For many the practice of Lent is about deprivation. One gives up chocolate, TV, caffeine, etc. This practice holds a lot of wisdom when done contemplatively. Western culture is practiced in immediate gratification. If I need something, all I have to do is click a few buttons on my computer and poof, it’s at my front door in a short amount of time. The hidden gift in instant gratification is it is a doorway to the pain created when it doesn’t happen. That pain is the gift.