the psalmist proclaims Your love of truth
and Jesus counts among the blessed
those who are pure in heart.
I think of these values
when I am tempted to cheat,
to commit on (or all) of the following:
copying those who have built up their strength
by taking banned substances,
a sleight of hand to steal the ball,
feigning a foul to gain a free
or get an opponent sent off.
Grant me the strength of the Holy Spirit
to hold the voice of vice at bay,
especially of victory at any cost.
Give me wisdom
to work for integrity
and weigh it above all other prizes.
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