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October 25th, 2014
The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all. — The Emperor in the animated film version of Mulan


Today, if you are facing adversity, find at least one thing in life to be grateful for.

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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.…

February 24th, 2012

FAST from walking past people without acknowledging their presence — even strangers.
PRAY for the whole human family.
GIVE five minutes of time to a conversation with someone you see regularly but don’t know well (regular waitress, colleague, crossing guard, store clerk, pew-mate at Mass).
Learn more about Sister Lucy Poulin.…

February 23rd, 2012

FAST from unnecessary transportation today — walk and take the stairs when you have the chance.
PRAY for an appreciation of your age and stage in life right now — not longing for the past or future.
GIVE away or recycle things that remind you of negative or unhealthy habits from your past.…

February 22nd, 2012

FAST from eating one meal today.
PRAY for the realization that you are not in this all alone and for the strength to depend on God alone.
GIVE the money you would have spent on that one meal to a homeless person on the street, or go out of your way to give it to someone in need.…

February 21st, 2012

Talk with someone today that you feel truly lives their faith, and share with them the importance of your faith and what it means to you.…

February 20th, 2012

Today, find something in your life you tend to complain about and make every attempt to see the glass as half full in respect to it.…

February 19th, 2012

Take a “prayer walk” today. Take a small walk outside that you do not normally do and realize God’s hand in the beauty of nature.…

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