Mark Wahlberg is grateful.
In the afternoon, the actor shared an Instagram video celebrating his 16-year old's confirmation.
According to Catholic.com, the observance can be described as “a sacrament in which the Holy Ghost is given to those already baptized in order to make them strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.”
A fervent parishioner, Mark welcomed the world with the “beautiful” morning:
“Good morning from Europe. I just got down on my hands and my knees to express my gratitude on a beautiful day. Congratulations to my son Michael for making his confirmation.”
He also took the time to praise other youngsters who are in a true “relationship with the Lord” as they grow.
“All the young people out there who are confirmed and taking their relationship with the Lord into their adulthood, what a commitment you guys have made. Congratulations to all of you.”
As I wrote about the story in April, Wahlberg exhorted his fans and friends to pray:
“I'm here on the set, and I've been getting a lot of messages from people who have been praying every day and finding peace. And especially, sending wonderful messages about doing the Rosary with me on the Hallow app. If you haven't yet, go to the Hallow app. Let's do the Rosary together and stay prayed up. You've got to stay prayed up. God bless you.”
This isn't a common Hollywood video, and Mark is not your common Hollywood actor. Mark was arrested at the age of 16, actually — after assaulting a man in front of a convenience store. He was charged with attempted murder, and was found guilty of assault in a felony.
The experience is described as”a “big wake-up call.”
“A lot of people go to God when they get into trouble. When I heard the jail doors close behind me…I knew that was just the beginning for me.”
Wahlberg praises his faith in God and the Church as helping him transform his life. And he appears to be moving toward a more outspoken stance — Easter weekend saw the debut of his partially-self-funded Christian film Father Stu.
Our culture hasn't been tumbling towards Christianity which is more so obvious in Tinseltown. However, there are a few like Mark who aren't averse to the lure of secularism in Hollywood:
“Candace Cameron Doesn't Need ‘The View', She Just Wants People to See Something More”
“A Hollywood Actress Warns of”Ignorance”-driven attack that is coming on Christianity”
“A Follower to Christ Denzel Washington He is a rebel and calls for Godly Men of Leadership”
“The Big Hollywood Star is at the Defense of a Man of Faith He calls him a real Christian”
“Black Panther Star Shares Christian Testimony in Acceptance Speech: God created you, and You're important”
“Justin Bieber Says Celibacy was to Honor God and He has been Blessed by His wife”
The Sunday after Mark's party, the caption crediting to his wife Rhea:
“So proud of this young man. Congrats, buddy!! Even though mommy deserves most of the credit. Thanks, babe.”
The Boston-born star also had that was worth mentioning:
“And also, I just got an alert that the Celtics won. Lots of prayers answered today. God bless you, God bless you all.”