Tonight, the 30th Olympic Games commence in London. In ancient times this was a period when conflicts were ceased or put on hold.
You can take a look at some information about the spiritual dimensions of the Olympics over on www.PresentationBrothers.org
I think it would be a good idea to mark the opening of the Games by praying for peace in the world. In particular we pray for the innocent victims of the violence in Syria. I also want to remember those parts of Nigeria which remain troubled by strife.
In the words of Pope Benedict XVI:
“I pray that, in the spirit of the Olympic Truce, the good generated by this international sporting event may bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the world."