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September 19th, 2014
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. — Wayne Gretzky

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Today, make an effort to learn something new.



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March 27th, 2013

FAST from being waited on today.
PRAY that you have the stamina and courage to practice your faith in the public eye.
GIVE — at meals today (at the office, at school, etc.) go out of your way to serve other people.…

March 26th, 2013

FAST from electricity for one hour today.
PRAY for those who are still struggling to put their lives together after natural disasters.
GIVE $10 or more to the Robin Hood Relief Fund for Hurricane Sandy.…

March 25th, 2013

FAST from unnecessary talking today (try eating at least one meal in silence).
PRAY quietly using meditation today.
GIVE undivided attention to everyone who speaks to you today.…

March 24th, 2013

FAST from “screen time” — no TV, computer, cell phones, tablets, e-readers, movies, or anything else with a screen today.
PRAY — attend a Palm Sunday Mass today.
GIVE — tell three people why you love them today.…

March 23rd, 2013

FAST from wasting water. Take shorter showers, use your “grey water” or dish water to water plants.
PRAY for those who lack fresh drinking water.
GIVE $10 or more to WaterAid America or any other organization committed to providing fresh water to the thirsty.
(“Down in the River to Pray”)…

March 22nd, 2013

FAST from needless eating and/or drinking (snacking, tasting, and comfort eating). (And meat, don’t forget it’s Friday.)
PRAY for the ability to be better stewards of food — be thankful, be aware of where food comes from, be mindful of the hungry.
GIVE by sharing a meal or gift of fresh fruits and vegetables with someone in need.…

March 21st, 2013

FAST — let go of the need for everything to be perfect today.
PRAY for your friends — the people who hold you together.
GIVE $10 or more to Busted Halo, a community of “saints in the making” where we’re all on a journey toward God.…

March 20th, 2013

FAST from using your cell phone today. So, no calls, no texts, no news, no games.
PRAY for the ability to accept and love the body God gave you.
GIVE forgiveness to someone who has hurt you.…

March 19th, 2013

FAST from saying negative things about and to people — the people you know and the people you don’t know.
PRAY for calmness and to keep your temper in check.
GIVE a compliment or an uplifting message to two or more people you have ever offended with your words.…

March 18th, 2013

FAST from using any offensive or profane language today.
PRAY for awareness of the true effect of your words on others.
GIVE — today put $5 in a jar every time you use foul language and then give it to a good cause.…

March 17th, 2013

FAST from any anger against a person (living or dead) toward whom you still hold resentment.
PRAY — write down a prayer intention of well-being for a person whom you resent and pray it three times today.
GIVE a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” greeting to everyone you meet today.…

March 15th, 2013

FAST from being argumentative. Listen to what other people have to say. (And also meat, it’s Friday!)
PRAY for your coworkers (or the people you spend your 9-5 with).
GIVE a cup of coffee or tea to a coworker today. (No coworkers? Give one to the next person you meet.)…

March 14th, 2013

FAST from using styrofoam today, or other materials bad for the environment.
PRAY for all of God’s interconnected creation today.
GIVE at least $10 to the Catholic Climate Covenant, an organization that takes responsibility for our contribution to climate change and advocates for those who will be left out of the public policy debate on climate change.…

March 13th, 2013

FAST from any sort of lying or fibbing today.
PRAY that we all begin to exercise our faith outside the church walls.
GIVE — contact a parish ministry or local nonprofit organization today and schedule time to volunteer in the next week.…

March 12th, 2013

FAST from criticizing yourself today.
PRAY for a loving and forgiving spirit.
GIVE yourself a fresh start! Say to yourself, “I forgive you, I love you, and it’s time to move on.”…

March 11th, 2013

FAST from watching or streaming television shows today.
PRAY for a sign of God’s presence when you’re being tested today.
GIVE everyone you encounter today an encouraging word or smile.…

March 10th, 2013

FAST from overscheduling yourself today.
PRAY for an understanding of suffering you have endured.
GIVE $10 to NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.…

March 9th, 2013

FAST from making a big deal of out something that isn’t.
PRAY — spend at least 20 minutes in meditation or other contemplative prayer today.
GIVE a helping hand to someone in need today.…

March 8th, 2013

FAST from putting off doing something that would mean a good change for you. (But do put off eating meat today, it’s Friday!).
PRAY for the courage to do what you’ve been putting off and follow through to the end.
GIVE by sharing the FAST PRAY GIVE Lenten Calendar with your friends (you’ve been procrastinating, haven’t you?)…

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