It’s 2010 and now we have a plethora of handheld devices. Sometimes these cause great distractions during Mass and Adoration. However, I wanted to offer the following for people’s opinions and start a dialogue;
- Rather than follow along on a paperback missal, my wife follows the Mass using an application on her iPod Touch. In addition to the usual missal stuff, she also has several Bibles on there so she can look up different translations when the Priest quotes Scriptures during the homily (or if there’s a reading that week that she wants to look into more). It also lets her take notes and things like that. And, because there’s no Internet in the Church, there’s no online activity. It’s essentially a digital book.
Personally, so long as it’s be used as a digital book and it doesn’t distract people (which is quite easy, we usually sit behind everyone) I have no problem with this. With tablets (iPad) becoming more popular we might even see more of this.
- After visiting my favorite Priest for Reconciliation, I was given an interesting penance; three hours of Adoration a week for three months. For someone with ADHD and doesn’t have the Spiritual Gift of Intercessory Prayer (the gift to pray for hours on end), this is one difficult penance. What I have started doing while being at the Adoration chapel is bringing an mp3 player with me which has the musical version of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. I pray along with it which allows me to go at a nice slow pace without being distracted by something shiny (happens often). I’m also considering adding some audio books as well, perhaps even an audio Bible.
Personally, so long as it isn’t distracting towards others, I see no problem with this.