Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work.9
That is the 3rd commandment.
And Jesus said:
The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath; so the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.91
This morning, before Mass I
- fed/changed/dressed//bathed Elsa
- made all the older kids take showers/baths and supervised hair washing for those who need it.
- cleaned the bathrooms (try not to faint in shock, Mom).
- changed the cat's litter box
After Mass I
- dished out ice cream for everyone
- more changing diapers
- feeding kids
- gave a haircut
Before night falls on this Sunday I also will have
- done some work at home
- done some writing (hopefully)
- made dinner
- cleaned up after dinner
- swept/mopped kitchen/bathroom floors
- swept all other floors in the house
- took care of kids/changed diapers/nursed baby/etc
- done a load of laundry
- printed out math sheets for this coming week.
- taken the girls on a walk
So, is that a day of rest? For people who work outside the home, day of rest/work day seems to be pretty easy to distinguish. You either go to work or you don't. Simple, easy-peasy. But, for those of who who work IN the home, it's a lot trickier. In some ways, yes we did rest..as we don't do school (which is decidedly NOT restful and probably my biggest time/energy suck). But, in some ways no...if I was better organised I could probably do the cleaning of the bathrooms, laundry, hair-cutting and litter box changing on Saturday. But, I'm not better organized and yesterday I had other work to do (taking girls to Little Flowers, working at home, grocery shopping, and then we explored a new park and went hiking), plus dinner cooking, child care and all that jazz.
We do some things to make Sunday special. We always go to Mass (obviously) and we always eat ice cream. Seriously...we always eat ice cream, every Sunday after Mass. It's generally the ONLY day we eat ice cream (or other desserts) except for other feast days or special celebrations. But on Sunday, we Bentrups love our ice cream!
The catechism of the Catholic Church states:
2172 God's action is the model for human action. If God "rested and was refreshed" on the seventh day, man too ought to "rest" and should let others, especially the poor, "be refreshed."96 The sabbath brings everyday work to a halt and provides a respite. It is a day of protest against the servitude of work and the worship of money.97
2184 Just as God "rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,"121 human life has a rhythm of work and rest. the institution of the Lord's Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives.122
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.
Thankfully the catechism doesn't give us a Puritanical view of Sundays. Obviously we need to care for our families, and I would hope that cleaning the bathrooms and cutting hair can fall into that category. Yet, in the same sentence it talks about being careful of habits. I will confess that I like to do "more" cleaning on a Sunday, as it gets the house in shape and prepared for the following school-week and having the house cleaner and more organized for Monday is important as during the school week I can really only get to basic, maintenance cleaning..not things like cleaning the bathrooms or mopping floors. And, keep in mind, I'm no great housekeeper...when I talk about cleaning, I'm talking about keeping things to hygienic minimums...not house beautiful
So, how do YOU celebrate Sunday. What do you do to make it a day of rest or make it a special day. Are they are chores/jobs you specifically don't do on that day. I'm looking forward to reading about other people's Sundays.
One other thing we like to do for Sunday, is dress up for Mass. So here is What I Wore Sunday
The dress is thrifted. The skirt is from Shade clothing and the shoes were given to me.
Elsa is wearing a pretty pink dress someone gave us. She gets an A for Mass today. An A! She slept for the first 30 minutes and spent the last 30 minutes sleepily sitting in Ben's arms. It was only in the last 3 minutes that she started to get a bit rowdy (which bumped her down from an A+).
Now, go see all the finer dressed ladies at Fine Linen and Purple.