Wednesday, September 5, 2018

true rest is a moment of contemplation


Francis and the Clowns
Notes from Francis' homily this morning:
There is false rest and there is true rest.

Society is thirsty for entertainment and holiday. We think that a "successful" person is one who can afford different kinds of pleasure. But this mentality slips towards the dissatisfaction of an anesthetized existence of entertainment that is not rest, but alienation and escape from reality.  Man has never rested as much as today, yet man has never experienced as much emptiness as today.

True rest is a moment of contemplation, of praise.

It is a time to look at reality and say: how beautiful life is. to say to God: thank you for your life, for your mercy, for all your gifts.

Make peace with life because life is precious.

Peace is chosen, it cannot be imposed and cannot be found by chance.

In the end, “all is grace”. For, as the Psalmist assures us, in God alone do our souls find rest.
- Pope Francis, homily at Casa Santa Marta, September 5, 2018

From Vatican News HERE

2 comments:

  1. 2Cents ___________

    I do not think that life can be said to be so beautiful -
    for one thing life is a temporary affair it is also unfair
    those who are without food or security i dont think are
    sitting around contemplating heavenly realms it is the well to do that do i think it would be a happy happy if our wonderful catholic church to help immigrant people coming into this country a grand mass helps not disposed people -

    blessings +-----------------------


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    1. I suppose it depends on your perspective...

      Is life temporary, or is life reality/eternity itself? Are we these little lives in time, or are our toes dipping in waters that are much deeper?

      (Francis, for one, points us toward a "Catholic church" that turns the hierarchical structure upside down.)

      As for the grand mass, it is more mysterious than I can comment upon.

      blessings indeed. thanks for 2 cents.

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