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Leisure: A Biblical Examination of Conscience

Jesus looked at him and loved him. (Mark 10:21) Do I believe I am loved, really loved, by God? Do I look at others with the same gaze of love in which God looks at me? Do I make an effort to make eye contact with people who are trying to speak to me and be fully present to them? But Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) Do I allow myself the freedom to be in wonder about the mystery of life? Do I feel the unnecessary burden to have “it all figured out” and be able to understand and explain everything in life? Both positive and negative? Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Am I trying to solve all the problems of my life in one day? Do I talk t

Litany of Leisure

When I am tempted to always be doing something, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to be busier than necessary, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to skip prayer, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to give in to distraction, Help me, Jesus. When I am being hasty, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to ignore my need for silence, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to avoid holy "interruptions" or "inspirations," Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to self-hatred, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to be emotionally inattentive or to avoid eye contact, Help me, Jesus. When I can’t let go, Help me, Jesus. When I’ve lost the capacity for wonder and play, Help me, Jesus. When I am tempted to talk too much

Leisure in the Life of a Christian

The first time I read Josef Pieper’s book Leisure: The Basis of Culture, I felt I had finally encountered the philosophical and theological categories to explain the discomfort I felt in a culture obsessed with nonstop activity, imagery, and noise. Perhaps also being a first-generation American, with a Middle Eastern sensibility of leisure, I felt especially out of place. Unfortunately, it seems modern Christians have long abandoned the primacy of leisure, its foundation in the life of prayer and holiness, and, which Josef Pieper so brilliantly explains, its necessity in the restoration of a desirable culture. To continue reading the article, please click here.

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