Last week, Pope Benedict XVI extended best wishes to participants of the 2012 Olympics:
The Olympics are the world’s most important sports event in which athletes of a great many nations take part and as such they have a strong symbolic value. For this reason the Catholic Church regards them with special sympathy and attention. Let us pray that in accordance with God’s will the Games in London will be a true experience of brotherhood among the earth’s peoples.
…I pray that, in the spirit of the Olympic Truce, the good will generated by this international sporting event may bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the world.
The Evil One sows “division in the human heart” and sows division between human beings, Pope Benedict said in the same Angelus address. The Olympic Games have the potential to break through these divisions and unite the world’s nations in brotherhood.
So as we watch our favorite athletes compete, let us remember the greater purpose behind the Olympics. Let us also remember the Church in London, and pray that they may provide pastoral help to the athletes and visitors. It looks like they are doing a good job so far, with perpetual Adoration and all!