Holy Leisure


Jesus said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mk 6:31).

Holy Leisure, Part VI

“Holy leisure” brings work to a halt and provides a respite against the servitude of work and the worship of money. Join the Notre Dame family in acknowledging the value of rest and refreshment—see more here.

Holy Leisure, Part V

“Christian spirituality incorporates the value of relaxation and festivity,” writes Pope Francis in his most recent encyclical, Laudato Si. “Rest opens our eyes to the larger picture.” To see what it looks like to appreciate relaxation and festivity, click here.

Holy Leisure, Part IV

St. Thomas wrote, "God, who made things, did not rest in the things he made, but rested from them, in himself… just so should we learn to rest not in our things or in his things, as if they were the goal, but rather in God himself, in whom our happiness exists." For images of the Notre Dame family of faith resting in God, click here. 

Holy Leisure, Part III

Pope St. John Paul II wrote, “Through the recreation and leisure made possible by travel, people are restored and renewed, body and spirit. They return home to family and work with a new perspective and enthusiasm for life.”  the Notre Dame family finding restoration and renewal here.

Holy Leisure, Part II

Pope Benedict XVI wrote, "We live in a society in which it seems that every space, every moment must be 'filled' with initiatives, activity, sound; often there is not even time to listen and dialogue... Let us not be afraid to be silent outside and inside ourselves, so that we are able not only to perceive God's voice, but also the voice of the person next to us, the voices of others." For images of our readers perceiving God's voice in leisure, click here. 

Holy Leisure, Part I

Pope Francis said, “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.” For images of our readers relaxing in gratitude, click here.