For a long time I didn’t even know we were obligated to an act of penance on Fridays all year. At first I decided to just abstain from meat like during Lent. Then, one day I forgot to pack peanut butter and jelly for lunch instead of turkey and decided I would say the rosary as an act of penance instead. I decided to keep saying the rosary on Fridays instead of abstaining, because I don’t even favor meat over pasta and other foods, so it didn’t feel like much of a sacrifice for me. Then, my wife wanted us to try praying the rosary every night of the week, so I decided to give up video games on Fridays as my act of penance. There are weeks where we have gone without saying the rosary most nights, so in those weeks I make an extra effort to say it on Friday and regard it as my act of penance and play video games.
Now I wonder if that is okay, because I don’t think you can just keep switching what you’ve set out to do in Penance for Lent once Lent starts, so do I need to just pick a Friday Penance and stick to it?