Giving the best of yourself

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Office/person in charge:
Church and Sport office Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Address:
Palazzo San Calisto 00120 Vatican City

Email address:
sport@laityfamilylife.va

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Giving the best of yourself is a document that offers the reader a chance to understand the relationship of being a Christian, and its values, and giving one’s best self in every aspect of our lives, in this case focusing on the activity of sports. Contributing a Christian perspective on sport and the human person, the document can serve the laity, especially those involved in sports, as a special guide in their faith and daily lives. In an effort to articulate the Church’s understanding of the sport phenomenon and its relationship to faith, it is a document with valuable information on the activity of sport and the many ways it relates back to Christianity.

Composed in five chapters, Giving the best of yourself outlines motives and purpose of such a document, the sport phenomenon, the significance of sports for the human person, the challenges that sports face such as the debasement of the body, doping, and corruption, and how the Church can serve as a key protagonist in the world of sports.

What is it?

What is this initiative about?

Giving the best of yourself is a document that offers the reader a chance to understand the relationship of being a Christian, and its values, and giving one’s best self in every aspect of our lives, in this case focusing on the activity of sports. Contributing a Christian perspective on sport and the human person, the document can serve the laity, especially those involved in sports, as a special guide in their faith and daily lives. In an effort to articulate the Church’s understanding of the sport phenomenon and its relationship to faith, it is a document with valuable information on the activity of sport and the many ways it relates back to Christianity.

Composed in five chapters, Giving the best of yourself outlines motives and purpose of such a document, the sport phenomenon, the significance of sports for the human person, the challenges that sports face such as the debasement of the body, doping, and corruption, and how the Church can serve as a key protagonist in the world of sports.

How does it help?

In what way does this initiative enhance the formation of the laity?

Sport can be considered as formative vehicle, especially for the younger generation. Children and young adults are inspired by many sportsmen and are fascinated by the act of playing a sport. The valuable information that the document offers provides formation for the youth in a special way, as the earlier the process of formation begins, the easier the person’s integral development through sports will be.

Giving the best of yourself is a unique way to reach out and inform the laity. Illustrating the significance of sports for the growth of a human person through a Christian lens, the document allows the laity to refer to it as a personal guide, or use it to train leaders who inspire the youth.

Why is it important?

Why is this initiative important for the training and advancement of the laity in your country?

The Church approaches the world of sports because it desires to contribute to the construction of an increasingly authentic humane sport. The relationship between Church and sport is a special one and has grown in a fruitful way throughout centuries, for the Ecclesial Community sees in sports a powerful instrument for the integral growth of the human person.

The Church has been a sponsor of the beauty that certain human activities may bring to us such as art and music ultimately because beauty comes from God. Having a document on sport can not only provide valuable information on the Church and sport, also shows how playing a sport is a can be a beauty that brings us closer to God.

How did it start

How was this initiative developed?

Giving the best of yourself is a fruit of almost three years of work done by the Church and Sport office in the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.

With the collaboration of athletes, representatives from the world’s highest sports institutions, academics, theologians and philosophers from around the world, the Church approaches the world of sport with this document because it desires to contribute to the constructions of an increasingly authentic humane sport.

Benefits

Does it benefit the laity on a national or local level?

Giving the best of yourself aims to be a document that speaks to all those who love and value sport, therefore serving the laity worldwide. It benefits the laity who are involved in sports such as coaches, teachers and parents by giving them an opportunity to get informed and become proper educators for the younger generation. It also serves purpose for priests in local parishes, or bishops on a national scale, as pastoral care through sports can be a way of forming the laity as well.

Going further than just the Church, the document is also intended serve and provide for all people of good will, such as those part of organizations who are working towards developing programs to promote the human values that are inherent in sports.

Means and funding

Who funds the initiative? What is needed to launch this initiative?

This document intends to be a brief presentation of the views of the Holy See and the Catholic Church on sports.

The aim of the document is to provide a basis for the Episcopal Conferences and dioceses to work in the sport pastoral ministry, as well as to offer a working guide to clubs and sports associations that wish to base the practice of sport on Christian roots.

Learn more

Where can people learn more about this initiative?

An online version of Giving the best of yourself can be found on the Dicastery’s website (http://www.laityfamilylife.va/content/laityfamilylife/en/sezione-laici/i-papi-e-lo-sport.html) in five different languages – English, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. There is also an online publication of the document in German available at https://www.dbk-shop.de/de/sein-bestes-geben.html

Countries involved

Does this initiative exist in other countries?

Through the Bishops’ Conferences on a national level, and Dioceses at a local level, the document can be a promoted as a contribution to sport and Catholic education. It can be implemented at many different schools, leading the youth to a deeper understanding of the connection between the Church’s teachings and playing a sport. It may also serve as a guideline for many different sport organizations in schools, parishes and Catholic associations.

By request of different organizations across the world the Church and Sport office has presented the document  at various conferences.

How to start?

How can this initiative be implemented in other countries?

At a parish level, the document may be used as a means for pastoral care. Pastoral care through sport cannot be improvised, but requires people trained and motivated to rediscover the meaning of sport in an educational context and get involved in the service of a Christian vision if sport. Leaders in sport around the world can refer to Giving the best of yourself when reaching out to the laity and by setting an example in the world of sport.


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