Tuesday of Lent Week 2, or The Need for Rest

Collect: Guard your Church, we pray, O Lord, in your unceasing mercy, and, since without you mortal humanity is sure to fall, may we be kept by your constant helps from all harm and directed to all that brings salvation.

So today was a really busy day at work. Came in at 8:15 am, left at 6:35 pm. Had to take a nap at a rest area before driving home because of how tired I was after work. In fact, I am really tired typing this right now.

What does that have to do with anything?

Well, today, in the old calendar, is the feast of St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church. I decided to look into him for a bit and found out that he invented the siesta!

For those of you who don’t know, the siesta is a short nap taken in the afternoon.

Originally, it was instituted for monks and hermits to have the energy to recite the night hours of the Divine Office (Vespers and Compline). The prayers of the canonical hours in the past are a lot more intense than they are today in the modern Liturgy of the Hours.

What does that mean for us?

Well, it simply means that we need the proper amount of rest to do what is required of us. For the religious, it means being able to pray all day. For laypeople, it means having the rest to work and contemplate.

There is nothing wrong with taking a little nap when you are exhausted. There is especially nothing wrong with resting so that you may pray more effectively.

Devotion to God requires the entirety of our being. Rest allows us to do exactly that.

And so dear readers, rest well.

Have a blessed Lent

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