Gifted and Homeless

I tend to skim my weekly Sports Illustrated magazine from cover to cover  each week. I focus my time on “Faces in the crowd”. The cover on this weeks issue caught my attention. 42COVv22_Promo

Kids and youth sports have always been a passion of mine, so I can only assume that is why I was drawn to this article.

The U.S. Department of Education predicts there are 1.3 million homeless children and teens enrolled in middle and high school.

Of this group, the SI article identifies 100,000 students that are gifted athletes playing on high school and college teams. As I reflected on this article, my first thought was how do we help these homeless kids? Do these young kids turn to God, or move away? My Ignatius reflection this week is “understanding God’s faithful and unconditional love for each of us”. Part of week 1 of the Spiritual  Exercises was to read 6 scripture passages. I ended up staying with one: Luke 12:22-34. “Do not worry, God cares for me.” If I was one of these homeless kids, how would my faith be tested?

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