Here is a retelling of one of my favorite stories from a sermon by a priest:
One time during confessional, a young man came into the booth and said “Forgive me father for I have sinned, I have not bought a pair of cleats yet.” Confused I asked the boy, “What do you mean? Why do you need to buy a pair of cleats?” “I thought in order to be a good Christian I needed to buy a pair of cleats? Or believe in a pair of cleats? And I want to be a good Christian!” I started to laugh. Belly laugh. The boy was clearly getting upset at me, and I felt bad. I told him “My son, we want you to believe in the Paraclete, the holy spirit, not buy a pair of cleats! Do you believe in the Jesus, The Father and The Holy Spirit? Then you are a good Christian!” He seemed truly relieved. I guess he wasn’t a sports fan!