When sports are pursued in the right spirit and with respect for dignity they can help promote the development of the person, Benedict XVI said.Tip o' The Hat to the reader who begged me to post this. :-P.
The Holy Father explained this on Saturday when he received the Austrian National Alpine Ski Team in audience.
He explained: "Sports can help man to see his own capacities as talents and his life as a gift of God.
"Even when sports are pursued at high levels it is necessary to preserve the interior harmony between body and spirit, not reducing sports to a mere seeking after results."
The Pope invited his guests to be "messengers in the world of this winter sport so loved by the Austrian people."
He also asked for this:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.
-1 Cor 9: 24-29