Please Don't Give Up Social Media This Lent

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Really. Please don’t leave Social Media for Lent. I understand that many people use this hiatus to spend time working on their own personal spiritual growth; and I can completely respect that; HOWEVER, please don’t completely disappear for 40 days when social media needs you the most. Okay, I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic but here’s why I am begging you to stay.

‘Tis the Season

Lent is a season when many people make a resolution to investigate or rejuvenate a faith life. The internet just happens to be a place many people will turn for guidance and even perhaps seek a community to take the journey with. So, what happens when those who are most likely to post something faith based, could possibly answer questions or would be open to connect as community make a mass exodus off social media during Lent?? There is a risk for missed opportunity to evangelize, catechize and support those seeking meaning through an experience with Christ this Lent.

If You Simply Must

Some alternatives to consider if you still feel called to follow a social media blackout:

  • IF you simply must log off for Lent – here’s a fun fact: Sundays are your ‘get out of Lenten sacrifice free’ card. You are not bound to your Lenten promises on Sundays. So take advantage of this day of reprieve and log on and share and connect!
  • Choose to reduce the amount of time on social media. Cut back, NOT out.
  • Tithe a portion of your social media engagement to sharing scripture, Christian music or Pope videos, saint quotes, or even funny Catholic memes.
  • If you can use Hootsuite (or that type of program) to pre-schedule posts throughout Lent.  Remember: You can log on and set them up on Sunday.

How I am Spending My Lent

Courtesy of WINE (Women in the New Evangelization.) All rights reserved.

This year WINE: Women In the The Evangelization is journeying through Lent with the one of a kind: Walk in Her Sandals: Experiencing Christ’s Passion through the Eyes of Women.

You’ve never read a book like this before:

It’s part Bible study, part reflection on women’s special gifts, part prayer and discussion guide . . . all tied together with a fabulous biblical historical mini-novel about women living through the events of Jesus’s passion, death, and resurrection. Reading it will draw you into the experience of Lent in an entirely new way. It will deepen your relationship with Jesus. It will lead you to contemplate your own gifts in light of his work. And it will encourage you to step out into the new year refreshed and empowered to follow the Lord.

Join the WINE LENTEN BOOK CLUB . . . including exclusive WINE Lenten email; WINE Enthusiast resources, and the WINE Walk in Her Sandals book and journal bundle. On Facebook, search for the WINE Lenten Book Club and join our growing community. We’ll be sharing quotes, video, photo challenges and so much more! *Yours truly is honored to be facilitating the online component of this awesome Lenten Book Club!!

"Please don't give up social media this Lent" by Allison Gingras (CatholicMom.com)

Copyright 2017 Allison Gingras. All rights reserved.

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Allison Gingras, founder www.ReconciledToYou.com (RTY); and host of A Seeking Heart on Breadbox Media weekdays 10 am ET. Allison created the "Words with" daily devotional App Series: Words with Jesus and Words with Mary. Allison offers retreats and talks on: Forgiveness; Works of Mercy; Trust and JOY!

6 Comments

  1. Totally totally totally disagree. When people give up Facebook and other social media they become happier, their relationships improve, and they spend less money. That’s secular research. How much MORE meaningful for someone who wants to follow Jesus more closely?

    • I respect your thoughts Kristine; staying on is clearly not the choice for everyone. I do feel that I have been blessed with many meaningful relationships through social media; which have been extra special because we can share our faith journey together and the people in my off-line life are few that I am able to do that with. I just wanted people to consider their motives for a social media fast; and perhaps if they have a heart for sharing their faith online – to consider an alternate fast. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and share your thoughts on the subject. Blessings on your Lent!

  2. Hi Allison,

    It’s funny. I was thinking to log on on Sundays would be the right thing for me during Lent. My current writing which will post today is really the type of reading for a Friday, because it has to do with Christ’s crucifixion between two thieves. So, I’ll post on Facebook this Friday, check my private messages and not scroll through the home feed. I struggle with vanity and how many likes I’ll get with my writing. That’s a reason right there to temper the amount of attention I give to social media. Thank you for the New Wine group tip!

    I am currently following “The Clock”, which is a meditative community prayer taken from Blessed Luisa Piccarreta, Little Daughter of the Divine Will. Powerful stuff!

    • Oh those numbers. So hard NOT to be curious or get caught up in them SO SO get this!! I’ll have to check out The Clock, I’ve never heard of it and it sounds fascinating!

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