In the rhythm of the Christian Tradition, Holy Saturday was a day of waiting, of bare church decoration, of things pared down and distractions minimized.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought. T. S. Eliot
Wise intention and skillful service need to be nourished by periods of quiet and prayer. Every great tradition includes some from of the Sabbath. In the West we inherited the blessing of the Christian and Jewish Sabbath. Muslims have Friday as their holy day, and likewise Hindus and Buddhists renew their vows of simplicity on full moon, new moon, and quarter moon days. When I was young, Massachusetts had Sabbath “Blue Laws” requiring all forms of business to stop on Sundays. But now, one generation later, we have twenty-four-hour supermarkets and twenty-four-hour banking, seven days a week; our consumer society has claimed the right to operate without constraint. This is a recipe for burnout.
Jack Kornfield, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the heart grows wise on the Spiritual Path
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I live in Massachusetts and grew up with blue law Sundays! I long for those days
Hi Sandy. Thanks for your comment. In Ireland we are “celebrating” the fact that we have shown ourselves to be, finally, a “modern” country by allowing pubs to open and serve alcohol on Good Friday – one of only two days in the year that they traditionally closed. Now that we have all businesses open for nearly every day of the year, we can demonstrate that we are fully a modern consumer society. And that seems to make us proud.