The Practice

PracticeGolfers practice and then go on tour to prove their worth.  There’s basketball and football practice before the next game and there’s the laborious piano practice taught by a nun with a wooden pointer.  (Four years of her before child abuse became unfashionable.)  The performance can’t begin until play practice is complete and teachers practice for a while before meeting the 20 unruly bunch before her and bus drivers practice before accepting passenger coins.  Healthcare nowadays even has what’s called “best practices” and I wonder what we’ve been doing for patients for centuries before them.

A doctor or lawyer never seem to reach achieve their profession.  They’re always practicing.  They are even in a practice.  “I’ve been practicing with this practice for many years now,” either of them would say.  I’d think after a few years of practice they’d be able to reach a degree of success.  (If we all remained in “practice” mode would we get their salaries?)

To sound really important, take a “practicum” which I did in the seminary for preaching skills.  I don’t consider myself practicing now, I think I’m actually doing it.

Someone said “Practice makes perfect.”  I suspect it wasn’t a lawyer or doctor, it probably was Tiger Woods.

About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). Six books on the Catholic church and U.S. culture are available on
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