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Motives for the Sanctification of Sunday August 24, 2015

Posted 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.

——–End Quote——–

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.




1. tg - August 24, 2015

Business that close on Sundays such as ChickFilA and Hobby Lobby are pretty successful. Lines are always long on the other days of the week.

2. Mrs. Maureen Avila - August 24, 2015
3. MFG - August 24, 2015

You’re absolutely right – the elimination of Sunday rest with blue laws pushed God out of the public sphere. I consider myself blessed to have grown up outside NYC in the sole county that still has blue laws to this day. All retail and malls are closed. Despite lax morals of then and today blue laws really gave the whole area a small taste of the transcendent and evidence God exists. Please visit Bergen County, NJ or even the strip mall town of Paramus on a Sundayto see this last vestige of Christendom. And no one is suffering because of these laws.

4. Angelic Doctor Games - August 25, 2015

Reblogged this on The Unfinished Tales of a Hunt County Catholic and commented:
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.

5. Angelic Doctor Games - August 25, 2015

Ever since moving to the country in 2013, this topic has been a source of much tension in the family especially as we have made many efforts to establish the farm. Things have gotten better as we’ve arrived more or less at a new paradigm palatable to all. The fire through which we had to pass to get there burned hotly, however.

6. javaqueen6 - August 25, 2015

I went to France earlier this month & took the opportunity to go to the apparition site of Our Lady of La Salette in the Alps (Beautiful). It is a curiosity to me that this apparition, approved by the Church and occurring only 12 years before Lourdes & relatively speaking. not too far away from Lourdes, is little known. I would think the two apparitions so close together in geography & timeliness would be kind of an “apparition set” if not forwarded by the Church, forwarded by France.

Our Lady, crying, appeared for two reasons:

“I gave you six days to work, I kept the seventh for myself, and no one wishes to grant it to me. This is what weighs down the arm of my Son so much.

Those who drive carts cannot speak without putting the name of my Son in the middle.

These are the two things which weigh down the arm of my Son so much.”

Working on Sundays & blasphemy. She had been holding her Son’s hand back against humanity & didn’t know how much longer she could do it.

In these times, where it is so many times worse on both these fronts, Our Lady of La Salette,pray for us!

7. MFG - August 25, 2015

Thanks for posting-important topic. I grew up in a county near NYC with blue laws where all retail stores are closed Sunday and you do get a feeling that there is something transcendent and that retail is not the driving factor in our society. Of course that hasn’t helped maintain moral standards but it’s still an important thing that points to God.

I encourage anyone who wants to see the last vestiges of Christendom to visit Bergen County, NJ. All shopping malls and retail remain closed and empty Sundays. It’s beautiful.

Tantum – before your time the parish bulletin used to publish a prayer against the profantion against Sunday’s and Holy Days. Honestly it was a homily back then on this topic that confirmed the TLM was home.

Fr. Vincent McNabb once wrote people who refuse to honor the sabbath and work 7 days don’t need to be threatened with hell – they’ve already created one for themselves.

Tantumblogo - August 25, 2015

I didn’t know you grew up in Bergen County. Or if I did, I’ve forgotten. I’ve been there umpteen times! Our company has a big facility in Pearl River, NY, just a mile or so away. I’ve been to Davey’s Locker in Montvale more times than I care to say, plus a bunch of other places around there.

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