Is it acceptable to perform heavy physical labor on Sunday as a work of mercy (i.e., for an elderly relative)? Also, does this answer change if one chooses to perform this work on Sunday and uses Saturday to do their own work?
For example, if I were to purposely arrange my schedule so that I’d work on remodeling my house on all my Saturdays, and I only used Sundays to help my elderly relative work on his–is this permissable?
Should I be worried about causing scandal by performing heavy labor on Sunday? Or is this arrangement (because it is a work of mercy) good in the eyes of the Church?
Sorry to sound scrupulous, but I have a relative that needs a lot of help now that he’s sold his home–but I’m also in the process of remodeling my own home and I just wanted to know if it was possible to do both by assigning Sundays as my “helping him out” days…and Saturdays as my own work days…especially since I’m pretty sure I can’t remodel my house in good conscience on Sundays.
Thanks and God bless!