Why should Sunday be devoted exclusively to God?

Why should Sunday be devoted exclusively to God?

Because it is but proper that man, who is created for the service of God only, should reserve at least one out of the seven days of the week for that service, and for the salvation of his own soul; again, in the beginning, God ordered that on the seventh day or Saturday, on which He rested after finishing the work of creation (Ex. 20:11), man should also rest (Ex. 20:8‑10), abstain from all worldly employment, and attend only to the worship of God. This was the Sabbath, or day of rest, of the Jews which they were required to keep holy (Lev. 23:3).

But the Catholic Church, authorized 6y Christ, inspired by the Holy Ghost, and directed by the Apostles, has made Sunday, the first day of the week, the day of rest for Christians. The holy martyr Justin (+ 167 A.D.) makes mention of this fact. Sunday was designated as the day of rest for the Christians partly to distinguish them from the Jews, as well as for the following reasons: On this day God commenced the creation of the world, so too on this day He crowned the glorious work of our Redemption by Christ’s Resurrection; on this day, as Bellarmine says, Christ was born, was circumcised, and was baptized; and on this day the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles.

Excerpted from the English translation of the “Explanation of the Epistles and Gospels” by the Rev. Leonard Goffine (1874).

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Ever wondered why things are not going too well for so many people in this world?

Let’s look at Proverbs 1:22–33,
where God speaks to His people
(to whom he refers as “His children”)

O children, how long will you love childishness,
and fools covet those things which are hurtful to themselves,
and the unwise hate knowledge?

Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will utter my spirit to you,
and will show you my words.

Because I called, and you refused:
I stretched out my hand, and there was none that regarded.

You have despised all my counsel,
and have neglected my reprehensions.
I also will laugh in your destruction,
and will mock when that shall come to you which you feared.

When sudden calamity shall fall on you,
and destruction, as a tempest, shall be at hand:
when tribulation and distress shall come upon you:
Then shall they call upon me, and I will not hear:
they shall rise in the morning, and shall not find me:
Because they have hated instruction,
and received not the fear of the Lord,
Nor consented to my counsel, but despised all my reproof.

Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way,
and shall be filled with their own devices.

The turning away of little ones shall kill them,
and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.

But he that shall hear me, shall rest without terror,
and shall enjoy abundance, without fear of evils.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Welcome to “Catholics Come Home Joliet!” You may be aware that the Diocese of Joliet shares this important project with the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Diocese of Rockford, and I am pleased that you have found your way to our website. Perhaps you have seen one of the many television spots we are sponsoring during December and January in English, Spanish and Polish. If not, you can view them on this website! In a sense, the Lord Jesus is constantly calling all of us to “Come Home.” I like to reflect on the number of times he issued similar invitations: “Come, and you will see!” “Come, follow me!” “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men!” “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” And to St. Peter, when he saw Jesus walking on the water and asked if he could do the same, Jesus answered confidently, “Come!”

As your bishop, with Jesus I say to you, “Come! Come see with the eyes of faith. Come follow in Jesus’ footsteps. Come help gather more disciples for the Lord. Come find rest and peace. Come learn of the Lord’s compassion and forgiveness of sin. Come find how God’s grace helps us do even what seems impossible!”

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