I am privileged to be in this position
because of my previous activity and achievement as a player,
grateful that experience has enabled me
to extend my career
and to be estimated as an expert.
Grant me humility
to not let the title go to my head,
to respect the invitation to offer insights
into the performances of other sports men and women.
May the memory
of my own mistakes and failures,
misplays and falls make me kinder
and not a know-all,
careful to balance criticism and commendation
in the cauldron of sport.
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