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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sunday is Our Family Together Day!

According to scripture and the second Commandment, the Lord's Day (Sunday) is meant to be a day set apart from every other day. It's a day to be together as a  family, a day to rest and, most importantly, a day to be with the Lord.

1. A day to be with God
Because the Lord's Day is a day to be with God, going to church/Mass every Sunday just make sense. It shows our love for Him and His family on earth. Plus, if you don't go it's a mortal(serious) sin!

2. Day of rest
Just as God rested on the 7th day after creating the world, our Sabbath is meant to be our day of rest from all unnecessary work. Even though God made man on the 6th day with the animals, man was called to rest on the 7th day in order to show that he wanted to be more than just an animal. By resting on the 7th day we show that we are not like the animals, and that we are a child of God.


Sunday ~ A family day.
Due to the fact that we are not to be working on Sundays, it's a perfect day to spent together as a family! It can often be a challenge to find new and interesting things to do together as a family, particularly if you want to avoiding making anyone else work on the Lord's day of rest. By going to the amusement park, the movies, golfing, to a restaurant to eat, or even shopping you are encouraging a business to stay open on this special day and force their employees to work on Sundays. The Catechism states 2187 "Every Christian should avoid making unnecessary demands on others that would hinder them from observing the Lord's Day" While this is often never considered by most Christians, it is a truth of our faith. Doctors, nurses, fire fighters, and other emergency personal are an exception. Face it, accidents happen, and you can't tell sick bodies to rest from being sick on Sundays!!! As nice as that would be! ;-)

Here are a few of our favorite Sunday activities:

  • Sometimes after Mass we make breakfast (eggs) over a camp fire, or we have a campfire in the evenings and make Mt. Pies.
  • We visit one of our local state parks or battle fields.
  • Visit family or friends or a shut-in.
  • Make our own "I Spy" art with our toys and other things around the house, (just like in the books).
  • Make a huge, elaborate train track for Thomas and his friends
  • Board games, crafts, play-doh, painting pictures, etc.
  • Fly a kite.
  • Decorate for the up-coming season/feast days.
  • Go to a local play ground.
  • Make-up and preform simple plays (from stories in the Bible or stories of saints)
  • Fishing at our neighbor's pond
  • "Sunday Party" -No, the other Sunday- Ice cream! Set out lots of different items like sprinkles, crushed oreos, nuts, chocolate chips, etc and let the kids make their own special Sunday dessert!
  • Family movie night, with pop-corn!

*For us, almost all of our Sundays are crafting Sundays. We normally make a Catholic craft to go along with what we are learning!

Feel free to add a comment and share what your family does in Sundays.


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