Mark Wahlberg is not one to keep his faith a secret; in recent months, he has been outspoken about it.
On Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the actor appeared on the Today Show. During his interview,
he discussed his decision to not force religion on others, particularly his children, with Savannah Guthrie.
‘I don’t want to force my faith on anyone, yet I do not do so. That is a greater sin.
Although it is unpopular in my profession, I will not compromise my beliefs.
When speaking with Guthrie, the 51-year-old actor wore ashes on his forehead in the shape of a cross.
Ash Wednesday is observed as a day of fasting for Catholics and is marked by the wearing of ashes.
While most people link fasting during the Lenten season with giving up food, Wahlberg clarified that this is not always the case.
‘Fasting has many distinct components,’ he remarked. ’I think it’s crucial to realize that there are other aspects to consider if you have problems with eating, first of all.
God is aware of the things that you should distance yourself from. We are all aware of the behaviors that don’t make us feel as good as we should.
‘Therefore (it’s about) being able to separate from those things and concentrate on good habits rather than harmful habits,’ the author writes.
Wahlberg admitted he would abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and have only one meal, a practice he’ll maintain through Good Friday.
He also mentioned the discipline required to observe Lent, which he believes has benefited him in his life.
I discovered I required a lot more discipline in my life as I started getting into movies and made the switch from music, and that discipline has given me so many other things.
I’ve been so richly rewarded for it, and I want to share it with others, whether that be through fasting, increasing one’s physical activity,
distancing oneself from other activities, or simply spending more time with God in prayer or deliberate study.
He still takes care not to impose his views on others. While he thinks it’s vital to share this faith
with others, he also told Guthrie that ‘it’s necessary to appreciate and honor them [and their views] as well.’