Sunday, August 20, 2006

"Working too hard harms the spirit"

I don't follow the Pope at all, but in light of my last blog entry, I found this article to be quite timely!

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy - Working too hard, even for those leading the Catholic Church, is bad for the spirit, Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday as he greeted tourists at his summer residence outside Rome.

During his traditional weekly appearance to bless the faithful, Benedict quoted from writings of St. Bernard in the 12th century meant for the popes of his time on the subject of overwork.
Benedict quoted the saint as advising pontiffs to "watch out for the dangers of an excessive activity, whatever ... the job that you hold, because many jobs often lead to the 'hardening of the heart,' as well as 'suffering of the spirit, loss of intelligence.'"
"That warning is valid for every kind of work, even those involved in the governing of the church," 79-year-old Benedict said.
Having had a vacation in the Italian Alps in July, Benedict is spending what remains of August and much of September, in the papal palace in Castel Gandolfo, a lakeside town in the Alban Hills southeast of Rome.
The pontiff will interrupt his holidays to make a day trip on Sept. 1 to a religious sanctuary on Italy's Adriatic coast and to fly to his homeland, Germany, for a pilgrimage Sept. 9-14.

1 comment:

alise said...

Loving what you do can push a person to work insanely long hours. I think the difference is when you have a family at home. I am planning on working long hours teaching because my experience has been that long hours are necessary to plan for successful learning experiences. Teachers with more experience and families at home do not have to work the same kinds of hours as I do nor should they.
The type A personalities that you discussed usually are saving vigorously for early retirement although once retired they usually miss that frantic work pace and have problems adjusting to the slower pace of retirement.