I am always amazed by the lives of Orthodox Jews, they live and work, often spend their whole lives, in very close proximity to their synagogue so that they can attend prayers 3 times a day. Most of them work for other Jewish employers who can give them the flexible employment they need for this, eat at Jewish restaurants that keep the Kosher food laws, are willing to sacrifice anything and to separate themselves from the secular culture completely for the observance of their faith.
In this country, many of our Holy Days of Obligation are transferred to Sundays so that we don't need to take time off work for our faith. Wouldn't it be better to let our faith come first, even if that meant not having enough holiday days left over to have an annual summer holiday? Even the Sunday obligation is transferrable to Saturday or dispensable if work commitments get in the way. Wouldn't it be better to lose a job with a secular employer and work for a fellow Catholic who would make provision for Sundays and Holy Days, even if it meant the entire Catholic population being poorer, as the Jews often were in their ghettos?
I realise there is a difference between Jewish and Christian concepts of holiness, Jewish holiness is about being 'set apart', a small chosen race, observing a ritual purity which is not expected of others, while Christian holiness is about being 'salt and light', being in the world but not of the world, living an infectious holiness which could reasonably be practiced by all. Nonetheless, have we begun to compromise too much? I guess the question is really whether the current capitalist democratic secular society can be Christianised from within or whether we ought, as the Church, to be a kingdom apart, living a Christian culture and inviting others to come out of the secular culture and join us. I sense there are many who have a separatist mentality among the Traditional Latin Mass community, while the 'mainstream' of the Church, including the hierarchy, seems to prefer to seek out new ways to witness within a new and evolving secular world. Is one approach right, the other wrong?