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One of the unexpected but nonetheless welcome benefits of staying home due to the pandemic is the free time available for other family members to enjoy certain nooks and crannies of your home that you have taken for granted. to reflect on your life and raise fundamental questions such as: what is my purpose in life? Why am I here? What more do I want to accomplish?

As we compare notes with other seniors and super seniors on how the pandemic has changed their lives, we hear about other seniors who are “reinventing themselves” by learning new skills or revisiting old ones. hobbies like cooking, baking, doing fitness activities like riding a stationary bike, treadmill for 30 minutes a day, lifting weights, doing yoga and walking.

Others combine the above with reading books that have long been lying untouched on book shelves and collecting dust. Some, especially the visually impaired, subscribe to audiobooks by the dozen and finish “reading” the books in no time. After going through two or three in a week, one hears expressions of accomplishment such as “This is great communication with some of the world’s greatest thinkers, political scientists, economists and management gurus.” I should have done this much earlier in the pandemic. “

Still others pray more often. Private and silent morning prayer for 15 minutes with a rosary in hand while still in bed is preferred by many. The difficult economic and political situation of the country prompts many to seek refuge, comfort and assurance in unstructured prayer by simply praying for their needs, dreams, safety, good health, loved ones and for peace in the country. . After praying the Rosary, others watch different televised / online masses and listen to the wisdom homilies of priests, monsignors and bishops.

Scripture reading follows as part of the discernment process. Prayers of petition, gratitude, worship and contrition complement what the faithful call “the morning of God”.

Another common household activity is rummaging through old files, photos, old articles, brochures, annual reports, brochures and reference material on various areas of interest.

One of those background papers, which I had placed in a box titled simply “Interesting and Useful Documents” and found, is a 2016 document used in a conference titled “Sport Serving Women”. humanity – Conference on Faith and Sport, Vatican. ”The official name of the international gathering, which was held at the Vatican from October 5 to 7, 2016, was called“ World Conference on Faith and Sport ”.

Although a little over five years ago, the concepts discussed and issues raised remain extremely relevant as sporting activities around the world intensify and all faiths make a basic reflection on how a particular faith will be linked to other major areas of human interest such as sport. .

The conference organizers – the United Nations, the International Olympic Committee and the Vatican – say that with the blessing of His Holiness Pope Francis, the Vatican has hosted Sport in the Service of Humanity, the first world conference on faith and sport. This new combination of topics was probably the main reason I chose the article for future reading.

The conference, an invitation-only affair, brought together thought leaders from different faiths, sports, business, academia and media, and discussed how faith and sport can work together to serve humanity.

A conference paper asserts that religious faith and sport are fundamental driving forces in global society. Both share a common goal in promoting human values ​​and both have essential roles to fulfill. A summary of the proceedings states: “The conference examined how faith and sport can harness their combined power and influence to promote positive values, inspire young people and help improve humanity. “

The Conference developed under the leadership of Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, an 11-year-old Italian Cardinal. World-renowned athletes, religious leaders and government leaders attended and explored how religious and sports communities could better serve communities, according to a conference document. A preparatory committee was convened a year before the conference. For many hours, the delegates reflected under the general theme of Sport in the Service of Humanity.

Cardinal Ravasi “convened the group to help develop a cultural and pastoral approach to sport and a major international conference on” Faith, Culture and Sport “according to a statement from the organizers. Cardinal Ravisi opened the meeting by “delineating four cultural aspects of sport: the body, education, ethics and play to set the general tone of the meeting”.

The Conference story recounts how one athlete described the influence of coaches as being somewhere between that of a father and an uncle, and there is no doubt that the world of sport reflects, shapes and influences many. priorities, joys and ills of society. Another representative challenged to focus not on “Who’s the best?” “, But on” What is your best? “

An article on the conference states that “the main theme throughout the conference was the question. “What can faith and sport do together for the good of humanity? Some of the responses focused on serving the poor and vulnerable, by promoting tolerance, breaking down racial and gender barriers, and effectively promoting inclusion, as well as bringing joy to people. of the whole world.

Combining faith and sport to better serve humanity will remain a major challenge in the years to come. Western and west-oriented societies will be able to respond over time. Other communities will have difficulty adjusting to the basic principles of combining faith and sport to contribute to development. Gender inclusion and tolerance for unorthodox marital arrangements will, for example, be tested in a place like Doha, Qatar, where the 2022 World Cup will be held. Let’s see how Qataris adapt to a new paradigm.

Philip Ella Juico’s areas of interest include the protection and promotion of democracy, free markets, sustainable development, social responsibility and sport as a tool for social development. He obtained his doctorate in business from De La Salle University. Dr Juico was secretary of Agrarian Reform during the administration of Corazon C. Aquino.

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