I am trying to do two things for Lent (in addition to giving to the annual Lenten Appeal).
I am going to read a a scripture passage that goes along with one of the mysteries of the Rosary every night. I will have to do this twice (since there are 20 mysteries), but I feel that it will help me better understand the mysteries (I already pray the Rosary daily).
I am going to give up my biggest weakness… sweets like ice cream, cookies, candy, etc. Sometimes I think I over-indulge on these things to the brink of gluttony (like eating half a pint of ice cream in a sitting, or half a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies in a sitting, etc)–so as a practice to get that potential deadly sin under control seems like a good thing for Lent. I love sweets and sometimes crave them, so this will be very difficult for me and a true sacrifice–much more so than things I’ve given up in the past. But every year I pass over giving up sugar because I feel it’s too hard and because my birthday falls during Lent (and the temptation is too great with people putting my absolute favorite cake under my nose). But I wondered, would it be acceptable to give up sweets except for allowing myself a piece of cake on my birthday.
I know a Lenten sacrifice is personal and there are no “rules” about it so to speak. But I am just wondering opinion-wise, is it a true sacrifice is I make that one exception?