The Just Man is Religious

diversion and worship

Now, there’s nothing wrong with having good recreation as long as it harms nothing and no one, and it is truly “good.” But, rest is something we truly need by our nature, because we do live in a balancing act between the active and the restful, the heavier and lighter, the harder and easier. Sleep and work are an example, so is fasting and feasting. But one must never allow comfort seeking to occupy all your time and keep you away from giving the more important things in life, God, neighbor and proper responsibilities, their just due.

It is helpful to compare these things in the virtue of justice, because it gets us out of our heads and the justification that can happen in there. We often rest or allow some diversion because we “feel tired,” or something. But justice is an acknowledgement of what we owe or what someone else deserves. This is why speaking of prayer and worship within all of the virtues, and especially justice, is helpful in an age when too many offer themselves to God only when they feel like it, which may be close to never.

Sunday mass is not the only time that we have to worship our Creator. There are moments in every day that can be devoted to worshipping God…. brief moments throughout the day acknowledging God and having a conversation with Him, and thanking and praising Him. Throughout the day we can show charity to those with whom we come in contact…. being kind and polite in our manner and conduct, aware that they are a child of God deserving of our manners. That’s part of the just man giving his neighbor his due.


One of those choices above leads to enduring joy and the other gives you temporary happiness that is fleeting. Why not make what is justly due to God your Creator your primary and major focus, which it well should be, and all the rest in the priority proper to them? The just man is religious.

From St. Francis de Sales Introduction to the Devout Life:

Give God thanks. O Great and Good Creator, what do I not owe Thee, Who didst take me
from out that nothingness, by Thy Mercy to make me what I am? How can I ever do enough worthily
to praise Thy Holy Name, and render due thanks to Thy Goodness?

CCC 2096: Adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love. “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve,” says Jesus, citing Deuteronomy.

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