Monday, August 29, 2011

Saint Sebastian: What's in your wallet?

"Clear Eyes and full hearts can't lose". Friday Night Lights 3:16
The patron saint of athletes, Saint Sebastian, has a feast day on January 20th. Although that may be more or less close to the date of the Superbowl, it's really not the most active of athletic seasons.

So before the Rebs kick off  this Saturday and conference play begins hot-n-heavy in the high schools and all the other sports gear up on Ole Miss' campus, we offer you the Saint Sebastian Holy Card. It's free. Just come by the church, pick one up, and maybe say a prayer while you're in there.
Here's one traditional prayer to the saint:
Dear Commander at the Roman Emperor's court, 
you chose to be a soldier of Christ and dared to spread faith in the King of Kings---for which you were condemned to die.
Your body, however, proved athletically strong and the executing arrows extremely weak. 
So another means to kill you was chosen and you gave your life to the Lord. 
May athletes be always as strong in their faith as their Patron Saint so clearly has been. Amen.

Put the card in your wallet, locker, or some place where you can be reminded of the divine power of God. St. Irenaeus tells us that "the glory of God is a man fully alive". Enjoy your lives. Compete like champions. Behave like angels. And experience God's glory in your athletic endeavors. Hotty Toddy.