Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Land without Sunday

A while ago I posted about making Sunday a Lords day. you can read about it here.

Today Rachel posted This article from Fisheaters at DCF Message Board.

I haven't read the whole article yet but what I have read has been good.

Here is a bit from it:

"Instead of a Sunday," Baron K. told us, "the Russians have a day off. This happens at certain intervals which vary in different parts of the country. First they had a five-day week, with the sixth day off, then they had a nine-day work period, with the tenth day off; then again it was an eight-day week. What a difference between a day off and a Sunday! The people work in shifts. While one group enjoys its day off, the others continue to work in the factories or on the farms or in the stores, which are always open. As a result the over-all impression throughout the country was that of incessant work, work, work. The atmosphere was one of constant rush and drive; finally, we confessed to each other that what we were missing most was not a well-cooked meal, or a hot bath, but a quiet, peaceful Sunday with church bells ringing and people resting after prayer."

Since my post we have made more of an effort to have a family day on Sunday. We go to Mass as a family and make a conscious effort to avoid doing work that isn't necessary. This has made Saturday a bit more hectic but it is good to have a day that is resting and spending time with our children. The younger children particularly like it. We have taken them to the park for a play, spent an afternoon scrapbooking and had friends over for lunch and coffee. We thought we would pray the rosary and Devine Mercy Chaplet as a family but that hasn't happened yet. Maybe next week we will.

After reading some of the article I want to make a few more changes. It would be good to read the Sunday readings and Gospel as a family on Saturday night. It would be good to pray the rosary then too. Now that the weather is nice we could walk to Mass.

What do you do on Sunday to make it the Lord's day?
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