– Pray the rosary. Yes, the whole thing!
– Reflect on women’s stories in Scripture: [Books of Judith, Esther, Ruth, Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-24), Sarah’s Laugh (Genesis 18:1-15), Psalm 45, Psalm 139, The Godly Woman (Proverbs 31), The Woman at the Well (John 4:1-42), The Woman with the Hemorrhage and Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5:21-43), Marian stories of the Gospels]
– Rally the troops—include Mass in your weekend activities with friends, or alter your coffee shop conversation to include spirituality.
– Contemplate the unique aspects of womanhood, and of your femininity, and pray about ways to put these into action.
– Pray for your vocation—your future spouse or religious order.
– Read Mulieribus Dignitatem, On the Dignity and Vocation of Women
– Replace Katy Perry with the music of Catholic artist Danielle Rose. Fast from media and entertainment sources that mar the dignity of women, or that contribute to a woman’s negative body image.
– Replace time spent reading Vogue or watching Grey’s Anatomy with time browsing Catholic women’s websites such as altcatholicah.com and thenewfeminism.net.
– Replace time shopping with time making handmade gifts and cards for friends and relatives, to show you care.
– Fast from negative self-talk about your value or appearance.
– Dress modestly.
– Fast from gossip.
– Close the chatterbox—take time to listen in your relationships.
– Fast from romanticizing married life or religious life, or other peoples’ lives in general. Renew living joyfully; your life is a great romance with the Lord!
– Give some of your free time to busy married friends, especially those with children. Go out of your way to visit, babysit, bring over a meal, help around the house, etc.
– Clean out your closet—donate clothes, shoes and accessories to a local women’s shelter. To quote a friend, “Poor people like nice clothes, too.”
– Explore opportunities to enact the Corporal Works of Mercy.
– Donate time and money to local organizations that support women in need and women’s issues.
– Become an active voice in women’s issues in politics.
– Cultivate awareness of women’s issues around the world. Respond to those needs that especially compel you.
Barbara Jane Sloan is a writer and high school theology teacher from Atlanta, GA.
This piece originally appeared at Catholic Exchange and is reprinted with permission.