Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg took to social media on Palm Sunday to issue a powerful message to his fans, letting them know that he is leaning on his faith to get through the coronavirus pandemic.
Wahlberg and his wife Rhea Durham posted a video to social media yesterday in which they said that even through this crisis, “we still have faith and we have each other.”
“Happy Palm Sunday, everybody,” Wahlberg said. “Just thinking about everybody. We still have faith and we have each other, so let’s stay strong. God bless you guys. I love you.”
“God bless you,” Durham added.
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) April 5, 2020
This comes one month after Wahlberg opened up to the world about how important his Catholic faith is to him.
“That’s the most important thing,” he told the “Today” show. “I take a day off, I take two days a week off from the gym now. I don’t take a day off from getting on my hands and my knees and reading my prayer book and my daily devotionals and, first of all, expressing the gratitude that I have for all the blessings that have been bestowed upon me.”
“And then, of course, asking for the strength and guidance to be able to use the talents and gifts that God’s given me to help others and inspire and know what right is and to do so … to be the best husband I can be, best father I can be,” Wahlberg continued.
Wahlberg went on to say that his daily prayer ritual can get very long at times because he is constantly adding people to his prayer list.
“I meet people along the way, and I add people to my prayers,” he explained. “If I see somebody in public eye, or that I read in the newspaper somebody that’s struggling, somebody that has a child that’s having a health issue, stuff like that, I add them to my prayers, and I usually ended up keeping them in my prayers. So it’s now 20 minutes of praying, actual praying, and then my reading and stuff like that.”
Wahlberg, who is the father of four children, also said that he is aware of the fact that not everyone shares his devout Christian faith.
“Look, I will not hide the fact that I love the Lord and I want to be committed to serving the Lord, but I also don’t jam it down anybody’s throat,” he said.
In the increasingly secular world of Hollywood, it’s rare to see an actor be this open about his Christian faith. God bless Wahlberg for letting the world know about his love for God, and for urging his fans to lean on Christ during this difficult time.