I know Lent is still over a month away, but I came across some advice recently that I thought might be something to think about before Lent.
To paraphrase the advice it is as follows:
Take steadily one fault, sin, weakness, or failing you have and which stands out in your mind and root it out, every fiber of it, by God’s grace. Sacrifice it to the love of God, spare it not, until none of it remains, neither root or branch. Fix, with God’s help, not only to root it out but to set thyself to gain the opposite grace. If you are constantly angry ask God to help you be very meek. If pride stands out as a weakness, seek to be very humble., etc. I have so many faults it would be hard for me to choose.
Those who have been readers of the Pew during Lent before know that I always advocate taking something on during Lent as well as giving up oatmeal-raisin cookies. The advice found above is one way to accomplish this. Pride and anger I suspect are a lot harder to give up than cookies.