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Author:  Jack3 [ Sat Jun 27, 2020 8:29 am ]
Post subject:  What is the soul's leisure?

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Leisure is also to be moderated by temperance. For just as bodily rest is necessary for the body's refreshment, so also the soul needs some kind of refreshment. Now talking in this way can give the false impression that body and soul are two distinct entities. But this is not the impression we intend to give. The human person as a whole needs to rest, because he is physically tired. But the whole human person also needs to leisure. For when the soul rises above sensible goods and is intent on the operations of reason, there results after a time a certain weariness of soul. The soul's rest is leisure, which of course involves some bodily pleasure, thereby alleviating the strain of the mind's study. Therefore, it is necessary to engage in playful or humorous activity. But there can be an excess in games or leisure when play is inordinate.


What things are leisure to the soul?

Author:  Dorothy B. [ Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:29 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What is the soul's leisure?

Jack3 wrote:
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Leisure is also to be moderated by temperance. For just as bodily rest is necessary for the body's refreshment, so also the soul needs some kind of refreshment. Now talking in this way can give the false impression that body and soul are two distinct entities. But this is not the impression we intend to give. The human person as a whole needs to rest, because he is physically tired. But the whole human person also needs to leisure. For when the soul rises above sensible goods and is intent on the operations of reason, there results after a time a certain weariness of soul. The soul's rest is leisure, which of course involves some bodily pleasure, thereby alleviating the strain of the mind's study. Therefore, it is necessary to engage in playful or humorous activity. But there can be an excess in games or leisure when play is inordinate.


What things are leisure to the soul?


Reading a great novel, taking a walk in the park, having ice-cream sundaes together with a few friends, watching a comedy movie, and listening to or playing music.

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