~ Vince Lombardi
Ever since I can remember, sports have been a part of my life. Early memories of playing outside with my siblings, which soon evolved into a variety of competitive sports, still brings a smile to my face. Running, jumping and playing is written in the nature of a child. Those simple, carefree movements, with a little encouragement, can foreshadow a future of athletic form. There is an exhiliration that comes from exerting the will, a self-propelled determination to run a little faster, jump a little higher or to play with a little bit deeper intention - an intention to win.Beyond the physical aspects of athletics, perhaps the most enduring benefit is that of the gain of virtue. As in Lobardi's quote - sports require perserverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice and dedication. These principles prove themselves to be of vital necessity not only in sports but in life, primarily the spiritual life. This is no man-made idea, or accidental function: God has made the human body to work, play, endure...those things not being an end in themselves, but an action towards a greater good: holiness.
|Andrew (7), Cousin Ethan (8), Benedict (9)|