The Year of Saint Paul -- An Exercise in Athleticism


While away this week for Packer travel, board committee obligations and a little free time, I began to put notes together for a few upcoming presentations on Church and Sport -- male spirituality, in general. Those speaking engagements have been booked by the Norbertine Center for Spirituality, Saint Norbert College and the Green Bay Catholic Diocese -- as well as a few specific parish speaking engagements.

I'm a little concerned because I may opt to offer a power-point presentation to enhance my talk just a bit. The usage of such technology with my presentation blends traditions that are "Ever Ancient -- Ever New:" how Norbertine! Quite frankly, it scares the hell out of me. Mural Adams -- in teacher education twenty years ago -- always taught us to never rely completely on the usage of such technological resources: there could be a power outage, we could forget how to set up the screen, the "film strip" might not have the "beep" in sync with the fast forwards -- remember those days? As such, I'm a bit preoccupied with distress, stepping into a world [power-point] in which I am not entirely comfortable.

Nevertheless, this morning at Lauds, Father Bob VandeHey, O. Praem. stepped forward to pronounce the reading of the morning. I've been in tuned with Paul's writings this year given it is the "Year of Saint Paul." This passage, read so deliberately by Father Bob earlier today, seemed to calm me down just a bit -- perhaps it might add a little life to your life these days as well...... ...

"To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surprisingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong."

So, "are you ready for some football?" ...Mixed with faith? Stay tuned!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there,

Don't be afraid of power point. There's no need once you get the hang of it. As education majors, we have to be all "in the know" about technology in order to use it in the classroom. I'm not a wiz when it comes to technology myself, but power point is one thing I can do.

'09

Katie C said...

Looking forward to next week at Lakeland!! Nothing like switching gears from football to convicts, eh? I told my students they better think of good questions and not sit there with their mouths open...

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