Remembering Kobe Bryant: Formed and Saved By His Catholic Faith

Kobe Bryant, former NBA superstar, has been killed in a helicopter crash along with his daughter.

But, I am not going to talk about his death. I am going to talk about his life. More specifically, I am going to talk about the time he was born again.

Kobe was raised as a Catholic, and he was bringing up his children in the Catholic faith. But, attending a church and being a Christian is not necessarily the same thing.

During the time that Kobe was being falsely accused of a sex crime, he talked to priest.

The priest asked Kobe if he was guilty, and he said no.

He asked if he had a good lawyer, and Kobe replied that he was great.

The priest then told him to forget it and let it go because God would handle things for him.

Kobe said that was when he had his spiritual awakening.

It was like starting life all over again.

In his younger years, Kobe was a little wild, but from the day he decided to surrender to Christ, his life got better and better.

As a reward, God allowed Kobe to score sixty points in his final NBA game.

From Aleteia

Born in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant was raised in a Catholic household and even spent some of his youth in Italy. Drafted into the NBA at the age of 17, he eventually married Vanessa Laine at St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in Dana Point, California. Two years later they had their first child. Bryant was at the top of his game and everything seemed to be heading in the direction of his dreams.

Then he made a big mistake.

In 2003, Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a woman in his hotel room, while he was in Colorado for knee surgery. He admitted having sex with the woman but denied rape. A judge eventually dropped the charges, but the woman went on to file a civil lawsuit against Bryant that was settled outside of court. In the midst of it all, he issued a public apology, stating that he was sincerely ashamed of what he had done.

Yet during one of the darkest moments of his life, Kobe Bryant turned to his Catholic faith. In an interview with GQ in 2015 he explained:

“The one thing that really helped me during that process — I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic — was talking to a priest. It was actually kind of funny: He looks at me and says, ‘Did you do it?’ And I say, ‘Of course not.’ Then he asks, ‘Do you have a good lawyer?’ And I’m like, ‘Uh, yeah, he’s phenomenal.’ So then he just said, ‘Let it go. Move on. God’s not going to give you anything you can’t handle, and it’s in his hands now. This is something you can’t control. So let it go.’ And that was the turning point.”


  1. Well it means you’re living the Catholic community’s life. Most importantly it means you are attending the sacraments, particularly the mass. Most former Catholics still recognize one another in comparison to what they used to be.


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