The Friday Five: Lent in the Digital Age

By: Elise Italiano, Director of Communications

This time of year, I see a familiar message from friends and family on Facebook: “Gone for Lent. See you in 40 days!”

It’s refreshing that so many people log out, turn off, and disconnect during Lent. The “digital fast” is something which religious and non-religious folks alike are increasingly drawn to do. In a world with so much noise, sustained peace and quiet does the soul some good. As Bishop Loverde says:

“We should look up from our devices and look upon those God has put in our midst.”

During Lent, we can exchange our virtual communities for ones in the flesh.

However, we live in a digital age. There’s no escaping it. So if you still find yourself “plugged in” for work or personal reasons during Lent, I encourage you to make your screen time evangelical.

Here are five suggestions for making the most of Lent in the digital age:

1. You can receive daily Lenten reflections via text or email from the Diocese of Arlington and the Archdiocese of Washington by texting LENT to 84576.

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2. If you’re still using Facebook or Twitter, consider posting something about prayer, fasting, or almsgiving. If you can’t think of anything original to write, consider sharing some that are already drafted for you which can be found here.

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3. Share the newly produced video on the Sacrament of Confession and invite one friend to come with you to the sacrament on Wednesday evenings during Lent from 6:30-8 p.m. Every parish in the diocese is open!


4. Tune into WTOP’s Drive at Five to hear Bishop Loverde on the radio or follow him on Twitter @Bishop_Loverde to hear and read his inspirational Lenten messages.

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5. Download The Pope App on your mobile device or tablet. You can find Pope Francis’ Lenten tweets, homilies, and speeches all in one place.

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I pray you find these resources to be helpful throughout your Lenten journey.

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