Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Digitally Catholic

It's not like I've been dragged kicking and screaming into the digital age. And certainly, my digital pursuits have enriched my spiritual life.

I listen to satellite radio and enjoy Catholic programming.

I listen to podcasts.

I read blogs. I have a Kindle.

And I have an iPod touch with plenty of Catholic apps. Those are useful things, those apps. One of my most-used apps is Divine Office, which allows me to download the Liturgy of the Hours at home, where I have wireless access, and take the prayers with me. It's much easier than carrying a heavy book.

But today, I brought my iPod to Mass, arriving a little early so I could pray Morning Prayer (this morning was a little bit off schedule).  I have to say, it felt kind of weird sitting there in church with an iPod.  Even though the only app I used was Divine Office, and no one was even paying attention to me, I felt very conspicuous.

Then I came home and read about a new book, Prayer in the Digital Age, by Mark Swaim. Looks intriguing! Maybe it's just what I need to read.


Aimee said...

I felt the same way when I pulled out my iPod prayer app during adoration last week! I was afraid someone might think I was playing Angry Birds or something ;) . . .

Anonymous said...

I don't think you need to be so self-conscious: these gadgets are everywhere:

Princess said...

I read a post on your blog about catholic apps and downloaded a bunch and loved them. Thanks for sharing.