Having just returned from vacation, I am happy to report that even though I did not check my office emails every other minute, the world did not come to an end. Neither did my employer, the Archdiocese of New York

I mention this because earlier this summer, I had read some disturbing articles on the effect of not making proper use of leisure time. Vacations are supposed to help us de-stress, not add to it. Vacations are supposed to enable us to reconnect with our families, our friends, the things we like to do and see. Hard to do any of that if one is checking one’s mobile all the time. It’s also not good for the health
The same goes for weekends. However, Sunday is more than a day off. It is a day to give thanks to God in the Eucharist and to reconnect, not just with one’s own family but also with the family that is the parish, the community of believers

Pope Francis, who certainly is subjected to a great deal of stress, spoke today in his general audience about this. I think his words contain great wisdom for all of us

PS. There’s a lesson in here for those of us who manage others. Don’t make it difficult for those you supervise. Respect their time of rest, especially Sunday