We know it's coming- LENT! What are your thoughts when you hear that word? Do thoughts of programs and service opportunities come to mind? Is it overwhelming to think of the monumental tasks? Does the hair on the back of your neck stand on end? Are you determined to not let another year slip away leaving you thinking "where did the time go?!" I know I have had that experience many years... This year I'm going to take the advice of one of our Monsignor's of the diocese- I'm going to try out the lenten dice (or die) activity. You may have heard of this activity from his homily, as I did when I was a young student. Over the years later this game has stuck with me. The premise is to make a list of 6 (or 12) things you could give up for just a day during Lent. Then each morning you roll the dice to see what sacrifice you have that day. Sacrifices could include fasting from TV, music, complaining, any drink besides water, etc. Or you could add things to your daily routine like more prayer, or doing a kind act for someone. It can be overwhelming to think of one sacrifice for all of Lent, and can deter you from choosing something to give up. You can also easily cover all three pillars of Lent by adding some prayer, fasting, and alms-giving options on your list. Ultimately let us remember, Lent is to allow us to cleanse and prepare our souls for Easter, not to worry about the perfect sacrifice.