Joan Chittister Book Discussion


Chapter 8: Holy Leisure

Holy Leisure: The Key to a Good Life

1. Sister Joan writes: “No matter how valuable your work, remember that the empty vessel must be filled” (page 101). Read the monastic tale of page 97. What things do you do (or not do) to help keep you from breaking? What refreshes you?

2. After reading this chapter, what is your understanding of the Benedictine concept of “holy leisure.” What are some specific ways that you can engage in the practice of holy leisure.

3. Sister Joan notes that if each of us observed Sabbath in a special way—took the time to look at life in fresh, new ways—we would have enough time to practice holy leisure. Is observing the Sabbath practical in our times? Is there any way that you observe the Sabbath that you’d like to share with others?

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