In a post-game press conference last week, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers took responsibility for much of their season-ending loss.
The Chargers aren't exactly known for amazing football. Nevertheless they had a great season and a playoff appearance that was unfortunately cut short by Sunday's loss.
There are a couple things people don't know about Philip Rivers:
1) Despite a somewhat unexciting career with the Chargers, Rivers is actually one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, posting better stats than both Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.
2) Rivers is a devout Catholic who knows what it means to "begin again."
In press conferences, especially after losses, he can often be found wearing a hat or shirt with his favorite phrase on it: Nunc Coepi, in Latin, "Let us begin" or, better, "Begin again."
The saints and spiritual masters of the Church have used the phrase for years as a helpful reminder that the only difference between sinners and saints is that saints never stop trying.
As Mother Teresa said, "God has not called us to be successful, he has called us to be faithful."
Listen to my talk on the topic, titled "Begin Again" below
Remember, it's not about success. It's about faithfulness.
Be faithful to prayer.
Be faithful to the virtues.
Be faithful to the moral life.
And whenever you need to, begin again.