What do you give up on Sundays?


#1

What are the things that you give up on Sundays to keep it God’s day?
As for me, I have given up shopping for anything on a Sunday. I just can’t justify making other people work while I try to honor the day.

I’ve also given up doing laundry, yard work, heavy cleaning, and computers for this day.

Doing this has helped me stay a little longer in church praying, because I am not in a rush to get to a store, or get anything “important” done.

Maggie


#2

assisting at Mass as a person in the pews rather than being on the job. I imagine this is something that cantors, deacons and others face as well, not to mention priests. I actually missed attending a full complete Mass twice last month, and had to go to another parish that has a Sunday evening Mass, because I was called upon for various jobs and acts of charity. I don’t resent any of these, but I crave one Mass where I am completely fully present, not distracted by other demands. I think you moms of small kids know exactly what I am talking about. I have started going to the Saturday evening Mass just for that reason, so I don’t have to worry about it.

Now that football season has started I also give up my only chance during the week for quality time with DH, since he has other priorities on Sunday afternoon.


#3

I don`t think you have to give something up on Sunday. As Catholics we keep the Sabbath by going to Mass and then it should be a day of rest, whatever that means for you. As puzzleannie noted, some people have jobs on Sunday~ so I think intention is the most important part.

Moms cant stop being moms, but they can leave the laundry for another day. Cantors, etc. have to do a job but they can keep in mind they are in the presence of God and skip the chatting. Some people have to bring home that paycheck which requires them to be at work on Sunday, maybe they can try to be patient with everyone for Jesus sake and make sure to set aside a little time at home that is peaceful…


#4

[quote=puzzleannie]Now that football season has started I also give up my only chance during the week for quality time with DH, since he has other priorities on Sunday afternoon.
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Lol, that’s how I became a RAMS fan. Now, the whole family watches the game together, dressed in our Rams jerseys and onsies/rompers and enjoy the game…(well, we don’t let the baby watch TV, but she is plays around/with us) :smiley:


#5

Taking my 15 month old, 3 year old, and 5 year old daughters to Mass and religious ed is quite rigorous enough for me. We spend the rest of the day getting ice cream cones and relaxing.


#6

I try to do more prayer that day - I always try and do a Rosary, some extra Scripture reading, catch up on a couple of the good Catholic Devotionals I have (I usually don’t catch them every day during the week), and maybe catch up on reading ZENIT to see what’s up in our Church world…


#7

I’d love to give up cooking, but that hasn’t worked out.

—KCT


#8

I’m with you on the shopping. I have to work Sundays about 6 months out of the year; it bothers me, but it’s where I need to be for now, so I accept it (I attend Mass Saturday evening). But, I’ve realized since I’m bothered by the idea of having to work on Sunday, I shouldn’t create a reason for others to have to work Sunday, so I go to work and head straight home. The almighty dollar is what drives all business decisions, so it’s time to make it speak for what is right.


#9

[quote=KCT]I’d love to give up cooking, but that hasn’t worked out.

—KCT
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:rotfl: For me neither.
BTW, we aren’t supposed to shop on Sundays, right? What ever happened to the Blue Laws where the shops and stores had to be closed?


#10

I give up sleeping in to go to church. :wink: I’m not in school right now and my job is mostly evenings. Which also means I usually work Sunday evenings. :frowning:

~Stacey :shamrock:


#11

[quote=lifeisbeautiful]Lol, that’s how I became a RAMS fan. Now, the whole family watches the game together, dressed in our Rams jerseys and onsies/rompers and enjoy the game…(well, we don’t let the baby watch TV, but she is plays around/with us) :smiley:
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Just so you know…watching my poor pathetic Niners beat the Rams was the only pleasure I have had this season…on behalf of the entire Bay Area, may I just say thank you for that obvious act of Christian Charity on their part.

I don’t give up anyting, per se, but I have made a very concerted effort to give the day to my family and to the Lord. It has made a difference in my life and in my health! I also have my hour of Eucharistic Adoration on Sunday evenings, 10 to 11pm and I think of it as a wonderful way to ‘end’ the Day and start the work week…


#12

I don’t let my children participate in sports that require them to practice or have games on Sundays. I try to make it a day of rest where the family members are pretty much home. If neighbor kids want to come over and play or whatever, that’s fine, but I don’t really like my kids over at their houses for any length of time on Sunday. We try to make it a TV/computer/video game free day, and that’s harder to enforce when the kids are who knows where all afternoon.

