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October 21st, 2014
It’s the friends you can call up at 4 a.m. that matter. — Marlene Dietrich


Who are the friends in your life that you can depend on no matter what? Give them a call today and let them know how much you appreciate them.

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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?)…

March 7th, 2013

FAST from staying inside all day.
PRAY for people who live with illnesses and disabilities that keep them indoors.
GIVE encouragement to someone who seems down and almost out.…

March 6th, 2013

FAST in solidarity with a friend who has to do without something.
PRAY that a friend going through a difficult situation will know the presence of God.
GIVE $10 or more to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, a lifeline for those in need throughout the Middle East, Northeast Africa, India and Eastern Europe for more than 85 years.…

March 5th, 2013

FAST from sugar — including high-fructose corn syrup — today!
PRAY a different form of prayer that you’ve been wanting to try.
GIVE away belongings that you don’t need.…

March 4th, 2013

FAST from being in a hurry today and take your time with all people and things.
PRAY to cultivate a more gracious and considerate personality.
GIVE a greeting to everyone you walk by today — don’t pass one person!…

March 3rd, 2013

FAST from something you don’t think you can live without.
PRAY for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.
GIVE $10 or more to the Alzheimer’s Association, a leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research.…

March 2nd, 2013

FAST from making demeaning statements about others today.
PRAY that all of us can be better communicators with each other.
GIVE a handwritten letter or call to a friend or family member you haven’t communicated with in a while.…

March 1st, 2013

FAST from drawing attention to your good works. (And don’t forget, no eating meat today!)
PRAY for a greater gift of humility.
GIVE by doing three good deeds secretly today.…

February 28th, 2013

FAST from walking or driving with distractions like music or the radio.
PRAY for a greater awareness of the presence of God in your life today.
GIVE your parents a call and tell them how much they mean to you.…

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