[quote="Tarpeian_Rock, post:12, topic:254051"]
You are free to refrain from eating out on Sunday if you wish. You are not free to declare that to be a sin when it clearly is not. I would think that needlessly and wrongly burdening the consciences of others, however, is in fact a sin.
The cateechism was referring to those who were forced to work on Sunday on how they could keep holy the Lord's day. It was not excusing this type of work, or trying to justify other peoples use of the employees who are forced to work on these days.
Sin is failure in genuine love God or neighbor** due to a perverse attachment to certain goods.
That is the definition of the Catholic Church in the Catechism.
It makes perfect sense, since all the commandments are in the two greatest commandments, love God, with our whole mind, heart and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves.
The foundation of Christianity is love. God is love.
The fact is that no owner of a restaurant would keep it open on Sundays if people did not go to it on Sundays.
The fact is that the Christian employees of the restaurants do not want to work on Sundays. They want to worship and be with the rest of their families on Sundays. I have worked at many a retail store on Sundays, and even Christmas and NO ONE wanted to work on Sundays. Even the Jewish owner did not work on Sundays. But, he made his employees work on Sundays, because he wanted the money.
If YOU were employed by at a restaurant would you rather be off on Sunday and be home with your family or relatives or would you rather be off on another day of the week?
*Love your neighbor as yourself. *
Simple command. Failure in genuine love is sin.
When we fail to love we become self-centered. The more fail to love, the more self centered and withdrawn we become. Soon we turn away from God, because He demands love. By turning away from God we lose His grace. Then we begin to lose sense of right and wrong, because evil is failure to love. We become even more self centered. We become slaves of sin, because we already have made immediate pleasure and excitement the source of our happiness. Then we wonder why our relations with others are not good and why we can't get along with others and why we are not happy.
Happiness comes from loving God, who then gives us the grace to love others. The more we reject this love, the more unhappy we become.
Notice that you are already unhappy that it might be wrong to eat out on Sunday.
Change your attitude to love God first, and neighbor second, then God's grace would make you happy NOT to eat out on Sunday because you would be giving some relief to those who are forced to work on Sunday.