Mark Wahlberg Prays God Will Forgive Him For His Past

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Actor Mark Wahlberg was very frank and candid as he opened up about the “poor choices” he made in the past and his need for God’s forgiveness.

Mark Wahlberg (Credit: YouTube)

Mark Wahlberg began his rise to fame at just 13 years old as an original member of the boy band “New Kids on the Block” along with his brother Donnie. Although Mark quit after a few months, his fame continued as he began recording as “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch” in 1990. By 1994, he was making his onscreen debut, but it wasn’t always a life of fame and fortune. Instead, Mark was raised on the tough streets of Boston, where he got involved in drugs and gangs. However, the Catholic faith that was instilled in him at an early age was “the most important part” of his life, he said, crediting his faith as the anchor that ultimately saved him.

The Patriot’s Day star joined Cardinal Blase Cupich to speak before an audience of about 1,000 young people at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion several years ago, and that’s when he revealed that he has prayed to God to forgive the “poor choices” in his life  – including his role in the 1997 film Boogie Nights. “I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving because I’ve made some poor choices in my past,” Mark Wahlberg said, adding that, “Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list.” Wahlberg starred as porn star Dirk Diggler in the Academy Award-nominated film.

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Mark Wahlberg speaking to the youth at Chicago’s UIC Pavillion (Credit: YouTube)

The Lone Survivor star has been open about his troubled youth. At 16, the Boston native pleaded guilty to assault and spent 45 days in jail. “I’ve never been shy about sharing my past and the bad decisions I’ve made and being affiliated with gangs, being incarcerated, so absolutely I think [young people] can identify with me on a personal level,” Wahlberg said. “And that’s why I’ve continued to try to do as much as I can to help young people.”

Wahlberg went on to explain how he was able to find his footing once more with the help of the church. “It’s one thing to give money, or to start programs,” he began. “But to be there and be able to talk to them, and tell them there is someone who has been through the same things they are going through and was able to turn their life around and turn it into a big positive. That’s always important.”

Mark Wahlberg starred as the priest in the movie Father Stu (Credit: YouTube)

This wasn’t the first time the veteran actor spoke about his faith. Back in 2010, Wahlberg was very forthright when he spoke to the Catholic Herald. “Once I focused on my faith wonderful things started happening for me. And I don’t mean professionally – that’s not what it’s about,” he said. “These days, I’ll be in church and people will come up to me and say, ‘Do you mind if I sit and pray with you?’ And they’ll start praying and it’ll turn out they’re praying for their new movie to be a success or whatever, and I’m like, this is not what I come here for.”

Mark Wahlberg explained that it’s not about material things. “For me to sit down and ask for material things is ridiculous,” he declared. “It’s a much bigger picture than that. I want to serve God and to be a good human being and to make up for the mistakes I made and the pain I put people through. That’s what I’m praying for, and I recommend it to anybody.”

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Mark Walhberg was the master of ceremonies when Pope Francis when came to America (Credit: YouTube)

Wahlberg said his whole life changed when he began to center his life on prayer and on his Catholic faith. “Being a good actor or a good producer: that’s not going to help me sleep at night or get me into heaven,” he said. “The most important thing from where I sit is to be a good father, a good husband, and a good human being – a man who helps his fellow man and raises his kids to be good human beings too. Every single aspect of my family life is joy.”

According to the star, God has definitely been present in his life, even possibly intervening on his behalf on 9/11. Mark Wahlberg was booked to fly on American Airlines Flight 11 on September 11, 2001, but his plans changed the day before, and he canceled his reservation. The Oscar-nominated actor stirred up quite a bit of controversy in later years when he claimed that if he had been on that flight, he would have stopped the attack from happening.

Mark Wahlberg is pictured with his wife Rhea Durham, his mother, and his four children (Credit: Screenshot)

“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did,” he said. “There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘Ok, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.'” The Fighter star later apologized for his remarks. “To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous, to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible,” Wahlberg said in a statement. “I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention.”

Clearly, in living his faith, Mark Wahlberg knows a big part is confessing his sins and asking for forgiveness. “My sins have been forgiven when I go to confession to a priest,” he said. “If I don’t go to Mass necessarily every day…I definitely go to church every day. That’s how I start my day. I like to get in there for about 15 or 20 minutes — say my prayers.” It’s refreshing to see a Hollywood actor be so open about his faith when so many in Tinsel Town aren’t the role models we used to see.