Interested if anyone could point me to good resources for better understanding how to enjoy holy pleasure and leisure, particularly as it might relate to my vocation as a musician. I write pop/rock music and am very concerned about writing uplifting, “good” lyrics. At the same time, I have not sensed a call to solely write sacred music. I have felt, somewhere inside of me, that there is a place for music that is just “fun.” Music that relaxes and helps one enjoy the lighter side of life. The kind of music you’d play at a BBQ. I grew up in a very serious, somewhat joyless home, and music was what I turned to growing up to lift my spirits.
I’m converting to Catholicism from Mormonism originally (born and raised), and Protestantism. Neither of these traditions helped me understand how to properly “balance” my life. Catholicism is helping me see that there is a time to work, a time to rest. A time to worship, and a time to play…without guilt. In Protestantism in particular, because there aren’t sacraments, worshippers have little data per how to please and commune with God and so the scrupulous can assume the worst: I have to be somber/serious/penitential all the time, because I never know if I’ve done enough to please God. I think this is where that old-ashioned Protestant austerity stems from: whitewash everything, no play or fun, don’t sin. Best to not take one’s eyes off of God and revel in what is “human”.
So, any thoughts on balancing life with play and leisure? Catholics seem to know how to have a good time. Even the idea of “Feast Days” is intriguing to me, as is also the use of the term “celebration” to describe quite a lot of things, including the “celebration” of the Mass. And cultures touched by Catholicism have created some of the best cuisines, music, and art. How exactly does this fit into Catholic spirituality?
Interested in the whole, “growing in holiness and also enjoying life” … thing lol