Holy Goals for Body and Soul

Eight Steps to Connect Sports with God and Faith

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Publication date: March 11, 2013

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Hockey-playing Catholic bishop Thomas J. Paprocki has a message for teens and young adults: athletics and fitness provide daily ways to connect with God. Bishop Paprocki weaves his unique personal story with eight athletic topics and connects them with a path to wholeness.

Holy Goals for Body and Soul: Eight Steps to Connect Sports with God and Faith links lessons from the world of sports and fitness—especially the experiences of a Catholic bishop who plays ice hockey—with concrete ways to live a holy life. In Bishop Paprocki’s view, everyone is called to holiness, which can be encountered anywhere: “I encounter holiness while training for a marathon. I encounter holiness during a workout at the health club.” He explores eight sports-related topics to help the reader navigate a life of holiness:

  1. Fear
  2. Frustration
  3. Failure
  4. Fortitude
  5. Faith
  6. Friendship
  7. Family
  8. Fun

Product Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches

ISBN: 9781594713668

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

  • “Practical strategies for building a bridge between sports and faith.”

    Holy Goals for Body and Soul offers practical strategies for building a bridge between sports and faith.  When sports are done with an intentional connection to faith, our young people can discover and develop Christian virtues that thrive on the field and in their daily lives. Winning becomes living as a faithful disciple of Jesus.”

    Greg Dobie Moser
    Former Executive Director of National CYO Sports
    Member of the US Olympic Committee

  • “A refreshing reminder.”

    Holy Goals for Body and Soul is a refreshing reminder that sports can have a powerful impact on each and every one of us who participate. Holy Goals for Body and Soul highlights the lessons of working with others to achieve and fail together. A must-read for every parent searching for the positive, long-lasting impact that sports can have.”

    Jay Blunk
    Executive Vice President of Business Operations
    Chicago Blackhawks

  • “A positive approach to sports.”

    “In our sports-crazy society, we sometimes overlook the good that can come from being in athletics. In Holy Goals for Body and Soul, Bishop Thomas Paprocki examines the characteristics that are important to all of us that play, coach, or are fans of sports. He gives us eight steps for overcoming obstacles that we face regularly in our athletic lives and connects them to God and faith. These guidelines are not only a positive approach to sports, but also to how we can use them in our daily lives.”

    Jeff Jackson
    Head Hockey Coach
    University of Notre Dame

  • “A must-read.”

    “Who better than a Catholic bishop who plays goalie to make the connections between the challenges and rewards of sports with those of daily living? Holy Goals for Body and Soul is a must-read for anyone seeking to be a better person.”

    Tony Esposito
    Chicago Blackhawks
    Hall of Fame Goalie

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