This week I offer you a reflection from a former Faculty Member. Many of you will remember him because you knew him personally – many of you have heard about him -but what we heard of Craig Thornburgh is about his coaching as he lovingly called his players the “varmints.” Craig was a man of faith and I share with you a reflection he wrote after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.Craig’s last season of coaching Freshman Basketball he went 26-0 He told his players, “I have one more fight ahead and again it is not enough to “WIN”. I have to have Victory. Of course Victory is already assured because Jesus said, “Whoever believes in Him shall have Eternal Life”.
Craig goes on to say, “When I became a Catholic about 12 years ago, some friends gave me a statue of St. Joseph. At that time I dedicated my ministry to St. Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. As St. Joseph was entrusted with the child Jesus, aren’t we entrusted with God’s children? I sincerely hope that in some small way I have treated the ‘varmints’ as St. Joseph would– I believe in the same way that winning is not the same as victory. I believe it is not enough to just live as a Christian, but to aspire to be a saint!”
As Craig experienced “Grace and Confidence and Peace”— May this gift be ours today!