I don’t know when it happened, but sometime over the past year Sunday somehow morphed into my big work day of the week. I’m in charge of the finances for our household, and it’s increasingly hard to find time where I can hole up in my office and focus on paying bills and reconciling bank statements during the week — it’s so much easier to just wait until the weekend when my husband is around to help with the kids. And since Saturdays often end up getting filled with house maintenance or socializing, that leaves me with Sunday to do all the work.
My husband remarked this morning about how peaceful he feels each week after receiving the Eucharist; I commented that I am often at my most stressed out in the hours after Mass on Sundays because of all the work I have to do. And then I remembered: isn’t it high on the list of the 10 Suggestions that we don’t work on the Sabbath? (What? They’re not suggestions?!)
I’ve been thinking today about how frighteningly easily I’ve blown off the Commandment to make Sunday a day of rest. I need to make a change…yet it’s surprisingly difficult in our 24/7 society where it seems like we’re constantly pulled in all different directions. (It also doesn’t help anything that Sunday was never anything other than another weekend day for the first 28 years of my life, so I have some pretty strongly ingrained habits there.)
Has anyone else every struggled with this? Any practical tips for restructuring an active household to make Sunday a true day of rest? I know it can be done, and I thought it might be inspiring to hear from some folks who have made it happen.
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