Golden Eagles News · Sports Leader: Virtue of the Week – Noble


9. Noble

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INTRODUCTION TO START PRACTICE/GAME

Our virtue theme is that week is that of being NOBLE – The strength to be a person of your word. That when you say yes, or no, or that you will do something … you mean it and you do it. People can count on your word without worry.

PRAYER

Lord, You were the perfect example of being NOBLE as You were always a Man of Your word. Help us to be NOBLE to one another on this team. May we be more and more like You each day. Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?

STORY TO TELL IMMEDIATELY AFTER PRAYER

ANDROCLES

A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest.

As he was wandering about there he came upon a lion lying down moaning and groaning.

At first he turned to flee, but finding that the lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him.

As he came near, the lion put out his paw, which was all swollen and bleeding, and Androcles found that a huge thorn had got into it, and was causing all the pain.

He pulled out the thorn and bound up the paw of the lion, who was soon able to rise and lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.

Then the lion took Androcles to his cave, and every day used to bring him meat from which to live.

But shortly afterwards both Androcles and the lion were captured, and the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days.

The emperor and all his court came to see the spectacle, and Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena.

Soon the lion was let loose from his den, and rushed bounding and roaring towards his victim.

But as soon as he came near to Androcles he recognized his friend, and fawned upon him, and licked his hands like a friendly dog.

The emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles to him, who told him the whole story.

Whereupon the slave was pardoned and freed, and the lion let loose to his native forest.

QUESTION TO ENGAGE PLAYERS

How was Androcles an example of being NOBLE?

RESOLUTION TO WORK ON DURING PRACTICE/GAME

By joining and committing yourself to this team, you gave us all your word that you would do your very best, that you would work hard to make the team better.

Let’s ask ourselves if we have lived up to our word and if we have been lacking in an area, let’s renew our efforts and try harder.

MENTORING MOMENT

Ask individually as many players as you can during practice/game the below:

Tell me about what you do to make yourself better in this sport away from practice and the team?

Do you keep your word with what you tell your parents you will do?

END OF PRACTICE/GAME PRAYER

Lord, we praise You for being so good to us. We want to be more like You each day. Thank you for helping us be more NOBLE today.

May we grow stronger in being people of their word this week by fulfilling our promise to do something that maybe we may have forgotten about.

WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK

Fulfill your promise to do something that maybe you may have forgotten about.

Remind players to tell their parents and siblings the story.

QUOTES FOR THE WEEK

*Each day this week communicate the quote of the day.

MONDAY

“I long to accomplish great and noble tasks, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” – Helen Keller

TUESDAY

“It is not enough to get things done. They must be done right.” – Arthur Hadley

WEDNESDAY

“It’s being considerate of the other person; having good personal habits – you are polite, on time, taking care of business first as an individual and then as a team.” – Jim Tressel

THURSDAY

“Class does not depend on money, status, success or ancestry. The wealthy aristocrat may not even know the meaning of the word, yet the poorest man in town may radiate class in everything he does.” – Anonymous

FRIDAY

“Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.” – Sophocles

SATURDAY

“Make it a rule … never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say, ‘I have made one human being at least a little wiser, a little happier or a little better this day’.” – Charles Kingsley

SUNDAY

“You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others.” – Henry Drummond

BIBLE QUOTE

2 Maccabees 6: 18-31

Eleazar, one of the foremost scribes, a man of advanced age and noble appearance, was being forced to open his mouth to eat pork. But preferring a glorious death to a life of defilement, he spat out the meat, and went forward of his own accord to the instrument of torture, as men ought to do who have the courage to reject the food which it is unlawful to taste even for love of life.

Those in charge of that unlawful ritual meal took the man aside privately, because of their long acquaintance with him, and urged him to bring meat of his own providing, such as he could legitimately eat, and to pretend to be eating some of the meat of the sacrifice prescribed by the king; in this way he would escape the death penalty, and be treated kindly because of their old friendship with him.

But he made up his mind in a noble manner, worthy of his years, the dignity of his advanced age, the merited distinction of his gray hair, and of the admirable life he had lived from childhood; and so he declared that above all he would be loyal to the holy laws given by God. He told them to send him at once to the abode of the dead, explaining:

“At our age it would be unbecoming to make such a pretense; many young men would think the ninety-year-old Eleazar had gone over to an alien religion. Should I thus dissimulate for the sake of a brief moment of life, they would be led astray by me, while I would bring shame and dishonor on my old age.

Even if, for the time being, I avoid the punishment of men, I shall never, whether alive or dead, escape the hands of the Almighty. Therefore, by manfully giving up my life now, I will prove myself worthy of my old age, and I will leave to the young a noble example of how to die willingly and generously for the revered and holy laws.” He spoke thus, and went immediately to the instrument of torture. Those who shortly before had been kindly disposed, now became hostile toward him because what he had said seemed to them utter madness.

When he was about to die under the blows, he groaned and said: “The Lord in his holy knowledge knows full well that, although I could have escaped death, I am not only enduring terrible pain in my body from this scourging, but also suffering it with joy in my soul because of my devotion to him.” This is how he died, leaving in his death a model of courage and an unforgettable example of virtue not only for the young but for the whole nation.

SAINT

St. Bonaventure

July 15th is the feast day of one of the most well-praised Franciscan friars and Doctor of Theology, St. Bonaventure. St. Bonaventure (1221-1274) was an Italian medieval scholastic theologian and philosopher, known as “the Seraphic Doctor”. St. Bonaventure and St. Thomas Aquinas were great friends and even received their doctorate degrees on the same day. Both joined Mendicant orders which were innovations in the Church at the time. St. Thomas joined the Friars Preachers (the Dominicans) while St. Bonaventure joined the Friars Minor (the Franciscans).