Digital Catholicism

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Today I’m going to give you a handy list of all the great digital Catholic media I’ve come across recently. It’s SO easy to compartmentalize your spiritual life by attending Mass on Sunday (or not?) and hopefully at least praying before you fall asleep, and then leaving the rest of your life to your own devices (yikes!). Personally, I am in hot pursuit of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in my own life- and having these available right on my phone or linked to my facebook account has enabled me to integrate my faith into my whole day!

You may think you don’t have time to pray a Rosary or learn about Catholic teachings, etc., and I’m telling you that you do, and if you really want it, you’ll find the time organically throughout your day. I was in the dark about ALL of these resources until recently, incorrectly assuming that all the religious media out there was probably Protestant in nature. There is a whole world of Catholic media available to you fo’ FREE, allowing you to immerse yourself in your faith naturally throughout the day. Enhance your prayer life (this is THE most important goal), learn about the Church’s teachings, learn how to apply Catholic teachings to your everyday life, and get practical help with one of the Church’s most important and underutilized Sacraments- confession! Here’s my list, starting with my favorites- feel free to add any of your favorites that I missed in the comment section.

Immaculate Heart Radio Located within IHeartRadio app (listen to Catholic talk shows, special presentations from Catholic speakers, broadcast of daily Mass, daily Rosary, Saint of the Day, Gospel reading of the day, and worldwide Catholic news!)

PODCASTS (Available in iTunes):

“Catholic Stuff You Should Know”
-Group of young Seminarians/Deacons/Priests who dive into one Catholic topic every week, everything from the Blessed Virgin Mary to beer to yoga to faith & science. They’re funny and very laid back, go check them out!

“Catholic Answers”
-Catholic Answers Live is a show that invites all kinds of callers to ask questions about the Catholic faith, sometimes it’s open forum where anyone can call, other times they only take calls from Protestants or Atheists, sometimes it’s only people who oppose a certain teaching or tradition of the Church, and the experts give clear and concise explanations of what the Church says.

APPS

“Rosary Audio”– An app that leads you in a Rosary visually and audibly. You can choose from the Joyful, Sorrowful, Luminous or Glorious mysteries. Great for commute time, getting ready in the morning, or cooking dinner!
“Confession”– A super handy app that takes you through the Ten Commandments. You answer questions to see which ones you’ve violated since your last confession, don’t worry it is password protected! This is very helpful for remembering your sins, something I always have a lot of trouble with, because it doesn’t just determine whether you’ve violated THE sin of the commandment, it really focuses on the spirit of the sin. For example- no, you probably haven’t killed anyone recently, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t violated the spirit of Thou Shalt Not Kill, and this app breaks it down for you. You can go through these while in line for the confessional and take it in there with you so you can read them to the priest, then recite the Act of Contrition provided for you. I love this app, it makes going to confession much easier, in terms of practicality, which is the number one hurdle for me that will determine how much I go to receive the Holy Spirit through this Blessed Sacrament.

“Laudate”– The mother of Catholic content apps, complete with the Liturgical calendar, daily readings and Saints, order of the Mass, Rosary and Chaplet, Stations of the Cross, Latin prayers, Catechism, etc. etc. etc.! I can’t even tell you everything that’s packed into this app- just get it and explore!
“iPieta”– Similar in content to Laudate, but I think it’s less user-friendly. However, they do supply the Baltimore Catechism, which is a question-and-answer format of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is awesome!

WEBSITES

lifeteen.com Daily blogs, funnies, and readings geared toward the younger generations!
womenofgrace.com– Great for everyone, but especially women. Lots of fantastic blogs, etc. leading you to authentic femininity, which is hard to find in this world!
catholic.com– Website for Catholic Answers
shop.catholic.com– Best shop I’ve found for books, DVDs, CDs, etc. for pursuing knowledge about the Catholic faith, and they’re having a big sale from now through the end of the year! Woot woot.
chastityproject.org– Chastity doesn’t mean what you think it means, check them out for yourself!
wordonfire.org– Created by Fr. Robert Barron, he has created an international ministry that focuses on applying Catholicism to modern lives.

There are a million great websites, you’ll find them on your journey. 🙂

Pages to follow on facebook:

Instagram and Twitter also offer TONS of Catholic pages! You can always find pages for your favorite Saints as well.
Lastly, this isn’t digital- but when you’re reading the Bible, you should be reading a Catholic Bible, it is complete with a few books from the Old Testament that are not in non-Catholic Bibles. We can dive into all that later. A great Bible I recommend is the Life Teen Catholic Bible, it’s got lots of great history and explanations in it.
There are literally thousands of resources you could find to integrate your faith into your daily life, so whatever works for you- GO WITH IT! Just know that they’re out there, and they’re there for YOU. Real people have shed blood and died for Jesus Christ and the right to practice the faith of His Church, and we can just have it on our phones! Perspective, perspective, perspective.

Do not be ashamed to recite the Rosary alone, while you walk along the streets to school, to the university or to work, or as you commute by public transport. Adopt the habit of reciting it among yourselves, in your groups, movements and associations.” -Saint Pope John Paul II

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