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A Day of Rest from Basketball on Sunday Offers Opportunity to ‘Reboot Our Spiritual Lives’

The WCC Catholic Mass on Sunday was celebrated by (from right) Most Rev. Blase Cupich, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane; Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., University of Portland; and Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J., Gonzaga.

The WCC Catholic Mass on Sunday was celebrated by (from right) Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane; Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., University of Portland; and Fr. Jack Bentz, S.J.,Gonzaga.

By Peter Tormey
LAS VEGAS – The West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament paused for the spirit on Sunday. At the WCC Fifth Annual Catholic Mass, Most Rev. Blase J. Cupich, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane, called this First Sunday of Lent an ideal time to “reboot our spiritual lives.”

Bishop Blase J. Cupich (CNS photo/courtesy of Diocese of Rapid City)

Bishop Blase J. Cupich

In his homily, Bishop Cupich, who served as bishop of Rapid City, S.D., before coming to Spokane, said he enjoyed the humor of South Dakota’s ranchers, who said they appreciate the beginning of Daylight Savings Time because it provides more sunshine to melt the snow.

As a lengthening of the day takes place in the physical world, God offers an opportunity through Lent to extend and expand our spiritual lives, he said.

“This is a grace moment. This is a new opportunity,” he said. “Look at these days as a kind of spiritual mulligan” and as an opportunity to “reboot our spiritual lives.”

Bishop Cupich said Lent offers each of us an opportunity to examine our own desires, and come to learn and understand God’s wishes for our lives.

“Jesus tell us there is only one thing we should desire to possess, and that is God,” he said. Just as the longer days provide more time for the snow to melt in South Dakota, God’s grace is available to melt our hearts, he said.

The WCC Tournament continues Monday at the Orleans Arena with the top-seeded Gonzaga women taking on No. 4-seed Saint Mary’s at noon (BYUtv). At 6 p.m., the No. 1-seed Gonzaga men will battle No. 4 seed Saint Mary’s (ESPN).

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