Andy Otto suggests agere contra as one approach to Lenten practices. He writes at God in All Things:
Agere Contra—This popular Ignatian term means “to act against.” It means that we can deliberately choose to go against what our tendency might be. It’s useful in avoiding temptation or bad habits but can also stretch us spiritually. So if you realise that Facebook is a bit of an addiction for you, you can practise agere contra and give it up for Lent. Maybe you choose to “go against” picking up that gossip mag. Or you find yourself lazy and about to turn on the TV; instead you “go against” and call a friend you need to catch up with. It will certainly stretch you, give you greater attention to your habits and tendencies, and allow you to focus on other things like spiritual reading or quiet time for prayer (or your family).
How might choosing to go against a tendency be a helpful way for you to think about your Lenten practices?
If you’re still deciding on a Lenten practice, check out our 10 Ideas for Lent.