leisure at last

It’s the weekend at the end of what has probably been a busy week. Do you ever find that you long for a break from the busyness of life, the weekend comes and goes, and on Monday you wake with the feeling that you need another weekend?

This might have something to do with us having un-learned the art of rest.

Last century the well-respected German philosopher Josef Pieper wrote about this in his book Leisure: the basis of Culture.  Pieper suggests that our misguided belief that everything of value can be achieved through work has pretty much eliminated our culture’s ability to truly relax and to play.

Pieper reminds us that leisure is the basis of healthy human existence and therefore of a healthy culture.

At this half way point of our daily Advent reflections I thought I’d take a break myself and rather than prepare a video clip or reflection I’d share the work of another for our Saturday encouragement.

You might like to take ten minutes to be inspired by this video clip. I guarantee it will change the way you want to use your leisure time.

One Response to "leisure at last"
  1. lower-hutt-catholic says:

    That was a great video, thank you Father. I have never really noticed that wonder is “insatiable” for humans, nor considered it a glimpse of the beatific vision. I should read some Aquinas.

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