I’m learning that one of the benefits of joining a “traditional parish” several months ago, is being able to add to my list of friends, families who not only attend the TLM, but live what I would call a “traditional catholic” life.
For instance; during a visit to one of our parishoners homes last Sunday afternoon, where several families had gathered, I commented that I had to leave early in order get home in time to mow.
I was a little surprised when a few looked at me funny, and one said with a smile;
“Ooo,…you wouldn’t have wanted to say that in front of Father so-n-so.”
“It’s Sunday,……the Sabbath.”
What followed was a wonderful light discussion of what might and might not be acceptable activities on Sunday.
While I for one have always agreed that it was not right to work for a wage on Sunday,…mowing the lawn, going shopping, washing the car, and doing laundry was ok.
Well, during this discussion I found that most of my new “traditional” friends refrained from doing anything of the like. Some went so far as to get all the cooking done on Saturday and only “ate” on Sunday. A lot of opinions were shared, some I had not thought of,…for instance; although a few of the men enjoyed washing the car and found it relaxing, they even tried to refrain from that,……most of the time.
It was a most enlightening visit.
Well,…I went home and told my wife about the great time I had and some of the things we had talked about,…and then lit up a cigar and went out to mow.
(a four hour job at my house on a riding lawnmower!)
While mowing I got to thinking about how nice it just might be,… to re-arrange my week so that I didn’t have to do anything on Sunday.
When I got finished, I went back in the house and told my wife what I’d been thinking and asked her if she would mind if I tried it. She said; “Of course not, I remember when we were little, Mamaw and Papaw observed the Sabbath that way, when we went to their house on Sunday, we just ate and visited the whole day. I think it’d be a great idea.”
So this week, I did just that, I got all my chores done Thursday and Friday, and have nothing to do today.
After Mass this morning I plan on coming home to spend the rest of the day reading and relaxing.
Out of curiosity, I was wondering how most of you spend your Sundays.