During an interview with Samantha Guthrie on "Today," Mark Wahlberg discussed the significance of his Christian faith in his personal life, despite its relative absence in Hollywood. As an observance of Lent, he wore an ash cross on his forehead.
During the Ash Wednesday interview, Wahlberg discussed how his dedication to Catholicism has transformed his life and spoke about his faith. He also acknowledged that his belief system is not particularly popular among the company he keeps in Hollywood.
“I don’t want to jam it down anybody’s throat, but I do not deny my faith,” Wahlberg said. “That’s an even bigger sin. You know, it’s not popular in my industry, but I cannot deny my faith. It’s important for me to share that with people.”
The well-known actor displayed a respectful attitude towards individuals from various religious backgrounds. “I have friends from all walks of life and all different types of faiths and religions, so it’s important to respect and honor them as well,” he said.
Wahlberg talked about how his faith provides structure to his everyday life.
“Discipline has always been important for me in life,” he said to Guthrie. “Once I started getting into movies and transitioned from music, I realized I needed a lot of discipline in my life, and that discipline has afforded me so many other things.”
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“I’ve been rewarded for it so much, and I want to share that with people, so whether that’s with fasting, working out more, detaching from other things and just spending more time with God, in prayer or in thoughtful reflection. And those things are important,” he continued.
“Oh, it’s everything,” Wahlberg said, referring to the meaning of Christianity in his life. “It’s afforded me so many things. Obviously, you know, God didn’t come to save the saints. He came to save the sinners.”
As a guest narrator and paid spokesperson for the Catholic prayer app Hallow, the star of "Transformers" openly expresses his enthusiasm for Christianity.
“We’ve all had things and issues in our lives, and we want to be better versions of ourselves, and, through focusing on my faith, it’s allowed me to do that,” Wahlberg said.
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