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Saturday, 12 January 2013 07:09

 This past Monday during the national championship game I was praying for a Fighting Irish victory.  A friend of mine questioned that idea, that God would help a football team.  Attitudes have definitely changed towards the idea that we can pray a Hail Mary for a football victory.  When we look at the bigger picture, I believe its reasonable to support the idea.  But Why Notre Dame?  The University of Notre Dame inspires higher values and this shows with their #1 academic ranking in college football.  Notre Dame has graduated 97% of their football players and finished #3 overall in football rankings with an undefeated regular season after a very difficult schedule.  Notre Dame's top star was Manti Te'o, a linebacker who was runner up to the Heisman Trophy. He had a 3.3 grade point average at Notre Dame as a design major (and it wasn't basket weaving design)  Lou Holtz's appearance in a Catholics Come Home commercial helps tell the story:

 

The key to winning is choosing to do God’s will and loving others with all you’ve got... Sacrifice, discipline and prayer are essential. We gain strength through God’s word. We receive grace from the sacrament. And when we fumble due to sin — and it’s gonna happen — confession puts us back on the field.

 The fact that Catholics Come Home ran a commercial during this game says allot.  Okay, many fallen away Catholics watch these games but more importantly there's a Catholic spirit of "Sacrifice, discipline and prayer" along with the importance of virtue that can be found at these games.  This is why efforts like the one to "bolster" the noise level at the football stadium with rock songs don't make sense.  Notre Dame has something going for it with its academic excellence on the football team and strong characters like Manti Te'o that make singing to Our Lady at the end of the game more beautiful than any moment during the game.  The Spirit of Notre Dame inspires faith, when it is properly channeled, and inspires Catholics and even people of other faiths such as Mormon Manti Te'o

College Sports is about more than money and victories, its always been about stories, human stories of success through sacrifice and discipline.  Often we hear about the athlete who made it out of the Ghetto with sports and now is doing much charity work.  Many of the stories that come out of Notre Dame involve faith.  One populare example is Knute Rockne who converted to Catholicism after being impressed by the faith of his football players. 

Looking back at the season in light of Notre dame's ultimate objective, this has been a very successful year.  Praying for the Fighting Irish is a cause that I implore all to join.


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