Monday, October 8, 2007
On not reducing sports to a mere search for results..
In addressing the Alpine ski team, Pope Benedict XVI said:
"....when sport is practiced in the right spirit, and with respect for dignity, it helps to promote the development of the person.
Sport helps man to consider his own capacities as a talent and his life as a gift of God. Even when sport is practiced at high levels, it is important to maintain an inner harmony between body and spirit in order not to reduce it to a mere search for results."
The Pope also spoke of virtues "which must always characterize sporting activity: tenacity, a spirit of sacrifice, interior and exterior discipline, ... as well as a sense of justice, awareness of one's own limits and a respect for others. All virtues for which you must train yourselves in daily life."
[visual description: Three young wheelchair racers push their racing wheelchairs during a race on a track.]