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I recently found an amazing Catholic iPhone app called iPieta, and just learned about many more on a great Forums thread.
My question is this: Sometimes in Mass or adoration, if I've forgotten to bring my daily readings, bible, St. Bridget Prayers, or want to say a prayer/chaplet that I don't know by heart, I'll use the iPieta iPhone app and read the prayer/reading off of my phone.
Although I feel it is totally okay to do this, as the phone is serving to help me pray, I don't want to upset anyone around me who might see me, have no idea that I'm using the prayer app, assume I'm doing something like checking my email in adoration, and think I'm being completely inappropriate/disrespectful.
Of course I don't want someone to think these thoughts about me, I especially don't want to distract someone and be a cause for them to be angry or annoyed while they're trying to worship.
What are other peoples' thoughts about using a Catholic iPhone app in Mass/adoration?
I own an iPhone and iPieta (which, like Catholic.com's Faith Database, is a massive collection of Papal and Church Father documents, the Baltimore Cathechism, a Douay-Rheims translation, Summa Theologica, The Imitation of Christ and much more).
When I'm not able to get a missal book when I enter Mass, I have had no problem in using my Catholic-related apps on my iPhone at the appropriate time, particularly opening the iPhone version of the New American Bible that's hosted by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. It allows me to see the daily reading when I want to read along.
Now about the ethical issue of it all. The advent of smartphones, particularly an iPhone, which is more computer than phone, allows it to have many resources that make it an excellent addition to your faith arsenal. I've got an app to help me with confession, allowing me to make a proper one without drawing things out. It's called (appropriately) iConfess.
That said, any object, electronic or not, can be a distraction--not just to the user, but to the people surrounding you who see you and wonder "What's he doing?"
For that reason, I have and do use my iPhone during the readings, but sparingly, and put it away after the Gospel. You'll never see it out during the homily or afterward. So I both agree and disagree on the matter. Yes, use it, but discreetly, and as part of the Mass, not against it. And don't use it so that it creates unnecessary distraction to others around you--especially youngsters who think that you're texting and think that it must be OK to text during Mass.