Sabbath Frees Us from the Anxiety of Achievement

Posted by Franciscan Media on Sep 10, 2017 5:45:00 AM

Sabbath Frees Us from the Anxiety of Achievement | Image: Pixabay

If we are to recover what it means to be a creature, to live a given life in a given world, then Sabbath will be a central practice. It is in Sabbath that we learn to rest and wrest ourselves from the anxieties of achievement, of making and doing, that clamor inside and out. “It invites us to rest,” writes Berry. “It asks us to notice that while we rest the world continues without our help. It invites us to find delight in the world’s beauty and abundance.” In our greed that rushes to consume the world to our own destruction, “it may be asking us also to consider that if we choose not to honor it and care well for it, the world will continue in our absence.”

–from the book Wendell Berry and the Given Life

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