When the Easter season ends this Sunday with the celebration of Pentecost, summer will be spread out before us like a beach towel in the sand. Just thinking about slowing down and relaxing for a while attracts like a magnet and yet, many of us don’t really know how. Our writers would like to help by starting your days for the coming months with reflections on what we are calling “holy leisure.” This is a term that was actually written into the Rule of St. Benedict long ago for monastic life and reiterated recently by Pope Francis: “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.” Any activity that stops us in our tracks and gives us the opportunity to gaze a while can also be included. True soul food for body, mind, and spirit, holy leisure nourishes the deepest part of us and gives meaning to everything we do.

by DC