In this 8th Grade lesson, we study the 3rd Commandment. We will review the importance of the Catholic Sabbath and the Holy Days of Obligation. The dignity of work, in its proper time and place, is discussed.
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Think about someone that you love. Maybe it’s the people in your family or your very best friend. When you love someone you want to spend as much time with that person as possible. That’s why when people fall in love they want to get married, so they can spend their whole lives together.
God understands love because God is love. God loves you more than you can ever imagine. And more than anything else, God wants to have a special relationship with you. The best way to accomplish having a good relationship with God is to spend time with Him. We spend time with God when we pray to Him and when we go to Mass.
Sometimes people get so busy with work and school that they forget to make time for God. That’s why God gave us the third Commandment: Keep Holy the Sabbath Day (Sunday). He knew that having a law that reminds us to make time for Him would help us maintain a loving relationship with Him. Of course loving God is more than just going to Mass on Sunday, we should pray every single day, but by reserving a whole day to devote to Him we make sure our lives focus on God.
We need God in every aspect of our life, and by giving Sunday to Him we are making it a point to tell Him that He is so important that He gets a whole day of our focused attention.
How should Sunday be made holy, or sanctified?
There’s more to keeping Sunday holy than just attending Mass. Obviously that is the most important component of keeping it holy, but in addition to praying at Mass, we must make Sunday a full day devoted to God. We should try to participate in praying the Rosary, reading spiritual books, and doing things that nurture our relationship with God. Even taking a walk and using that time to talk to God is a good way to spend Sunday.
The Church tells us that Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation are mandatory for attending Mass. If we miss Mass on any of these days – without a really serious reason – we’ve committed a mortal sin. Since the Mass is the greatest prayer of all, we should take great joy in participating in the celebration of it, both on the days that we have to go, and by going on days that we don’t have to go.
What is servile labor and how do I know if I’m avoiding it?
The other thing that we’re supposed to do on Sunday is avoid unnecessary servile labor. This is a tricky concept. Servile labor is an old term that describes working really hard. Doing laundry, scrubbing floors, fixi... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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