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Kevin Bankos and the York Catholic Girls Basketball Team after the 5:30 PM Mass at St Mary's in York, PA


Much has been made of people kneeling during patriotic moments at football games this year. However, the kneeling going on in the final moments of Army's historic victory over Navy Saturday night in Baltimore was a welcome sight, a least for the Black Knight hopeful.

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West Point Chaplain Matthew Pawlikowski could be found on his knees, feet from the field, fiercely praying the Rosary for at least the last ten minutes of the game. In that time, Army took a commanding 21-17 lead — they stopped the ever-dangerous Midshipmen offense in their tracks and clung to the victory.

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The spinning silver Rosary never left Pawlikowski's hands as he kissed it and kept his eyes shut tight, even as his team made crucial play after play and the audience roared.

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What was Pawlikowski praying for exactly? IJR asked the intense Priest, and he replied:

“I began the game praying that no one on either side would get hurt and that God would protect all of us and those who sacrifice for our great nation. Now I'm just praying for an Army victory.”

It appears, those prayers were answered.

Story and images: Benny Johnson/Independent Journal Review

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Do your teams pray with the opposing team after your competitions?

Champaign IL High School of St Thomas More girls basketball has after each game thus far this season. Every team has said yes.

Jason Schreder, Principal: "OurCaptains are asking at the end of the game as they go through the line in shaking hands - we have a Senior girl who is really on fire with her faith who leads the prayer."

It only takes a minute or two but the impact may last forever.

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Louisville KY Trinity High School


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