“St. Paul the Apostle proposed the image of the athlete to the Christians of Corinth in order to illustrate Christian life and as an example of effort and constancy (1 Cor. 9:24-25). Indeed the correct practice of sport must be accompanied by moderation and training in self-discipline. The Christian can find sports helpful for developing the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance in the race for the wreath that is “imperishable,” as St. Paul writes.” ~Pope John Paul II
We have re-entered the CYO world after a hiatus. Dad is coaching Sparkles basketball team. Rose is assisting him and Sweetie is tagging along.
Over the past several years, we have been convicted to recommit our Sundays to the Good Lord. Thus, Dad followed this prompting and designated that his team would not be playing on Sundays. He received spiritual direction from multiple sources and covered this step with much prayer. He has found support and opposition in the most surprising places. Continued pray is needed.
2185 On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.
2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.
2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.
Sport is much more to us than a game. It is another means for us to glorify God. Dad is a gifted coach. He has a way with youth. He offers a fun but disciplined approach to teaching sport. He is constantly raising the bar for his players and always coaching each individual. He recognizes the physical and spiritual potential of each player. Most importantly, prayer and adoration is interwoven into Dad’s coaching. He is committed to serving Our Lord! (If you’re not sure where Dad and the team may be on any given game day, check the church!)
We pray to continue to sanctify sport, fitness and practice in a way which brings us closer to Christ.
Basketball for Jesus, through Mary!