Watch: “Whether going without a cigarette or a bar of chocolate, fasting is ideal as a prayer for world peace”
Charity, prayer, fasting. Following the celebrations and merrymaking during Carnival – towards which numerous volunteers work night and day to come up with four non-stop days of successful entertainment – today sees the start of Lent.
From today, for forty days, faith encourages Christians to start preparing themselves for the Holy Week celebrations and, eventually, for Easter Sunday. And for many, today sees the start of sacrifices and abstinence.
With this as background, Senglea Archpriest Fr Robin Camilleri stated on ‘TVAM’ that he values fasting very highly. Whether it’s just a cigarette or a bar of chocolate, fr Robin stated that Lent is the ideal time for the faithful to refrain from something which they normally cannot do without and to offer this sacrifice, among others, towards world peace.
Fr Robin is aware of the fact that not everyone practices the faith properly. He adds, however, that resistance in this regard does not scare him, and confessions are even held in band clubs to allow penitents to find themselves and to build spiritual lives around God’s mystery.