Saturday, August 11, 2012

Gold for the Blessed Virgin

Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold. She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer. An Orthodox Christian, Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win.

8 comments:

Fr. Gary V. said...

The image is of "Mother of Perpetual Help or Mother of Perpetual Succor".

Jessica Hoff said...

That';s so lovely to see - and no surprise that the media can't cope with it - any more than they can with Usain Bolt thanking God.

Anthony Emmel said...

Awesome! Testify, sister!

Sadie Vacantist said...

Performing Enhancing Deity?

franklier said...

Isn't it encouraging to see the great number of African athletes blessing themselves before and after their events. Maybe, indeed, as we hear, it will be African missionaries who'll be coming in the future to re-convert Europe and the U.S. The story of the Catholic Irish Brother in Kenya who's been involved in the training of many of the winning athletes (often helped at 'finishing schools' in America)is receiving lots of attention in the media here in the UK. Makes a change these days to get some good propaganda.

Amfortas said...

Well, I wonder what she made of 'Imagine' during the closing ceremony.

Amfortas said...

And I also wonder what she made of George Michael in the guise of the Ant-Christ with his deaths head belt.

EFpastor emeritus said...

And I wonder what She thought about the Olympic Fire, from which the torches were lit, was "blessed" by two pagan priestesses two months ago