Actor Mark Wahlberg recently discussed his faith and his Lenten participation in the 40-day prayer challenge started by the Hallow app during a recent appearance on the ‘TODAY’ show. Actors Jonathan Roumie and Jim Caviezel also participated in the show along with Wahlberg.
Wahlberg said that his faith means “everything” to him and that he believes that God “came to save the sinners” and that faith can make us become “better versions of ourselves.” Following the tradition of fasting during Lent, Wahlberg said that on every Friday during Lent, he would eat only one meal and that it would not have any meat.
Church Leaders reports:
“God didn’t come to save the saints, he came to save the sinners,” said Wahlberg, who noted that his faith “is everything” to him. “We’ve all had things and issues in our lives and we want to be better versions of ourselves, and through focusing my faith, it’s allowed me to do that.”
The roots of Lent go back to the practices of early church converts to Christianity, who would fast in preparation for being baptized on Easter morning. Eventually, Lent became associated with Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness.
It is common for modern Christians to choose something to fast from during Lent, whether a type of food, habit, or some other comfort. Participants can break their fast on Sundays, which are “feast days” that foreshadow Easter.
“If you have issues with food, there are other things,” he observed. “God knows the things he wants you to detach from.”
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