Sunday is for God and Family

We blink and the weekend is over. By the time Sunday rolls around, we are already thinking of the week ahead of us.

Today, I wanted to challenge that a little bit.

Before I do that though I wanted to include a little disclaimer and say that this in no way applies to someone who must work for their family due to financial needs or job requirements. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "Family needs or social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that the legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health." (CCC2185).

For those of us who are not required to work on Sunday, it's a beautiful practice to strive for making Sunday a day for family and for God.

By organizing our day with this as the main focus, we glorify the day as what God intended it to be; a day to take a step back from the world and focus on what is most important. When God was creating the world, He Himself set aside the seventh day to rest after the previous days of work. This day, Sunday, invites us into a deeper understanding of what it means to truly rest and how to make this rest most fruitful.

And so today, though it may be tempting, try to leave preparations for the week ahead until the very end of the day. Make this day all about God and your family. Go to mass together early in the day. Have lunch together and if the weather permits it, you could turn it into an outdoor picnic. Go for a walk together. Get some ice cream by the waterfront and talk and laugh together. Play some board games. Do an art and craft as a family. Pray together.

There is so much that can be done to make this day a special day. Honoring Sunday in this way will serve as a reminder of what is most important in this life; our faith and our loved ones. Let's thank the Lord for this beautiful privilege.

With love, Kasia

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