The Archbishop of Westminster is asking Catholic schools to plan for '100 Days of Peace' during the forthcoming London Olympic Games.
The call is being made at Westminster Cathedral on Friday 7 October 2011, starting at 1.15pm, at a Mass attended by around 1,400 children from the 485 schools in the Catholic dioceses of Westminster, Southwark and Brentwood.
100 Days of Peace is based on the Sacred Truce of the ancient Greek Olympics, which enabled competitors to reach Olympia without being attacked as they passed through warring city states.
It will run from Friday 8 June 2012 (50 days before the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games) to Sunday 28 October 2012 (50 days after the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games).
Some 200,000 children attending Catholic schools in London, Essex, Hertfordshire and Kent are being encouraged to prepare for the 100 Days in the same way that athletes will prepare for the games - by training in the classical virtues , which will help everyone to receive and promote peace.
The virtues, which have their roots both in Aristotle and in Christian tradition, are:
· Prudence, which allows people to judge correctly what is right and wrong in any given situation.
· Fortitude, which enables people to overcome fear and to remain steady in will in the face of obstacles. It is commonly called ‘courage’.
· Temperance, which attempts to keeps people from excess in their bodily desires. It requires the balancing of these legitimate goods against an inordinate desire for them.
· Justice, which is the permanent determination to give everyone her or his rightful dues.
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