Last year during before the Super Bowl, Pope Francis made a video in which he addressed the game and everyone watching at home. In this video he summarizes the importance of sporting events like this in our culture and the impact that it has on our society. When the seat of Peter is addressing a sporting event, we see the importance of sports in our world and why the Church is involved in sports. He is one of a long line of previous popes that have addressed sports. As you are watching the “Big Game” this weekend, please observe how the athletes and coaches are living out the virtues they have learned in their sporting life. And take time to reflect on how you may be able to draw closer to Christ through your own experience with sports as a participant and as a spectator.