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Actor Mark Wahlberg Makes Faith a Priority

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Mark Wahlberg doesn’t shy away from his faith.

Though Hollywood has been known to shun stars who are vocal about religion and values, Wahlberg insists on setting a good example.

In a recent interview with Today, Wahlberg said faith is his top priority every day.

“I take two days a week off from the gym now,” Wahlberg told Today. “I don’t take a day off from getting on my hands and my knees, from reading my prayer book and my daily devotionals.”

Wahlberg has been known to regularly attend Mass, seek the sacraments in church, and attend faith-based youth conferences.

He even built a chapel inside his home to enhance his spiritual life.

“I pray for the patience,” Wahlberg told Today. “I want to be an example, with my work ethic, with my commitment to my faith, with my commitment to my family. I’ve been put in this position for a reason, it’s not to forget about where I came from. I have to utilize these talents and gifts that have been given to me to help others.”

Wahlberg’s faith wasn’t always so important.

By age 13, he developed a cocaine addiction and was known to use racial slurs. Following an assault on a middle-aged man when he was 17, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to felony assault and served a 45-day sentence.

Over the years, Wahlberg has apologized and sought forgiveness for many of his wrongs – especially in light of his career’s good fortune.

Redemption is a common theme.

He regularly expresses thankfulness for “all of the blessings that have been bestowed on me.”

Wahlberg and his wife, model Rhea Durham, have four children.

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