“For a vast number of Christians, religion is a private affair, something separate from daily life, whereas it should be the soul, the motor, the transformer, the supernatural force of the whole of that life.”

Cardijn, 1933. “Ite missa est.”

Why is Cardijn concerned when religion is separate from daily life?

This enquiry will review an aspect of daily life – leisure or free time.


When are you working or occupied, doing things you have no choice but to do?

How do you spend the remaining time where you get to choose?

Why do you do the things you do?           


What do you think about how you spend your free time?

Does anyone spend time having fun?

“I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

Can you relate what Jesus is saying to this enquiry?


What are you going to do?

What is your goal with this?

How does this affect other people?

Shall we finish with a prayer, or do people have to rush off?   (Joking, come on? haha)

Monsignor Frank recommends a book by Author Rolf Dobelli, ‘Stop Reading the News’ which talks about:

“From Page 2 Talking to Guardian Newspaper Journalists, Dobelli said to them. “ “Let’s be honest…what you are doing here, ladies and gentlemen is basically entertainment.

Digitalisation has turned the news from a harmless form of entertainment to a weapon of mass destruction.

It is time to move to reading what the experts and good lecturers are saying about “things.”

To keep a calm head about the world, abstain from the news and go straight to the sources.”

By Greg Lopez

Member of the Australian Cardijn Institute (ACI), Cardijn Community Australia (CCA) and lay chaplain with the International Catholic Student Movement, Asia Pacific.

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