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Twice I have given up sugar in my tea for lent, it was horrible. I'm out of condition and a little over weight. My wife says we should join and Gym and diet. That sound too much like benefitting me. Perhaps I should pray more. I don't know what to do this year.

My hardest Lent by far was the Lent I gave up the practice of complaining. I nearly imploded.

Easiest Lent was the practice of reading a psalm a day. And it was, perhaps, the one with the greatest benefit. I didn't stop at Psalm 40. I kept reading right through the end of the Old Testament, a chapter at a time. It took about three hundred days, almost time for another Lent. Such an easy thing to do, and yet so critical to my current spiritual formation! Completely memorable, and so much wisdom in there. A great foundation on which to build.

Orthodox Jews read the Psalms every day of their lives. When they are young, the psalm corresponding to your year of birth is read to you, every day. Amazing how the first 70 psalms correspond so much to the first 70 years of life.

I think I'll do the New Testament this Lent. A chapter a day. (And beyond?) We're reading Matthew this year in ordinary time anyway. Hold me to it, someone.

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