It is a rainy start to Lent here in Tokyo. I will go to mass in the evening so the lateness of the mass and the rain answer the question how long do you leave your ashes on for? Not long! So what am I giving up for Lent? I will try to spend less time on the computer and instead read the Bible, possibly the whole thing, and read other religious books as well. I am interested in the diary of St Faustina so that’s on my to read list as well as Chesterton and… we`ll see! I am also going (to at least try my best) to say the Rosary everyday. I had been saying it once a week, or more, up until December /January but since then nothing zip zero, so to go from zero to everyday is more daunting than giving up chocolate! For those who don’t say the Rosary or even the chaplet of Divine Mercy try the chaplet first. All about the chaplet and how to say it here. It only takes about seven minutes to say, you can count on your fingers if you don’t have a Rosary, and it never mentions Mary once if you have any issues with her.