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All Things Possible

I pray not only for these, but for those also who through their words will believe in Me (John 17:20) Seventh Sunday of Easter

As the story goes, the Notre Dame football team was en route to a long awaited game against one of its chief rivals. A reporter met the team at the airport and quickly cornered the team’s coach. “It has been widely reported that your football squad always travels with a priest to pray for the team’s success on the gridiron," the reported said. "I would love the opportunity to interview the Chaplain. Would you mind introducing me to him?”

"No problem!" the coach eagerly replied. "Just tell me, which one do you want to meet first? The Offensive, Defensive or Special Teams Chaplain?"

A big-time football fan, Dwight Eisenhower was reported to say, "An atheist is a guy who watches a Notre Dame football game and doesn't care who wins."

Ridiculous, but it makes the point. As another famous coach put it, "some people think football is a matter of life and death, but I assure you, it's much more serious than that." -1

No matter if you treat football like it's your second religion, a matter of life and death, or you don't give a hoot who wins -- if you enter into union with the Lord lovingly, trustingly, and prayerfully, God will provide you with whatever you need to make you whole. And you don't need a team of Chaplains! Just make the connection, get in touch and stay in touch -- and God will do the rest.

If you will look at Jesus you will see that He had the ability to pray constantly. In His busy day, He was tuned into God's Presence, and that was what enabled Him to preach and to heal [...]

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