Bishops of UK, Ireland urge Catholics to use bodies for ‘glory of God’
Citing the Olympics and Paralympics, which were to open in London July 27 and Aug. 29, respectively, and the importance of healthy living, the bishops announced that they had distributed more than 400,000 pamphlets that urge churchgoers to “live a healthier, more balanced and environmentally sensitive lifestyle.”
They also reminded people of the importance of exercise and physical activity.
“In the next few weeks, we are going to see Olympians and Paralympians do the most amazing things,” said Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark in England, chairman of the Department for Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.
“It will be incredible to watch world records being broken, gold medals being won and after years of dedicated training, personal sacrifice and daily discipline, the body performing feats that humanly we would think impossible,” he said in a statement July 23.
“This year’s Day for Life reminds us all of the importance of taking care of our bodies at every stage and in every condition. It’s a call ‘to use our bodies for the glory of God,’” the archbishop said.
The Day for Life was initiated in Great Britain and Ireland at the suggestion of the Blessed John Paul II in his 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae” (“The Gospel of Life”).
In England and Wales, the Day for Life was to be celebrated July 29. [More]