is this considered working on Sunday?


There is a doll convention I would like to go to, and I would want to buy and sell things there. But it is on a Sunday, and I am not sure if it would be wrong to do so.

For that matter, is any shopping wrong to do on Sunday? Like buying and selling on-line or going to garage sales?


I’m not a biblical scholar or a theologian by any means but I would like to throw this scripture out there as here our Lord teaches us that the sabbath is made for us and not the other way around…

From Mark, Chapter 2:
As he was passing through a field of grain on the sabbath, his disciples began to make a path while picking the heads of grain.
At this the Pharisees said to him, "Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?"
He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry?
How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?"
Then he said to them, "The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath.

Good luck discerning your use of the sabbath day!



A doll convention is fun!!! That makes it recreation.


Besides, buying and selling is not manual labour. Just as it’s fine to study / do homework on Sunday (as recently answered in the AAA subforum), it’s fine to go shopping or to a convention on Sunday.


So because I throw my paper route on Sunday, which IS manual labor, you all think I am sinning? Whatever. I have obligations to my family and that is how I meet them. I still make the Sabbath day holy by attending Mass and making it a day of rest and togetherness after I am done with my job, which is 7 days a week. If I don’t do Sunday, I lose the job, and I need a job that fits around being a stay-at-home mom.

Stop being so narrow. You obviously have no idea what most people’s lives are like.


Duskyjewel - You have made a common logic error, known as the inverse error.

Just because A implies B does not mean that not A implies not B. For example, “if it is raining, the road is wet” is true, but “if it isn’t raining, the road is not wet” is not necessarily true (someone could have poured a bucket of water on the road).

Similarly - “if it’s not manual labor, its okay to do on a Sunday” - that’s basically what I said, and it is true. This doesn’t mean that I am saying “if it’s manual labor, it’s not okay to do on a Sunday” - I wasn’t saying that because it’s not necessarily true.

There are cases where it’s okay to do manual work on a Sunday - for example, if not working on Sunday would cause you to lose your job (which in your case, it would), and if the job is necessary either to you or in itself (for example, if you were a doctor, that’s a job that’s necessary in itself even on Sundays, because some people are sick on Sundays. Or, if it was just any old job, but you needed the job to support your family, then it’s okay to do on Sundays). This is not the full explanation, but it’s as I understand it.

I ain’t so narrow after all?


We had a priest a long time ago who encouraged us not to go out to eat because it meant that lower wage people would have to work on Sunday (i.e., waiters…). I always thought that was an interesting concept.
I don’t think going to a doll convention to buy and sell would necessarily be wrong but I would make it up by going to a weekday Mass.


Unfortunatly, in today’s 24/7 society, not working on Sundays is not an option, for many people, like myself. Would I love to not work on Sundays, yes, but there are times when my work schedule leaves me no choice. I work for a railroad and trains operate everyday, all day. Like police officers, firemen, hospital personal, etc. we all don’t get the luxury of having weekends off all the time. I believe our Lord understands these situations and does not hold it as a sinful nature. No matter, if I have to work on Sundays, I still attend mass. If I work mornings, I go at night and visa-versa. Plus my crazy schedule does premit me to attend mass most days of the week (which I love) whereas most 9-5er’s cannot. I find weekday masses a more intimate and personal spiritual experience for me because of the smaller size and the closer bond with the other parishioners, plus the rosary after mass.


i still think that we can help others to keep the sabbath by not shopping on sundays, my friends wife cannot attend mass with her kids because she has to be at asda/walmart, if all christians should start to shop during weekdays (most large grocer shops are open 24/7) then more people can attend mass and spend time with their families,


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