When I was 31 years old, I decided to enter the Boston Marathon. My only goal was to finish the race in under 4 hours to receive an official certificate. I finished in 3 hours and 22 minutes—over an hour behind the winner.
But this race is a spiritual teaching. St. Paul speaks of running a race as a metaphor for living one’s faith. He was an unrelenting competitor, in for the long run, inspired and driven by faith. He said to run to receive the prize.
After 50 years in the priesthood, I can humbly say that I competed the best I could, finished the race, kept the faith and now continue on to another finish line. The secret of success is faith in God, a confident attitude, keeping your goal a priority and being willing to sacrifice. It’s the way to go, whether it’s a foot race or a faith journey.
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