Monday, March 05, 2007

Separation of Church and Sport?

The other night, Fr. Greg came over to watch a college hoops game with us. Now, under normal circumstances, this would be no big deal. But check this out...Fr. Greg has given up television for Lent!

As you might imagine, this all made for quite an interesting scene. Fr. Greg, sitting on Natuzzi (in Song Wei's normal spot)...watching us watch the game! He would, of course, sneak in the occasional glance. But this was very limited, as Z was acting at times as the Lenten police.

At other times, though, Z was a willing infidel. Like the point in the game where he gave Fr. Greg a spy glass. This is a little device that is kinda like a periscope. So Fr. Greg could be "looking" at the wall, but "watching" the game. Understandably, he did this only very briefly and surely for the kids' entertainment purposes. As he likes to say, "Catholicism is not a religion for wimps!"

So here then is a question. If a person in this situation were to use a spy glass during March Madness, would they be breaking their Lenten sacrifice? Your thoughts?



At 12:22 PM, Blogger Fr Greg said...

Thanks for the report of the "game within the game", Steve. It was a memorable experience - watching you guys watch the game. The best part (other than when Maryland won...!) was when ESPN lost its video transmission. Ah, 'welcome to my world' (during Lent).

Regarding your question, no it wouldn't break a Lenten fast to watch your team play in the NCAAs...if they win!

At 2:21 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

To the readers of this blog who care about basketball: I think an entry is warranted on last night's duke-carolina game. Thoughts about Gerald Henderson's apparent hard foul? Intentional or no?


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