The modern, technology-driven life is so busy. The week is barely long enough for all the mundane activities that must be done.
Sometimes, the work week even encroaches upon Sunday’s rights: a morning slot is set aside for Mass while the rest of Sunday whirls past with the other days in the week.
How can we stop the busyness and truly focus on Sunday—the Lord’s Day? How can we extend our God-oriented frame of mind beyond Sunday Mass? How can we “keep holy the Sabbath”?
Well, there are many ways of observing the Lord’s Day in a fitting manner. We know what we shouldn’t do; let’s look at what we should.
The Catechism says:
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. —Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2185
Now, this looks like a “don’t”—but look closer. You’ll see that this passage tells what we can (and ought to) do on Sundays: worship God, be joyful, perform works of mercy, and rest both mind and body.
Reclaiming Sundays, a practical and enjoyable guide to observing the Lord’s Day, expounds on this passage of the Catechism. It will answer all the questions you have about Sunday and what we are permitted and encouraged to do on that day as faithful Catholics.
Divided into liturgically, spiritually, and seasonally-themed Sundays, each chapter begins with a Scripture verse and includes activity suggestions, prayers, and reflections. This book is packed with concrete advice on how to reclaim Sunday as a day of prayer, rest, family time, and celebration. Did we mention this wonderful book is on sale? Get your copy today from The Catholic Company!