January 20, 2010

NFL & St. Therese

Regarding prayer, St. Therese of Lisieux famously wrote:
"Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy."
And I think how this encapsulates football players after a good play - they point towards heaven and it looks like a surge of the heart, a recognition and of love for the Creator and in a desire to credit Him. And yet where it breaks down is "embracing both trial and joy." There's rarely if ever any looking towards Heaven after a bad play, after a fumble, that is during a trial. Not that I'm a whiz at that either...

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