9 Ways Every Catholic Can Enjoy the Olympics in the Year of Mercy


The time for the olympics is close and there’s plenty for a Christian to do. Here’s a handful of suggestions for ways you can enjoy the Olympics and contribute your works of mercy.


1. Admire athletes who pray


Admire those who are not afraid to display their faith in public.


2. Pray for the athletes and their counties


During the opening ceremonies you can research the current situation in that country and pray for them. Check out this link to see specific information regarding the spiritual state of that country.


3. Teach your kids about hard work and discipline


It takes an awful lot of dedication to become an olympian and it can be used as a great teaching point for your children. As St. Paul says,

“Do you not know that the runners in the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to win. Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. Thus I do not run aimlessly; I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. No, I drive my body and train it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor 9:24-27).


4. Tell you kids about St. Sebastian

Martyrdom of St Sebastian

Did you know there is a patron saint of athletes? It’s st. Sebastian. Bring this up to your kids, and before you do that, read up on the saint yourself here.


5. Discover the other athletic saints


Not those saints! Read about the real saints here, then share them with your friends as you cheer on your team.


6. Offer daily prayers for the host country


We can also cheer on the spiritual state of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil.


7. Watch for athletes wearing Rosaries



8. Try to figure out who are the Catholic athletes


There’s always a few telltale signs. Are they wearing a crucifix? Do they cross themselves before preforming/competing? Did you year about them in various Catholic news sources? Did they come from a respected Catholic University?


9. Learn about past olympians who made a stand for their faith


Like Eric Liddell who would’t compete on Sundays.


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