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Nine Ways to Live Your Faith as a Single Person

1. Make time for prayer

  • Reflect on the blessings and challenges of being single and the gifts you have to offer.
  • Make prayer a part of your daily life.
  • Use personal prayer, the Scriptures, journaling, meditation, and the Liturgy of the Hours.
  • Schedule a personal or group retreat.
  • Plan a pilgrimage to a holy site. Visit area shrines and other historical religious sites.

2. Practice forgiveness

  • Learn to forgive and be forgiven.
  • Examine your conscience, and practice fasting and sacrifice.
  • Celebrate the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

3. Celebrate the Eucharist

  • Actively participate each Sunday.
  • Register with your parish, and if you've already done so, look for ways to get more involved in the liturgy as a lector, eucharistic minister, usher, musician, or choir member.

4. Live a just life

  • Work against discrimination, racism, and oppression.
  • Treat all people with the dignity they deserve as sons and daughters of God.
  • Look for ways to simplify your life and share what you have with others.
  • Read about the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
  • For great ideas visit the USCCB's Campus Ministry webpage
  • Follow current events and learn how to take action by subscribing to Catholic Citizenship News.

5. Help the poor

  • Look into local service opportunities or other ways your gifts can be used in service to others.
  • Gather others together for group service projects. Practice charity by assisting those living in poverty, and promote community-based solutions for injustice and poverty.

6. Be a domestic church

  • Take this opportunity to establish some personal traditions around holidays, special feast days, and other celebrations or memorials.
  • Offer your home as a place for friendship and hospitality.

7. Share faith

  • Talk about God's presence in your life with other people; be an evangelizer.
  • Consider getting involved with your parish RCIA for those learning more about the Catholic faith.
  • Look for opportunities to invite others to experience your faith community.

8. Join a small Christian community

9. Know your faith

(Adapted from "Nine Ways to Live Jubilee and Be a Holy Person" in A Parishioner's Guide—Preparing for the Jubilee Year 2000. Content originally provided by www.usccb.org.)

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