November 26, 2022
It is the time when every Catholic makes sacrifices. What sacrifices will we make during this time of Advent? What efforts will we make to the baby Jesus so that, on December 24th, our hearts will be ready to welcome the Messiah?
This is an idea of sacrifice: to use your cell phone in a reasonable, moderate, and limited way. In other words, just to use your smartphone when required by state duty, and that’s it. The rest of the time, put it away from you or turn it off.
Some might say: This is a very difficult penance! I will never be able to do that I am so obsessed and addicted and dependent on my phone that I will never be able to pull it off.
But this is precisely another reason for making this decision! When one is anesthetized, the detoxification must be done by gradual reduction of the drug dose. In the same way, when a drug is called a smartphone, you have to learn little by little to get the most out of it.
This decision is timely because when a smartphone is used excessively, it leads us to commit many sins.
First of all, there is a loss of time. God does not give us time. It is only on loan to us. We have no right to misuse it. In our final moments, the Sovereign will ask us: “How did you use your time on this earth?” We’ll have to give an account of every minute we’ve lost looking at useless things on our screens. God can tell us, “You will spend as much time on purgatory as you wasted on your phone.” There are some people who spend an average of two hours a day looking for shit. Over 30 or 40 years, the accumulated loss of time is colossal! And during that time, we don’t pray, we don’t read, and we neglect our duty as a nation.
Besides the loss of time, there is the spirit of the world that fills our hearts. More often than not, the time we spend on the phone isn’t uplifting for the soul, because the things we look at are basic. Some videos, some articles, and some series are not worth a Christian to watch. Some respond, “It relaxes me! When I come home from work and feel tired, I watch silly things and it relaxes me!” However, some forms of relaxation are not worthy of being Catholic. Our Lord died on the cross to save our souls. We have no right to pollute and pollute those souls by coming into contact with a pagan mentality. By watching nonsense, the soul degrades itself, becomes weaker, becomes lukewarm, and ends up not realizing what offends the good God. It is necessary to relax, of course. Everyone needs rest and clearing of the mind. But a Catholic has no right to relax in such a way that God does not exist. There are sports, music and cultural activities that are legitimate and provide comfort to our souls in a Christian way. Being comfortable with your smartphone is a devilish temptation.
Besides, a mind saturated with images, sounds, and information gets bogged down when it comes time to think and pray.
For some, their addiction is so bad that they can’t refrain from using their smartphone even during their meals while they’re eating; Or even at night in their beds, instead of sleeping. Others go so far as to look at their smartphones in church, during Mass, something that shows disrespect for God.
There is a lot to be said about the easily accessible bug on a smartphone. How many souls have been killed, how many fantasies have been sullied forever, how many innocence has been lost, how many chastity has been destroyed by this device? Satan rejoices and congratulates himself on his exploits. Lucifer admits with relief that thanks to these phones, Hell is filling up more quickly than it did before.
Satan does not have a smartphone. He doesn’t want one, because he has no time to lose. His time use is filled; He goes out of his way to get people to spend time on their phones. He finds, via on-screen servitude, that he establishes his infernal domination over the world. And he is now rubbing his hands because his strategy is working so well and is paying off plentifully. Many people today are forever burning in hell because of their smartphones.
If Saint Mary lived in our time, how many hours would she spend on her phone each day? Are you going to YouTube to watch stupid videos?
The saddest thing is to see children infected with this plague. Numerous European and American studies show that some children between the ages of 12 and 13 have become addicted to impurity because their parents, with foolish naivety, have given them a smartphone, as if they could reasonably use it at their young age. These parents are the criminals, they are the ones who give such devices to their kids without controlling the content on the devices. Unhealthy curiosity is present even in children as young as 8 years old.
Here, then, is a good decision to eat hard during this time of Advent: only to use your smartphone when there is a real need and never to relax. This is a worthy sacrifice, which pleases the good God very much. Then, on Christmas Eve, your soul will be ready to receive Baby Jesus and be filled with His grace.