(Quote) Mary-486033 said: Yes, I understand and agree. I've had employment positions where I had to work every single Sunday at...
(Quote) Mary-486033 said: Yes, I understand and agree. I've had employment positions where I had to work every single Sunday at the hospital. But that's necessary.
My hesitation came in with the fact that I wasn't referencing sewing as a hobby, but to repair clothing, hem new slacks, etc. Yes, I find it relaxing and enjoyable (like gardening), but it's still unnecessary elective domestic work that can wait for another day....which is why I questioned myself.
Mary -- you've added another dimension to your sewing. Actually a lot of things we do can wait for another day, but when that "other day" comes, do you need to do it in a rush? Are you pressed for time and running on adrenaline when that happens?
If you find it relaxing and therapeutic, and it takes you away from the everyday world, it can be a good way to spend your time. It is a change of pace from what you're doing during the week, and that's part of the purpose of the day of rest. Resting doesn't mean you aren't supposed to do anything but sit; rather, it's a day to turn away from the everyday world, to find something worthwhile and relaxing to do, and to honor our Creator. That's our primary focus -- our Creator. And what seems like "work" to some might be just what you need to refocus. You can meditate while engaged in some worthwhile activities, and that can bring honor to our God. Also, you probably don't want to or do sewing every Sunday; it's likely an occasional thing. And you probably don't spend all day at it either.
What would you be doing otherwise? Watching TV? Reading? Talking to friends? Ideally at least some time in addition to attending Mass would be spent in reflection, prayer, Bible reading or some type of spiritual reading, along with spending time with family and friends if possible. In general, if something helps bring you closer to your Creator, it's most likely worthwhile doing.
If your conscience bothers you about this, you would do well to have a chat with your pastor or parish priest to gather his thoughts. Whatever he comes up with should put you at ease with this issue. He might have a different perspective that will help you see this more clearly. In any event, I don't see this as much of a concern or problem, especially compared to how other people spend their Sundays. But ultimately you will have to decide for yourself, Yea or Nay.