Do We Love God Enough? (Morning Air)

Do you find yourself watching sports more than praying? Talking about film more than faith? It might be time for an honest heart check.

John Morales has an inspiring conversation with Sr. Mary Teresa Bettag about the importance of loving God above all else, even above our favorite sports teams and worldly passions. Here are some takeaways to pray about.

From Sports to Savior: Where Do Our True Passions Lie?

John Morales, a former sportscaster, talks about how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of sports, Hollywood, and other worldly distractions. Can you relate?

The real question he poses is: Do we get just as excited about our Catholic faith and our Lord Jesus Christ? 🏀✨

Meet Sr. Mary Teresa Bettag: The Sister with a Passion for Christ and Sports

Sr. Mary Teresa Bettag, a newly professed member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, shares her journey and her mission to keep faith at the forefront of her students’ lives. As a theology teacher and cross-country coach at Yuma Catholic High School, she blends her love for God with her passion for sports. 🏃‍♀️🙏 You might be reassured to hear this: It’s ok to love sports! We just need to love Jesus the way He asks us too.

Worshiping the Right Thing: Our Hearts Are Made for God

Here’s something to take in. Our hearts are naturally inclined to worship. If we don’t worship God, we end up worshiping other things, like sports or celebrities. That’s a scary thought.

Balancing Acts: Faith First, Then Everything Else

Sr. Mary Teresa talks about how sports enthusiasm and spiritual devotion can go together. She is concerned about how some people can treat sports arenas like cathedrals, reminding us of the need to keep our ultimate focus on God. ⚽🏟️

Practical Exercises: Aligning Our Values with Our Time and Money

Sr. Mary Teresa introduces an exercise she did with her students to list their values and compare them to how they spend their time and money. Try it out! This practical reflection can help you reassess their priorities and make sure that your actions align with your faith. 📝🕰️💵

Running the Spiritual Race: Insights from St. Paul

Drawing inspiration from St. Paul, Sr. Mary Teresa discusses the metaphor of running the race of faith. She connects it to her experience as a cross-country coach. It’s all about perseverance and the ultimate goal of heaven. 🏅✨ That’s the real goal in life, and we should stay focused on the eternal joy that God has planned for us. It will be better than you could possibly imagine.

Love and Sacrifice: The Key to Spiritual Fulfillment

You might feel convicted when you hear all this. Don’t get discouraged! If you find that you love other things more than Christ, you can begin to fall in love with the Lord Jesus now. He is deeply in love with you and wants your heart.

There will be suffering and hardship, unfortunately. True love involves sacrifice, but when we love God, these sacrifices feel natural and fulfilling. 💖🌟

Sr. Mary Teresa’s final thought is a call to take seriously: Fall in love with the Lord Jesus, and everything else will fall into place. 🙏💫

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Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.