Yeah, Lent. What did you think I meant?
Today’s sermon, while generally speaking about the value of mortification at the center of “giving something up for Lent,” spoke to me very pointedly regarding the Internet. If you read this blog, you know I’m a big fan of social media. I’ve made great connections with other people and have had wonderful real life experiences as a result. But I’m well aware there are better ways to spend my time.
When we spend 15 minutes on Facebook, we miss out on the time needed to say a rosary.
When we scroll endlessly through Twitter and Instagram, we lose out on time to read the Bible or a book on spirituality.
When we argue with strangers on tumblr or in the comments section of online forums, we allow humanity to die a million times over.
Okay, that last one was a bit heavy-handed. But I feel pretty justified saying that. A lot easier to ditch social media now people are so very ugly.
But I will not abandon social media altogether. I cannot, I will not. Instead, I’ll maintain my positivity and hopefully it will rub off on others.
Here’s to another productive Lent.