The Patron Saint of Sports

Jackie White
January 22, 2012

The patron saint of sports is Saint Sebastian.  Saint Sebastian was named the patron of sports because he was extremely fit and able to withstand long physical endurance. Similar to Saint Sebastian, during games and events athletes have to be able to withstand long physical endurance. They pray to Saint Sebastian to receive strength to do their best and to avoid injuries. Does praying or not praying to Saint Sebastian really make a difference? The truth is praying isn’t going to win the game or give the athletes super human powers, but it does help. Praying to Saint Sebastian won’t win ensure a win however, it gives athletes the postive attitude expressed in Philippians 4:13. Philippians 4:13 expresses the attitude, “I can do all things through Him who strengths me.”  Saint Sebastian effects sports at Divine Child High School too. As a catholic high school it is common that teams and athletes pray before games. The teams and athletes at Divine Child  High School often pray to Saint Sebastian. When Jessie White a member of the girls cross country team was asked if her team prays to Saint Sebastian she replied, “Before every race the we get together in a circle and pray to God and the saints.” With the great season the girls cross country team had in the fall, praying to the saints seems to be working. Is this a coincidence or is there a connection?  What does the National Catholic Register News Source say about praying in sports? Follow this link to find out http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/revealed-the-churchs-official-prayer-for-sports-events?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National+Catholic+Register#When:2012-01-19

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