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TRU DAT: Amen!

With the junior high kids in their classroom during one of their first days of school, I heard about one of those electronic shorthand phrases that is used in email and such things. It was new to me: TRU DAT. To a text or a tweet, they told me, I can respond, “TRU DAT,” which means, “That’s right. I agree.” It is a like a church full of believers giving the preacher an, “Amen to that!” I asked the kids to pay attention on Sunday, because I was going to try to use that expression …

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If We’re Adding to the Noise

What’s it gonna take to slow us down to let the silence spin us around?  These are some of the lyrics from one of my favorite bands in a song titled Adding to the Noise. The song goes on to implore the listener: turn off this song If we’re adding to the noise turn off your stereo, radio, video  These are the lyrics that ran through my head as I read the recent Message from Pope Benedict XVI for the 46th World Day of Communications titled Silence and Word: the Path to Evangelization. In the …

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Apps I Must Live Without

I am a tech-savvy twenty-something who usually has to make a concerted effort to put away the smart phone.  I love the instant access, and you never know when  something might be time-sensitive.  As Fr. Kyle Schnippel points out in his blog, there are some really cool and productive apps out there.  Therefore, I was quite perturbed on Holy Saturday when my phone was declared to be “Dead by Drowning.” It was the flukiest freak accident I have ever come across involving a cell.  My poor defenseless phone was minding its own business, resting comfortably …

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Apps I Can’t Live Without!

I have a bit of a reputation of being a techie priest.  I tote my iPad with me non-stop and recently acquired an iPhone after using an Android and Blackberry based phone in the past.  What’s been really great about this new avenue in smart phones are the “apps” that are available, even in the realm of the Church.  What follows is a list of some of my favorite apps, with a short description of each as well.  Facebook and Twitter: I’m on these all day/every day.  (Look up the Vocation Office on either one!)  …

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Does Jesus Live Online?

I remember just a few years ago at the debut of a book entitled The World is Flat, I was astounded by what the author Thomas Friedman called our ability to Inform. He said that in a very few short years, much of the world would be able to access any conceivable information in a matter of seconds, perhaps even from their smart phones. This was in 2005, and I was very much an unbeliever at the time. Yet now it is 2012, and for over year, I have utilized the luxury of this almost …

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Kindle the Fire

The unveiling of the iPad was a technological “burning bush” experience for many people. Not just tech wizards and geeks but ordinary folks approached the technological revolution with a sense of awe that near rivals Moses’ bare foot moment. Finally, the prospect of being liberated from the slavery to space and weighty gadgets to the promised land of unrestricted and seamless communication seemed possible. Unlike the two tablets with which Moses descended the mountain numerous tablets have since descended upon the global scene. I was not among those wizards, geeks and even ordinary folk that …

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