To be completely honest, I’m a bit of a hypocrite about this day. If my mother in law is willing to babysit in the afternoon so that my dh and I can go to a movie and out to eat, I don’t think twice about doing that. I don’t think that I really should be supporting businesses that are open on Sundays, but I also really love the time out with hubby. Here’s my question: Is it mortal sin for me to ignore the 3rd commandment? Am I ignoring it by going out on Sunday? We absolutely never miss mass.


#13

I don’t give up anything on Sundays. I enjoy the day and indulge! It is a day for family time and dessert for dinner and napping and games and talking and being at peace. It is a day that I worship the Lord for all he has done and rejoice in the Good News of Jesus’ resurrection! I sacrifice on Fridays, but I rejoice on Sundays!

Blue laws have their origins in the skewed theology of Puritan New England. They did not reflect Catholicism or our understanding of the Lord’s Day. For instance, you could buy (oh, which was it?) a hammer but not the nails, a crochet hook but not the yarn. Something like that. And of course, the consumption of alcoholic beverages on Sunday (like wine at mass) was blasphemous! The reason many feel a longing for their return is not the theological errors (and blantant anti-Catholicism) they perpetuate but the secularization of society which does not equate any day of the week with the goodness of the Lord. I commiserate, but do not think a Puritanical understanding of Sundays is going to do anything to dissipate society’s apathy.


#14

I concur with Forest-Pine, esp. about Blue Laws.

And I blow my diet on Sundays. Hello, whipped cream!!!


#15

Sunday is a day of celebration - a feast (Friday is the fast day). One dear priest used to suggest we lift a glass of wine every Sunday - and I agree. Our mornings are at CCD and Church, afternoon/evening for good meals and good friends.


#16

[quote=susie g.]I don’t let my children participate in sports that require them to practice or have games on Sundays. I try to make it a day of rest where the family members are pretty much home. … Here’s my question: Is it mortal sin for me to ignore the 3rd commandment? Am I ignoring it by going out on Sunday? We absolutely never miss mass.
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You aren’t ignoring the third commandment by going out on Sundays as long as you are keeping in mind what the third commandment says. Here is some info from the Catechism, which actually mentions sports and restaurants as ok, as long as you take some things in consideration:

2185 **On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. ** 123 Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.

The charity of truth seeks holy leisure- the necessity of charity accepts just work. 124
2186 Those Christians who have leisure should be mindful of their brethren who have the same needs and the same rights, yet cannot rest from work because of poverty and misery. Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.

2187 Sanctifying Sundays and holy days requires a common effort. Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord’s Day. Traditional activities (sport, restaurants, etc.), and social necessities (public services, etc.), require some people to work on Sundays, but everyone should still take care to set aside sufficient time for leisure. With temperance and charity the faithful will see to it that they avoid the excesses and violence sometimes associated with popular leisure activities. **In spite of economic constraints, public authorities should ensure citizens a time intended for rest and divine worship. ** Employers have a similar obligation toward their employees.


#17

I’m confused now. Is it or is it not okay to go out on a Sunday to have a drink, play pool, or watch a movie? I would love to because I find it quite depressing sitting at home all day (which is contrary to the relaxation and joy proper to the Lord’s Day :stuck_out_tongue: ) but I’ve been brought up to think that making other people work on Sundays is wrong.


#18

[quote=KiwiCatholic86]I’m confused now. Is it or is it not okay to go out on a Sunday to have a drink, play pool, or watch a movie? I would love to because I find it quite depressing sitting at home all day (which is contrary to the relaxation and joy proper to the Lord’s Day :stuck_out_tongue: ) but I’ve been brought up to think that making other people work on Sundays is wrong.
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Yes, all are fine.

May a Catholic nurse work on Sundays?
Is it okay to clean my house on Sunday?
Should we force others to work on Sunday?
Is it OK to work on Sunday?
Can I shop on Sunday?
Can I have a garage sale on Sunday?
Work on Holy Days?


#19

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