Receiving recognition from a fellow blogger.

Reader Appreciation Award.

This evening I was happy to learn that 1catholicsalmon was nominated for this prestigious award — The Reader Appreciation Award — from super-blogger  BILTRIX !

What a pleasant surprise and I see it as a real compliment, as I am really particular about the blogs that I read in-depth and in turn,  take the time to comment on. BILTRIX is an informative, Spirit-filled blog with many inspirational and educational posts.  It’s a blog that shares information on cultural apologetics for the New Evangilisation. Do make your way there sometime soon. Sincere thanks for your support and the sharing of this award BILTRIX.

Now the rules for accepting this award are as follows:

  1. Add a picture of the award to your blog post.
  2. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Nominate 5-10 other Bloggers and inform those selected that they have been nominated.

Now, in appreciation to all readers of 1catholicsalmon, I wish I could nominate you all.

I am going to include blogs in the following list that are ones that I comment on every now and then but read on a daily basis. The administrators of the blogs are the ones that read my blog and comment from time to time. To these bloggers I say, ‘Thank you for taking the time to read my posts.’

The nominees for the coveted Reader Appreciation Award are:

  1. The Foraging Squirrel – (Catholic Christian) Light, refreshing, different, creative.
  2. The Reluctant Road to Rome – (Catholic Christian) Detailed, concise, honest, sincere.
  3. Cristian Mihai - (Author)- Inspirational and interesting.
  4. Khamneithang – (Christian) An amazing way with words and imagery. Written by a single father. A must see.
  5. Public Catholic- Front line hot- off-the-press Catholic witness.
  6. Bucketlist publications-An exciting blog about travel, adventure, & new experiences.

To all of you who read this blog: THANK YOU ! (To the followers of 1catholicsalmon, please introduce yourselves.)

Olympic AND PARALYMPIC Games 2012

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern...

Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, also helped found the USFSA. At various times he served as the federation’s president and secretary general (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Something new I learned today:

The founder of the modern Games was a Jesuit-educated French aristocrat and school reformer, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, who saw sport as a means of reviving his country’s prowess after defeat in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71. Impressed by his visits to English public schools, which showed, he wrote, how “organized sport can create moral and social strength,” he tried without success to persuade French education to incorporate more sport. That failure led to a new idea: a festival of international athleticism modelled on the competition held every four years in the ancient Greek city of Olympia. Coubertin wanted it to promote the values which he saw in the ancient Games: competition among amateur rather than professional athletes, peace and understanding between nations and the idea of a struggle to overcome our own limitations as being more important than winning. (Quoted from OSV)

Catholicism really does encompass all parts of our personal and social lives as individuals and as communities. I read this article today and was uplifted by this paragraph from the same article: 

But the Church has stressed that this message is as relevant to the Paralympics as the Olympics. Speaking at a Catholic conference dedicated to the theme of disability on July 11, Cristina Gangemi, disability consultant to the bishops of England and Wales, said the Paralympics enact the message of the theology of the body. Pope John Paul, she said, “was always in shape, firmly disciplined and allowed the Spirit to guide him in sport,” while showing in his later life that “there is continuity between health and illness” and “the body must be respected and honored at all stages.” The Ancient Games were a holy event, an opportunity to heal social divisions and repair the fragmentation of society.  

I have been aware of some negativity from bloggers regarding the hype and hero-worship status of the Olympic games and didn’t really understand why. What could possibly be better than having 200+ nations on this earth participating in peaceful ‘combat’ for the sake of sport, national pride and the improvement of self? After reading the above article I understood… I had a light-bulb moment: I looked back on the Olympic games as I was growing up I remember thinking it weird that anyone would possibly want to participate in the Games when disabled or physically challenged. Surely there is no more perfect body than those of Olympic athletes?

The fact it, the body should be respected always. The body encompasses the soul and the Spirit. Not just the outer shell. We are not just our body.

The Olympic and Paralympic Games are about much more than sporting excellence. Underpinning the Games is the philosophy of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Olympic Movement.

These Values are:

  • respect – fair play; knowing one’s own limits; and taking care of one’s health and the environment
  • excellence – how to give the best of oneself, on the field of play or in life; taking part; and progressing according to one’s own objectives
  • friendship – how, through sport, to understand each other despite any differences

The Paralympic Values are based on the history of the Paralympic Games and the tradition of fair play and honourable sports competition.

They are:

  • courage
  • determination
  • inspiration
  • equality.
Paralympic Movement flag

Paralympic Movement flag (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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