Emulating sports fans - Catholic Courier

Emulating sports fans

Even though I do not really follow sports, it’s hard to miss something as big as the Super Bowl. This is especially true when you’re Catholic and one of the teams is called the "Saints." Really, how could you root for anyone else? Don’t worry all you Colt fans. I know the level of love and dedication people have to their teams, even the ones without the holy-sounding names. And even the ones who lose, fumble the ball, or allow for interceptions. I know about the love and dedication because people keep telling me about it. Sports fans are able to rattle off statistics about their favorite players, who has an injury, what kind of strategy was used the last 15 times they played their opponents, and more. And lots more. They spend a great deal of time, energy and attention on this part of their lives.  Even as a non-sports fan, I do have to admire their energy and dedication to something they love so evidently. I am also reminded that this is how people behave when something is so important in their lives.  They follow it with great attention, learn about the intricacies of it, plan for important celebrations connected to it, and talk about it with others -– even with non-sports fans who don’t always see why there would be such enthusiasm! When something is so important to us, it is only natural for us to do those things. So of course I am reminded of my faith and challenged to ask: How much attention do I give my faith? Do I learn about it? Plan for celebrations connected to it? Talk about it with others, even if they don’t always understand my enthusiasm? What can seem so natural in light of a hobby can seem overwhelming in light of my faith. And yet, my faith is my heart! What could be more important to grow in and share? So my “take away” from this past Sunday is that I must find a way to share what is important to me with the same enthusiasm and joy that Saints fans, Colts fans, and yes even Bills fans do!

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