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by Matthew Kelly
Stop Worrying and Start Living
by Father Bob Sherry
I want to start by thanking everyone for their blessings and prayers for my family as we welcomed Simon Francis Kelly into the world in January. Life is precious and beautiful. And when I think about all the unnecessary death in the world—near and far—my heart aches. Each new child makes me want to live a better life. I hope I can turn that aspiration into real action. I know I will need God’s grace to do it.
And I know I will need to break through resistance.
I also want to thank everyone for their kind words about Resisting Happiness. This afternoon Isabel and I went out to get Meggie some of her favorite treats, and while I was in the store, a woman came up to me and said, “I don’t want to interrupt this time with your daughter, but just wanted to let you know that Resisting Happiness is the best thing you have ever written.” I can’t count the number of times that people have said that over the past few months, and it gives me joy to know that the words are still able to reach into people’s hearts and lives and resonate deeply. Thank you for the privilege.
On March 1 I will begin sharing short daily video reflections based on the chapters of Resisting Happiness. This will be our Best Lent Ever program for 2017. So don’t give up chocolate for Lent this year . . . let Dynamic Catholic take you on a life-changing journey. If you haven’t signed up already, join us today!
May God bless you . . . and this Lent, may he take away your deepest pain and give you courage to chase your boldest dream.
How joyful are you today? No matter how bleak your life looks or what problems you are facing, God has given you another day—and he has big plans for you.
— From “Stop Worrying and Start Living” by Gary Zimak
God doesn’t want you to worry, and he says so many times in the pages of the Bible. He also doesn’t expect you to stop worrying all by yourself. He wants to help you and is willing to hold your hand and walk with you each day if you’ll let him.
As someone who has struggled with anxiety for many years, I know just how painful it can be. After years of panic attacks, digestive problems, heart palpitations, and sleepless nights, I have discovered that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ can keep my worrying under control and allow me to experience peace. If it works for me, it can work for you.
In the following pages, you’ll be able to hear God speak to you each day. Along with a short Bible verse (his inspired words), I have included a meditation that will assist you in living in his presence. Although the daily reading will only take a few minutes of your time, I encourage you to continue to meditate on it as you go about your daily routines.
I’m confident that doing so will bring you a greater sense of peace. How can I be so sure? Not because I know you and your abilities. I don’t. But I do know Jesus, and I know what happens when someone enters more deeply into a relationship with him. Reading his words in the Bible, speaking to him in prayer, spending time in his presence, and receiving the sacraments will change your life. You’ll discover for yourself why he is called the Prince of Peace!
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
Every day you and I have the opportunity to say yes to God. On the other hand we are also able to say no. Sometimes we forget that the Blessed Mother had free will and could have rejected Gabriel’s invitation to become the mother of the Messiah. Mary wasn’t given all the answers up front. She was told what God wanted her to know and that was it. Because of her great trust and her desire to do God’s will, however, she consented to the request. As a result of her obedience, we received our Savior, who opened the gates of heaven for us.
Are you dealing with uncertainty right now? Is it hard to imagine why particular things are happening in your life? Mary understands. Ask her to help you trust in God’s plan for your life and for the grace to say yes to whatever he sends your way.
Mary, please help me to accept whatever happens in my life, and grant me the grace to say yes to God, even when I’m frightened.
Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. (Isaiah 1:18)
One of the greatest sources of anxiety is the overwhelming guilt caused by sin. Fortunately God’s words to the prophet Isaiah remind us that there is no need to despair. Jesus is waiting to meet us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Are you tired of carrying around the guilt of many sins? There is an answer. Take advantage of this great outpouring of God’s mercy and make the decision to confess your sins, no matter how overwhelming they may be. You will not only feel peace, but you’ll get to experience God’s love and mercy firsthand!
God, I’m sorry for the times I have turned my back on you. I long for the peace of knowing that I’m doing your will. I look forward to meeting you in this great sacrament of healing.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands! (Psalm 100:1)
How joyful are you today? No matter how bleak your life looks or what problems you are facing, God has given you another day—and he has big plans for you. He loves you unconditionally; nothing you do will ever change that. Everything that will happen to you today is sent by God as an expression of his love and designed to help you get to heaven. Finally, you have been created by God because he wants to share his joy with you. Feeling better?
While it’s easy to forget facts like these when we’re bombarded with the problems and challenges of daily life, it’s important that we spend some time thinking about the many blessings we have received from God. The problems of this life are temporary, but the kingdom of heaven lasts forever. Rejoice and be glad!
