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7 reasons why we should rest on Sundays

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1. God Commands It
The first and foremost reason for resting on Sundays is because God commands it. In Exodus chapter 20, God gives his people ten commandments that summarize the moral law. Among these is a commandment to “remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.” How is the sabbath to be kept holy? By resting.

Six days you shall labor, and do all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your manservant, or your maidservant, or your cattle, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

2. God Rested
When you think of resting on Sundays, you may immediately begin to think of reasons why it is impractical. Perhaps you don’t feel tired, or maybe you have too much to get done to take a day off, or maybe you simply don’t want to.
Whatever the reasons you come up with, though, your excuses are exploded by the fact that God rested on the seventh day — and if anyone didn’t need to take a break, it was Him! Think about it, God has unlimited energy. Creating the universe, magnificent and complex at it is, did not tax God’s strength. He could have created a million universes without breaking a sweat. And yet He rested. And so should we.
3. You Actually Need It
Whether you think so or not, you need to rest on Sundays. Unlike God, you do not have unlimited creative energy. It is a scientific fact that the human brain and body can only take so much activity without deteriorating dramatically. The vast majority of us are overworked and stressed out, teetering on the brink of burnout.
Stress is hard on the body, and rest is absolutely essential to productivity. St. Thomas once said, “Without work, it is impossible to have fun.” This could easily be reversed: Without fun (rest), it is impossible to work effectively. You need a day off to recuperate before tackling a new work week.
4. Family and Friends
When is the last time you shared a family meal with your wife and children or close relatives? Big Sunday meals with the family after Mass and worship used to be a highlight of every Christian’s week. They still should be.
The modern world, fueled by technology, has left us more isolated than ever before. The lack of face-to-face, personal interaction has left families fragmented and many people painfully lonely. Sundays, if properly respected, offer a unique opportunity to spend time with those we love, whether family or friends.
5. Prayer and Spiritual Reading
The saints tell us that prayer is absolutely essential to salvation. Spiritual reading, too, offers us an opportunity to hear God speaking in return. These two activities should be weekly habits for every Christian.
Yet, despite their critical importance, many of us are so busy that we feel we simply do not have time to pray, read, or meditate. That’s why Sundays are so important — they offer us the space we need to commune with our Lord, both literally in the Holy Eucharist, but also in restful times of prayer and meditation on the truths of the Faith.
6. Things You Enjoy
Creativity is part of being made in the image of God. Cultures of the past had far less of what we would consider free time, and yet everything they made — from tools to blankets to clothing — was made beautiful with intricate patterns and decorations. These days, we have countless conveniences that give us incredible amounts of free-time, but rather than creating, we merely consume.
It is important for men to have a creative outlet. The options are endless — writing, woodworking, gardening, model building, working on engines, leather-working, and a lot more. Again, Sunday offers a unique opportunity to work with our hands, doing something we enjoy for its own sake.
7. Naps
Sundays are all about rest, and there’s no better way to celebrate this fact than with a good nap. To be honest, I would feel pretty guilty if I took a nap in the middle of the day during the rest of the week when there are many obligations to attend to (my boss probably wouldn’t appreciate it either). But on Sundays, I take a guilt free nap if I feel like it, and it really is great. You should try it sometime.
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Thou Shalt Take it Easy on Sunday
If you think about it, it’s really a beautiful thing that God commands us to rest. He is not a slave-driver or brutal taskmaster, pushing us to exhaustion and burnout. On the contrary, he is a loving Father who knows and desires what is best for his children. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart,” Jesus said, “and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I would encourage you to examine your Sunday routine and look for concrete ways to make it more restful and relaxing. Cut out the the unnecessary shopping and errands. Make it a day of quiet, rest, fun, prayer, friends, and family.
Our Lord, in His great love for you, is commanding you to keep holy His day by setting aside the to-do list and enjoying some rest. Six days thou shalt run around like a madman, but on the seventh, thou shalt rest, take it easy, play a little bit.
Really. Just do it.
[From an essay by Sam Guzman for Aleteia, “Thou Shalt Take it Easy: 7 Reasons to Rest on Sundays,” Jan. 24, 2015, with slight revisions.]
I’ve been blogging and working hard every day, including Sundays, for 6 years. Henceforth, I will take my own advice and rest on Sundays.
I wish you all a blessed, joyful, and restful Sunday!
~Éowyn

