Truth in Humor: On the Need to Take a Nap

I absolutely love working in Catholic Education! Now, I have the joy of serving our Lord in this portion of the field and I have been granted the opportunity to oversee the work and ministry of education as an assistant principal. The work of an administrator is rewarding, but not without its challenges. Aside from the challenges that come with the position are those that come with being a husband and father. It’s a lot of work! Needless to say, some days, when at some late hour I finally get a moment to sit and rest, within 5 seconds of being stationary...I’m out!

The start of a school year is hectic, requiring much work each day to ensure smooth daily operations, as well as much work each night to ensure appropriate preparation has gone into the next school day’s success.  How do I do it? I consider it important to make sure to set aside non-negotiable time for my wife, my daughter, my Lord and… my NAPS!  

Naps are a great gift from God! When I was in seminary, I came across a post that was a parody of a Thomistic argument and it took on the question of whether  naps are necessary for salvation. Here is a sampling of the post:

Salvation consists in becoming like unto God. God is most actual. Hence, we must be actual. Now, naps are opposed to actuality and are hence opposed to salvation.
 
Besides, the Apostle says be watchful and awake for your salvation is near at hand. Naps are opposed to being watchful. Hence it follows that naps are opposed to salvation.
 
Furthermore, Aristotle says that virtue consists in activity. Naps are not activity and are, therefore, not counted as virtuous. Hence, it follows that naps are opposed to salvation.
 
ON THE CONTRARY: The Psalmist says He pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber. Now salvation is a gift, and we must sleep to receive the gifts of God. Hence, naps are necessary for salvation.
 
I answer that naps can be spoken of in two ways: naps in a relative sense (secundum quid) and naps simply speaking (simpliciter dicta). Relatively speaking naps are neutral in that they can be used for good or bad purpose. Naps, simply speaking, are those naps which give us rest that we might wake refreshed and joyful to praise God (as the Roman Breviary says). To this end naps are necessary for salvation, since praising God is necessary for salvation.
 
Furthermore, contemplation is said to be rest in God. Now, contemplation flows from Charity, and Charity is necessary for salvation; it follows that contemplation is said to be a foretaste of heavenly beatitude.
 
Furthermore, Jesus slept in the boat. Hence, we are to sleep in the Church, for the boat is a type of the Church. Hence we are to sleep during church, often during homilies.
 
Consequently, it must be said that naps are necessary for salvation.

Hence, I am justified in ensuring that time for a nap is a non-negotiable. I tried researching the author of the text but did not have luck. Should you wish to read the remainder of the text, you can find it by clicking here.

Classification of Naps

It should be noted that not all naps are equal.  During my time in seminary formation, I came to discover that there are three types of naps:

  1. A Low-Nap — This consists of a quick snooze, could be either sitting or lying down, where one intends to wake up and re-enter into activity.
  2. A Mid-Nap — This consists in entering into slumber for a period of time exceeding 30 minutes.
  3. A Solemn High Nap — This consists of a nap where one is sound asleep tucked under covers/blankets.

Conclusion

As we proceed in our work in the vineyard of the Lord, let us set aside moments when we can take a moment and nap. Choose the type of nap wisely. May your naps serve to “strengthen your drooping hands and weak knees.” (Hebrews 12:12)

Javier Bravo