Holy Leisure

Now, Summer. We have reached the fullness of what is summer, with its long evenings, pool time, recreation and vacation. In July, Jim and I will be taking a vacation, on a much-anticipated trip.

Joan Chittister has a chapter called “Holy Leisure: The Key to a Good Life” in her book Wisdom Distilled from the Daily. She says:

Leisure, in other words, is an essential part of Benedictine spirituality. It is not laziness and it is not selfishness. It has something to do with the depth and breadth, length and quality of life.

And as part of a daily rhythm, she says that daily candle lighting is a way to focus our minds on Christ, a time to look into the dark spots of our soul. And a reminder not to burn the candle at both ends.

So, whether one is going away for leisure, or finding time and place for resting focus, it is a benefit to our well-being, a factor in our ability to create “Good Life”.

May it be so with you.
Blessings and peace to you....................... Jeannie