Take Action

  • Think of the needs of others before your own needs.  This is the virtue of humility.  Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) was a master practitioner, and she has 15 tips for you.  

  • Look for the person of Jesus in the face of those who are less fortunate than you.  Sound difficult?  It’s not always easy, so here is some advice.

  • Serve the homebound of your community: parents can bring the Eucharist to the homebound while children deliver cards, flowers, and other pick-me-ups.  Ask if your parish has a ministry for the homebound, and if not, start one.  Parish leaders: get faith formation children involved in creating cheerful cards or gifts for the homebound.  Encourage families to sign up to deliver Easter lilies and Christmas poinsettias.

  • Pray for and with those you serve.  Praying on behalf of others (and yourself) is called “intercessory prayer.” Pope Francis says we should be persistent in praying for others and even argue with God for our petitions.  Keep a list of those you pray for and remember to pray for them often.  

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