Lent goes high tech

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February 20, 2015


A young woman replies to a text message on a mobile phone in Washington. An Italian archbishop has asked Catholic young people give up texting on their mobile phones on Fridays in Lent. A study of teenagers in Italy’s Lombardy region concluded they send an average of 47 text messages a day. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Feeling a little fuzzy on the church’s guidelines on fasting and abstinence during Lent? Or feeling like you are the only one around that acknowledges the 40 days before Easter?

Well, smart phones, the Internet and all things social media are here to help.

Modern technology, hardly the bastion of all things spiritual, actually has plenty to offer. There are probably more websites, apps, blogs, Twitter feeds and Facebook pages about Lent than there are pages in the old family Bible. There are plenty of communities too — with people posting pictures of themselves getting ashes using the aptly named hashtag — #ashtag — and posting recipes and new ideas on what to give up for Lent.

Read more in The Visitor…