A spiritual guide to the Olympic Games

Michael Pabst, C.S.B.

In this chat you’ll hear questions from athletes and others who want to know how to pray about the pressure of competition, fears of failure or injury, why the use of stimulants isn’t helpful to one’s performance, and how to watch a sports event looking for excellence instead of accidents. Questions about conditions in China—from the danger that severe air pollution will hinder athletic performance to the dangers of terrorism and Chinese political challenges are also part of the wide-ranging discussion.

As Michael Pabst responds, he brings out the point that no one is limited to expressing only athletic qualities—and that when one can no longer compete, there’s still a lot of life left to be lived. He cites Paul’s message to the Corinthians: “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run that ye may obtain” (I Cor. 9:24), and says that this is a race all of us can win.

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