I addressed the girls briefly on Monday at the start of camp. I shared with them my own experience with the sport of basketball. While I cannot guarantee that they will grow to be 6'8" tall (and I hope they don't), I did assure them that if they worked hard to improve they would see results. I am extremely grateful that I had the opportunity to play both basketball and baseball at the collegiate level. Those are memories I still cherish today.
I spent many hours in my younger years trying to hone the fundamental skills of playing basketball. Dribbling, passing, shooting, and rebounding drills were part of a regimen that I followed for years. I figured that if I learned the basic fundamentals the rest of it would fall into place. Indeed it did.
The same can be said of our spiritual journey. If we get the fundamentals right, the rest of it will fall into place. Here are some questions for your reflection:
1. Do I participate in the sacramental life of the Church?
2. Do I pray daily?
3. Do I prayerfully and meditatively read the Sacred Scriptures daily?
4. Do I read the Catechism, the Early Church Fathers, and the lives of the saints?
5. Do I actively look for ways to serve others?
We may not become saints overnight, but if we walk humbly with our God and cooperate with grace we will see results. Do the ordinary things extraordinarily well. Be a saint!