Lent is a time for renewal through prayer, fasting and almsgiving. At present, this season seem to have lost its "teeth". Many Catholics go through Lent without any desire to rekindle the fervor of the spiritual life. Is this the result of the relaxation of the Lenten discipline? Islam has not relaxed its discipline on the Ramadan but the tradition is more fervently observe to this day. In our effort to "adjust" Catholic life to the modern times, much of our Lenten traditions have suffered.
Perhaps it is time to rekindle the fire. Let us once again observe Lent as Lent. An interesting article at the New Liturgical Movement blog is worth considering: Lenten Observances in the Vein of a New Liturgical Movement