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A message from FOTM's Wild Bill Alaska

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Two weeks ago, I did a post asking readers of our Fellowship of the Minds to pray for a fellow reader and commenter, Wild Bill Alaska, who has terminal cancer.
Since then, many kind readers have offered alternate-medicine suggestions for combating cancer, both in comments to the post and in email.
Bill sends us all this message:

To all my family at Fellowship of the Minds,

I want to thank you for your prayers and well wishes. I will sorely miss you all, but the lord and I will be watching over you from the other side and waiting for your arrival there. Please know that I am still relatively pain free and what pain I do feel is bearable with the help of my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. My mental state is the same as before in that I feel no apprehension nor anxiety regarding my approaching departure from this earthly plane. (ok, just a little). But overall my faith in the Lord and his promise to  dwell in the house of the lord forever (Psalm 23) is what makes this coming transition  a thing of beauty and wonder and less something to be feared.

Since I, most likely, will be elsewhere for the 2016 presidential elections I would like to take this  opportunity to share my thoughts on my choice for the next president of our great Republic.

Col. Allen West, former Congressman (R-Fl)

A well educated veteran, patriot, Christian man who truly loves the country he has well served with honor and a quiet dignity. Colonel (ret. US ARMY) Allen West is a man whose career I have followed since he entered politics. This man was always my first choice for president should he decide to run. Now that my wish for his candidacy is quite possibly a reality, I have been diagnosed with terminal cancer and will not survive until the 2016 elections. I have made my peace with my Lord Jesus and am prepared to happily go home to him and our father on my passing. My one regret is not being able to cast my vote for this man who I believe can heal our nation and return us to the times when we all stood together as a united people proud to be called Americans. Perhaps one of you reading this will take pity on me and borrow a page out of the liberal/democrat hand book in the 2016 elections and cast a vote for Colonel West in the stead of this proud, but dead conservative.

Liberty in tearsPlease continue to pray for Bill.
I believe in prayers.
I believe in answered prayers.
And I believe that prayers can move mountains . . . .
~Eowyn

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Kindergartner Told Not to Pray

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Kindergartner praying at lunch says teacher told her, ‘You’re not allowed to pray’
By Charlene Sakoda
Apr 1, 2014 5:42 PM
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An Oviedo, Florida family was shocked after they heard their 5-year-old daughter’s account of an incident at the girl’s school during lunch. As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, the kindergartener (whose name is not being released) told her family that a ‘lunch teacher’ at Carillon Elementary School stopped her when she bowed her head in prayer during the meal.

Marcos Perez’s daughter explaining the lunch prayer incident. (YouTube/Marcos Perez)
Last week Marcos Perez, the girl’s father, posted a YouTube video of his daughter explaining the lunchtime interaction. In the footage she recounts the confrontation saying, “My lunch teacher told me that, when I was about to say something, she said, ‘You’re not allowed to pray.’” According to her account the girl continued the conversation with the teacher saying, “’It’s good to pray.’ And she just said, ‘It’s not good.’”

The family says the exchange happened the week of March 10. However, Seminole County Public School officials report that Carillon Elementary’s principal, AnaLynn Jones, spoke to the cafeteria staff present during that time and they do not recall the incident nor interacting with the girl.

(WKMG)
WKMG Local 6 spoke to Michael Lawrence, the communications officer for Seminole County Schools who said, “The situation as stated by the parent has not occurred according to the school’s investigation…We’re dealing with very young children here so there’s quite a bit of an opportunity for miscommunication to occur. The timing and the issues were very odd considering that the first thing that happened was that a video was done, it was on YouTube.” The school district says the parents did not contact school officials until after posting the YouTube video, but Mr. Perez denied that claim and said he sent the district several emails before his post.

