I am reminded of people who might be overwhelmed with lots of bad news and how sports can lift them out of their funk at times. This was something that Pat McCaskey’s grandfather, George “Papa Bear” Halas, understood when he developed professional football. The game provided a shot in the arm for people who were living through the Great Depression, Prohibition, the Dust Bowl, Wars, and other crisis. Sports has a way to help people heal in a sense. Life was a struggle for Halas for decades, but he made it work.
You will find books on sports here:
Books for Young Adults/Teenagers
Books for the Middle Grades
Halas was a man of faith and he needed it to keep him going. Faith is fundamental and keeps us on the right path. Sports can provide excellent metaphors of life lessons and inspiration, but without the fundamentals of faith, it can veer off into unexpected directions. That is why we are committed to “sports and faith.”
We live in an age of different opinions about most everything. A few minutes on the Internet, watching television, listening to the radio, or other media consumption tells us just how divided our culture is today. Our Sports and Faith Series by Patrick McCaskey provides a traditional perspective on the Catholic faith and Christian views. It not a theological series, it’s just a layman’s thoughts on our world of sports and faith. Pat includes stories that promote the positive.
Part of Pat’s message is that sports can be a positive influence on our lives as well. Certainly, they have been for him.
He includes stories of athletes and other who live exemplary lives.
There are many people that Pat writes about that provide good and inspiring examples. We could also provide examples of people who live poorly and provide examples of failure, but that’s not in our brief! The last few years have certainly provided enough bad news to overwhelm the good news at times, so we are working extra hard to provide more positive.
We have published many titles on Sports and Faith by Patrick McCaskey. These include:
Tuition Rebate (forthcoming)
Our Poems Series:
Poems About the Gospel II (forthcoming)