|Lewis Hamilton celebrating winning|
the 2008 World Championship after
the Brazilian Grand Prix
But of course Hamilton's statement is entirely in accord with a simple trust in Divine Providence. Hamilton comes from a Catholic background, and went to John Henry Newman school in Stevenage.
Could Blessed John Henry be looking out for Hamilton? It's certainly true that around the same time I became a Catholic, and took the confirmation name John Henry Newman, my son Alex (baptised a few months after I was) was getting into Formula One, and becoming a keen follower of Lewis Hamilton. Now he regularly prays for Hamilton's temporal and spiritual welfare, offering up Holy Communions and Rosaries for this intention.
This morning, on the way to Mass, one of Alex's intentions was for his favourite driver. As we drove, we discussed how Hamilton is in many ways a similar driver to Ayrton Senna, and we talked about how great it would be if Hamilton started to talk openly about God in his interviews, in the way that Senna used to.
Then this afternoon, Hamilton won the Malaysian Grand Prix. It looks like he has a good chance of winning the championship this season.
And everything happens for a reason . . .
Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!
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