Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2015 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For a veteran runner who’s completed 21 marathons, one bishop sees a deep connection between his Catholic faith and running, and says this connection can even evangelize young people.
“For young people, if we want them to aspire to a life of holiness, we have to give them good examples of that,” Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. told CNA in a Nov. 17 interview.
“Somebody has to be a role model not just in terms of their athletic achievements, but also their spiritual achievements,” he said.
“And if you have both, then that’s the best of both worlds because the young person is going to look at that successful athlete and say wow, this person is successful in his or her sport. And he or she is also a believer. And if that person is a believer, well then maybe I can be a believer too.”
Bishop Paprocki spoke with CNA at the U.S. Catholic bishops’ fall gener