Back in the day when I was a kid, Sunday was very different than it is today. Back then, Sunday was a day for God, rest and family and most everyone followed or at least tried to follow the third commandment, “Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.” Nobody could shop on Sunday as far as I can remember because nothing was open. I don’t even remember if grocery stores were open on Sunday because if they were, we certainly didn’t go into town to shop. I think movie theaters were open and one could go out to eat, but my family never did. It was a day to be home after Mass, so we didn’t go out. If we did, it would be to visit family. Either way, some family gathering happened on Sunday, not some outing or event as is so common today.
Now anyone can do just about anything at any time. I had to run up to the store this morning because hubby ran out of deodorant. I went and got him more, but I first debated and felt guilty about it. I know we as a society will never go back to the old way, but I felt like by buying something, I helped put those people in the store to check me out, stock shelves, whatever, instead of allowing them to maybe be in church or home with their families and I wondered if it is sinful for me to have done so. I try to avoid shopping on Sunday and I almost never do because it feels wrong, but I am curious to know others’ thoughts on this. Do others feel bad about eating out, seeing movies, shopping on Sunday, maybe going to a sporting event?