Day 39- Good Friday. It had to be this way- but let’s remember that the brutal Crucifixtion is what allows us to offer our workouts and bodies up. Today is why our suffering can have meaning and purpose.
Day 38- Holy Thursday. In order to recover from workouts and grow stronger we need to be eating properly. The same is true for our spiritual growth, and tonight we commemorate Jesus giving us His body and blood through bread and wine! Today He still is fully present body, blood, soul and divinity and nourishes us spiritually by the Eucharist!
Day 37. How do we betray Jesus like Judas did? It’s a sobering question. We all betray Him in so many ways and as we approach the Crucifixtion let’s think about those things and vow to lay them at the foot of the Cross and serve the Lord and others better.
Day 36- Confessions from sitting in traffic! I hate waiting! But often times we need to enter into the rest and surrender. God is teaching us to TRUST HIM!
Day 35- Live from the Boston Marathon! With Tracy who finished last 25th last year, and talking about the similarity between heart break hill and the hill to Calvary. As we enter Holy Week- it’s time for the rubber to hit the road!
Day of Rest 6. Happy Palm Sunday! As we enter into this Holy Week, let’s not be numb to the story of Jesus, but open to the reality of what He did for us!
Day 33. ENCOUNTER. When I think about the woman that encountered me and helped change my life: It was her joy that attracted me to her, but it was her vulnerability and realness that made me trust her, and ultimately trust God. We need to be more vulnerable with one another!
Day 32. ENCOUNTER. We are called to encounter our teammates and others on a very physical level, but also on a spiritual level. Do we meet them where they are at spiritually? Maybe that is talking about God and maybe that’s just loving them through acts of kindness! That’s exhibiting the love of God and love of a woman!
Day 31. ENCOUNTER. So what if we play or do a more individual sport? How can we still encounter others? Well whatever sport you play remember you can always be offering your workout up as a prayer for someone else. You are still making the Body of Christ stronger! We are always meant to be a gift!
Day 30! ENCOUNTER. We can encounter Gods beauty and creation through sport! Also- we are called to encounter our teammates, coaches, and opponents with love. We have to be receptive and also encounter them through verbal and nonverbal cues, compliments, encouragements, and even coaching and feedback! All is making a gift of self!
Day 29. ENCOUNTER. Who in our life, maybe a friend, teammate, family member or stranger, needs to be encountered with love and not condemnation? Jesus models this for us in yesterday’s Gospel with the woman caught in adultery. We, especially was women have such a tender ability to encounter and love those in most need of it and bring hope and life into their lives.
Day 27. CATHOLICISM. Reminder- sport and faith are supposed to be fun! Enjoy them! We can get caught in the grind of both- but remember they are both gifts and meant to be enjoyed!
Day 26. CATHOLICISM. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance to play a sport. We face injury, loss, grueling hours of training and yet it’s all worth it to achieve our goals. The same is true for our spiritual lives- we’ll face trials, suffering, and long hours of prayer, but it’s worth it to adhere to God’s Will for our lives and strive for eternal life.
Day 25. CATHOLICISM. There are so many virtues learned through sport that affect and strengthen our spiritual lives. One thing we can learn is a proper understanding of freedom- the ability to do what I ought (not whatever I want, whenever I want). Sports have rules and we operate within those creatively. The same is true for our spiritual lives- God has put commandments in place to protect us and allow us to be free and joyful!
Day 24. CATHOLICISM. Feeling sluggish? I sure am both physically and spiritually! We need to listen to our bodies and get some good recovery in when we need it, but we also need to listen to our souls and get some good recovery in via the Sacraments- especially Confession! Challenge for this week- get to Confession and renew your soul!
Day 23. CATHOLICISM. There are so many parallels that exist between faith and sport. Today in trying to lift a new max, I was thinking about how it has taken time and consistent work to build up the physical strength to do so. 🏋🏽♀️ The same is true for our spiritual strength and our relationship with the Lord. It takes consistent and daily prayer, receiving the Sacraments, fasting, and almsgiving to grow stronger spiritually! 🙏🏼
Day of Rest 4! Today’s reading on the prodigal son makes us reflect on the importance of going out of our way to forgive others. We need to do this in life, but also in sport. We’re not to retaliate but rather respond with patience and integrity!
Saturday Spotlight with Emma! Emma shares about how both injury, pregnancy, and motherhood have taught her how to rejoice in the small movements both physically and spiritually! We all need to hear this and rejoice over the small things!
“Most importantly He’s been teaching me how to be kind to myself, how to allow myself to take a step back, how to rest, how to be gentle on my body, and how to see the importance of small movements.”
Day 21. FEMININITY. Beach side today in honor of our Day 19 surfing 🏄🏻♀️ analogy. This morning at sunrise I was reflecting on how Jesus is like the sun and Mary like the moon, whose source of light is a reflection of the sun! That’s how we are called to live as women- receiving and reflecting the light of Christ!
Day 20 HALF WAY! FEMININITY. We can live out our receptivity in our sports. We can be receptive to our teammates, coaches, opponents etc. We also are receptive to pain and suffering every time we workout. If we receive and embrace this and offer it back to God it can be a powerful prayer offered for others!