Champions of Faith!

I want to pass along some information about a DVD I recently viewed. It is called Champions of Faith and is a sports related video about Catholics in professional baseball. The blurb on the DVD says, “Baseball’s biggest stars reveal how their faith guides and sustains their spectacular major league careers.”

It is an extremely well done video that is very Catholic!!!! It has players’ and coaches’ testimonies including Mike Piazza, Mike Sweeney, David Eckstein, Jack McKeon, Ivan Rodriguez, Jeff Suppan and others.

I would suggest this DVD for any group or individual who is interested in the personal testimonies of individuals who love the Lord and live their Catholic faith. It could also inspire young and old alike who are interested in famous sports figures. You can find out more at their website Champions of Faith.


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4 responses to “Champions of Faith!

  1. Hi,

    I read and enjoy your blog as I’m an older man (35) who has the idea of a vocation in the back of his head.

    I’d like your opinion about the following.

    I posted a letter written by a priest of the Archdioces of Oklahoma City that was published in the diocesan newspaper where he basically speaks out against the Motu Proprio.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on his letter…I posted it here

    Thanks,
    Scott

  2. Scott,

    I read the letter from Fr. Feehily and am not sure if he is really speaking out against the Motu Proprio or just concerned that the invitation to attend, and then the attendance of some, will or will not cause confusion. I do not know Fr. Feehily personally, but it sounds in his letter like he is truly concerned for the people of God and sees the current Novus Ordo in English as a more appropriate form of worship – especially when he quoted the Vatican II documents, “Pastors of souls realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration; it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects.”

    In my youth I served at Latin Masses and was very aware when the change was made to English and the change in the Rite. I recently attended a Byzantine Rite Mass of the Liturgy of St John Chrysostom (the language used was English). I was very impressed by the beauty, symbolism and tradition that it radiated from every action and word, as well as the deep reverence that the celebrant, the servers and the congregation displayed. At the same time, I greatly appreciate the more active role and, in some ways, more interactive invitation of the Novus Ordo that is more widely celebrated offers – especially in the native tongue of the participants. I think either Mass is an appropriate expression of our love and reverence for God, and a format where we can experience community and communion with God and one another. In the invitation to which Fr. Feehily refers (which you also publish on your blog) it clearly states that, “Both forms of the Holy Mass are privileged expressions of the teaching of the Second Vatican Council that ‘the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the fount from which all her power flows.'”

    I think Fr. Feehily must care deeply for his parishioners and all the faithful or else he would not have said anything. I also think his letter will help the readers have a better understanding of the “rest of the story” (as Paul Harvey states) about the differences between the Rites, yet the validity of both.

  3. Thanks for your interesting and well thought commentary on the letter.

    I’ve never been to a TLM, but have to say that I’m skeptical of my liking the use of Latin (though I realize my “liking” the Mass has little to do with anything).

    Having grown up Methodist (joined the Church in 2000), I just don’t think I could ever do a foreign language Mass.

    I do like what you have to say though, it gives one excellent food for thought.

    Thanks.

  4. As a follow up…

    I lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for 10 weeks in the summer of 2006. It was an immersion to learn the language and culture of the Mexican people. I knew zero (none, nada, nothing) of the Spanish language when I went, so I was starting at the most basic level. During that time I attended daily Mass (my first one on the night I arrived) in Spanish and was very intrigued at the way I could follow, understand, and participate in a language I did not know. As I learned some Spanish and began to pick up a few words here and there, it became an even better experience. I asked my teachers to help me learn the basic Mass responses and was able to even get the gist of the readings and homilies over time – not perfectly, but I could understand the basic themes.

    It was a great experience seeing people within a different culture and with a different language worship the Lord and celebrate in ways that were both similar and different to my own. I think you should give yourself the opportunity to attend a Mass in another language and see – whether Latin, Spanish, Vietnamese, or whatever. Even watching a Papal Mass on TV can offer a little of this experience, but not like being there.

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