Do I still have to adhere to my penance on Sunday?

I went to confession on Wednesday and received a penance to do everyday, but I probably tuned the priest out and for punishment, I have no idea when to stop. I will go to confession this Wednesday and stop then. :slight_smile:

Anyways, considering all Sundays are major feasts, are confession-imposed penances still under obligation on those days?

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Your penance is for the Lord. It is for restoring a right relationship between you and God. Therefore I see no conflict between adherence to your penance and observance of the Sabbath. (Or do you think it would? Perhaps it depends on what the penance is.)

It’s a fasting penance?.. From food.

I realize that I do not know enough about your situation to answer your question either yes or no. Perhaps you could contact the priest tomorrow and ask him.

What is penance supposed to be for again, is it a punishment, or something to redirect you back to living and giving in love, again?

Catechism of the Catholic ChurchSatisfaction

1459 Many sins wrong our neighbor. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much. But sin also injures and weakens the sinner himself, as well as his relationships with God and neighbor. Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused.62 Raised up from sin, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must “make satisfaction for” or “expiate” his sins. This satisfaction is also called “penance.”

1460 The *penance *the confessor imposes must take into account the penitent’s personal situation and must seek his spiritual good. It must correspond as far as possible with the gravity and nature of the sins committed. It can consist of prayer, an offering, works of mercy, service of neighbor, voluntary self-denial, sacrifices, and above all the patient acceptance of the cross we must bear. Such penances help configure us to Christ, who alone expiated our sins once for all. They allow us to become co-heirs with the risen Christ, "provided we suffer with him."63
[INDENT] The satisfaction that we make for our sins, however, is not so much ours as though it were not done through Jesus Christ. We who can do nothing ourselves, as if just by ourselves, can do all things with the cooperation of “him who strengthens” us. Thus man has nothing of which to boast, but all our boasting is in Christ . . . in whom we make satisfaction by bringing forth “fruits that befit repentance.” These fruits have their efficacy from him, by him they are offered to the Father, and through him they are accepted by the Father.64 [/INDENT]

A priest cannot give a penance that is unlimited in time. You should talk to him and check exactly what he asked you to do.

If one knows who the Priest is -one could yes give him permission to discuss your penance and find out-but if one does not return to the same Priest -one say does not know who it was etc - one an go to confession and have the penance changed - telling the Priest what happened.

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