Do you feel lethargic or deflated? Saint John Paul II has some advice for you

If you’re feeling down, take inspiration from the late pontiff and opt for a little exercise for a healthy body and mind.

Life right now is difficult for many people. There are growing concerns about world peace, many people are struggling with financial uncertainty and, to top it off, the days are getting colder and wetter. It’s no wonder a day on the couch with a good book or a series to watch seems so inviting.

However, the best thing you can do is fight the urge to vegetate and take inspiration from the avid sportsman Saint John Paul II. And since today is the feast of the beloved late pontiff, it’s the perfect time to commit to moving your body and exercising.

If you’re not sure, check out some of his best sports quotes to inspire you to put on your sneakers, get that heartbeat, and feel alive again.

Sport contributes to the love of life, teaches sacrifice, respect and responsibility, leading to the full development of every human person.

“Sports competition develops some of the noblest qualities and talents in people. They must learn the secret of their own body, their strengths and weaknesses, their struggles and breaking points. They must develop the ability to concentrate and the habit of self-discipline through long hours of exercise and fatigue while learning to take into account their own strength. They must also learn to conserve their energy for the last moment when victory will depend on a burst of speed or a final push of strength.


Give thanks to God for the gift of sport, in which the human person exercises his body, his intelligence and his will, recognizing these capacities as so many gifts from his Creator.

“The Church can only encourage everything that serves to develop the human body harmoniously. It is rightly considered the masterpiece of all creation, not only because of its proportion, its strength and its beauty, but also and above all because God has made it his home and the instrument of an immortal soul, breathing into him that “breath of life” by which man is made in his image and likeness”.

Sport trains the body and mind in perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship and collaboration.

“Sport is an activity that involves more than the movement of the body; it demands the use of the intelligence and the discipline of the will. It reveals, in other words, the marvelous structure of the human person created by God as a spiritual being, a unity of body and spirit. If sport were reduced to the worship of the human body, forgetting the primacy of the spirit, or if it were to hinder your moral and intellectual development, or lead you to serve less than noble goals, then it would lose its true meaning and , in the long term, it would even become detrimental to your full healthy growth as human persons. You are true athletes when you prepare not only by training your bodies but also by constantly engaging the spiritual dimensions of your person for the harmonious development of all. your talents. »

And of course, the sporting pontiff was quick to remind us that we can also exercise our spirituality:

Every Christian is called to become a strong athlete of Christ, that is, a faithful and courageous witness to his Gospel. But to achieve this, he must persevere in prayer, be trained in virtue and follow the divine Master in everything.

Pope John Paul II