Three things asked of us during Lent are praying, fasting, and almsgiving. Almsgiving is actually the most difficult task of the three because we are called to give without being calculative, and to give more than just money.
When I was growing up, I had what many would consider a privileged lifestyle. I had tons of toys and branded clothes, attended enrichment programmes, and travelled the world with my parents. Yet, I always felt sad and empty as if there was something missing in my life.
My world fell apart 15 years ago when I found out that my husband was having an affair and had fathered a child with this woman. It felt as though a sword had pierced through my heart and whatever trust I had in him was destroyed.
Five years ago, the term ‘mental health’ was absent from my vocabulary. ‘Health’ as I knew, was purely physical. Pushing myself to meet the unrelenting high standards I set for myself was okay, as long as I did not fall ‘ill’.
Chastity is not just a female perspective. Rishik's decision to live a chaste life has not only taught him how to love freely and purely, but has also had an overwhelmingly positive effect on all his relationships