Yes, they have a place in our spiritual lives
Recently, I read with some bemusement an editorial by a priest decrying the proliferation of smart phones he saw as he celebrated Mass. While I appreciate his concern that the phones might be distracting Mass-goers, I was disappointed at his presumption. He seemed to assume that the phones the phones were only being used for texting during Mass.
The reality is that phones are tools. Like any tool, they can be used appropriately or inappropriately. When used appropriately, they have the potential to bring us closer to God.
Here’s an incomplete list of some of the roles my phone plays in my spiritual life:
- Prayer book
- Rosary companion
- Examination of conscience
- Spiritual reading
- Video player for scriptural reflections
- Mass finder
- Church directory
- Prayer group scheduler
I could go on, but you get the point. Obviously, I don’t use my phone for all these things during Mass. However, if you see me looking at my phone in church, don’t assume I’m texting or checking sport scores.