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Sharapova Talks of God
The Manilla Bulletin ^ | 9/17/06 | Fr. Bel R. San Luis

Posted on 09/18/2006 5:13:29 AM PDT by beyond the sea

It was a sensational victory for Maria Sharapova, gifted with beauty and talent, in the recently concluded U.S. Open tennis championship.

It’s amazing how the 19-year-old tennis star demolished the defending champion and world #1 woman player Amelie Mauresmo with a lopsided 6-0, 4-6, 6-0 score.

Was Amelie distracted by her opponent’s beauty or was her focus not on the ball but on something else?

* * *

What’s inspiring with Sharapova is that even at the crest of success, she hasn’t forgotten to recognize the role of God in her life. Listen to her "homily" about succeeding enunciated days before the US Open.

"What tennis has brought me has been incredible. God gave me a talent, but it was up to me to play my part in it.

"I don’t believe in just Godgiven talent, you have to work for everything you earn and I think the combination has helped me."

* * *

Briefly, Sharapova is saying that God blesses us with talents but it’s up to us to do our counterpart in order to succeed. That "counterpart" means concretely a lot of sacrifice, long and dreary hours of practice, self-discipline and perseverance. Remember the dictum: "What you are is God’s gift to you; what you become is your gift to God."

Sharapova’s religious principle is something we all can learn from, not only in sports but in all human endeavors – academics, business, positions of leadership.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: god; iworshipher; maria; ohgodyesyesyesyeesss; religion; sharapova
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Well said, Maria.
1 posted on 09/18/2006 5:13:30 AM PDT by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea
She is a beautiful young lady.
2 posted on 09/18/2006 5:14:31 AM PDT by Perdogg (If you stay home in November, you will elect Pelosi speaker)
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To: al baby; astounded; presidio9; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Cicero; A CA Guy; evad; dennisw; cyborg; ...

Maria has her head on straight .............. ping.


3 posted on 09/18/2006 5:15:53 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: Perdogg

http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h35/lesser_satan/Maria%20Sharapova/06_msharapova_17.jpg


4 posted on 09/18/2006 5:18:14 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea
We have rules around here...

There. all better.

5 posted on 09/18/2006 5:19:50 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: beyond the sea

She is definitely beautiful inside and out.

It was a tad funny, the article talking about Mauresmo being distracted by Sharapova's beauty....Mauresmo being a lesbian and all.


6 posted on 09/18/2006 5:20:21 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: Perdogg

Rules people...

http://www.wallpapercollection.co.uk/wallpapers/photos/tennis/sharapova/sharapova_7b.jpg


7 posted on 09/18/2006 5:20:54 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Lunatic Fringe
There. are better

Not yet.

See post # 4, for example!

8 posted on 09/18/2006 5:23:06 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

W O W


9 posted on 09/18/2006 5:27:23 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Our troops will send all of the worlds terrorists to hell in a handbasket with no virgins!)
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To: BaBaStooey
She is definitely beautiful inside and out. It was a tad funny, the article talking about Mauresmo being distracted by Sharapova's beauty....Mauresmo being a lesbian and all.

Yes, I thought that was somewhat of a "low blow", so to speak. But I did wonder how Amelia, being a lesbian, felt at the end of the match, when she came to the net as is tennis etiquette, to embrace/congratulate the extremely attractive opponent/Maria.

;-)

10 posted on 09/18/2006 5:27:24 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: jakerobins
Excuse me, I don't wish to be ignorant to you but that picture is pretty kousy, considering the material.

The photographer ought to be tarred and feathered.

;-).

11 posted on 09/18/2006 5:29:27 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

12 posted on 09/18/2006 5:31:17 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: jakerobins

"pretty lousy"


13 posted on 09/18/2006 5:31:25 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

No comment... just following the rules.

14 posted on 09/18/2006 5:31:28 AM PDT by Mannaggia l'America
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To: Lunatic Fringe

bad


15 posted on 09/18/2006 5:31:44 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: Mannaggia l'America
Don't show that to WJC.

