Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Lenten Observance: Digital Detox

Tomorrow begins the observance of Lent, the 40 days and nights before Easter Sunday when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It is a time to prepare our hearts and minds to receive the risen Christ.

In my Catholic family growing up, each of the five of us chose something to give up during Lent. Dad always gave up sweets. I tried to give up pop. Joe Jr. offered to give up homework. We also tried to do something extra, like follow a Lenten devotional or do good deeds throughout the week. On Sunday afternoons after church we would pray the rosary as a family. I remember these traditions fondly and know that they were very important in my faith formation as a young adult.

Which brings me to the present. It's time for a change. I have noticed a kind of compulsion throughout my day: checking my Facebook news feed. It's become a reflex. It's true that Facebook is a great way to connect with friends and family far and near, but it shouldn't come at the expense of spending time with my children or husband.

So as of midnight tonight I'm officially giving up Facebook for Lent. That means no checking news feeds, posting pictures, or writing status updates. I will make one exception: I will add a status update to Facebook if I write a new blog post so you can continue to follow Faithfully Following. If you need me, call me or email me.

It's going to be hard, but change always is. It is my desire that I will fill the time I have been spending on Facebook making memories with my husband and kids.

What is your Lenten observance? How can I pray for you during Lent? Please pray for me, too!

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