at times we think we are like the Trinity,
working together towards a common goal,
though in our cast
it is success in sport
and not salvation.
We pray to the persons of the Trinity
we are not asking You to give us victory against our opponents
but to deliver us from evil,
protecting all who play
from life threatening injuries.
Son of God,
we ask You to deepen our sense of communion,
supporting each other
in our common love of the game.
we ask You
to hold out for hope
beyond the horizon of winning and losing.
Edited from Playing & Praying by Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA, published by St Pauls Publishing, Ireland, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tel: +353 1 628 5933. Available from St. Paul’s Bookshop, Athlone, or from the following link: Playing and Praying