A course like Sports and Spirituality aims to do what Ignatius of Loyola instructed the early Jesuits to do—to go out and "find God in all things." If by the end of the semester (or season) my students and athletes can say "in all things, I have found God" my work is done. However, it's not as easy as it sounds. Therefore, we start small. We begin with the familiar. We embrace what is personal. We behold what we are passionate about. We look and listen, practice and probe and by the conclusion of our time together, we have more insight. What you see below reflects what they have found.
This is the sixth installment of this posting, and my final rendition of doing so from the students of St. Ignatius College Prep. Staring in August, I will be teaching and coaching at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. Founded by the Brothers of the Holy Cross, my future students do not speak Ignatian. However, as someone who loves words and language, I can assure you and them, together will be learning a new language and acquiring a new vision. I look forward to sharing how I will "faith train" in a new way, come August! In the meantime, here is the work of my seniors—a wonderful group of Wildcats.
|“The experience you are having cannot be reductively explained by the effect of a ball going through a hoop. No, something else, something beyond the material—dare I say, something transcendent—is at play.” —Vincent Strand, SJ|
|“Sport expresses the unity and harmony of the Creator, but it also expresses |
the diversity of life experience through winning and losing.” - Martin Siegel
|“No… I have, of course, prayed about the athletic meetings, asking that in this, too,|
God might be glorified.” -Eric Liddell
|"God is not remote from us. He is at the point of my pen, my pick, my paintbrush, |
my needle — and my heart and my thoughts." —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ
|“the literal meaning of the word “competition.” It comes from the Latin competitionem, which |
surprisingly means to strive with someone else” —Daniel A. Dombrowski
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|"I had no experience as a coach, but I knew how to be kind." —Coach Frank Allocco|