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Easter Sunday should be sacred – not for shopping

I am disappointed with the Toronto Eaton Centre’s decision to remain open on Easter Sunday – the holiest day on the Christian calendar.

This takes us a giant step backwards when it comes to workers’ rights. Workers fought for more than a century, from 1830 till the 1930s to have time off for certain holidays.

Further, a push for keeping stores open on these days diminishes the sanctity of religious holydays and makes it difficult, if not impossible for retail workers to attend religious services with their families.

Keeping the Sabbath holy means that the Lord’s Day should be marked from beginning to end by grateful and active remembrance of God’s saving work. Sunday is the day of rediscovering the true nature and deep roots of joy.

This joy should never be confused with shallow feelings of satisfaction and pleasure, which, as in the case of shopping and sports, inebriate the senses and emotions for a brief moment, but then leave the heart unfulfilled and perhaps even embittered.

In the Christian view, joy is more enduring and consoling. It leads to a more intense time of sharing, and encouraging all the inventiveness of which Christian charity is capable.

As a day of rest, Sunday is a day in which we are called to withdraw from the sometimes excessively demanding cycle of earthly tasks in order to renew our awareness that everything is the work of God.

In this way, Sunday becomes the soul of the other days so that the perfect Christian is, in a sense, always in the Lord’s Day.

Paul Kokoski
Hamilton

2 Responses to “Easter Sunday should be sacred – not for shopping”

  1. alandeon2 says:

    Regarding the November 9th letter to the editor “Easter Sunday should be sacred – not for shopping” by Paul Kokoski:

    Although I’m always intrigued what Mr. Kokoski has to say (in a ‘watching a train wreck’ kind of way) I’m always in disagreement with his extremist views. Those extreme Catholic views are evident in every single “opinion” he offers. Growing up Catholic myself, I know an extremist when I read one.

    Apparently, Paul has too much time on his hands, based on all the “letters to the editor” he has sent to newspapers all over the world, obsessed with his hobby of sharing his radical belief system with anyone who will print it, some of those beliefs bordering on hate-mongering. A Newspaper has the right to print any letter they choose but they also have the ability to not exercise that right. Surely there are letters with better content and relevance to print, and surely editors can do a better job of filtering out such people.

    Take this latest opinion regarding shopping on holidays and Sunday as “always in the Lord’s Day” and “Easter Sunday should be sacred”; I ask which Lord’s Day? The Jewish Sabbath is Saturday. It’s the same for the 7th day Adventists and it was written that Jesus didn’t work on Saturday. Should that be the day we have off? Islam might prefer Friday, How about that one? Also,“sacred” to whom? And how is shopping stopping that? After all, everyone has the legal right to decline work on their holy days.

    The truth is that we are not a Country that holds to only one belief. Having said that, we would be better served by having all holidays NOT be related to actual ‘holy’ days and making all holidays secular would be better for everyone.

    Give the people some long weekends spread out throughout the year in recognition of certain events, such as Canada Day, Remembrance Day, Family day and so on. None of these days should have any religious connections whatsoever, especially just ONE religious view.

    Happy holidays.

    Alan d’Eon
    Hamilton

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  2. TeeDee says:

    Though I was an extremely devout Catholic, then a born-again Christian for the first 47 years of my life, after an exhaustive search and study of all available ‘evidence’ (or lack thereof)I now feel utterly free of the unproven, contradictory beliefs I once held on to so willfully. But, I still cannot go shopping on those ‘holy’ days, Mr. Kokoski refers to because the major mall near my home is a nut house on those days. If I have any shopping to do (though we no longer do the whole gift exchange at Xmas)I make sure it’s done before
    Thanksgiving as I can’t even move in that mall during the ugly frenzy that occurs until after boxing day. I also agree with the comments of Mr. d’Eon regarding the fact that one group (Christians) shouldn’t call all the shots when it comes to holidays/sabbaths as there are MANY different believers in the world–including the non-believer.

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