you have created us in your image and likeness,
bestowing a blessed dignity on everybody.
You call us to recognise each other as equals,
to let respect be the hallmark of our humanity
and hospitality for all.
This sets a high goal for sports men and women
to play according to justice
and not the law of the jungle.
Give them grace
to engage in competition
and not conquest,
to esteem opponents
and not envisage them as enemies.
Give us the vision
to value the vanquished
and the victorious,
respecting them as persons
beyond performances and prizes.
Edited from Playing & Praying by Fr Kevin O’Gorman SMA, published by St Pauls Publishing, Ireland, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland, Tel: +353 1 628 5933. Available from St. Paul’s Bookshop, Athlone, or from the following link: Playing and Praying