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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. — David Brinkley

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Today, take the criticism of others in stride and try to use it as motivation.



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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.…

March 5th, 2012

FAST from one store-bought meal or snack today.
PRAY for God to open your heart to the needs of the poor in your community.
GIVE the money you would have spent on that snack or meal (at least $5) to a charity that serves the poor, or to a poor person asking for money.…

March 4th, 2012

FAST from unhealthy habits today.
PRAY for the health of friends and family today who are ill or may not be in the best shape.
GIVE friends and family an example of positive health today by eating well and doing healthy activities with them.…

March 3rd, 2012

FAST from describing anything done by yourself or anyone else today as a failure or mistake.
PRAY that you might always experience failures as learning opportunities rather than as judgements on yourself.
GIVE time to doing something you’re not confident you’ll succeed at.…

March 2nd, 2012

FAST today from caring what other people think of you or how you’re supposed to behave.
PRAY for the willingness and courage to be truly yourself.
GIVE $10 or gently worn suits to Dress for Success. You might also consider holding a suit drive in your parish.…

March 1st, 2012

FAST from over-using technology today. (Don’t check Facebook frequently; talk to your coworkers instead of sending an e-mail; turn off your cell phone during meals; etc.)
PRAY for people who are shut-in or lonely.
GIVE a handwritten note or card to someone who has made you smile this week.…

February 29th, 2012

FAST from your normal routine — walk or drive home a different way, buy groceries at a different market, go to mass at a different parish, etc.
PRAY that God puts new people in your path so that you might share the good news with them.
GIVE time to meeting new people today and opening up your social circle.
(Read about Yuri Kochiyama.)…

February 28th, 2012

FAST from judging other people’s imperfections today.
PRAY that you can accept things you can’t change and change the things you can.
GIVE $5 to the Special Olympics program.…

February 27th, 2012

FAST from over-commitment — say “no” in order to simplify your life.
PRAY for help in simplifying and clarifying your thinking about a problem.
GIVE away something that adds clutter to your life so that you can live more simply.…

February 26th, 2012

FAST from discriminatory behavior today towards other people (no matter where they’re from, who they are, what religion they belong to, political affiliation, or the way they look.)
PRAY for the inner strength that comes from knowing who you are and the conviction to pursue your goals no matter what others think.
GIVE at least 15 minutes to thinking about a long-term goal and a definitive step you can take toward it this week.…

February 25th, 2012

FAST from overthinking decisions.
PRAY to be more confident in your abilities and more active in your faith.
GIVE a call to a parish or community ministry today to schedule time to volunteer in a parish or community ministry this week.…

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