I am always inspired by the number of sports people who are not afraid to express their faith openly by giving testimony through external gestures. Whether it Katie Taylor thanking God after overcoming her opponent or David Luiz of Chelsea making the sign of the cross after scoring a goal or the William sisters thanking God after a tennis victory. Spirituality has played a part in many athletes’ lives.
The fastest man on the planet has said he feels “blessed” after winning his third 100m world title. Usain Bolt gave thanks after narrowly beating his main rival Justin Gatlin to the Gold medal in the 100m final of the World Championships recently.
The Jamaican sprinter acknowledges a greater power at work in his life; he has been outspoken about his faith in the past and he is regularly seen blessing himself and praying before and after races. After his 200m victory at the Olympic Games in London in 2012 he said nothing was possible without God.
Becoming spiritually fit mirrors to a degree the challenge of becoming physically fit! Both take effort. Both processes are demanding. Both are necessary.
If you’d like to try to become spiritually fit with the Presentation Brothers, please get in touch! I’m at vocation@PresentationBrothers.org.
If you are discerning a vocation to religious life, I encourage you to make sure you are getting spiritually fir as you try to live the Christian life. St Paul says: “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. (1Cor. 9:24)