I’m giving up all non-essential internet usage as part of my Lenten penance.

St. Josemaria on the start of Lent:

We are at the beginning of Lent: a time of penance, purification and conversion. It is not an easy program, but then Christianity is not an easy way of life. It is not enough just to be in the Church, letting the years roll by. In our life, in the life of Christians, our first conversion — that unique moment which each of us remembers, when we clearly understood everything the Lord was asking of us — is certainly very significant. But the later conversions are even more important, and they are increasingly demanding. To facilitate the work of grace in these conversions, we need to keep our soul young; we have to call upon our Lord, know how to listen to him and, having found out what has gone wrong, know how to ask his pardon.

Read the rest here.

If you are not yet familiar with the wealth of spiritual writings from this 20th century saint, Lent is a great time to dive in. The Way is regarded by many as a modern-day spiritual classic. I find it especially helpful to pick a topic for my prayer and work my way from the index through the various points. For instance, conversion