The caller was wrestling over whether or not, or even if she could, surrender coffee as a Lenten penance.
Mother listened for a minute and told her all she heard in her voice was "Coffee!" ... Mother suggested the lady have one cup each morning, for her sanity, and give up coffee the rest of the day. That way, with coffee out of the way, she wouldn't be obssessing over coffee all day, could more easily give it up later in the day, and concentrate on other devotion, not to mention the rest of her life, instead.
Coincidentally, I've been wondering whether, and how seriously, to propose breaking your self-imposed Lenten fasts every Thursday (to pick a convenient day). That way, the fasts won't become ends in themselves.
THIS CATHOLIC HAS GONE 16 DAYS WITHOUT ADDING SALT TO HIS FOOD AT THE TABLE