;-)

16 posted on 09/18/2006 5:32:45 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

I imagine that what she felt was disappointement that she had just lost.


17 posted on 09/18/2006 5:32:49 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: beyond the sea

Ummm Kousy?? Is that a word? Are you saying it was too racy for the forum? She's wearing far more in that pic that the one you posted. I happen to like it because of the point of view it shows off her legs and I happen to like long beautiful legs. Or is it because what she is wearing ie: Fur?


18 posted on 09/18/2006 5:34:48 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins
I happen to like long beautiful legs.

I'm a leg man, myself.


19 posted on 09/18/2006 5:36:17 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Man Law: You Poke It, You Own It)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

Wow. Very nice.


20 posted on 09/18/2006 5:37:08 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

Talent on loan from God...


21 posted on 09/18/2006 5:38:11 AM PDT by Russ
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To: Gone GF
I imagine that what she felt was disappointment that she had just lost.

Cute. (sarcasm off)

You most likely are right with your comment, even though you are on that high horse of yours.

****

I'm not gay (not that there is anything wrong with that), so I am not familiar with some of the other reactions that Ameilia could perhaps have had at the net. You seem like you may know. Fill me in, if you do.

Nevertheless I like both players quite a lot, and I think, from all that I have read, that Amelia Mauresmo is a pretty darn good human being too!

22 posted on 09/18/2006 5:42:25 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: jakerobins
It's just a lousy picture, JAKIE.

There is no accounting for taste.

;-)

23 posted on 09/18/2006 5:44:02 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

Well different tastes I guess. I found it no more "lousy" than your bananna picture. Although it did give me a laugh.


24 posted on 09/18/2006 5:46:48 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: Lunatic Fringe; jakerobins
I like her legs much more these days since she has been working on her strength. She has much more muscle and tone in her thighs these days.

Those pictures of her back around three years ago are not so good. No offense, but her legs were too thin back then.

Now that she's getting stronger and working on her lower body, she'll continue to win more.

Good for her.

25 posted on 09/18/2006 5:48:25 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: jakerobins
...it shows off her legs and I happen to like long beautiful legs.

She has legs????

26 posted on 09/18/2006 5:48:55 AM PDT by SunTzuWu (Hans Delbruck - Scientist and Saint.)
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To: beyond the sea
God has given her many gifts. The ability to play tennis is only one of them. Her body, another.

Interesting that she is as much (more?) of a champion that she is beautiful. It makes her that much more attractive.

27 posted on 09/18/2006 5:48:56 AM PDT by mattdono (150 Million bloodthirsty Arabs vs. 4.8 Million Jewish Israelis. That's not fair. [Off Sarcasm])
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To: beyond the sea


It may not be the first thing that you see when you look at her, but she always wears a cross necklace when she plays.

A lot of the female tennis players wear them. Anastasia Myskina (another favorite of mine) also wears one.
28 posted on 09/18/2006 5:49:46 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: jakerobins
Well different tastes I guess. I found it no more "lousy" than your bananna picture.

If you were using the brain that God gave you, you would know that I DID NOT POST that banana picture, genius.

By the way.... check your banana spelling .... (no double "n").

29 posted on 09/18/2006 5:51:29 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: BaBaStooey

She is so pretty.


30 posted on 09/18/2006 5:51:45 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: mattdono

Yes indeed. Thanks for that.


31 posted on 09/18/2006 5:52:14 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: shankbear

Yes, she has a wide open and honest face........ and a very good mind.


32 posted on 09/18/2006 5:53:12 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: BaBaStooey
It may not be the first thing that you see when you look at her, but she always wears a cross necklace when she plays.

Yes, and from the article again:

"What’s inspiring with Sharapova is that even at the crest of success, she hasn’t forgotten to recognize the role of God in her life."

