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Not Easy. But Quite Simple

A few thoughts about Lent, and Lenten resolutions: If you haven’t made any Lenten resolutions yet, it’s not too late. Counting Sundays, and beginning with this Sunday, there are still 35 days left before Easter, plenty of time to confront our old, unhealthy habits and establish new, wholesome ones. So if you haven’t given up sweets, alcohol, excessive caffeine, nicotine, shopping-as-hobby and snacking/overeating, then those are great places to start. And if you, like me, have given up one of those petty vices but find yourself taking comfort in another one of them, then pay careful attention to what you’re doing: merely substituting one addiction for another. And give that up, too, for the remainder of Lent. G. Jeffrey MacDonald, writing for The Boston Globe here asks a good question: “How did [Lent], Christianity’s most serious season become a joke in this supposedly religious country? We let desire become our master, and desire has no use for sacrifice. “For centuries, Christ