Sunday, September 03, 2006

Examination of conscience: The third commandment

Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day.

"The day of the new creation." "The image of eternity." "The day of Christ-light." "The day of the gift of the Spirit." "The day of faith." "An indispensable day!"

These are some of the ways His Holiness, John Paul II, described Sunday in his wonderful Dies Domini.

It seems almost an act of insanity for the Catholic to neglect to remember, and to keep holy, such a day as this. But we do. I know I have.

In what ways can this gift -- it is difficult to even call it a commandment! -- be abused...and in what ways can it be cherished?