This article first appeared in the now (sadly defunct) Ministry and Liturgy magazine ... A technology twist on the GRACE Trifecta and filling our grace wells!
Maintaining a close spiritual connection with God can be a challenge, especially as we navigate our daily
life and work. Although I work in full-time ministry is not always easy for me to practice what I preach.
What I preach is participation in what I have dubbed, ‘The Grace Trifecta’. This trifecta consists of frequent (if not daily) participation in Prayer, the Sacraments, and Scripture.
Here are some recommendations for how to use technology to replenish our grace wells when we feel they are growing deplete.
Totally Yours (available iOs and Android - free)
Developed by: Eternal Life Saver (eternal lifesaver.com)
This app provides the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, established by St. Louis de Montfort, in
a comprehensive 33 day retreat format.
Set reminders to alert when to begin the Consecration and for each day during;
Useful to complete initial consecration and renewal of consecration;
‘Light a candle’ option for prayer intentions (personal and global).
There is so much to this app that I actually recommend reading the “How to Use the App” section.
Scriptural Rosary (available iOs and Android – free)
Developed by: Joe Meineke ( joemeineke.com )
Narration is soothing, clear and well-paced;
Duration for each mystery is about 22 minutes;
Beautiful artwork accompanies each mystery as well.
Don’t have 22 minutes for the rosary, Meineke also offers a 17 minute Rosary App , which boasts the
same wonderful narration minus the scriptural references.
Honestly, there are so many wonderful Rosary Apps for both iOs and Android, that I recommend perusing the App Store or Google Play to find the one that is best for you.
There are a plethora of free Rosary apps to choose from, and Android offers a 15 minute trial period (begins at time of download) for each purchased App.
While we are all aware an app cannot take the place of a priest in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, however there
are several apps available to assist in preparing for it. And... in case you've ever wondered...Confessions can't be 'Skyped' or phoned in either! Think of the sacrifice of time and getting yourself there as part of the penance.
Roman Catholic app (available iOs and Android - $1.99)
Developed by: Little iApps (littleiapps.com)
Password-protected allowing end-users information to be saved;
Examination of conscience with checkboxes;
Confession guide with prayers;
Ability to personalize your examination;
Confess it (Android only – free)
Developed by: Mike Kasberg (mikekasberg.com)
Link to Masstimes.org to locate the nearest confession time;
Allows customizing of your sins during examination of conscience;
Navigation through the App can be a little confusing at first, as the three sections – Examination; Sins;
and Walkthrough scroll sideways instead of the usual vertical found in most apps.
Confession App: Catholic Sacrament (iOs and Android - $1.99)
Developed by Michael Tigue (www.web4uonline.com)
Allows user to save Examination of Conscience, however it is not password protected and if do
not follow the instructions to back out of the App perfectly, all selected information is lost;
Provides add-in feature to customize your Examination of Conscience;
Comprehensive guide for the Rite of Confession.
There are also Apps available for participating in the Sacrament of the Eucharist:
Mass Explained (iOs only - $24.99 developed by Dan Gonzalez, Agnus, LLC.
iMissal (available Android, iOs, Blackberry, Amazon, Windos and Kindle - $4.99) developed by Cantcha,
Magnificat (iOs only free to download but requires in-app purchase costing $1.99 each month)
developed by Magnificat. (www.magnificat.net)
One of my favorite features of social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, is being able to connect with a great number of people at once. Many years ago I began to tap into this blessing to prepare for my weekly adoration hour. In the days leading up to my visit of the Blessed Sacrament, I would post an image of the Eucharist in the Monstrance, with a simple, “Can I pray for you? ” underneath. I would (and still to this day) receive hundreds of prayer requests.
Once in Adoration, I would pull up my Facebook or Twitter Apps to read through the many prayers, usually not for the person who has posted but their family, friends, or co-workers. It is so overwhelming to look at face after face, and name after name, as your bring each to Jesus in the Eucharist.
BibleGateway App (iOs, Android and Kindle Fire – free)
Developed by HarperCollins Christian (www.BibleGateway.com)
Verse of the Day;
Variety of bible versions available;
Features ability to add notes;
Audio available to listen to readings.
Words with Jesus App (iOs and Android - $.99)
Created by Allison Gingras (yes, me) and developed by Little iApps (www.ReconciledtoYou.com)
Daily devotional app series;
Highlights the words spoken by Jesus in the Gospel. Coming SOON: *The Words with Mary includes those
words spoken by Mary as well as about her and St. Louis DeMonfort’s teachings;
Set daily prayer reminder;
Short reflection for each scripture;
Evangelize by sharing on social media.
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