33 posted on 09/18/2006 5:55:44 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

Oops my bad. Looked at the wrong place. Not too coordinated
this morning. Spelling has never been my stong suit more of a math guy. Don't need to get testy I didn't say the picture was lousy I said no more "lousy" no better no worse. Different people different tastes. That's all no more discussion.


34 posted on 09/18/2006 5:56:44 AM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins
Oops my bad. Looked at the wrong place. Not too coordinated this morning. Spelling has never been my stong suit more of a math guy.

It's cool......... at least you came toi a good thread with a great tennis girl.

:-)

Have a good day.

35 posted on 09/18/2006 5:59:15 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: Mannaggia l'America

Lucky banana!


36 posted on 09/18/2006 6:09:59 AM PDT by Coachm
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To: beyond the sea

"I'm not gay (not that there is anything wrong with that), so I am not familiar with some of the other reactions that Ameilia could perhaps have had at the net. You seem like you may know. Fill me in, if you do."

I'm not gay, if that's what you're wondering, but I've known a number of gay men and women over the years. Most of them I've known were pretty much like heterosexuals in that they were attracted to some people and not to others. They didn't necessarily get the hots just because somebody was good looking. And they were certainly much less likely to get the hots if they knew the other person wasn't gay.


37 posted on 09/18/2006 6:17:08 AM PDT by Gone GF
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To: Lunatic Fringe
legs, ... legs!


38 posted on 09/18/2006 6:19:42 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember
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To: beyond the sea

Presumably, Amelia likes being licked...


39 posted on 09/18/2006 6:34:42 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I'm agnostic on evolution, but sit ups are from Hell!)
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To: FormerACLUmember; Lunatic Fringe
NICE PIC.

Where are those pictures of Maria with her six toes, by the way?

;-)

40 posted on 09/18/2006 6:56:07 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea

Maybe God will hear our prayers and stifle her screams during play......:^)


41 posted on 09/18/2006 6:57:51 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: beyond the sea
Maybe she was distracted by the harpy screech she lets out every time she hits the ball.

Was Amelie distracted by her opponent’s beauty

42 posted on 09/18/2006 7:01:46 AM PDT by DManA
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To: raybbr; A CA Guy
Maybe God will hear our prayers and stifle her screams during play......:^)

LOL..... yes, that would be great!

As I was telling another FReeper the other day....... the tennis establishment ought to put their foot down, give ALL players a year to get rid of that annoying crap, or leave the game.

43 posted on 09/18/2006 7:02:11 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: Mr Rogers
Presumably, Amelia likes being licked...

LOL.

I really do wonder how Amelia felt at the net with the lovely Maria as they 'faux kissed' as tennis etiquette suggests.

****

Net Games:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/060908/483/xnyf19709082216

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20060908/i/r1922433302.jpg?x=285&y=345&sig=2wzgsoCJ3HWezj_bA6V6iQ--

44 posted on 09/18/2006 7:05:16 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: raybbr
Maybe God will hear our prayers and stifle her screams during play...

Maria plays with a little pebble in her left shoe...... ouch!

;-)

45 posted on 09/18/2006 7:07:00 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: doug from upland; Mia T

ping.......... please tell Hillary never to show this to Bill.


46 posted on 09/18/2006 9:27:49 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: beyond the sea


It never hurts to pray.
47 posted on 09/18/2006 9:58:42 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: beyond the sea

Amelie just wrote a book on tennis, it's called "How to Lick Your Opponent."


48 posted on 09/18/2006 9:59:27 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: BaBaStooey
Maria, "May BaBaStooey come into my life."

:-)

49 posted on 09/18/2006 10:33:09 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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To: dfwgator
Amelie just wrote a book on tennis, it's called "How to Lick Your Opponent."

LOL .... when I went by the Armadillo Junction on Highway 6, about ten miles east of the Texas ...... I thought about the same thing:

'Munchin' at the Junction'

;-)

50 posted on 09/18/2006 10:36:32 AM PDT by beyond the sea ( I'm sleeping with myself tonight ......... ..saved in time, thank God my music's still alive)
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