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9. Resist the temptation to seek only quantity and low cost. Learn to appreciate the beauty of quality and good taste.

10. Avoid lavish display, especially of fancy gadgetry that leads to a desire to keep up with the e-Joneses with the latest version of this or that device.

As the season of Lent progresses, we would do well to do something that has an impact beyond our own spiritual lives. It would be good to practice charity toward our neighbor by looking at the big picture. Giving up frenetic intemperance is a good start.

John Horvat II, www.returntoorder.org, is an international speaker and author who heads the Tradition, Family, and Property Commission on American Studies.