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Electronic Devices and the “Sacrament of the Present Moment”

First of all, I want to say how great it is to be back from what turned out to be a refreshing and restorative 8-day silent Ignatian retreat at the Jesuit retreat center (Campion Renewal Center near Boston), which started last Monday and ended this Tuesday.

Eight days can seem like a long time to be in silence, with “nothing to do” except pray, sleep, hike, eat, read, and journal, but believe it or not -- after a day of two of adjustment -- the time flies.

Most of the adjustment the first few days away on a retreat such as this comes from de-toxing: de-toxing from constant communication, constant stimulation, constant conversation.

For today, a word about constant communication:

I really like my smart phone (just as many of you love your BlackBerry or iPhone)…I love the ability to text, Instant Message, surf the web, call, get and receive emails and phone calls all from my phone, no matter where I am. Very convenient.

But listen, folks: Smartphones/BlackBerrys/iPhones are good servants, bu…