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The Spiritual Man, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

26- What is the meaning of rest?


Those who seek rest at the expense of others misunderstand the meaning of the word rest and they are after a false one:

True rest is having an easy conscience, mans rest with God and also eternal rest. As for the type of rest that those people are looking for, it is not a true rest. The spiritual man sacrifices himself for the sake of others and toils to give others rest. The means to achieve rest also should not be sinful . As it was said: He who lives only for himself, never lived. And the Holy Bible says: In honour giving preference to one another (Rom 12:10). Man must keep away from selfishness and self-centeredness.

There is only one exception, that is the necessary punishment for pastoral care, in order to give rest to the community and reinforce the spiritual values.