Remembering to honor the Sabbath is not a chore, but rather a gift from God. When we observe the Sabbath, we REST from our labors so we can better CELEBRATE what God has done for us. We remember who we are in relation to who God is. We take time each Sunday to reconnect with God and each other (most especially by renewing our covenant with God in Mass). In times like this, where we cannot celebrate the Eucharist in person, we can pray in other ways to keep the Lord’s Day.
- Reflect on the Sunday Scriptures
- Extend your Grace at mealtime (give everyone a chance to offer a “litany of thanksgiving”)
- Make a Spiritual Communion (like this one):
I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you or your people. Amen.
Make the Sabbath a Day of Rest: Take time to rest from your labors. Play some board games or some four-square, go on a walk, take a nap, go through a photo album, or cook grandma’s cookie recipe. Disconnect from screens and engage with your spouse, children and grandchildren. When we don’t work, it’s an act of faith that our trust is in the Lord. We don’t work to earn money, but entrust our livelihood to our heavenly Father who cares for us. If God took a break when He created everything, surely we can pause our busy lives.