Posts in Prayer
Leaving the Competition on the Track, Treadmill, or Trail

“Be like a child...practice all the virtues and so always lift up your little foot to mount the ladder of holiness, but do not imagine that you will be able to ascend even the first step. No! The good Lord does not demand more of you than your good will. From the top of the stairs, he looks at you with love. Very soon, won over by your useless efforts, he will carry you up.” - Saint Therese of Lisieux

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How to do an examination of conscience while running

Sometimes, during the toughest miles and most challenging hills, those times when my lungs feel like they might burst or my legs feel filled with lead, my most productive examinations of conscience occur. I think that the natural confluence of humility that comes acknowledging the raw vulnerability of both my body and soul yields a beautiful honesty – an honesty that I can’t always access when I am sitting still or when I am distracted by whatever it is that I allow myself to be distracted by.

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On Suffering and Speedwork

Somewhere around the 2nd mile repeat, I began to recite the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary in my head. I didn’t even know if you were meant to say the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesdays, but I instinctively turned to them. Contemplating the pain and suffering of our Lord on the Cross made maintaining my paces seem so small and insignificant.

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