Over the past three years, Run for the Call has consistently grown and developed. We humbly began our work thinking almost entirely of the financial benefit we could give our seminarians who need extra assistance in paying for the tuition costs of a seminary education. As more people got on board with the efforts, however, we realized just how shortsighted that focus was and just how great of an opportunity we had unwittingly created.
The truth is running is something that speaks to the core of so many people across all levels of faith and backgrounds.
“-The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.
-The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.”
― Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
Interestingly enough, I found the above quote to be more than just true, it was a revelation. In fact, it was a resonation of something we sort of realized early on but didn’t make a central tenant of all that we are doing here. We race to be with each other, whether that is in mind, body or spirit. We run because, in our running, we make a connection with our fellow man in a way not so easily found in our every day lives. Our running becomes a form of prayer and all we want to do is pray more. We want to keep offering that sacrifice on behalf of so many people in our lives and specifically (for our group) our seminarians. We run out of love and in turn we learn to love more!
That is the challenge our team expects to call all runners to. Like every other part of the world, there are runners all over this Archdiocese. Most of them are out running on their own, on their own schedule, doing what they can, but what would it look like if those runners started coming together on a regular basis to become a running group? What would it look like if those runners, in those running groups, started challenging each other to become better runners and in so doing, perhaps even to become better people simply by running together? What would it look like if each group of runners made each other committed to running, to praying for someone in need and then that prayer eventually turned into action to help those in need? What if in the course of becoming better individuals those runners also became better Christians? And what if, in the midst of all that helping and praying, that group suddenly found itself ready for even bigger and better things? Things that would change the way their parishes and communities would look for any foreseeable future?! You know what that would look like? That would look like a pack of running disciples! And that is what Run for the Call is looking to accomplish through you!
Starting today, we want you to do nothing different than what you were doing, but instead of you running with your headphones on, we want you to be on the look out for fellow runners. Start looking to build your team. As you do, ask God to help you find those team members. Ask him to show you the opportunities to build your team. Then, as your team develops, continue to pray for the grace to lead these fellow runners down the path God is calling your group to go. Then, get ready for the run of your lifetime!