Preparing for Lent

It used to be that it didn’t matter how long I prepared for Lent, it always seems like Ash Wednesday sneaks up on me and I’m scrambling the evening before, trying to commit to a plan of fasting, prayer and alms-giving. Do I give up something? Do I take on something? Do I give up something and take on something? Whatever I decide, will it be enough? Will it be too much and am I setting myself up for failure. I don’t know, up until this year it seems I always made it way more complicated than it needed to…