Actor Mark Wahlberg, currently one of the most bankable actors in Hollywood, has a daily routine of intense workouts and a strict eating schedule, but no matter where he happens to be residing at the moment he is always sure to begin each day with 30 minutes of prayer to Almighty God.
In a recent exchange with fans on Instagram, the 47-year-old actor revealed that he wakes up as early as 2:30 AM for a full half hour of prayers before launching into his breakfast and exercise routine. Since Wahlberg is an admitted Catholic, his prayers most likely include the rosary or breviary.
"Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life," Wahlberg told the Catholic Herald in 2010. "The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God."
He continued: "Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do.’ Because I do. If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing. That 10 minutes helps me in every way throughout the day."
Last year, Wahlberg even went as far to say he regrets some of his past roles which did not reflect well on his faith, such as "Boogie Nights," which he asked God to forgive him for.
"I just always hope that God is a movie fan and also forgiving, because I've made some poor choices in my past," Wahlberg said, adding that "Boogie Nights is up there at the top of the list."
In a time where men have hardly any role models to look up to beyond the self-important soyboys of Silicon Valley or the "get rich or die trying" magnates of hip-hop culture, actors like Mark Wahlberg and Chris Pratt who openly share their faith and allow it to shape their lives set an example that is sorely lacking in the 21st century male. As noted by St. Thomas Aquinas, the mark of a true man is one who sets aside pleasure for the sake of pursuing something greater than himself.
If only more men lived that way.