Dodgers’ announcer speaks of his reliance on God

Photo credit: John SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Photo credit: John SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

His voice is known in Los Angeles as the “Soundtrack to Summer,” as legendary announcer Vin Scully has been calling games for the Dodgers for the last 64 years, and will return for his 65th season next year. He started his career with the Dodgers when they were still in Brooklyn, and has been the announcer for legendary baseball moments, such as the perfect games of Don Larsen in 1956 and Sandy Koufax in 1965, and Hank Aaron’s 715th home run in 1974 that set a new home run record.

Scully recently spoke with the National Catholic Register about his career and his Catholic faith, and shared some beautiful insights into the importance of his faith and his reliance on God. Below are a few snippets from the interview:

On his reliance on God:

“When my wife, Joan, died in 1972 at the age of 35, I was devastated, as were our children. We didn’t stop praying, though. The worst thing you can do in times of trial is to stop praying. The tough moments are when you need God the most. He’s always there and more than happy to give us his help; we need only ask for it.”

When asked what he appreciates most about the Catholic Church:

“There are so many good things about the Church, but … the most essential thing I’ve learned from it: the importance of continual communication with God. That’s what all the kneelers, candles, incense, stained-glass windows, holy water and other things are about: directing our minds and hearts to God.”

On his devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

“The one saint everyone should have a devotion to is the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has been said, and I believe it to be true, that her prayers are more powerful than those of the rest of heaven combined. No one was closer or more devoted to Christ on earth, so it only makes sense to see the same thing in heaven. Now, the Blessed Virgin seeks to help her spiritual children get home to spend eternity with her Son.”

Read the full interview at the National Catholic Register.

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