Dies Domini 65: Sunday and Rest In Civil Society

Saint John Paul has a bit more to say on rest, how world views rest, and how the modern day situation retains the need for human beings to take their rest. Does human power and supremacy over the physical world

65. By contrast, the link between the Lord’s Day and the day of rest in civil society has a meaning and importance which go beyond the distinctly Christian point of view. The alternation between work and rest, built into human nature, is willed by God himself, as appears in the creation story in the Book of Genesis (cf. 2:2-3; Ex 20:8-11): rest is something “sacred”, because it is (the human) way of withdrawing from the sometimes excessively demanding cycle of earthly tasks in order to renew (an) awareness that everything is the work of God. There is a risk that the prodigious power over creation which God gives to (people) can lead (them) to forget that God is the Creator upon whom everything depends. It is all the more urgent to recognize this dependence in our own time, when science and technology have so incredibly increased the power which (humankind) exercises through (their) work.

If we forget God, are we inclined to work ourselves to the bone? If we forget God because of our own power, is that a Sunday issue? How can observing Sunday help us remember?

The Vatican site has Dies Domini in its entirety.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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