Cheering On the Mickelsons

Phil Mickelson practices yesterday for the U.S. Open
Phil Mickelson practices yesterday for the U.S. Open (photo:

Many golf fans are pulling for Phil Mickelson at this week’s U.S. Open, as his wife, Amy, struggles with breast cancer.

Famed retired NFL coach Don Shula knows how hard it is to focus on your sports career under these trying circumstances. His late wife, Dorothy, died from the disease in 1991, despite a pilgrimage the Shulas took to Medjugorge in hopes of obtaining a miracle of healing there.

Read about Shula’s experiences and his deep empathy for what the Mickelsons are enduring, in this article published today by the South Florida Sun Sentinel

“I’m rooting for Phil,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of people are right now.”

The one in eight women who will have breast cancer surely are, he was told.

“I certainly know what he’s going through with his wife now,” he said. “They could use some hope. That’s what you look for in these situations. I know it’s what Dorothy and I did.”

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.