So run that you may obtain it…

Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win.
Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.
-1 Corinthians 9:24-25
Yesterday, Fr. Leo Arnone, pastor of Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Aloysius Gonzaga in Cresson, challenged me to a run on the track.  I do not think he believed me when I said I run (which I still do run once in a while!), so I had to show up to prove myself.

Anyway, we were starting out when he said “I bet you anything that defiant nun will show up with her camera.” Sure enough, as I was rounding the corner on the track, I looked up and saw the famous veil and black habit walking toward the track with one of the parishioners from Saint Francis Xavier.
Sister later told us she did not have the community camera, and providentially the parishioner showed up with her own private camera. So Father’s prediction there came true. I am still not sure if his inner prediction about the race came to pass or not…
The photo above is the two of us walking away after the run. Fr. Arnone is a chaplain in the Navy, hence his T-shirt!
Afterwards I ran home to my rectory, and got ready to go to the Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Later that evening I returned home for supper and the Celebration of the Word with the Neo Catechumenal way.  There I got to preach about the rock that is Peter and his successors.  I returned home and Fr. Arnone and I had a nice conversation.
What a full day—nothing less is expected in Cresson!

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