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On the Lordís Team! A Reflection on Sports as an Image for the Christian Life
Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 7/6/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope

Posted on 07/07/2014 3:21:25 AM PDT by markomalley

oly_ap_relay_drop_580The World Cup captured a lot of attention these past few weeks. I puzzle a bit as to the popularity of soccer since it seems that almost no one ever scores. A fan corrected me, saying that I sounded like a typical American who cares only about results. He said that most soccer fans appreciate the game for its own sake, for the skill and teamwork involved. All right, I’ll accept the judgment I received. I am surely in the minority since a vast percentage of the world deeply appreciates the game. I am also aware of the need to be wary of caring only about results, scores, and winning. There is, or should be, more to sports than scoring and winning.

However, I am mindful that St. Paul used the image of an athlete to describe the Christian life in several places and he did talk about winning. Consider this one:

Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified ( 1 Cor. 9:25-27).

And yet even here it is clear that Paul has more in mind than just winning. Clearly there are many virtues necessary in the athlete that are also essential for the Christian.

Well, you get the point. Why not add a few of your own thoughts on how sports is a good analogy for the Christian life?


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1 posted on 07/07/2014 3:21:26 AM PDT by markomalley
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Msgr Pope ping


2 posted on 07/07/2014 3:22:52 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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Ping!


3 posted on 07/07/2014 4:54:37 AM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: markomalley

Msgr. Pope supports his boss, Cardinal Wuerl, in refusing to obey Canon 915, which forbids committing the mortal sin of giving Communion to people who are notorious, obstinate grave sinners.

Wuerl takes this position because he does not want to displease supporters of abortion and gay marriage, like Nancy Pelosi.

Wuerl calls his mortal sin “a pastoral approach.”


4 posted on 07/07/2014 5:06:10 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan
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To: markomalley
... how sports is a good analogy for the Christian life

I think it's useful to point out that it's one thing to say, "Sports is a good analogy for the Christian life," and something else again to say, "Sports is good for the Christian life."

5 posted on 07/07/2014 5:11:17 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Quizas.)
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To: markomalley

Maybe I am just ignorant but I can see nothing in professional sports that I can compare with Christ`s teaching.

Paul did make the analogy, but I would rather keep it simple, so if I read anything except the gospel to get a better grasp I read James.

Do unto to others as you would have them do unto you.

In sports or war it is do to them before they do it to you.


6 posted on 07/07/2014 6:41:58 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: markomalley

Seeing the Gospel in the everyday.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 7:08:26 AM PDT by Biggirl (¬ďGo, do not be afraid, and serve¬Ē-Pope Francis)
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