For almost two decades, the only person that I have spent more time with other than Joe Klecko has been my wife, Mary. While our time together still occasionally is spent on something sports-related, the vast amount of time Joe and I are chatting about our faith.

Joe spends more time in daily prayer than anyone I know and is forever reading books about his Christian faith. That’s hard to imagine for those who only knew him as the toughest, and most beloved defensive player ever, for the NY Jets.

Here’s Joe speaking at my Parish not too long ago. I was his opening act.

I truly hope that this Lenten season brings a peace and understanding to you that nothing in the world can remotely offer.

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound[teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,  and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy4:1-5