Actor Mark Wahlberg — star of the new movie “Father Stu” — is encouraging his fans to “stay prayed up” in a culture increasingly hostile toward faith in God.
“I’ve been getting a lot of messages from people who have been praying every day and finding peace,” Wahlberg, who is Catholic, said in a video recently posted to his Instagram account. “And especially sending wonderful messages about doing the rosary with me on the Hallow app.”
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Hallow is a prayer app designed for Catholics. The app’s developers launched a partnership with Wahlberg in early April. The 50-year-old actor is creating for the app exclusive faith-based content centered on “Father Stu,” a film chronicling the story of boxer-turned-priest Father Stuart Long. The movie co-stars Mel Gibson.
“You got to stay prayed up,” Wahlberg said. “God bless you.”
During a recent interview with CBN’s Faithwire, Wahlberg said he felt a “calling” to make “Father Stu,” a film for which he provided a great deal of funding. He said he is confident God was propelling the project.
“There were powers that be at work here and have been since the very beginning, to intercede along the way and make the movie the right way and get the reaction that we’re getting,” the celebrity explained.
At this stage in his life, Wahlberg said his main motivation is not making money, but doing “God’s work.”
“If this is a movie that really changes people’s lives and motivates them and inspires them to do great things — you know, all I really gotta do is convert one person, and I get to go through the pearly gates,” he said. “So If I can continue to do that in a major way, remaining humble and just doing it for all the right reasons, then I would much rather have that be my legacy than being the biggest box office star in the world.”
“I would like to have a legacy that I had a positive impact on some people,” he added.
You can read more of our interview with Wahlberg and learn about “Father Stu” by clicking here.
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