Saturday, May 06, 2017
Sister Lucia on Keeping the Lord's Day Holy
"Do you keep the third commandment of the Law of God which requires us to observe Sundays and the Holydays of Obligation? Do you do so by abstaining from servile work and going to Mass? Remember that God says in Holy Scripture: Six days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the Lord. (Ex: 31, 15) Note the expression God uses here: a day consecrated to the Lord. Hence, the Lord's Day is not to be passed in idleness, still less in unlawful pleasures, in vice or any kind of sin. Sundays and Holydays are to be used to bring us close to God by taking part in the Eucharistic Liturgy and other devotions, reading good books which give us a better knowledge of God and of His laws so that we can fulfill them better, and engaging in wholesome entertainment which will enable us to recuperate our physical and moral energies. Only thus can we have an easy conscience and be certain of fulfilling the Law of the Lord."