It is important to go to Confession during Lent, too.
The best penance of all, I was once told, is to accept without
complaining the mortifications, trials, and vicissitudes of daily life.
The penances which God Himself sends us are the ones best designed to
benefit our souls. I
remember in the past being upset that my health or my schedule did not
permit me to do all the penances I wanted to do for Lent. I failed to
see that the penances had already been provided. I
do not mean to imply that it is not of value to make other sacrifices
for Lent. I think when people are young (and even when they are old)
giving up dessert or alcohol, etc. help to discipline the soul and the
body. For me, the challenges are mostly interior. We should always try to give up bad habits, negative thought patterns, and activities that are becoming addictive. It is good to examine oneself for inordinate attachments that are taking over the thought patterns, especially those of anger, lust, or resentment. It is always valuable to try to make extra prayers or sacrifices, as the duties of our state in life permit, for special intentions and the needs of the world.
"...Bud forth as the rose planted by the brooks of waters. Give ye a sweet odor as frankincense. Send forth flowers, as the lily...and bring forth leaves in grace, and praise with canticles, and bless the Lord in his works."
Albert, by the grace of God, Patriarch of Jerusalem, to his beloved sons, Brocard and the other religious hermits who live under his obedience, near the fountain of Elias, on Mt. Carmel, health in the Lord, and the blessings of the Holy Spirit.