I want to share with you a few things about the Olympic Games that I found quite interesting:
Did you know that originally the Olympic Games were thought as a tribute to the “gods of the Olympus”? If in the Ancient Greece their philosophy antagonised the physical and the spiritual, our faith reconnect both and points that health should involve both body and soul. Like that in mid-19th century, the Olympic Games were rescued from the forgetfulness by the effort of some religious leaders:
– The Catholic priest Henri Didon, a famous orator and writer, is as well the father of the Olympic motto: ‘faster, higher, stronger’.
– In London in 1908, the Anglican bishop Ethelbert Talbot pronounced the words that became the Olympic creed, “The most important thing in these Olympics is not so much winning as taking part”.
– Baron Pierre de Coubertin, educated by Jesuits and the founder of the modern Olympics, was influenced by the very popular concept in Victorian England of “muscular Christianity”…
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