As a cloistered contemplative Nun, a question I frequently receive is, “What do you do?” This is closely followed by, “What? All you do is pray?”
Leisure: The Basis of Culture by Josef Pieper explores the notion of “not everything is useless, which cannot be brought under the definition of the useful.”
In our ‘workaday” world productivity is #1, yet St. Thomas Aquinas asserts, “As God, who made all things, did not rest in those things…but rested in himself from the created works…so we too should learn not to regard the works as the goal, but to rest from the works in God himself.”
This is not only a great read for a Nun, but for all who live in the “workaday” world.