Monday, August 15, 2016

Usain Bolt and Leo Messi remind us how normal it is to be Catholic

There is nothing in the world more extraordinary than an ordinary Catholic, to paraphrase GK Chesterton. 

We forget, through countless television caricatures mocking people of faith, that there is nothing at all unusual about a person believing in God, attending Mass or receiving the sacraments. 

Young Catholics are constantly encouraged by the world to feel isolated and to feel as though there is something abnormal about believing in Jesus Christ and belonging to His Church. 

Yet, as the 2 million young people who attended World Youth Day in Krakow can attest, being Catholic is the most normal thing one can be in the world. It's what we were born to be. 

Watching the Olympics, we see the world's fastest man Usain Bolt proudly wearing his miraculous medal and praying before and after every race. The other most famous athlete on the planet, Lionel Messi, is also a Catholic, displaying a tattoo of Christ's face upon his right arm. Both men are the epitome of everything that we want our young people to be. It would do no harm to hold these men up as models in every parish for young people to aspire to, imperfect as they are, rather than offering imperfect non-Catholic secular saints like Gandhi or Nelson Mandela instead. Sporting heroes are a reminder that all things from God, all things are more glorious when done in his honour. 

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