Savoring Sundays - A Workaholic's Attempts to Keep Them Holy

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eric_lake_01It’s occurred to me lately that I do a pretty bad job of truly observing the Sabbath, setting aside work and savoring time with my family.  Like many of you, our family always attends Mass together every Sunday morning.  We do well at prioritizing that, but things seem to fall apart a bit in the afternoon once we’re home.

I blame myself largely, since I tend to use Sunday as a catch up day.  Catch up on laundry, plow through emails, plan for the week ahead in my writing responsibilities… you get the idea.  Too much work, and too little “keeping holy” this special day.  So lately, I’ve been trying to remedy this.  I’ll be honest, I’m only taking baby steps at this point.  Things like leaving my iPhone at home when we head to church in the morning, or trying to stay offline as much as possible on Sunday.  But I still have a long way to go!

This weekend, however, I did a pretty good job.  Worn out from a very hard week of work and back to school stuff, I felt the urge to “get away from it all”.  Adam and Greg, committed to being at church for a music practice and second mass, weren’t able to take off.  But Eric and I did, heading up to Millerton Lake for a hike.

eric_lake_02The day was an unusual one, with temperatures only in the high 80s and a sporadic drizzle.  The lake is so low right now – a visual reminder of the drought we face here in California.  We hit a trail that basically hugs the edge of the lake, moving along the gentle inclines at a very leisurely pace.  I love spending this type of time with Eric – his mind never ceases to amaze me.  We discussed everything from literature to sociology to his college plans.  We laughed, we pondered, we enjoyed moments of silence, all while taking in the glorious views God has created for us.  All in all, we were only away from home for about three hours, but the afternoon left me feeling refreshed and renewed.

I’m already looking forward to next weekend and trying to look ahead and what I might accomplish on Friday to make the weekend more family oriented and less “catch up” oriented.

Do you struggle with keeping Sundays sane and serene or have you managed to unplug?  I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic!

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

4 Comments

  1. I am such a slacker on this one! I am convicted to do better a few times a year… Most recently, I make sure the blogging is off limits from Saturday after dinner until Sunday after dinner. It helps me take a much needed rest from the computer and I find it so necessary. I also try not to be tied to a “list” on Sundays, but if work gets done, that’s okay.

  2. Katie – that timing sounds very good! It’s hard, since I frequently have great ideas during and after Mass on Sunday, but I keep a notebook with me to write them down for later in the week. We’ll see how that works!

  3. This can be a struggle for us too. We have been consciously trying to use Saturday as catch-up with home chores and have been trying to celebrate Sunday as a day of worship, rest and family. It works fairly often. The trick we found was to actually talk about it a while ago and make a decision to honor Snday. Now, my wife and I remind each other that it is a day set aside for God’s purposes if we find ourselves drifting into other “things that need to be done”. Two heads are better than one at staying on track and we find that it helps draw us closer together as a couple as well. God Bless all!

  4. Lisa, this is so timely for me! A few weeks ago, I realized that part of keeping my Sabbath holy had to involve going screenless. That first Sunday was tough, to say the least. At least, it was tough for a couple of minutes here and there. But it was also grand.

    There was more to do on Monday, in some ways. But there was also an energy and a spirit I hadn’t had before when I “snuck in” some time to “catch up” on those computer projects, writing work, and other stuff on Sundays.

    I struggle, but I’ll tell you what. How about if we lift each other up in prayer on Sundays…and there will be the oomph we need to make it through triumphantly, with His help! What do you say? 🙂

    Thanks for bringing this up and for all you do!

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