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Contemporary Hollywood isn’t known for its diversity of thought, but Mark Wahlberg continues to prove he’s unlike most.
On Thursday, the actor delivered a message to his 18.5 million Instagram followers.
His advice: Convene with the Creator.
The devoted Catholic asserted that men and women need to “stay prayed up.” Furthermore, he invited social media users to join him in reciting the Rosary:
“I’m here on the set, and I’ve been getting a lot of messages from people who have been praying every day and finding peace. And especially, sending wonderful messages about doing the Rosary with me on the Hallow app. If you haven’t yet, go to the Hallow app. Let’s do the Rosary together and stay prayed up. You’ve got to stay prayed up. God bless you.”
Mark has been very public about his Christian faith for years. In fact, he appears to be increasingly turning toward it.
Recently, he released a religious (albeit gritty) film he funded himself: Father Stu.
The project tells the story of a Catholic priest who changed his life and determined to join the clergy against all odds.
“Against all odds” also applies to the movie’s making — Mark spent six years trying to get it off the ground. Evidently, Hollywood wasn’t interested.
“Let’s just say I put millions and millions of dollars into the film — and then incurring other costs because we went over schedule in production, and there are clearances for the music,” said Wahlberg, adding that a few friends who “believed in the project” also invested in it.
Wahlberg said he “prayed every day about getting this film made.”
“I cannot take credit for the movie’s success, because this is God choosing me to make the film,” he added. “He knows finally I get to utilize all the talents and gifts that have been bestowed upon me for his greater good and to serve my part in his big picture.”
“[T]ypically the person cutting the check also has notes and wants to be involved in the process,” Mark explained. “So I felt, you know what, I think it’s better if I just step up and have complete control.”
It’s a new direction:
“I feel like this is starting a new chapter for me in that, you know, doing things like this, real substance, can help people. I definitely want to focus on making more. I wouldn’t say necessarily just faith-based content, but things that will help people. So hopefully, this movie will open a door for not only myself but for lots of other people in Hollywood to make more meaningful content.”
There are certainly other Hollywoodites who share his faith:
And don’t forget Mario Lopez, who replied to Mark’s Instagram post with three hearts:
— Mario Lopez (@mariolopezviva) March 22, 2018
For those curious about the Hallow app, per Instagram, it’s “a Catholic prayer & meditation app to help you find peace, deepen your relationship with God, and sleep soundly every night.”
Speaking to Fox Nation, Wahlberg had more to say about his turning point:
“I need to stop focusing so much on Mark and start doing much more work for God and for less fortunate people.”
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