Champions of Faith: Catholic Sports Heroes Tell Their Stories

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Are there heroes anymore? What role, if any, does faith play in the life of highpaid, famous athletes? Through the words of a wide range of popular athletes, Champions of Faith reveals that heroes still exist and that for many of those who take their rolemodel status seriously, faith plays a major part in their success and their witness. Over a period of two years, author Tom OOToole, a devout Catholic and seasoned journalist, interviewed Catholic sports heroes such as Sammy Sosa, Lou Holtz, Mike Ditka, Dave Wannstedt, Suzie McConnellSerio, Lenny Wilkens, ORudyO Ruettiger, Alberto Salazar, Bobby Allison, Danny Abramowicz, Tara Lipinski, Ray Meyers, Fr. John Smyth, and Cammi Granto.

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Thomas A. O'Toole, an avid sports fan and devout Catholic, earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

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"It is interesting to note that, while St. Paul often used sports as a metaphor for the soul's struggle with good and evil, and our Evangelical Protestant brothers and sisters are often quick to mention Jesus as the force behind their athletic success, Catholics have been reluctant to credit Christ when the mikes are on and the cameras are rolling. Sports are a very sacramental part of life, and thus the reception of the sacraments would seem essential for the participant to put the contest into proper perspective. Perhaps therein lies the source of the Catholic athlete's dilemma: although they do see (and readily accept) the reality that sports figures are role models, their humility also reminds them of the far greater truth; that they are not yet saints." -Thomas A. O'Toole from the Introduction

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