“Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life.” CCC 2186
In our family, a special Sunday dinner is one way we’re trying to sanctify Sunday. We eat together as a family as much as possible. We believe it’s important but varying schedules and timetables can sometimes means it’s not possible for everyone to sit down at the same time.
Except on Sunday when we make sure we can. We currently attend a later afternoon mass which allows me to get dinner going before hand and we can sit down almost as soon as we come home.
I’m not a great cook by any means. What’s made is usually of the chicken roatser or crockpot ready variety. But in little ways even the simplest meal can be made special.
Setting the table a little more nicely, lighting a candle, using a tablecloth if you don’t normally or using a special tablecloth. If you can coordinate the tablecloth or napkins to the liturgical color for that Sunday then all the better. It certainly isn’t necessary but it’s a nice touch.
We use the better flatware for Sunday meals, the nice dishes and the better glassware. Most of my glassware is thrifted and although I have found some nice crystal pieces they were inexpensive . It doesn’t have to be fancy, just use what you have and make it nice.
In our family, we have found this time together to be incredibly beneficial. It’s slow and relaxed. A great time to get caught up on the week’s events. We have found too that’s the perfect time for family catechesis and things like training in manners. Nothing too formal though as we want to truly enjoy one another’s company and create a memory that will carry on with our children into adulthood.
So many of us live very, very busy lives these days but man’s nature has not changed. We still need rest, perhaps now more than ever. I know the struggle to keep Sunday holy but I can also testify to the fruit that comes from making the effort to keep it so.
Just as God “rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done,” human life has a rhythm of work and rest. The institution of the Lord’s Day helps everyone enjoy adequate rest and leisure to cultivate their familial, cultural, social, and religious lives. CCC 2184
Lent is coming. Think about what you can do as a family, as a Christian to grow in holiness. Maybe sanctifying Sunday is just the place to start.