A-lister Mark Wahlberg, whose latest film also starring Mel Gibson revolves around the real-life conversion of a rough-and-tumble character who became a priest while struggling with a worsening physical disability, is helping to spread the good word, so to speak.
In a video posted to his Instagram account, Wahlberg congratulated his son for becoming confirmed while extending the same congrats to all young Christians walking down a similar path.
“Good morning from Europe. I just got down on my hands and my knees to express my gratitude on a beautiful day. Congratulations to my son Michael for making his confirmation,” Wahlberg said.
“All the young people out there who are confirmed and taking their relationship with the Lord into their adulthood, what a commitment you guys have made, congratulations to all of you.”
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Wahlberg’s film, “Father Stu,” follows the life of Father Stuart Long, a boxer-turned-priest who inspired countless people during his journey from self-destruction to redemption.
In April, as the film was debuting, Wahlberg, in an interview, talked about how devout he is about his Catholic faith, but that said, he isn’t about to force his kids to take it up, explaining that he hopes they will “gravitate” towards religion on their own.
“They think dad’s crazy, and he’s boring,” he joked to “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb. “But even with my faith, I don’t force it on them. But they know that dad can’t start the day without being in prayer, can’t start the day without reading my Scripture or going to Mass.
“And hopefully, instead of forcing that on them, they’ll say, ‘Well, if it works for dad, maybe it’ll work for us,’ and they’ll kind of gravitate towards it on their own.”
In 2013, Wahlberg went on to describe his usual Sunday morning routine, when he may attend Mass twice in an interview with Parade magazine.
“If the kids are good, I’ll have doughnuts for them at 6:30 in the morning, and I’ll say, ‘You guys gotta let Mommy sleep in!’ I’ll go to church at 7:30 and everybody will be eating breakfast when I come home,” Wahlberg explained. “Then we’ll go to church again at 10:30, if things aren’t too hectic. Or if one of the kids has a game, we’ll watch them play. It’s a nice family day.”