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Nick Foles brings honor back to football

Nick Foles brings honor back to football

At the end of the recent NFL Super Bowl, three of the Philadelphia Eagles — the head coach, quarterback and the receiver who made the game-winning touchdown — each praised the Lord after the momentous victory. I caught the end of that game while on a mini-retreat with five priests. In response to the “God-talk,” one of them said “that’s a good way to begin our retreat: All glory to God!”

As a priest I was trained to “find God in all things,” as St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits, described his ministry. But as a human, I know that we sometimes want to take the credit for ourselves. And Americans can do it well, with swagger.

Being a Lombardi, I was brought up on football,...