Physical Activity

Respect for Health  from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

2288 Life and physical health are precious gifts entrusted to us by God.

We must take reasonable care of them, taking into account the needs of others and the common good.

Concern for the health of its citizens requires that society help in the attainment of living-conditions that allow them to grow and reach maturity: food and clothing, housing, health care, basic education, employment, and social assistance.

2290 The virtue of temperance disposes us to avoid every kind of excess: the abuse of food, alcohol, tobacco, or medicine. Those incur grave guilt who, by drunkenness or a love of speed, endanger their own and others' safety on the road, at sea, or in the air.

2291 The use of drugs inflicts very grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense. Clandestine production of and trafficking in drugs are scandalous practices. They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practices gravely contrary to the moral law.

The Catechism does, however, warn against an overly worldly view of care of the body.

2289 If morality requires respect for the life of the body, it does not make it an absolute value.

It rejects a neo-pagan notion that tends to promote the cult of the body, to sacrifice everything for it's sake, to idolize physical perfection and success at sports.

By its selective preference of the strong over the weak, such a conception can lead to the perversion of human relationships.

Our purpose here is to have a supernatural motive for the care of our health. Namely, that we will be able to work hard and even spend ourselves for the sake of the Kingdom of God. In order to assist those who are in formation maintain good general physical health, which the PPF indicates is a necessary requisite for advancement to Holy Orders and beneficial for future priestly ministry, the following information from the American heart Association is offered as a guide to encourage good practices.

What 30 minutes of Physical Activity per day does for you.

-Reduces body fat

-Helps to maintain a healthy weight                                                                                       -Improves blood pressure                                                                                                                 -Improves blood sugar levels                                                                                                             -Improves strength                                                                                                                       -Improves lung capacity                                                                                                          -Relieves stress                                                                                                                                  -Improves flexibility                                                                                                                        -Helps you to sleep well.

If you can’t do at least 30 minutes at one time, you can add up 10 minute sessions throughout the day.