Cleveland Cavs Revisited – What Does It Mean for You to Believe?

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP
Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

The night of the seventh and final game of the NBA Championships this year, I watched the short video that immediately preceded the game.  The video ended with the words – Believe, Believe, Believe.  As much as I wanted the Cavaliers to win, I questioned, does it really come down to believing?  But at halftime, I found myself saying the words, believe, believe, believe.  Now I’m not saying that Cleveland players and fans believed more than Golden State players and fans, but what stays with me is the word and action – believe.

Recently several of our Dominican Sisters of Peace, and students from Albertus Magnus College and Ohio Dominican University, led by Sister Gene Poore, traveled to Jamaica to spend some time with the children in two summer programs.  Sometimes when I would begin to feel overwhelmed by the sights, sounds, and disparities of the lifestyles I was seeing compared to my own, I found myself going back to the word – believe.  Sister Gene has been building relationships there since 1992 and you could see the excitement in her as she greeted her Jamaican friends and as gene for webshe described some of the growth she has seen over the course of these 24 years.  Believe.  Believe that one person can build relationships.  Believe that one step at a time is all any of us can do.  Believe that love will find a way.  Believe that each person is a reflection of God’s love.

Ironically, the priest at the Sunday liturgy in Jamaica gave three actions as part of believing – believe, let go of anything holding you back, and take the next step.   In the Gospel reading this week, which tells the story of Jesus calming the sea, he reminds us, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Believe, let go, and keep walking.  I find myself praying for this courage for myself and for all of us.  What does it mean for you to believe?  I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

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10 responses to “Cleveland Cavs Revisited – What Does It Mean for You to Believe?

  1. What a wonderful story! Believe. It’s what it’s all about. Bless Sr. Gene Poore for her love and dedication to helping these young people to believe. And bless my dear dedicated Dominicans everywhere! ❤️

  2. What a wonderful and energizing reflection, Cathy! Love both the Cavs reference and the Jamaican reference!
    For me, the biggest obstacle to change of any kind is the belief that “it can’t be done.” Once a “water-walker” individual or group has shown that “it CAN be done,” many more will take the risk of entering into the change. Let’s hear it for all the Dominican water-walkers who are Initiating change right where they are, and let’s hear it for all the believers who are moving change forward. Who would have believed two decades that nuns could have an impact on human trafficking, yet it is happening before our eyes! Believing TOGETHER makes all the difference!!!

  3. Cathy, good article. I don’t know how it works but there does seem to be something about just believing. More of the great mystery. Bobbi Gill

  4. Glad you believed in the Cavs too, Cathy. I watched all the games and think “hope” was more prominent much of the time. It’s amazing what God can do for them and with us when we believe. Thank you.

  5. Thank you Cathy! Your words are inspiring. One of my thoughts about “believe” is that it often begins within myself. I can get distracted by the unbelief of others. This is when I have to be obedient to what my own heart speaks.

      1. Cathy,
        I am so energized to hear about your trip…and believe that the Holy Spirit was working when that “irony” happened …She was speaking to you!

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