Considering the News…
In its latest attempt to embrace the digital age the Vatican is calling all Catholics and deploring believers to put down those sin-riddled cellphones during these glorious days of self-inflicted self-deprivation known as Lent. And it’s about bloody time.
Alas, how so dreadfully often furious typers of text messages neglect to take an occasional moment to bask in the glory of the Lord, appreciating the sacrifices Christ made many centuries ago to guarantee our ability to text in peace.
So many times Mass goers have looked in uncontrolled horror as an iPhone clings to one believer’s hand while the body of Christ is placed in the other.
Why must these menacing iPod headphones dangle from ears when almighty and all-knowing priests speak the word of the Lord?
How can we not go one day a week without obsessing over the stats and numbers on our computers at work?
Must we drive those 17 unholy miles to work every day of Lent, or can a bike suffice for the sake of sacrifice?
Indeed, the Vatican – the guiding light it is, the beacon of hope we gratefully accept it to be – has composed a righteous list of ways to shun technology for these 40 days of Lent.
The Pope has blessed this manifesto of ways for circumventing the inherent dangers and evils of computers, iPhones, and Facebook.
All we can do is hope. Pray. Accept this list as a means for coming closer to God. For emulating the sacrifices Jesus so unselfishly made many years ago.
For more tips on how to become a better Catholic, please visit the Vatican website. Or, please befriend Pope Benedict on his Facebook and MySpace pages. Or, for those wanting some viral proverbs, feel free to tune into the Vatican YouTube Channel that is now available.
See you all after Easter!