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Young+men+and+women+using+mobile+phones During this season of Lent, I have been thinking about how much time we spend on mobile phones, computers and TV!

Last night I was driving down a neighborhood and I glanced across at a house which had their front room window open for all to see and I saw 2 young men staring into their separate computer screens. This was evening, a time where we usually gather as a family after dinner and chat. I had a sense of sadness that we seem to be caught up in this technology world that we can’t even look at another human being near us. How do you know by not looking at another person that you could pick up a sense of sadness on another’s face and ask them ‘what is wrong, can I help you?’. Or you can tell by looking at a person’s face that they are not well and help them. How can we help one another, if we are constantly looking at a mobile!

While I have been commuting by tram during the week, I notice everyone has a mobile phone in their hand, while waiting by the tram stop and even when they get on the tram, they are still holding that phone and staring at the screen and swiping the screen with their fingers. What are people missing out on? Enjoying the fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up in an office perhaps? A lovely sunny day, looking around them and thanking God for all the beauty of creation, looking at someone and smiling, start chatting with someone or helping someone. All those opportunities are gone forever. I once stepped onto a train with a lady who I never knew was blind and she started chatting cheerfully about something (just a few humorous words) which made me smile and respond to her as well and soon we got talking!

I myself have been guilty of spending extra time on the net. I think about the cost of electricity, battery chargers, extra cost of internet downloads. All that extra time using electricity does eventually add up each month. Cutting out an extra hour of TV or computer each day will reduce your electricity bill each month, even if it is a small amount.

What can you do with that extra hour (of not staring at the TV screen or mobile)?

  1. Family prayer time.
  2. Chat with family around you or phone someone you have not spoken to in a while.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Pray the rosary and read a passage from the scriptures. Meditate on whatever words grab your attention or meditate on a scripture story.
  5. Go for a walk.
  6. Clean and tidy your home.
  7. Organise your day with a To Do list.

I hope all the above ideas are productive and will help you grow your spiritual life during this Lenten season.

God bless you and yours!

~ Mary

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