Athletics Department Prayer

Faculty Meeting April 19, 2013

Jackie Robinson

"Kneeling to pray is the best way to get closer to the Lord and to 'a hard-hit ground ball."

Five Faith Filled Lessons that Sports Can Teach You

1. There's Always Hope . . . Just Ask the Cubs

...suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts… (Romans 5: 3-5)

No other team in professional sports has suffered a championship drought like the Chicago Cubs. Though they have had some impressive seasons, the last time they won a World Series was 104 years ago. Despite their lack of a championship, Cubs fans remain ever vigilant, and always possess hope in the next play, the next game or the next season. You can too.

2. Faith is Perseverance

Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. (Romans 4:13-25)

There is no narrative more fitting than that of a boy-king who uses his wits and a slingshot to claim victory over a muscled giant. The David vs. Goliath story lives on in the stories of Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger, battle-of-the-sexes victor Billie Jean King and the famed 1955 Milan High School Basketball Team that inspired “Hoosiers.” Like these great underdogs, you too can overcome the impossible.

3. Faith Honors Rituals and Traditions. Don't Wash those Socks

…do this in remembrance of me. (I Corinthians 11:25)

Traditions are preserved throughout sports and practiced by teams and individuals alike. Even though ritual won’t ensure a victory, it’s a good reminder that something important is happening. Touching a rock, doing a dance, reciting a prayer, or wearing the same unwashed socks may seem silly to an outsider, but it’s downright sacramental. Honor the rituals that give your life meaning.

4. Practice Matters. Excellence is Worth Pursuing.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you… (I Thessalonians 5:17-22)

Coaching great Vince Lombardi said, “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect.” The quality of one’s rehearsal impacts the quality of one’s performance. Though it can be tedious and painful, practice conditions us and prepares us; it enables us to make the most of our gifts and abilities. Just as athletes train, Catholics grow in relationship to God and others through practicing their faith. What daily or weekly exercises are strengthening your spiritual life?

5. Miracles Happen. Your Hole in One is Coming.

Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” (Mark 10:27)

In the final seconds of the 1980 men’s Olympic semi-final game when U.S. beat the powerhouse Soviet Union by one goal, sportscaster Al Michaels declared, “Do you believe in miracles?” While perhaps overused in the world of sports, miracles are clear signs of hope — for both athletes and people of faith. So the next time you witness a three-pointer like the one Gia Jennings shot at the Homecoming Game this year, tell yourself: All things are possible!

Prayer for Those Involved in Sports

In the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

O God, you gave us bodies—

as well as minds and hearts—

with which to praise and worship you.

Our sports and exercises are a fitting use of gifts

and talents you have given us.

Bless our workouts and the games we play,

and those with whom we exercise or compete.

Give us strength, endurance, courage

and agility as we compete or train.

Keep us safe and healthy as we celebrate

our physical and mental skills in sport.

In the name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Our Lady Queen of Victory . . .

Notre Dame High School Athletics Department

Athletics Director - Ken Scott

Administrative Assistant - Linda Marino

Coach - Rob Robinson

Coach - Gina Smith

Karate Sensei - Timothy Deang