I had the great blessing of joining the CatholicMom.com family on June 7, 2012, and since then I have written first biweekly and now weekly reviews, as well as participate in the daily Gospel Reflection posts. It is so much fun - including meeting the woman herself, Lisa Hendey this past year! I pray it is God’s will I continue to do so for many years to come.
How I came to join the CatholicMom.com family was one of those surreal moments when you can do nothing else but realize it was only by God’s grace that you were able to stumble on such an amazing opportunity. It could have only been the Holy Spirit that prompted me that May morning to look at my Twitter feed, which I NEVER do, and there in the middle of the screen — glaring up at me — was Sarah Reinhard’s tweet seeking Android Smartphone/Tablet users to write app reviews.
Although I had to get my three kids to our homeschool co-op that morning, and had (as usual) not a second to spare, I knew it was imperative I write my email requesting consideration for the position – I mean how often does a person get the chance to combine some of their favorite things (for full effect click link for Julie Andrew’s singing) — God, my Catholic Faith, Android Apps, writing, and being a Catholic Mom – all in one place? I am so glad I did! Thanks to Lisa, Sarah and the CatholicMom.com family. I am honored to be a part of this amazing ministry!
So what exactly did I choose to do with this forum? I focused on some of my favorite applications and every week searched and kept my eyes open for new ones.
I love doing a search for “Catholic App” to just see what appears! I tried to find topics that I thought we could all relate to regardless of our operating systems, such as dreaded short battery life of most smart phones or how to make the best use of technology in Eucharistic Adoration.
In October 2012, the Catholic Church launched the Year of Faith, and I dedicated several columns to this important topic – including apps that help us learn the Catechism, read Vatican papers, and enrich our own Year of Faith journey.
I tried to choose apps that were multifunctional, especially if they benefit the user spiritually. That is the greatest goal of my own ministry work, and my life really – to lead people closer to Christ through all means of communication. I am a true Pauline at heart, and totally believe that St. Paul is a big fan of Twitter when it’s used to evangelize.
New Media is one of our greatest tool for the New Evangelization, while ironically one of the greatest obstacles. In 2013, I promised I would continue to explore resources for enhancing the Year of Faith, helping parents Catechize themselves, so they can in turn teach their children, and on a personal note, find Apps that help grow our devotion and love of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I went even further by even creating my own Daily Devotional App: Words with Jesus! I also expanded my column to share much more than just Android Apps - even doing a 7 part series on Using The Gifts of the Holy Spirit to Share the Catholic Faith (accompanying articles for my Catholic TV Blinks series).
Some of my favorite 2012 apps that I really encourage you to take another–or first–look at are: