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A Bit Much

October 25th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

During the telecasts of the American League Championship Series I’ve been seeing a lot of this:


No, I’m not referring to Cubs fans… There have been countless shots by the Fox sports crew of people engaged in what appears to be deep prayer for their team to prevail. With the many problems in our world, including hunger, disease, devastation, abortion, poverty, etc., is praying for the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (the Angels Angels) to win really worth our prayers? My feeling is no. It’s a baseball game. That’s right, a game. I love baseball, but I would never waste my time, or the Lord’s, praying for a particular outcome. Our prayers can be applied to much worthier causes than a particular team winning game 6.

In all seriousness, do you think God really cares who wins? I don’t. Let’s enjoy the games, but let’s not get down on our knees and cry to heaven if our team screws up a routine double play.

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12 Responses to “A Bit Much”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Now wait a minute. What is important to a teenager (maybe+)at a game may not seem important to you but it looks important to her at that moment. We should not question someone else spitituality.My goodness a young person praying is a beautiful site where ever it may be.You don't know what was in her heart! Since when are there rules what we pray for? She looks like a prayer warrior to me.
    hisssssssss

  2. avatar Gen says:

    hissssss?

    Oh, now that's mature.

    I would rather have one young person praying the Rosary with an ounce of piety as opposed to 10 young people praying, "Please, God, we NEEED a homerun!"

    We're not questioning spirituality. We are illustrating that to be spiritual, the spirit must be nourished. Generally, people who invoke Our Lord for petty reasons have a warped vision of what faith and religiosity are.

  3. avatar Anonymous says:

    Maybe you might be a little too quick to defend Dr.K. Go back and read it again. The point they are trying to make is, we should not be so judgemental. Were you not young once? Perhaps her faith will mature as she matures. I think Dr. K can speak for himself.If we disagree with one administrator at C.F.does that mean we will be attacked bt the other?

  4. avatar gretchen says:

    Well, the Yankees won last night, so all my prayers have been answered! 😉

  5. avatar Gen says:

    I'm not attacking you, Anon. Just stating my personal opinions. I'm not saying that people should never utter things like "Dear Lord, let them win." However, I think that 1. an inordinate number of these people are shown in the things Dr. K noted and 2. it's a slippery slope to irreverence.

  6. Oh, how i love that shield of anonymity. Best way to gripe. No way to contact you or anything like that. Brilliant, really.

    If you get a chance, read the books available at catholicity.com…In Conceived Without Sin, Buzz at one point gives a rather entertaining proof of the superiority of Catholicism over protestantism using a semi-fictional post-game press conference from NFL quarterbacks. It actually fits the topic of this post brilliantly!

  7. avatar gretchen says:

    Oh, yeah, "Conceived Without Sin," that's where I read that "proof"! I've been trying to remember that for way too long! Thanks, Well Done! Now I'll have to search around to see where I put that book…

  8. avatar Anonymous says:

    Regarding anonymous 12:23-

    Praying for a sports team to win is STUPID.

    Regarding anonymous 9:59-

    "Maybe you might be a little too quick to defend Dr.K. Go back and read it again. The point they are trying to make is, we should not be so judgemental. Were you not young once? Perhaps her faith will mature as she matures. I think Dr. K can speak for himself.If we disagree with one administrator at C.F.does that mean we will be attacked bt the other?"

    Who's the one being judgmental? Look in the mirror. By the way, maybe Genjlcgettys agrees. Isn't he allowed to express his opinion too? You have some paranoia issues if you think the administrators are ganging up on you.

  9. avatar Anonymous says:

    What does hissssssssss mean?

    Sister Emily

  10. it means that our first anonymous commenter is clearly a serpent, as serpents hiss…

    perhaps Satan has taken to reading this blog and dislikes its goodness!

  11. avatar Anonymous says:

    Perhaps she's just crying because she's a cubs fan!

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