Adoration in the Electronic Age (revisited)

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I joined the Catholicmom.com contributor family in June, 2012, after answering a Twitter shout-out for Android-using Tech Talk writers.   Little did I know back then how important making the time that morning (including making my children and me late for homeschool co-op) to complete the application to become a contributor would be in my ministry, and more importantly, my life.

My First Year

In October, 2012, I wrote a very near and dear piece about bringing my electronic devices into Eucharistic Adoration with me. At the time, smartphones were fairly new, and it was almost scandalous to be on your cell phone during your visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Though for this ADHD girl, it felt very natural to move from my ‘bag of Adoration tricks’ including a Bible, spiritual reading, catechism, journal, prayer cards and a Rosary to a more-compact smart device. The article began with a simple quote from now-Servant of God Fr. John Hardon.

“I strongly recommend that each of us make a resolution – no matter how much the decision may cost us – to make a Holy hour…once a week.” – Fr. John Hardon

The highlight of my week is always my visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and sometimes I even receive the extra blessings of more than one visit a week. I am a super busy wife, mother, writer, retreat director, Catholic App developer, reviewer, and podcast host – among many other things. It would be easy for me to find a million reasons to not make this holy hour. Yet, through the grace of God, probably that very grace I receive in the act of putting my visit to Jesus first, every week I am able to find an entire hour (sometimes more), without fail.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”                                                                                                                                                                               ~ Matthew 6:33

That’s the secret to finding the time

We don’t try to find it ourselves. Instead, we go to Jesus and ask Him, who created time, to reveal where there is availability in our schedule. Trust me, this prayer will be answered in a prompt and blessed way.

My first committed Adoration hour was at 2:30 p.m. every Saturday afternoon. When I first saw it was the only time in need of an adorer, I thought how insane it was of me to sign up. What mother has time every Saturday afternoon to sneak away for an hour?!? Yet I was able to fulfill that commitment for over two years, needing very little substitution coverage. How? By relying on the grace of God.

My sacrifice and obedience has been rewarded with the ability to commit now to two holy hours each week. These appointments with Jesus are the most coveted part of my whole week — time in the Eucharist, a foretaste of Heaven and the abundant grace that this time brings, cannot be replicated by any other thing this world has to offer.

The article then went on to highlight the current technology and Apps that I used each week in Adoration. I giggle now at those ‘state of the art’ options. You can too by reading that original post: Adoration in the Electronic Age: Android and Adoration 

What I Bring With me 5 Years Later

One thing that has not changed in these 5 years – I am still very much an Android Girl! I did break down and buy myself an iPad a few years ago; my husband affectionately refers to it as “the most expensive Kindle ever.” I’ve clearly not learned to maximize its usefulness. I will occasionally bring the iPad if I am in the middle of a good spiritual read, but I typically prefer my little Samsung S5.

While I do try to spend the majority of my Adoration hour in quiet prayer, there are just days my ability to focus takes all I have! I’ve loaded some helpful Android Apps:

"Adoration in the electronic age (revisited)" by Allison Gingras (CatholicMom.com)

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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!

2 Comments

  1. Allison,
    I love this piece. My phone is my breviary, my travel bible, and my notepad. From time to time, I use my Kindle app on it as well. While I believe more less and less people are scandalized by the sight of someone using their phone in church or during adoration, there are still some who have no idea about the great apps that are available to us for our spiritual growth! As an example, I am a teacher. Recently, our boss asked us not to have our phones out while we’re in the church, with a warning that “people are watching!” I explained that my phone is essentially my collection of prayer books, and were I to bring all the actual books, I’d be carrying a huge stack with me to the church each week for Mass. My boss… only 29 years old, which makes it even more surprising… had NO idea anyone would be using their phone other than for social media/texting/e-mailing, etc. I think we need more posts like yours in order to get the message out that our devices can be powerful weapons in the spiritual fight. Thanks for the post!

    • Thank you Cayman. I completely agree with your thoughts on how our phones can absolutely be tools for growing in faith and not just selfies and messaging. Hoping to help spread this by accepting an invitation to Son Rise Morning show this Wednesday morning!! Prayers for clarity to educate and encourage – appreciated 🙂

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