Actor Mark Wahlberg's salty language and 'love for the Lord'

Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg was alternately profane and reverent in a TV appearance where he accepted the MTV Generation Award. Speaking on April 14, Wahlberg recounted parts of his life story and acting career, salting the account with liberal use of the F-word. However, the fervently Catholic Wahlberg ended his remarks with the acknowledgement that it was Palm Sunday - when Christians recall the entrance of Jesus Christ riding a colt into Jerusalem, just days before his Passion and death. Said Wahlberg, "God bless you all, I love the Lord, i love you guys i love my wife and my family"... 
 
Wahlberg was recently interviewed by Parade magazine and acknowledged his faith and his belief that God sustains him.  He spoke of his Sunday routine of attending Mass, saying "[Faith] is the most important part of my life. I don't try to push it on anybody and I don't try to hide it… If the kids are good, I'll have doughnuts for them at 6:30 in the morning [on Sundays], 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." He added, "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."
 
Wahlberg attends Mass daily and has averred that it makes his life clear to him. Attending Mass, he said, allows him to remember what he needs to focus on and what he needs to avoid. He has starred in several movies, including the recent 'Long Survivor' that opened in December 2013. The movie recounted the real-life story of Navy SEALs embattled in Afghanistan who make an honorable and tragic moral choice that continues to resonate in Afghanistan.
 
A Boston native, Wahlberg was raised in the Catholic faith but experienced some wayward adolescent years as a member of a criminal gang.  It was at the age of 16 that he experienced a conversion. He was in jail while serving a sentence for having robbed a drugstore, assaulting one man, leaving another one blind in one eye and attacking a security guard. For these crimes he was charged with attempted murder. While meeting with a Catholic chaplain, Wahlberg - who had been raised in a non-practicing Catholic family - came to the realization that he wanted to change. Ever since then, Wahlberg has been a vocal advocate for his Catholic faith. 
 
"It was a matter of saying, 'ok, do I wanna now get in jail, start getting high, doing that whole thing or am I just gonna you know, focus, start going to church, get out of here and never look back,'" said Wahlberg in a television interview in 2013. Wahlberg also said that only in coming to the defense of his family would he ever contemplate going back to prison. 


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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