What exactly is a Sports Moment of Grace? In the article "March Madness," the Rev. Dr. Michael Tino describes them as "peak experiences." He writes,
During peak experiences, it is said one finds connectedness with the universe around us—sometimes one is overwhelmed with that sense of being part and parcel of a vast and wondrous creation.
Many of my colleagues described experiences like sitting on mountain ridges at sunset, or finding deep inner peace on a meditation retreat. I thought of women’s basketball. Needless to say, I kept my mouth shut… perhaps I should have shared this sooner!
I wish he hadn't. But, I'm grateful he recalled a missed opportunity and wrote about it to encourage others to do the same. Said moments can also be understood as
- A moment of self-actualization
- When you found connectedness (not all need to involve connection, but many do….)
- Kairos…not Chronos
- Sports Moment of Grace
We learn a lot about one another in the sharing of our stories and I hope the exercise is just the first one of many where-by I train their eyes to see in a new way. Choosing a photo that captures their spirituality is another. Here is part two of the venture.
“Family on three. Family” —Fouad Zaban, head football coach of Fordson High School
“Grace is the presence of God within us.”—Friar Jim Van Vurst
“Run in God’s name and let the world stand back and in wonder.”
Reverend J.D. Liddell —Chariots of Fire
"Every time we encounter another person in love,
we learn something new about God." —Pope Francis