Pope John Paul II has said that regular vacations are necessary in order to live a balanced life that is attentive to the Holy Spirit.
    Speaking to several thousand pilgrims and residents of Castel Gandolfo, his summer residence outside Rome, he described holidays as more necessary than ever, given "present day society, which is so frenetic and competitive, in which the logic of production and profit predominate, not infrequently to the detriment of the person".
    The Holy Father dedicated his meeting with pilgrims to talk, specifically, about vacations, "adequate periods of rest, in which to recover energy and, at the same time, rediscover the right internal balance."
    Holidays must be used wisely, because "they are beneficial to the individual and family, thanks to contact with nature, tranquility, the greater opportunity to cultivate family harmony, good reading, and healthy recreational activity; and, above all, thanks to the possibility to dedicate yourself primarily to prayer, contemplation, and listening to God."
    The Holy Father recalled that when the Apostles had returned from their first mission, Jesus told them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while."
    Zenit (available soon)
25 July 00

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