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U.S. Retailers and Shoppers prepare to deny millions of their Thanksgiving

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By Marshall Connolly (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
11/22/2019 (2 weeks ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

The worship of Baal is in full swing as some retailers will open at 2 PM on Thanksgiving.

The worship of Baal, the false idol to whom children were sacrificed for gain, is in full swing. Millions of shoppers are enabling retailers who plan to open their doors on Thanksgiving day for nothing more than the purpose of greed and gain. These early openings will deny millions of workers their Thanksgiving dinners, and millions of shoppers will ditch family and services to flock to stores seeking deals. 

Are we not thankful for what we have?

Are we not thankful for what we have?

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By Marshall Connolly (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
11/22/2019 (2 weeks ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Thanksgiving, retail, shoppers


LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The divorce of our nation from its traditional Christian values is quite complete. One glaring example, retailer JCPenny will open their stores at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. This will deprive millions of workers of their Thanksgiving dinners. 

This deed will be facilitated by millions of shoppers aggressively seeking the best deals on material goods to exchange for the holidays. 

Many of the workers are probably volunteers, although plenty are unwilling volunteers. In a world where workers rent their labor by the hour for minimal wages, losing a day of work, even on a holiday, is an expense few can afford. If not for economic want, how many would really prefer to put up with retail work than spend a day with family? Oh, some for sure! But all?

We live in a nation where the majority identifies as Christian. We refer to ourselves as a Christian nation. The name of God is in our national motto, "In God We Trust." This phrase appears on our money, many of our civic halls, and some of our schools. We pray around flagpoles, erect monuments to the Ten Commandments before courthouses and legislatures.

Despite this overt display of common faith, we are also a nation that jealously guards abortion instead of living children. We retain the death penalty even though our Church identifies it as a moral evil in practice. We defend every kind of deviance. We mass consume pornography and violence. We practically worship these evils! The Lord's Day is observed by a small minority. And now some will empty pews and skip Mass to shop

The Third Commandment requires us to offer worship to the Lord. And not only are we required to spend the day at rest, with family or performing works of charity, we are not to compel others to work unnecessarily. To do otherwise is a violation of the Third Commandment and potentially a mortal sin. Indeed, the placement of anything before God is a form of idolatry. How remarkable when we place shopping before God and family. That's Baal, a false idol. 

If we want to regain the blessings of a Godly nation, the the blessings required to make America great, then we must act as Christians. There are no days off from Christianity. There are no occasions where it is okay shop or place anything before God. 

We have given in to greed and concupiscence. No wonder our nation is falling away into turmoil and distress. Surprise is unjustified; we know better. 

It may be true that shopping on Thanksgiving is a little thing. After all, Thanksgiving is neither a Holy Day of Obligation or the Lord's Day. It's just a Thursday. But it's a special day nonetheless, traditionally reserved for God and family. What will we say? Shall we say, "We are sorry, but we got a great deal on a television!" 

20 But God said to him, "Fool! This very night the demand will be made for your soul; and this hoard of yours, whose will it be then?"
21 So it is when someone stores up treasure for himself instead of becoming rich in the sight of God.' (Luke 12:20-21)

If we want to be a pro-life nation, then perhaps we can start with getting the little things right again. Maybe we can turn the tide against the family? 

The little things matter. And if we cannot be faithful when it comes to little things, what can we expect when it comes to the greater things? 

"Anyone who is trustworthy in little things is trustworthy in great; anyone who is dishonest in little things is dishonest in great."  (Luke 16:10)

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