Don’t work too hard

Don’t work too hard

That’s Pope Benedict’s message as the summer vacation season winds down, during yesterday’s Angelus at Castel Gandolfo. That advice isn’t difficult for me. I’m not working!

Seriously, the Pope quoted from St. Bernard’s writings to the popes of his time in the 12th century.

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.

The Holy Father is staying at his summer home in the Alban Hills for most of September, interrupted briefly by a day trip to the Adriatic Coast and a visit to Bavaria, September 9-14.

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