Messages from a Former NFL Punter and Spiderman

April 28, 2015

We welcomed two speakers to school last week, one on Wednesday to address the entire student body and the other on Friday morning to speak at our monthly Dad’s Day Breakfast. Each left our students (and adults!) with an important message.

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Hunter Smith shared a story from his youth. As a tight end in a youth league football game, he ran 80 yards in the wrong direction, allowing his opponents to score two points for a safety. It was a story of embarrassment, but also a metaphor to which he returned later in his talk. He assured the students that it was never too late to turn back. “If you are running in the wrong direction, you can always turn around and go back. Christ always leaves that door open for us.”

At the Dad’s Day Breakfast, Msgr. Joseph Schaedel, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, quoted “three great men”: Jesus, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Spiderman.

In Spiderman 3, Peter Parker said: “We know the difference between right and wrong. Doing the right thing is a choice.” This was a great message of accountability for our young people. Too often we point to what “caused” us to go down the wrong path. We are the cause…we have a choice.

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