A week ago, I had a really good feeling about my favorite college basketball team – the SLU Billikens.
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At times I wonder whether St. Catherine of Siena might not be an @SLU_Billikens fan.
As a rule, beets would not make my Top 10 list as I “choose my way through” a food buffet. But something about these beets seemed to be calling my name – perhaps because I’d been in-country less than 24 hours. “When in Galilee, do as the Galilleans,” I figured.
I had a lot to learn about local food, I discovered on Day 1 of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Starting with these “beets”… that turned out to be pickled figs.
Well, at least one-in-five of us left happy. That would be my cousin’s son, Lucas, who watched his SIU Salukis put a whuppin’ on our SLU Billikens in Carbondale the other night.
The question was reasonable enough: “Why do you put yourself through this?” a friend asked this morning, when he overheard me discussing last night’s SLU Billikens game with another friend as we exited church after early-morning Mass.
We haven’t had much to cheer about this season…we fans of the SLU Men’s Basketball Billikens. Just three seasons removed from a conference championship, our guys have become the bottom-feeders in the Atlantic 10.
Adding insult to injury, the university’s athletic department ‘re-designed’ the team’s mascot this season—turning our beloved Billiken into something that was borderline demonic.
Last night though there was redemption of sorts.
I felt a little helpless, watching as the coach explained why he’d been cashiered.
My beloved SLU Billikens opened the men’s basketball season with a nail-biter of a win on Saturday night, but it was actually the half-time entertainment that wound up bringing the most fervent prayer to our lips.
If you find some time in between games during March Madness this weekend…you might want to head on over to Rann’s place for this week’s helping of Lenten reflections from Catholic bloggers.
Among them, you’ll find my own thoughts about how an improbable win can lift one’s heart in gratitude to the Lord; as well as a tribute to the spiritual wisdom of St. Joseph…and some thoughts on another famous patron saint whom we honored this week. Enjoy!