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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. TJ
    4 years ago

    Mari and Rob--of course we are all sinners and it would be great if the article was describing his conversion, but instead it makes it sound like the fact that they were living together and having children out of wedlock is just all hunky-dory, as well as the questionable movies he's been in. I applaud his turn from his earlier life of crime and drugs, but let's not pretend the rest of this is okay.

  2. Linda
    4 years ago

    Of course God is a God of forgiveness, but it doesn't appear that this man is remorseful for playing movie roles that are offensive to God: a porn star, a cursing detective, etc.?

  3. John
    4 years ago

    Hey, Charles and TJ, remember that an imperfect Catholic is the ONLY kind of Catholic. We all sin, and we all need God's guidance. Just be thankful that Mr. Wahlberg doesn't spend his days bashing God for a living like the rest of Hollywood.

  4. John Baysson
    4 years ago

    I have to agree with Charles and TJ. This is not exactly saintly behaviour. Acting as a porn star in boogie nights, having premarital sex (the author mentions that his wife was pregnant before the wedding????), underwear model??, those are not really Catholic things and there is really no sign of repentance or regret of such a life style. Only thing he regrets is gang life.

    There are lives of Saints (who the church has approved of) which can be written about. A Catholic website should be a little concerned about the type of persons they promote. Otherwise it can leave the impression that it endorses the life style of the person it is promoting which in this case is not very Catholic.

  5. Rob
    4 years ago

    I see what you guys are seeing, but to me the article sort of depicted the journey we all are on. Not one of us is perfect and we all get our spiritual house in order over time. While I'm sure he more than anyone wished he had done everything perfectly, that just wasn't his life. It's not any of our lives. I think this is an occassion to thank God for the work the Holy Spirit is doing in his life instead of tearing it down. We all should thank God for his infinite love and patience with us as we stumble towards him.

  6. mari
    4 years ago

    It's important to remember that we are ALL sinners in some aspect of our lives. I think this is a beautiful love story and should remind us of God's grace and forgiveness. We are Catholic, and we should support each other. It's comments like those above which scare people away from our beautiful Church. Be nice. God forgives, what's your problem?

  7. TJ
    4 years ago

    I agree with Charles. Why is this article on here? They were in a "committed relationship", but they couldn't find the time to get married until a year ago? So he prays every day and he tries to be a good husband and we just brush over the fact that they were living immorally for nine years? Why are we glorifying this? Am I missing something here?

  8. Charles
    4 years ago

    "He started out in Hollywood by rather cleverly sending up his beefcake reputation playing a porn star in Boogie Nights..."


    I think we have to be very careful to put Holywood Catholics on a platform like this without giving fair criticism to the un-Catholic things they've done. For example this movie 'Boogie Nights.' How can it be said that he 'rather cleverly' set up his reputation on a Catholic website. Really a shame.

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