Tips for Keeping Sunday Holy

Tips for keeping Sunday holy include re-imagining Saturday as the best time to catch up on chores, errands, and extra work brought in to the house to relieve the pressure of doing more on the Lord’s Day than worshiping, to reflect and quietly enjoy family, friends and neighbours.

This idea stems from the thought and experience of Michael Naughton, director of the Center for Catholic Studies at St. Thomas University in St. Paul, who discussed on the radio program “Practicing Catholic” ways to honor one of the ten commandments. — to keep the Sabbath holy.

“There’s something about creation that needs rest,” Naughton told “Practicing Catholic” host Patrick Conley for the show, which begins at 9 p.m. Sept. 30 on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. “God created us to work and God created us to rest. …And he gave us the seventh day.

The Lord’s Day also commemorates the day of Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a day to “hold, honor and sanctify,” Naughton said, something he and his wife pledged to do their best in 1999.

The call is not just an external force, he said. It’s internal, the way people are made. If the Sabbath is broken, if it is not set aside as a day of rest, worship and reflection, losing it will in turn break those who do not honor it, Naughton said.

Hobbies can be filled with so many things: social media, video games, sports competitions on TV, and movies — none of which are inherently bad, Naughton said. But they might not be restful, he said.

Rest is best found by opening to the Lord’s call and being receptive to His voice, both at Mass and at home or with friends, Naughton said. He advised turning off the phone – which can be good for the device itself – turning away from the TV and taking walks, chatting with family and spending time in prayer.

Naughton has written a book on observance of Holy Sunday. For its title and to hear more suggestions for keeping Sunday holy, tune in to the September 30 program, which also repeats at 1 p.m. on October 1 and 2 p.m. on October 2.

Produced by Relevant Radio and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the latest broadcast also includes interviews with Teresa Collett, professor of law and director of the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas, who describes her work in a private capacity. by supporting a group of pro-life mothers called MOMS (Mothers Offering Maternal Support) to protect life at the state level; and marriage and family therapist Michelle Muff, who provides guidance on moving from hurt and resentment to forgiveness and reconciliation with a friend or spouse.

Listen to their interviews after they air on:

Practicing Catholic on Spotify

Key words: Keep Sunday sacred, the Sabbath

Category: Practicing Catholic