The Pope offers a monthly intention that we can unite in praying for with him. This month’s is “that sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.” (From: http://www.news.va/en/news/pope-francis-prayer-intentions-for-july )
As was illustrated profoundly for me in the film, Invictus, sports can bring us together as a community in a way that very few other things can.
This wonderful online article at the Apostleship of Prayer’s children’s ministry site offers a list of twelve family sports movies that you can use to highlight the Pope’s intention–to celebrate the gift of sports, to reflect on how they bring us together, and even to pray together at the end of the film for an increase in human respect, brotherhood, and sisterhood.
From Rudy and The Greatest Game Ever Played, to Mighty Macs and The Rookie, these are definitely some of my favorite sports films that the family can enjoy together.