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Mark Wahlberg: 'The first thing I do each day is pray' Comments

In the modern world, we are told, religion is being pushed to the side. Church-going is down, cynicism is up, and old-fashioned Christianity is not so slowly going the way of the penny-farthing bicycle. And nowhere, we are told, is this more apparent than in Hollywood, land of the superficial, the catch-a-passing-trend, the every-man-for-himself. And then there is Mark Wahlberg. Continue Reading

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  1. Joe
    4 years ago

    Everyone who has a problem with his "portrayal" of a porn star in Boogie Nights clearly must think it is also a sin to portray Judas Iscariot. Or a thief. Or a murderer. Or Hitler.

    No one think Ralph Fiennes "sinned" by portraying a Nazi psychopath in Schindler's List. Have you actually SEEN boogie nights? It's hardly a celebration or defense of the porn industry. In fact, every character dwindles down a road of depression, drug abuse, self-loathing, disease, and death. But yeah, he must be a bad catholic for being in the movie.

    And I'm sure no one here had premarital sex. And if you did, you clearly would object to anyone writing an article about your faith.

    I go to Good Shepherd church. I have seen Mark there, and I'm telling you, it means a great deal to other Christians living and working in LA to see someone who isn't afraid, but rather, excited, to display their belief in Jesus Christ.

    He is a very active member of the Church. He's no spectator Catholic.

    But yeah, you go ahead and chastise the guy for professing his faith in Christ, because he and his wife had a baby before getting the A-ok from the State of California.

    God sees your heart, people, not your marriage certificate.

  2. No Way
    4 years ago

    TJ, I never said you were. You judged yourself, birdlips. I never said everyone here; re-read my post and if you think you fit the description then you placed yourself there, I never did. Some people choose to lick the blade of an opinion.

  3. BARB
    4 years ago

    I don't understand what the deal is here. Mark Wahlberg was being interviewed and they asked him about his private life. He doesn't go around saying I go to church everyday. He is a private man and he gives thanks to God who has given him (and us) everything we have today. How many people in this world give thanks publicly at home and work? How many of us at work/home hear someone use Our Lord's name in vain and stop them? I was very interested in his life and take what you want from it and leave the rest behind. The real message is give back to God what God has given you!

  4. JeanCatherine
    4 years ago

    Keep in mind folks some of the lives of the Saints before they settled down to God.

    Some lived with their lovers before God took them in hand. Let us hope and pray God has all of us in hand to in our sinful lives and that we in the end walk with Him to the door of the Kingdom. May He not judge us too harshly in the end.

  5. Ken
    4 years ago

    Evangelize, Yes!

    But be mindful of what it is we are evangelizing others into. Jesus had a lot to say about a lot of things. Here's one to consider from the Gospel of St Matthew:

    "Woe to you, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land [the media is quicker now] to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves."

    Hey, these guys prayed every day, too. So what's the problem?

    I agree. We're all on a journey of faith and we are works in progress. But it is not true that people can not be expected to live holy lives, or to strive to be saints, or to walk away from nasty projects because nobody becomes a saint until after they die. Sorry, but that's just a great excuse for us not to truly change our lifestyles and turn to Christ in all that we do.

    St Paul was indeed a real scary dude before he repented and converted. But once he took on the name of 'Christian', tell me what did he do? He was ever aware of Christ's presence. And yes, the same goes for many a mighty saint. They may have once lived in great darkness and sin, but when they took on that name, the holy name of Jesus, all that changed. So, we need to be mindful of what we are doing. In what manner are we evangelizing. We need to be mature and discerning when it comes to how Christianity is presented to the world. I

  6. Olen angulo
    4 years ago

    yes thanks for the thoughts and an inspiring story of ur spiritual experienced thats nice and im interested of reading it. so thanks God that we appreciate our being a person our values that can give a good example to other family too. i am a father also and i wanted to live a simply life in Gods own way. i am trying to pray for it that someday God will help me in my everyday today activities in life that He is always there for us to guide us ang give us a right direction on how to raise our children in a nice way. althought we are not perfect but we have to ask Gods help always so that the Holy Spirit will always abide us in so many ways and protect us from all harm. so God must be glorified in so many ways. thanks God and God bless us all...i really appreciate the messages that u share to us to God be the glory!

