Jayhawks & Jesus

I know it’s somewhat sacrilegious to put this in a headline, but let me explain.

For lo these many weeks of Lent I have attempted to practice a good Lent. For the most part, it has been successful and deeply satisfying experience.  But it must be said that the contemplative, reflective nature of Lent is particularly difficult during March Madness.

For one thing, homilies calling for charity remind of the “charity line” in basketball.  Hope-another blessed virtue-is the stuff of collegiate basketball at this time of year as well-although the object of the virtue and the game are significantly different to be sure. Faith, as scripture recounts, is the assurance of things hoped for but unseen-need I say more?

As we entered Holy Week I couldn’t help but offer up an intercessory prayer on Palm Sunday for my beloved, underdog Kansas University Jayhawks. Tonight’s final game promises to be quite a passionate affair.  However, after we win, I will enter ever more deeply into this wonderfully sacred week.  If we lose, all the more evidence that Satan is alive and well.

All in all, I am a blessed man.


Dan Spencer


Dan is the Executive Director of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men and a co-founder of the Catholic Business Network. He has appeared on numerous Catholic media including EWTN television as well as Vatican, Relevant and EWTN radio programs. Dan serves on both the Kansas City Kansas Archdiocesan Advisory Board on Evangelism and Anti-Pornography initiatives. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on Sexual Integrity diocesan programs. Dan spent over 20 years as a senior advertising and marketing executive in national media firms followed more recently by 10 years as a “new media” entrepreneur, investor and consultant. His clients ranged from the NFL to the California Chamber of Commerce to the Rolling Stones. Currently he and his wife own a business in Kansas City while he speaks both nationally and internationally. He and his wife of 37 years, Linda, have four grown children and three grandchildren-all living in the Kansas City area.

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  • Pargontwin

    LOL!  Good one!

  • Dspenceriii

    OK, my hawks lost. But now I am ever more vigilant in my spiritual battle against the Wildcats, I mean Satan. Have a blessed Holy Week.