Well it’s another Thanksgiving and I’m very happy and thankful for all of you that come to the The Right Scoop so frequently. It simply wouldn’t exist without you guys.
I’m also very thankful for my Catholic faith. Becoming Catholic in 2018 was the best thing I’ve ever done and I’d encourage any of you who aren’t Catholic to seriously consider it. There’s so much depth and fullness and I’d love for all of you to experience it. Just listen to the new rookie quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers who I found out last night is also a Catholic convert:
You didn’t grow up Catholic?
I wasn’t a cradle Catholic, but a convert. When I was a sophomore in high school, I went with a friend to Mass. And I could feel the presence of God there, and I was impressed by the Church carrying on the tradition that Christ established at the Last Supper. He said to “do this in memory of me,” and that was happening right before my eyes.
Sometimes we can think it would be great to live around the time of Christ in order to be very close to him, but we already are very close to him in the Catholic Church. The sacraments make present what was first instituted by Christ 2,000 years ago. We can live out exactly what we were told to do in New Testament times.
The Last Supper, baptism and other sacraments are described in the Bible, the inspired word of God that also comes to us through the Church. Without the guidance of the Holy Spirit in a visible group of believers sharing the same faith and worship, we wouldn’t even know which books belong in the Bible to begin with.
And then this little bit:
What is it like to be on the same offense as two-time Pro-Bowler Alejandro Villanueva?
I’ve been to the team Mass a few times with Alejandro, who is an offensive tackle. He was surprised to see me there, since I’m from a part of the country known for being Protestant. Philip [Rivers] and I are at least two Catholics from the South, but, anyhow, I rely on Alejandro to protect me during the game, and that role actually starts in Mass with his prayers.
I usually pray that no one gets hurt, that both teams play to the best of their abilities, and that if I get a chance to get into the game, I glorify God. Even though winning is fun, it’s not really about getting that end result, so I don’t ask for it. I just want to do the best I can and have everyone else do the best they can, so it all works out for the glory of God.
What a great guy!
And speaking of football, here’s our Yahoo Pick’em standings before the three games today, one of which will have my Cowboys facing off in Dallas against SooperMexican’s Buffalo Bills:
And lastly here’s a cute rescue video of a kitty using the Jaws of Life:
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!