Why not! We’re close to the airport and the Mall of America. All of the Catholic VIPs, MVPs, big-shots, and dignitaries who are out shopping or on their way to or from the airport simply will have their limo-drivers google “nearby Catholic churches” and, say hey Willie, there we will be!
So if you find yourself here at Mass this coming weekend sitting on the bench, or pew, next to former all-star Sammy Sosa or Hall-of-Fame manager Tommy Lasorda (both Catholic) see if you can get them to autograph one of our bulletins or hymnals. We can use it as an item for one of our upcoming silent auction fundraisers.
Recently I came across an article entitled, “Do Catholics Make Better Athletes?” It was written way back in 1923 and the author tried to argue that, yes, Catholics in general do fare better on the playing field. Among the reasons he cited included the fact that:
(Catholic athletes) are born of Catholic mothers, and the Catholic standard of motherhood is proverbial. The habit of regular examination of conscience, Confession and Communion enjoined on Catholic boys and girls, does more to keep them from acquiring vicious habits, up to and through the years of adolescence, than all the non-Catholic agencies in the world combined. Any old practicing physician or boarding-school teacher will attest that all the class-room and gymnasium drill in the world will not take the place of wholesome habits in boyhood for the making of mental and physical vigor later.
I couldn’t help but smile at some of the author’s quaint and erstwhile wording. Even so, the point is valid. Factors such as a religious upbringing, ethical behavior, good habits, personal character, virtue, an ordered interior life, and spiritual wellbeing contribute much to the success of anything we do. In other words, blessings do indeed come to those who follow the ways of God.
Put God first and you will become the most blessed of all-stars. I pray that anybody who visits us here at Nativity of Mary finds among us the joy and strength of being in right relationship with God.
Thanks, sports fans! Peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and happy summer days to all of you,