Our college chaplain used to encourage us to take on thoughtful penances for Lent -- but not to tell everyone what we had chosen. "It's not . . . " he would say, carefully, screwing up his cherubic face (and we knew he was going to bring out the big guns). . . "It's not helpful."
And he is right. A sacrifice is a personal thing, and nothing good can come of telling other people what you've decided to do for Lent.
He had nothing to say, however, on the subject of telling other people what to give up for Lent. So that's what I'm going to do.
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