I purposefully seek Him out, and I listen to His response through meditation. My prayer life is rich, and I come to God often throughout the day. (Fortunately, I’m retired now, so I can do so easily.) I also have an app on my electronic devices, Insight Timer, which helps me keep up with my meditation practice (which is at least twice daily, especially since I’ve been using the app). I learned to meditate when I professed to be Buddhist, but now that I’ve converted to Catholicism (though I was raised Baptist), I’ve discovered that there is also a rich tradition of meditation in my new-found faith. In addition, I also seek God in nature or in God’s creatures (human and not) as much as I can, and I love to meditate outdoors. When I sit in the sun, under the tree God gave us, I find God. When I hear a birdie chirp, I find God. Wen I serve at the soup kitchen, I find God. And likewise, when my little Yorkie looks into my eyes so soulfully for me to pick her up, I have found God. Or when I give Holy Communion to one of our homebound parishioners or a nursing home resident, and I see how much they appreciate the gift of the Eucharist, I really have found God, on so many levels. Actually, I can find God in every thing that I experience and in every person and creature I encounter during the course of a day!

  • P.Michael

    A saying I learned long ago but need a daily reminder of, “Agi quod agis.” Do what you are doing. Thank you Dynamic Catholic for this Best Lent Ever reminder.

  • Angela Holke

    Thank you, Lisa and Anne and everyone who has responded to this stream! Lisa, your experience of holding your grand niece’s hand and being thankful in the moment for all God’s blessings has reminded me of when I used to sit and just look at my sleeping babies and how thankful I was that God had so blessed me with the experience of having children. It also reminded me of when my mom & dad would come visit after our children were born and how my mom would take the time to just hold and look at her grandbaby and smile! That smile is with me today and every day as I remember my mom who went to our Lord last year, June 4th, 2016 after fighting breast cancer. She was so beautiful and loving and thankful for all that God gave her, especially her family. She taught us from an early age to be good to each other every day. I am so thankful for the gift of my mom and my family!

  • Rich

    Excellent. Posted the quote on my Facebook page.

  • Emma Spaulding

    I find God through the people I am with. By being here at college and joining that Bible study, I have noticed the difference in people who put God first in their lives, second, or not at all. Almost all my friends here at college are Christian and I can tell because their is just something that stands out between them and everyone else. God has a way of making us smile more often, have less stress, and know how to focus on the things in life that really matter. I do at times find myself sitting back and listening when I am with a group of friends because I can see God in them and see God working in their lives as just as much as in mine.

  • Sarah

    I find God in my children and my granddaughters unconditional love.

  • debblumenstein

    Multi-tasking…quite an issue in our lives, right? If I’m not doing &/or thinking of a number of things, I find myself sitting quietly. Sometimes it’s eerie…a feeling settles over me & I feel quite small & lost. Other times, I am drawn to consider life, death, God, heaven, hell — deep-seated issues. Sometimes it’s so uncomfortable that I have to get up & DO something. Yet, God wants to meet me (meet us) in the quiet. The question is: how do I respond in that moment? hmmm

  • Pao Lopez Perez

    It is really hard for me to focus and give God the time I should be giving him .. I wake up jumping from my bed because my baby is crying and my day stays busy until I fell asleep as soon as I lay down… I would love to make time and find God in everything 😍

  • christol murch

    Early in the morning when the sun rises or at the end of the day when the sun retires, God is present to me. I am reminded to thank God through the sights and sounds of nature: flocks of chirping, flying birds, falling snow, the waves rolling onto the beach in Aruba in February, children laughing, bunnies running across my city lawn, a large raccoon digging in my neighbor’s trash, and much, much more.

  • Lisa Klembara

    I need to be more aware of God in the everyday. I know it. I take it for granted, because it just is. I need to development a keener awareness so when the moment is difficult, I will remember at that moment and not allow the anger and frustration to take over, because God is in that moment.

  • Vivienne

    I find God a lot in nature. I find God also in good things . I know God is present in Everything and sometimes he is harder to find but he is there. There is my challenge to sort out God in that someone who has hurt me, in that something I perceive as bad… prayer and reading Gods word are key and confession puts me back on track.

  • Eugene Bullacher

    So many over look what God does for them daily difficult complicated unforeseen tasks worked out. Maybe a serious accident avoided. May think of these things as a coincidence, or just lucky. Acknowledge these incendents and Focus on the moment, Thanks should be given unconditionally.

  • David Schwier

    i call them.”God-incidences” Those moments when the day takes a twist or turn i don’t expect and i know without a doubt that God is taking a hand and helping me to see it. i have been blessed with many of these moments and have literally been able to predict the next thing that is going to happen because God helps me see where he is leading me. It gives me “Holy Spirit” chills just thinking about some of them!

  • Babciamel

    After not attending mass for some time, a friend invited me to join her for Ash Wednesday Mass. I knew that two of her aunts would be there as well. At the very last possible moment, I rushed to get to church to meet them. I hadn’t seen this friend in a long time. As soon as I made my way into the pew and sat next to her, she hugged me and kissed my cheek. It was like God was acting through her and saying: “Welcome home; it is so good to see you again.” As we exited the pew to receive our ashes, I saw another friend that I hadn’t seen in a couple of years. On the way back to the pew, I went to the back of the church and to her pew. Again I was greeted with a hug and a kiss! Was God making sure I knew how pleased he was with me for making the effort to attend mass? After mass, the second friend and I chatted a bit and vowed to keep in touch. The original group that I met all went out to lunch; nothing special, just Denny’s. The love that was so evident around that table was enough to take one’s breath away. Three times in one afternoon, God showed his love for me. I walked on air for the rest of the day….basking in the joy of God’s unconditional love for me.

  • Eugene Bullacher

    To many times we ignore a blessing given to us in a difficult task solved, a serious accident that was avoided, or complicated occurrences in our daily lives. We should always acknowledge these blessings an not think of them as a coincidence,accidental occurrence, or luck. Be thankful for your gift, and give thanks to God Immediately. You may not be so called lucky the next time.

  • Linda

    After communion I kneel with my eyes closed….and I am in the sky looking at the earth and its beauty from afar. The sky is dark and the only thing there is a white porch swing. In the distance there is a bright light….it is Jesus….he sits beside me. No words are said. We just smile and swing……that is when I am in the moment. So special….

  • Mae Custer

    This past Friday during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, as my gaze moved from the crucifix over the altar, I prayed,”Body of Christ”, to the monstrance on the altar, “Body of Christ”, to the people praying in the pews in front of the altar, we the “Body of Christ”. Like a mantra, it repeated slowly as my eyes traveled from one to the next. It was so powerful, I could feel it!

  • Pauline Lambert Reynolds

    Ha! on me. During the first video, I caught myself writing in my appointment book!!

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