Eternal Father, I offer You everything I do this day: my work, my prayers, my apostolic efforts; my time with family and friends; my hours of relaxation; my difficulties, problems, distress, which I shall try to bear with patience. Join these, my gifts, to the unique offering which Jesus Christ, Your Son, renews today in the Eucharist.
We pray for the Church throughout the world and for the Pope’s Intentions this month:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.
Can you remember the last time that you engaged in a sport or leisure activity? I'm sure that whether it was on a football field, or participating in the marathon or taking a leisurely evening stroll, or whatever it might have been, it was an activity that you did with someone else.
This month, the Holy Father invites you to reflect on how sport can foster both human fraternity and develop personal growth in your relationship with God, yourself and with one another.
Sport, whether you are an active participant or an observing spectator, is an activity that you rarely do on your own, but often accomplish with other people. It provides you with an opportunity to develop what is best in yourself and in other people by the way that you nurture the talents that you have been given by God and develop the cardinal virtues of fortitude, temperance, prudence and justice.
Sport requires a good team spirit, respectful attitudes, an appreciation of the qualities of others, honesty in the game and humility to recognize one's own limitations. Sport is a school of formation in the human and spiritual values, a privileged means for personal growth and provides an occasion of human fraternity within society.
Fr Rory Coyle