Do not lag in zeal... (Romans 12:11)
"I am told that there was much excitement in St. Louis during the recent baseball season, when two great players (Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa) were competing to break the home run record. You can feel the same great enthusiasm as you train for a different goal: the goal of following Christ, the goal of bringing his message to the world." --Pope John Paul II, St. Louis, Missouri
Think About That
Think about how much time we spend practicing and preparing for our sporting teams or musical programs or other activities we enjoy. What would happen if we spent just as much time preparing to "follow Christ" and "bring Christ's message to the world?"
This week all your energy is going to be devoted to a spiritual training session. Write out a training plan. What will you do in the mornings, in the afternoons, and in the evenings to practice "following Christ"? At the end of the week, look back over your training plan and give yourself a score for how well you did.
Say A Prayer
Lord, help me to dedicate myself to following you with the same amount of time and energy I spend practicing sports, music, or other activities I enjoy.
Did You Know?
On 13 April 1929, Pope John Paul II's mother passed away at the age of 45.
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