The Pope Weighs In

Leisure is radical. I guess that’s true, sadly so.

Pope Francis “believes that we must — indeed, that God is calling us to — relax.”

I read a New York Times article by Mark Oppenheimer about a book that’s been newly translated into English in which Pope Francis urges leisure and rest, Sabbath, on a culture that badly needs it.

Here’s a blurb from the article:

Responding to the question, “Do we need to rediscover the meaning of leisure?” Pope Francis replies: “Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport. But this is being destroyed, in large part, by the elimination of the Sabbath rest day. More and more people work on Sundays as a consequence of the competitiveness imposed by a consumer society.”

What a radical concept it is that we can afford to rest, in fact that we cannot afford NOT to rest. I’m reminded of my husband’s grandfather who didn’t think he should take a day off from work lest his employer discover that he was not indispensable.

I think we labor under the false pretense that if we didn’t keep on keeping on we would lose the rat race.

I’d ask whether the rat race is the race we want to win… or even be in. What about the human race?

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