Now that I have small children, I need to have a little flexibility in my lenten sacrifices. Some days, a certain resolution just is not happening and trying to make it so will only result in the less-meritorious sort of suffering. Still, it's good to have some accountability, so that flexibility doesn't fade over into laziness or forgetfulness. Putting a little check in the box is all it takes, really, and I'm sharing with you my pocket-sized (smaller, really) booklet to help keep track of Lenten sacrifices. Write commitments in the first column, and then check them off each day you complete them. I've greyed out Sundays and solemnities, since it's not necessary to fast those days (though there's certainly no reason not to pray!).
To put together the book after you've printed it out (diagrams here):
- Fold in half and crease, with the text facing out, along the registration marks, both the long and wide way. Since every printer is different, you may have to trim a bit of the marginsto even up these edges.
- Open it out, and then fold each side in to meet in the center (again following the registration marks).
- Slit the paper along the tops of the center two sets of pages, then pull open this slit at the folds. Fold book so that the covers are in front and back.