The Olympics - Catholic Courier

The Olympics

Our family has been spending a lot of time watching the Olympics. It is so much fun to celebrate with the winners. Our hearts go out to the athletes who, after all their sacrifices, make mistakes that cost them their medals. The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to marvel at the feats that human bodies can accomplish.

Watching the Olympics can often spark discussions about the merits of training and discipline and hard work and focus. Each athlete discovered a particular talent and worked hard to develop it. Parents made great sacrifices to give their children access to top trainers and facilities. This gives us the opportunity for some soul searching.

God has given each of us gifts and talents: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. How have we worked to develop these in ourselves and in our children? If we put as much effort into developing "faith muscles" as athletes put into developing their bodies, think of the change it could make in the world. When a child shows the talent of generosity, we can encourage him to develop that "muscle." When we find our children deep in contemplation of a bug or a leaf or a mud puddle, we can sacrifice our schedules to allow them time to develop their inquisitiveness. When a child laughs easily, we can work to protect and encourage her cheerful spirit. Our society applauds physical beauty, endurance and grace. As people of faith, we can encourage and applaud inner beauty, faithfulness and cooperation with the grace of God.

The Olympics are an opportunity to talk about the gifts and talents we see in each other and what talents each of us would like to develop. We can take the conversation even deeper by exploring how we can use our gifts and talents to make the world a better place.

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