Is it a Sin to Eat Out on Sunday? (Father Simon Says)

Is it a sin to go out to eat on a Sunday, since other people have to work at the restaurant?

He reads a letter from Joanne, who has practical advice on what to do if you absolutely have to go out.

Joanne’s Wisdom: When dining out on Sundays, she tries to nourish the soul of your server. Tip generously and include a spiritual touch—a prayer card or a bookmark with a Bible verse.

Fr. Simon’s Take: Fr. Richard Simon backs Joanne’s suggestion. It’s a simple yet profound way to express gratitude and spread the faith. Just drop that tip with a holy card and go—no need to wait for a thank you. It’s about planting seeds of faith quietly but effectively.

Living the Sabbath: Even in a non-stop, seven-day-a-week society, Fr. Simon reminds us of the ancient practice of Sabbath rest. While our modern world buzzes incessantly, we Catholics (alongside our Evangelical brethren) are called to remember the essence of this sacred day. If everyone embraced true Sabbath rest, Sundays might look quite different!

Practical Piety: So next Sunday, if you find yourself at a restaurant, remember Joanne’s and Fr. Simon’s counsel: make it more than a meal—make it a mission! Be lavish not just in your spending, but in your spirit. Your server’s day might be long, but your act of kindness could be a glimpse of light in their week.

Leave More than a Tip—Leave a Legacy of Kindness and Faith! 😇🙏

Jake Moore serves as a Digital Audio Content Producer for Relevant Radio®. He is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and is passionate about classic movies, Christian music, young adult ministry, and leading this generation to Christ through compelling media. You can listen to more of his podcasts at and on the Relevant Radio® app.