February 12, 2004 at 6:08 am #650
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[quote:21gfkzru]I realise that one of the Ten Commandments is to ‘Keep the Sabbath day holy’ so is it considered a sin to do homework on Sundays?
[b:21gfkzru]Dear Elizabeth[/b:21gfkzru], This is often a questioned asked by many people in school and in fact I used to ask the same question to my own mother. Here is what the Catholic Church says:
[quote:21gfkzru] “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body. Family needs or important social service can legitimately excuse from the obligation of Sunday rest. The faithful should see to it that legitimate excuses do not lead to habits prejudicial to religion, family life, and health.”[/quote:21gfkzru]
Now, what does this mean? Basically, doing homework is a sin if it gets in the way of going to Mass, doing acts of charity such as community service projects, or if it inhibits you from having a chance to rest because you work very hard the other 6 days of the week from the moment you get up until the moment you go to sleep, if you even get a chance to sleep! If it gets in the way of family life it can also be considered a sin, but so can any other activity such as watching tv, hanging out with your friends, etc…. Basically you just need to use your best judgement and not do your homework at the last minute, but do it on Saturday instead.
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