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RYM Daily Lenten Moment

Day 31 : 'Face Time'

Right - it's Friday - so it's quiz time!!

Hands up - who's got a mobile?

Okay silly question - here's another - who's got a tablet? (And no not the Paracetamol variety or the sweet Scottish sugary delicacy!)

Right - this time I'll catch you out - who's got a smart watch?

Well I'm sure one of you has the whole trio of gadgets! So well done! You win a prize - 10 free texts and minutes to speak to God each day!

Technology has certainly changed a lot since I was a lad!

I don't think I had a mobile until I was 21, and had to make do with a pager before that!

Nowadays we all text, Whatsapp, Instant Message, Skype, FaceTime, and seem to spend so much time on social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

We appear to have more 'friends' - and we seem to be better 'connected' to people than ever before!

It's ironic then - that this surge of social connectedness through technology and media hasn't really resulted in us getting to know one another better or deeper!

In fact many of us have more faceless communication with friends than in the past!

Face to face meeting is so important however!

We must make time to meet people and talk to them in person - to spend time listening and sharing with them in a meaningful way!

Nothing beats face to face time!

So it is too with Jesus - we need to make time each and every day to just talk to him, visit Him in time of Adoration, and listen to what He has to say to us! That precious time in silence and prayer!

So today - let us strive to find time - away from our social media and technological gadgets and gizmos - to spend quality time with one another - our friends and family and of course with God!

By doing so we will be more prepared for the best Face Time we will ever experience - that Face to Face Time with God one day in heaven!

Paul Murphy i- Coordinator of Redemptorist Youth Ministry (RYM).