The Leadership Exercised by a Disciple


This post originally appears on the Canadian Catholic website.

Sidney Crosby. Kobe Bryant. Tom Brady. Derek Jeter.

These four athletes are among the greatest leaders in sports today. They are the undisputed leaders on their respective teams, and they are held in the utmost regard in their home cities. Their teammates would do just about anything for them while their opponents often want nothing to do with them.

I am a very passionate sports fan. Along with my faith, my family, my friends, and my job, the Vancouver Canucks make my “Things I Am Most Passionate About” list. In fact, one of the first things I did upon entering St. Peter’s Square in Rome for the first time (this past March) was film a hockey blog with the Basilica in the background.

I often think about the connection between sports and religion. I’m interested when athletes cross themselves. I like seeing CFL teams gather at midfield to pray after a hard-fought contest. And I find it fascinating that some people can get so zealous – screaming and chanting for 3 hours at an arena or stadium – for their favourite team but show barely a modicum of emotion when it comes to their faith. Continue reading The Leadership Exercised by a Disciple

Canucks Song: Against All Odds (Luongo’s Lament)

After a tumultuous and unpredictable season (and off-season), Roberto Luongo is back in the crease as the Vancouver Canucks’ undisputed number one goaltender.  There is no doubt that the past 18 months have taken its toll on Bobby Lu.

Thus, I proudly present to you Luongo’s Lament to the tune of Phil Collins’ hit Against All Odds.  And I’m so proud to welcome my friends Marie Hui and Arielle Tuliao as the featured vocalists.  You’ll see that they are lovely, talented, and amazing.

With Cory Schneider returning with his new team – the New Jersey Devils – on Tuesday, I thought it would an appropriate time to present this song.  Enjoy!