Fasting, praying and repenting are what we do in this 40-day period. Right? Though this may be a loose perception of what lent actually entails or should entail, such deeds are nevertheless immanent to the season. Only try making the attempt to understand these virtuous demands in the light of the exploitation and mistreatment meted out to people on an hourly basis and it would take a new meaning altogether. Think about this: where does voluntary fasting (from food or anything else) place itself in the context of forced poverty? What do self-examination and repentance mean in the context of violence and suffering? Perhaps, lent should become a time of "engagement" rather than a time of "denial."