Remember when stores were closed on Sundays?
In my blog this week about downtown parking, one reader commented that if you drive through downtown on a Sunday, you can’t shop anywhere because nothing is open. Maybe those businesses are reflecting a bygone era.
That comment reminded me of the sermon Monsignor Ray Kurtz offered last Sunday at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Monsignor Kurtz, who previously served St. Mary’s in Janesville, is helping fill in this summer at St. John Vianney. His sermon focused on the need for quiet, reflective time. He said that without it, we see the results—rage on our roads and among parents watching youth sports.
He likened it to a bow being strung and ready to fire an arrow. If you leave that bow strung a long time, it gets weak—much like our bodies when we’re strung too tightly and lack time to relax. He mentioned that today’s younger generation can’t remember the days when almost all stores were closed on Sunday, set aside as that biblical day of rest.
Do you remember and long for those days? Do you find your life has gotten so hectic that you lack that vital quiet time?