As a kid, during the long, cold winters of Northern Illinois, I hoped for no sunshine on February 2, Groundhog Day. If the sun was shining, the groundhog would be frightened by its shadow and return to its underground habitat as an omen that we would have six more weeks of cold weather. Humbug! As an adult, I enjoyed watching the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with grouchy Phil Connors (Bill Murray), the TV meteorologist reporting the weather-related predictions of Punxsutawney Phil day after day. Only Phil Connors realized that he was living February 2 over and over.
Have you ever wished you could repeat the same thing over until you got it right? Life doesn’t always work that way. Arrogant Phil Connors thought whatever he did was perfect. That he was perfect. But day after day he would find himself waking up, repeating February 2 again and again until he could get it right. Only gradually after many repetitions did he realize something about himself: He actually could become a-better-version-of-himself.
Repetition builds habits—both good and bad. To determine which, a daily examination of conscience can be one of the most valuable activities of our lives. Some of us made New Year’s resolutions to improve our lives physically, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. In order to know what we should do to become a-better-version-of-ourselves, we need to examine our lives, preferably with a trustworthy friend.
While there are several “Examination of Conscience” formulas, may I suggest a very simple but effective formula called the Prayer Process.
Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
Awareness: Revisit the times in the past 24 hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced today and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
Freedom: Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them. Pray the Our Father.
This simple process is a great way to identify areas of improvement and gauge your spiritual progress. Do you want to be a better person, to be the-best-version-of-yourself? The Prayer Process will help.
I’ll leave you with the words of film critic Roger Ebert in a review of Groundhog Day in 2005: “Tomorrow will come, and whether or not it is always February 2, all we can do about it is be the best person we know how to be. The good news is that we can learn to be better people.”
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I can say without any hesitation that Dynamic Catholic has transformed my life. Last Easter, I participated in Dynamic Catholic’s email program Best Lent Ever, which completely set my soul on fire for Jesus. The daily lessons were easy to digest and helped me reflect on the true meaning and importance of Lent. The biggest takeaway for me was the idea of sacrifice—that Lent is about giving of yourself and your treasures, realizing that you really have nothing without God. I made some pretty drastic sacrifices that Lent, and they changed my outlook on life and truly made me appreciate the many blessings God has given my family and me. Best Lent Ever also helped me realize that those gifts, talents, and treasures are meant to be used to extend the kingdom of Jesus here on earth. I hadn’t thought of Lent that way until going through Best Lent Ever.
Since that program, I now strive to fill my time reading and learning everything I can regarding Jesus’ life, his teachings, and the examples he left for us to follow on our journey to one day be with him. The new Dynamic Catholic Radio App is the perfect addition to that learning process. The speakers’ incredible knowledge and the messages they share truly enhance my ability to continue learning even on the go, which seems to always be the case! For the busy Catholic who wishes to spend more time learning about Jesus and the Catholic faith in general, the Dynamic Catholic Radio App is the perfect companion! Thank you Dynamic Catholic!
But those aren’t the only ways Dynamic Catholic has made a difference in my life. I recently received a copy of Matthew Kelly’s newest book, Resisting Happiness, and read it cover-to-cover. I had a wonderful experience with the book. Matthew does a fine job breaking his ideas down into meaningful and practical lessons. I read through a chapter or two each day, and then spent that day reflecting and focusing on those specific thoughts and ideas. I very much appreciated that Matthew was not afraid to share his own personal experiences. In doing so, he became a great example for those who strive to be stronger in their faith and in their relationship with Jesus.
My favorite chapter in the book was chapter 16, “No Visitors.” It was so moving and so eye-opening to the reality of loneliness that exists all around us. Not only are we lonely when we don’t have other human beings in our lives, but even more so when we don’t have Jesus in our lives. I keep that chapter earmarked so that I can quickly refer to it and remind myself that sometimes just a simple smile or gesture might temporarily cure someone’s loneliness.
Reading how Matthew was reluctantly led down to the nursing home gives me a little bit of hope that I can take small steps to help someone find their way out of a lonely situation . . . even though I’m usually reluctant to do so myself.
This book impacted me so much that I worked with another gentleman at my parish to raise money from our community to purchase 5,000 copies to give to all our parishioners after each of our Christmas Masses last year. This was our parish’s first large book giveaway! It was extremely successful. I have given copies of Resisting Happiness to dozens of friends and family members, too, and sincerely hope they benefit from its messages as much as I have.
It’s wonderful that Dynamic Catholic provides so many opportunities and resources to help people understand the Catholic faith more fully. Thank you so much for the resources you provide, and may all of God’s blessings be on each and every one of you who help make Dynamic Catholic what it is!
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