This weekend we reflect on the 3rd Testament of St. Chavara. Here he teaches the importance of the Lord’s Day/ Sabbath. Observing Sabbath is the 3rd commandment which Moses gave to the people God. Sunday is the Sabbath Day for Christians. As followers of Jesus, attending Sunday Mass should be our Priority. The parents have the special responsibility to take the children to church. When they are adult and teenagers, they have to take personal responsibility to attend the Mass on Sundays and days of obligations.
We have so many things to do on a weekend. As a family, we have to give first priority to attend Mass on Sunday. Our celebrations and parties should not become a hindrance for going Mass. Parents have to take the children for CCD and religion classes. Childhood is the time they cultivate good spiritual habits like going for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Holy Communion, praying the Rosary, Bible Reading, etc…
St. Chavara says: “Celebrating Family festivals and other commemorations should not hinder our Sunday Obligation” – St. Chavara