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August 23rd, 2014
If you’re feeling low, don’t despair. The sun has a sinking spell every night, but comes back up every morning. — Dolly Parton

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Today, when something doesn’t go your way, remember that God is with you and it’s only a bad day, not a bad life.



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March 25th, 2012

FAST from treating sports as an object of worship (and if you’re not into sports choose something else you may be worshipping: technology, TV, food, etc.)
PRAY for guidance from God and strength to help yourself.
GIVE a pep talk to someone who needs cheering on.…

March 24th, 2012

FAST from television today.
PRAY — practice lectio divina (sacred reading) — during some of the time you would normally have been watching TV.
GIVE some or all of the remaining time you would have watched TV today to any reading you like.…

March 23rd, 2012

FAST saying mean or disrespectful things to, or about, other people today.
PRAY for those who suffer from mental illness, with a special intention for anyone you may know personally.
GIVE $5 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 22nd, 2012

FAST from fueling resentments today.
PRAY for forigveness in your heart.
GIVE a donation to a nonprofit that works towards reconciliation (e.g., Christian Peacemaker Teams or RENEW International)…

March 21st, 2012

FAST from politics today. Ignore political news and election hooplah.
PRAY that our government and civic leaders be guided by God and the will to do good to others, rather than be influenced by power and money.
GIVE everyone you encounter today the attention you would if you were encountering Jesus, Himself.…

March 20th, 2012

FAST from wasting electricity — turn off lights when you aren’t in the room, turn off or unplug electronic gadgets when you aren’t using them.
PRAY — Read Phil Fox Rose’s latest column, about spring and starting anew, then pray for the new things that will be stimulated in your life this springtime.
GIVE old or obsolete electronics to a local electronics recycling center or a Best Buy e-cycle program.…

March 19th, 2012

FAST from taking your belongings for granted today (car, TV, ipod, cell phone, clothes, etc.) and imagine having nothing.
PRAY to be more true to yourself and the teachings of Christianity.
GIVE away some of your belongings to a local Goodwill or homeless shelter.…

March 18th, 2012

FAST by eating soup for one meal today.
PRAY for the ability to be a willing and active member of God’s secret and special plan.
GIVE compliments to others today to make them feel special.…

March 17th, 2012

FAST from hate today. Whenever you have the urge to say or think about how much you hate someone or something, choose instead to focus on positive feelings about their good qualities.
PRAY that the love of God which shines upon us always be reflected in you and all your actions.
GIVE a quick and unexpected email of gratitude to at least five people in your life whom you love.…

March 16th, 2012

FAST from one meal today.
PRAY to see where the action of grace has touched and transformed your life.
GIVE the money saved from your skipped meal to a charity that brings God’s grace to others.…

March 15th, 2012

FAST from judging others, and remember that Jesus said, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
PRAY by reading and reflecting on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
GIVE by sharing a part of your lunch with someone who needs it today.
(To learn more about Shane Claiborne, read this article about The Simple Way.)…

March 14th, 2012

FAST from separating your faith life from the rest of your life today.
PRAY every hour on the hour today, a quick small prayer that God guides you through every single thing you do. Set an hourly reminder on your computer or smartphone.
GIVE to one of the charities that Meryl Streep supports. (Click the link and decide which one and how much you want to give.)
Here’s what our Oscar blogger Fr. Jake Martin had to say recently about Meryl Streep.…

March 13th, 2012

FAST from judging others based on their religion (or lack of religion.)
PRAY a deep personal prayer to God based on how you are feeling at that moment (if you’re sad, pray sad; if you’re angry, pray angry; if you’re thankful, pray thankful)
GIVE a $5 donation to the Stephen Colbert SuperPAC, “Making a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow,” which through humor and wit is teaching many twenty- and thirtysomethings about the ways our current political election system is set up and being run.…

March 12th, 2012

FAST from buying things today.
PRAY a prayer of gratitude for not having everything that you think you need.
GIVE away excess things in your home to an organization like Goodwill, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, or your local parish.…

March 11th, 2012

FAST from complaining about others today.
PRAY to know what improvements God has in mind for you.
GIVE a gift to God today by doing something you know God wants you to do.…

March 10th, 2012

FAST from trying to impose your will ahead of God’s will.
PRAY for discernment of your calling in life.
GIVE $5 to the National Religious Vocation Conference which supports vocations nationwide.
(To learn more about Sister Dolores Hart, read this recent review of God Is the Bigger Elvis…, a short documentary film about her.)

March 9th, 2012

FAST from violence today. Don’t watch any violent TV or movies, and don’t say or do anything violent to others.
PRAY a prayer of thanksgiving to God for making you His instrument and ask to know what He wants you to do.
GIVE by utilizing one of your many gifts from God to give something to a friend or coworker in need.
(Read this article to learn more about Romero.)…

March 8th, 2012

FAST from saying empty words today and truly share how you are feeling and what you are thinking.
PRAY for people who suffer because of broken promises.
GIVE away any extra books in your home to a tutoring program or the church or local library.…

March 7th, 2012

FAST from a comfort in your life today (e.g. a TV show, food or beverage, music, etc.) that might be serving as a distraction from you being able to knowing yourself a little bit better.
PRAY a prayer form that is not part of your typical routine from these suggestions.
GIVE time to an activity today that will help someone in need, but that you typically find uncomfortable to do.…

March 6th, 2012

FAST from engaging with the urgency of modern world today.
PRAY — Meditate or pray in some other contemplative way today for a minimum of 20 minutes. (Read this article for instructions if you don’t know how.)
GIVE — Right after meditating or praying, give your calm, quiet attention to performing an act of service to others.…

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