  7. jzk
    4 years ago

    There is no, nor will ever be a saint in the history of mankind who achieved "Saintly" status BEFORE THEY DIED. Miracles, and Holy status associated with saints usually require them to be dead for a little while. Lets not rush Mark Whalberg to the grave please for the sake of his wife and children. Furthemore, lets forgive the author of the article for a few minor errors, and take away the most important part of all. Mark Whalberg is a classic 'saint in the making' (as the rest of us are). HIs life journey mirrors many, many famous saints we all love dearly, some did things outright more shocking then "Boogie nights". I'm sure rounding up Chrisitans for the meetgrinder wasn't something St. Paul wanted on his "Saint Resume" but Jesus took this most ordinary and sinful man and did something extraordinary out of him. Jesus prefers souls that are hot/cold. He doesn't like lukewarmness to faith (Its in the Bible). It is very inspiring and we do need more Catholic voice in media, isn't that what our Holy Father said? TO use the media to evangelize? What better way then for someone famous like Mark WHalberg to say, "I get up and pray everyday".

  8. Ken
    4 years ago

    It's truly, truly sad that we as a culture have become so desensitized to sex and violence, immodesty and impurity. It would be difficult not to see that movies, television, popular music, etc. have largely been the tools that Satan (sorry to go all "Church Lady on ya!) has used to the greatest extent, in order to achieve this numbing effect upon our western culture. Now I know that there are a whole lot of good people in our western world, but really, how much further do we need to sink into the mire of sex and violence in the media and in our popular culture before we catch on. This stuff is saturating and crippling, if not killing, our souls.

    My kids can't really go anywhere without having some of this crap shoved in their faces. It really does seem like the time is coming when we're going to have to stand up and choose the culture of life over all else, and strongly reject this culture of death that we are sinking further and further into as he years go by.

    This is not to say that we should stop engaging the culture, evangelizing and reaching out to others with the love of Christ. But, for the love of Christ, I think we have to stop burying our heads in the sand, so to speak, and kindly, and with Christ's love, start putting as much emphasis on educating, instructing and correcting Catholics who do not seem to be getting the picture as we spend rejoicing over the fact that they are showing up to pray in our Church.

    In the end, it's not about Mark Walhberg, or Mel Gibson, or any individual's worthiness to represent the Christian faith. It's about opening up our eyes to what's happening all around us, and within us. I hope there will come along more and more Catholics who are willing to suffer for the faith. As Lee wrote, it's not easy for a true Christian to work in Hollywood. And really, it's not easy for a true Christian to work a lot of places in this culture. Well, as the old saying goes, "offer it up," and then if we want to truly follow Jesus, let's try to remember perhaps one of the greatest lines in the Gospels. "Go and sin no more."

    Thank God for His love and forgiveness, and for His great patience with all of us. But the fact is, we are told to go and sin no more. I really admire a guy like Eduardo Verástegui. Sure, he's still a sinner like the rest of us. But he's been willing to say no to the culture of death and all it's seductions, and for the love of Jesus and Mary do what he is called to do.

    St. Mary Magdalene, pray for us.

  9. Lee
    4 years ago

    Good for Mr. Wahlburg and welcome back to the Faith. I am in the same business (although not any where near as successful) and it is hard to be a practicing Catholic and get work at the same time. Isn't it Mr. McDough (Neil) sp who was just fired for refusing to do a nude love scene even though he had stipulated in his contract that he would not do them? If you want to be a working actor, it is difficult to be 1. Republican and 2. a practicing Catholic. I agree about Blue Bloods. I love the closer which almost always has them saying Grace and blessing themselves. How many people have written to the shows producers to say thank you for showing that?

  10. ck
    4 years ago

    I enjoyed this article. Yes, Mark has made some questionable movies. So did Mel Gibson but boy did everyone conveniently forget his past films after making The Passion. Do not get me wrong -- I am thankful the film was made and it touched my heart. However, he too (Mel) showed himself to be a flawed human – working through some serious issues. Mark is still on a journey of faith... as are we all. You can tell by some of his conclusions. So let’s pray for him. Lord, we are flawed sinners but you love us and call us friends. May we continue to grow in our understanding of your truth. With each passing day grant us the courage to love you harder and deeper. When we go astray, make straight our paths. We ask this an all things in your most precious name. Amen.

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