… of a ferret on a triple cappucino” — Dennis Miller
“Holy leisure” is the art of doing nothing for God. Of being fully present where we are, not thinking ahead ten paces.
A lot of the time our busy-ness is really designed to keep us from thinking much. It “freaks people out” to have to be alone and quiet with just their own thoughts.
How true is that?! How often I’ve wondered if the reason we constantly play the radio or the CD player or the TV is to keep us from being alone with our thoughts? What is it about silence that we fear?
This is the most difficult of spiritual exercises — fight hard to make it a reality. Do you ever wonder why God doesn’t just write what He wants us to do across the sky so we’ll get the message? Because it’s in the context of relationship that we make discovery. We need to be a part of it.
As an exercise he read to us the Annunciation story in Luke 1. Three times. And had us write our responses and impressions after each reading. It’s amazing what you hear when you listen for the second and third time…