- Pray for those who are on the “other side of the fence.” These may be people who openly dislike you, or who oppose your values. They may be people you know well or who you are only acquainted with through news headlines. I recall a woman I knew, whose confessor believed she was an unheralded saint. On the day of a famous dictator’s death, she asked me to join her in praying for his immortal soul. Somehow, I moved past my initial reluctance and joined her in praying for an enemy—a moment of profound grace I will never forget.
- Forego buying something you really want, and give the money you would have spent to a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or other charity. When I make such sacrifices, I can almost hear the crackle of icicles melting from my heart. With each little treat I pull from my greedy hand, I can lend a helping hand to someone else.
- Do something extravagant for God. Spend an extra hour this week in prayer. Don’t worry, if you are pressed for time, you can divide it into 15-minute morsels. The extra love you give to God will come back to you ten-fold.
Copyright 2019 Maria V. Gallagher
About the Author
Maria V. Gallagher spends her days advocating for women, children, and families. She is the mother of a beautiful ballerina and a member of the worldwide Cursillo movement. In her spare time, Maria likes to blog, walk, sing, dance, and fill the room with laughter. Read her work at MariaVGallagher.com.