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Holy Leisure


Written by Thomas Merton (1915-1968), an American Trappist monk, writer, theologian, mystic, poet, social activist and scholar of comparative religion. This is an excerpt from his book “Spiritual Direction and Meditation.”

Now the Fathers of the Church well understood the importance of certain “holy leisure” – otium sanctum. We cannot give ourselves to spiritual things if we are always swept off our feet by a multitude of external activities. Business is not the supreme virtue, and sanctity is not measured by the amount of work we accomplish. Perfection is found in the purity of our love for God, and this pure love is a delicate plant that grows best where there is plenty of time for it to mature.


Written by Erasmus (1466-1536), a Dutch Renaissance classical scholar, humanist, priest, social critic, teacher and theologian.

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have said that you are the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Do not allow us to stray from you, who are the Way,

not to distrust you, who are the Truth,

nor to rest in anything other than you, who are the Life. Amen.

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