This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we enter the season of Lent. Lent is the forty (week) days that precede the celebration of Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial. Often Lent is marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. Today we perhaps limit these preparations, or possibly combine them into three practices that many still observe. The three traditional practices taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and almsgiving (justice towards neighbor). However, in modern times, observers give up an action of theirs considered to be a vice, add something that is considered to be able to bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations. Do any of us still practice prayer, fasting or almsgiving during Lent? Do we need to?