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Living Christ’s Prayer for his Disciples in the 21st Century Part Three

Let us often recall, my dear Sisters, what we must never forget, that we are in the world but not of it, and that we are there only to procure the glory of Jesus Christ to whom we belong. Marie Adelaide de Cice, First Circular Letter (undated)

One subject that has frequently come up lately in conversation is the whole issue of how electronic devices are becoming more and more prominent in our lives, especially to our detriment. 

It can take a large amount of effort and awareness to keep the presence and use of the devices from turning into a detriment.  There is no denying that cell phones and tablets and the like are helpful to have and use in various parts of our lives, but, they can be harmful to our spiritual lives, especially if we allow them to distract us or keep us from being present to God and others throughout the day.  Cell phones, especially, can keep us connected to others 24 hours a day via email, text messaging, and other various applications. Although, we may say this is a good thing, I wonder if it really is always a good thing.  If, for example, I do not turn off my phone during the times I would like to spend in prayer, there is nothing stopping calls and texts from coming and distracting me from my prayer time, even if I choose not to answer them. As we all know, when we do get a telephone call or text, the temptation is to look and see who it is that is contacting us and possibly answer immediately rather than waiting until completing whatever we are doing.  Of course, the question this raises for me is,  “Does God not deserve our undivided attention during our times of prayer?” 

Another complaint I frequent hear lately is that people do not have enough time to pray and do spiritual reading because of how busy they are. In several cases, after further discussion, it turns out that they spend much of their free time in some combination of watching television, playing computer games, and surfing the internet.  Although we all have times when wemeans to relax, s, the questions become, “How much time do I really need to spend doing those things?”  Can spending time in prayer and/or doing spiritual reading be a way of relaxing as well?” Not only can they be a way to relax, but they also enable us to develop a deeper and more intimate relationship with God in the process.

I invite you to reflect on the ways electronic devices interfere with your forming a deeper relationship with God and others.  What do you see as the major cause of electronics interfering with our prayer lives?  How can you change this? Linda S. DHM

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