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I just created a Twitter account this month. Already, I have experienced so many blessings… and one or two burdens.
On the bright side, I have gotten to know what my favorite organizations, my favorite people, and my favorite publishing houses are up to… instantly. It’s like a mega-conversation of all the things that interest me, talking to me, all at the same time.
Spiritually, Twitter can be an amazing resource. I really do feel ‘connected’ into the movements of the Holy Spirit, literally, around the world. It feels immediate, yes, but at the same time it’s incredibly intimate. People are talking about their prayer, their homilies, their books, their retreats and pilgrimages. It’s a wonderful platform for so many graced moments, especially when I don’t have the time to search for them on my own.
But, while I am happily getting accustomed to being overwhelmed with Scripture verses, retreat updates, news from Rome, spiritual book reviews…. I also feel a little overwhelmed. And, to be honest, distracted. I can find myself neglecting what I set out to do, what I need to do. Like listening more to the conversations around my house, or not starting a project I needed to get to, or picking up the iPad during my early morning coffee clutch with God, in solitude.
So, here are three lessons I have discovered, early on, about Twitter and the spiritual life:
#1 There is no substitute for solitude or conversation. Really.
#2 All tweets in moderation.
#3 Twitter is always “on”, but so is God.
I would imagine Martha would have loved Twitter. But Jesus told Mary something different, something very important. I need to keep that in mind…
“I would like then to invite Christians, confidently and with an informed and responsible creativity, to join the network of relationships which the digital era has made possible. This is not simply to satisfy the desire to be present, but because this network is an integral part of human life. The web is contributing to the development of new and more complex intellectual and spiritual horizons, new forms of shared awareness.”
Pope Benedict XVI, 45th World Communications Day
June 5th, 2011