Motives for the Sanctification of Sunday August 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, catachesis, Domestic Church, family, General Catholic, paganism, sadness, scandals, secularism, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Closing out the catechesis I started last week as promised, more excerpts from The Catechism Explained by Spirago-Clarke:
God rewards with temporal blessings those who keep holy His day.
Consider the loving kindness of God; it is no toilsome service He requires of you, but that you should rest. There are one hundred and sixty eight hours in a week. God only demands one day (twenty four hours) for Himself; must you use this for your worldly affairs? Those who would prosper in their business must consecrate Sunday to the service of God. Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of America, when on his voyage always kept his vessels stationary on Sunday. God often protects in a special manner those who keep holy His day………God often increases the gains of those who abstain from the pursuit of their calling on Sundays……..
The profanation of the Sabbath is frequently punished with temporal evils, sickness, and poverty.
Because the Jews habitually violated the sanctity of the Sabbath God permitted Nebuchodonosor to destroy Jerusalem and take the people into captivity (II Esd xiii:18). The usual punishment for profaning Sunday and not hearing Mass is to become the captive of vice. Those who work continuously ruin their health; man can no more live without taking repose than without eating. Thus, the day of rest is not only a religious duty, but a natural necessity. To those who work on Sundays God says as to the Jews of yore: “I will quickly visit you with poverty” (Lev xxvi:16). Those who through greed of gain desecrate Sunday, obtain the very opposite of their aim………
The non-observance of Sunday undermines family life and social relations
This sin causes the disintegration of the family. If the members of a family neglect public worship, they lose all sense of their duties and fall into evil ways. The father becomes dissolute, the mother indifferent, the children insubordinate. The father does not fulfill his duty to his children; occupied all the week he sees but little of them; on Sunday he has leisure to observe their individual characters, and give them useful instruction. The disintegration of society follows that of the family; the profanation of Sunday is an open violation of God’s Law………Catholics who are careless in regard to the holy days of obligation, gradually lose all sense of their religious duties; they forget God, their final end, and become like heathen. Those who are not found on Sunday morning among the children of God on earth, will be excluded from His presence for all eternity. By sanctifying Sunday, we lay up for ourselves treasures which will last forever.
How much have we seen the last borne out among Catholics in these past several decades?!? Catholics skip Mass, embrace contraception, divorce, and fornication, and have become indistinguishable from the heathen! Neglecting the Sunday obligation has been a substantial factor in the collapse of the Faith in so many countries. This has proven as ruinous for society as it has for individual souls. Formerly Christian countries are now more heathen than many of the lands more recently evangelized. America is increasingly becoming another of these formerly Christian countries. I personally believe that process accelerated once laws against unnecessary business and shopping on Sunday were lifted in many regions 30-40 years ago. That was a most significant, and damaging, step in the de-Christianization of the United States. Like many previous steps, it was not innocently contrived nor completely accidental. It is part of a general effort towards driving the Christian religion into the catacombs, if not out of existence entirely.