Sports and the Mission
August 2012 Newsletter
Watch as student athletes from Xavier University discuss the ways that their faith life is incorporated into their athletic careers.
Profile of a Coach
Walsh Jesuit High School
Walsh Jesuit High School’s “Profile of a Coach” is a resource which guides the institution’s coaches as educators rooted in the spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola and in the rich tradition of Jesuit education. The profile focuses on the importance of exhibiting cura personalis, care for the entire person, as opposed to focusing exclusively on winning.
A hallmark of Ignatian spirituality (where in one-on-one spiritual guidance, the guide adapts the Spiritual Exercises to the unique individual making them) and therefore of Jesuit education (where the teacher establishes a personal relationship with students, listens to them in the process of teaching, and draws them toward personal initiative and responsibility for learning).
This attitude of respect for the dignity of each individual derives from the Judaeo-Christian vision of human beings as unique creations of God, of God's embracing of humanity in the person of Jesus, and of human destiny as ultimate communion with God and all the saints in everlasting life.
Lighting the Way: Student Athletes
This excellent book of reflections on Jesuit values was written by student athletes for student athletes. Articles include: Magis, Cura Personalis, Solidarity, Service, and several others. The book concludes with reflection questions to help student athletes reflect on their development of these values.
I believe in all that has never yet been spoken.
I want to free what awaits within me
So that what no one has dared to wish for
May for once spring clear
Without my contriving.
If this is arrogant, God, forgive me,
But this is what I need to say.
May what I do flow from me like a river,
No forcing and no holding back,
The way it is with children.
Then in these swelling and ebbing currents,
These deepening tides moving out, returning,
I will sing you as no one ever has,
Streaming through widening channels
Into the open sea.
-Rainer Maria Rilke
"Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life"
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
(Picture by Erick Ball)
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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