I'll Have the Rocks, Please
If Lent becomes wearisome, consider our Orthodox brethren. On the first day, they give up meat. And dairy and eggs, too. Repeat each day until Easter. (Actually, they work into it over a couple of weeks, with Cheesefare Sunday being the last day for dairy.) They're basically vegans. By a quirk of ancient taxonomy, shellfish are always on the menu, though. Somehow they got classified as rocks.
The standard requirements are:
- Sacramental Confession
- Reception of Holy Communion
- Prayer for the Intention of the Holy Father (typically an Our Father and the Creed, but you are free to substitute another prayer)
Why should you care about a Medieval superstition like indulgences? Because it is beautiful part of your heritage, updated as recently as 1967. Purgatory is obviously where we all want to go, but why spend any more "time" there than you have to? Furthermore, indulgences are the Church's generous way of encouraging you to do things you should be doing anyway. Finally, in the event you actually pull off a plenary indulgence, you would have a nonstop ticket to Heaven -- up to that moment, anyway.