A coincidence that is too striking to ignore was pointed out by the Orlando Sentinel. The paper wrote that Marcos Perez is the “…vice president of sales at Charisma House, a Lake Mary-based Christian book publisher. The company is currently promoting the book ‘God Less America: Real Stories from the Front Lines of the Attack on Traditional Values,’ by Fox News host Todd Starnes. Starnes reported on the lunch prayer controversy for Fox News Radio.”

(WKMG)
The school did not interview the young student, who has since been pulled out of Carillon Elementary and will instead be home schooled. Both Lawrence and the family’s lawyer, Jeremiah Dys, senior counsel for the Texas based Liberty Institute, say that the identity of the staff member allegedly involved has not been given.

Dys has sent the school board and the Carillon principal a letter demanding an apology to the family by April 7 and assurances that steps will be taken to avoid a similar incident in the future.

Lawrence said that Principal Jones would remind Carillon Elementary staff that students are allowed to pray in school, adding, “If a student wishes to pray at lunch to herself we do not have a policy against that.”

Videos and more info: Orlando Sentinel, WKMG, YouTube/Marcos Perez

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Mysterious Priest Performs Miracle At Site of Mercedes Crash

UPDATE (Aug. 12, 2013):

The priest has come forward! He is Fr. Patrick Dowling of the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri. (See Dr. Eowyn’s post here.)
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The riddle of the ‘angel priest‘: Holy man appeared from nowhere to pray with trapped girl and rescuers in traffic accident, told them she would be OK and then vanished

  • Katie Lentz was hit head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning on an isolated stretch of Missouri highway
  • Emergency workers battled for over an hour to rescue her but they couldn’t free her from the car wreck
  • Lentz requested a moment of prayer and a priest appeared – even though the road was blocked off
  • He prayed and told the rescuers that Lentz would now be freed – and she was
  • They turned to thank him – but he was gone

By JAMES NYE
7 August 2013
Pinned inside her mangled Mercedes, seriously injured and fading fast, Katie Lentz turned to her rescuers on the lonely open stretch of Missouri highway and asked them to pray.
Struck head-on by a drunk driver on Sunday morning, emergency workers had been battling for an hour and a half to free Lentz, but to no avail.
But as they joined hands a Catholic priest appeared, even though there were no bystanders and the road was blocked, who offered a prayer and an instruction to the rescuers that they would now be able to free her.
Suddenly, heavy equipment needed to cut through the metal arrived from a nearby town and Lentz was pulled from the wreck in time to be saved – but when they turned to thank the priest, he was gone.
‘He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer,’ Chief Raymond Reed told KHQA-TV.
‘It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well.
‘I can’t be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle.’

Katie Lentz

Katie Lentz


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~Steve~

Read more: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2386627/The-riddle-angel-priest-Holy-man-appeared-pray-trapped-girl-rescuers-traffic-accident-told-OK-vanished.html#ixzz2bOLG6NYx
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Update!

Just found this: MYSTERY: Doesn’t appear in 70 photos of scene… 
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/08/07/angel-crash-
missouri/2630227/

Done with paint

Done with paint

Click here for composite sketch of the mysterious priest’s face.

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Hello, God

Sometimes, a simple but heartfelt prayer is better than an elaborate formal one. Here’s a lovely prayer that’s touching in its simplicity.
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Hello, God

Hello God, I called tonight
To talk a little while.
I need a friend who’ll listen
To my anxieties and trials.
You see, I can’t quite make it
Through a day just on my own.
I need your love to guide me
So I’ll never feel alone.
I want to ask you, please, to keep
My family safe and sound.
Come and fill their lives with confidence
For whatever fate they’re bound.
Give me faith, dear God, to face
Each hour throughout the day,
And not to worry over things
I can’t change in any way.
I thank you God, for being home
And listening to my call,
For giving me such good advice
When I stumble and fall.
Your number, God, is the only one
That answers every time.
I never get a busy signal,
Never had to pay a dime.
So, thank you, God, for listening
To my troubles and my sorrow.
Good night, God. I love You so,
And I’ll call again tomorrow!
P.S. Please bless all my friends and family too. 

H/t my sis-in-law Shireen.
~Eowyn

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O Child Unborn, I'll Pray For You

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~LTG

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