Lent is a time that many people, especially those who may have been lukewarm, maybe a bit disassociated or just plan lax work to spice or rejuvenate their faith life. The internet just happens to be a place many people turn for guidance and even community to make that happen. So, what happens when those who are most likely to post something faith based, could possibly answer questions or would be open to connect as community make a mass exodus off social media during Lent?? There are great missed opportunity to evangelize, catechize and support those seeking meaning through an experience with Christ this Lent.
Some alternatives to consider if you still feel called to follow a social media blackout:
- IF you simply must log off for Lent - remember Sunday's are your 'get out of Lenten penance free' card. You are not bound to your Lenten promises on Sundays. So take advantage of this day of reprieve and log on and share and connect!
- Reduce the amount of time spent engaged in social media. Cut back but not out.
- Tithe a portion of your spare time to spiritual posts - scripture, saint quotes, funny Catholic memes.
- If you can use Hootsuite (or that type of program) to pre-schedule posts throughout Lent. One thought: You can log on and set them up on Sunday.
3 Ways to Engage Online this Lent & 1 Offline:
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2015 Lent Photo Journey