today at work i overheard someone talking about a "confession app" for what i assume is some kind of portable electronic device.
have you heard of this? what do you think of it? i was shocked and dismayed. you can't go to confession over the internet, and you definitely cant do it just to your phone!!!
I'm shocked and dismayed at your lack of use of capital letters.
For those of you who are too lazy to just do a quick Google search of this new fangled way of approaching the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation, let me first assure you that you can't phone in your confession. That's not what this does.
This is a application for your very fancy phone (that you could maybe do with a little less phone fanciness and offer it up to the Poor Souls in Purgatory or give the money you save by having something very basic to the Poor Souls on Earth) is a confession tool, meaning, it helps you prepare for making a good confession.
It lists the Ten Commandments, for example, and asks questions about ways in which you may have broken them so you can figure out how you've sinned. To which some people might respond, "I don't want my phone to tell me how I've sinned." And to which we must reply, "As long as someone or something does, we're okay with it."
I really don't see a problem with it, except for the waste of money it is.
But then I don't understand why people join gyms. That costs a lot of money and all you really need to do is find a nice flight of stairs and climb up and down them. Remember how Rocky didn't have any money? Upper body work? Carry something over your head.
Walk down the street, jog. The weather's bad? Get on your living room floor and do some sit ups and push ups. Run in place in the garage. Make the kids lie stiffly and pick them up like dumb bells.
I am not calling your children dumb bells. I am just suggesting they act like dumb bells.
That didn't help did it?
My point is, that you don't need this on your phone, as the tools that are in the app are already available on the internet, in books and in pamphlets.
All you really need is a pencil and paper, then, to jot things down. Including your Penance after you're done applying your apps.
There is also a whole thing on there about how to go about making your confession. The "Bless Me, Father for I Have Sinned" drill. You won't need that once you've done it a couple of time.
There are several versions of the "Act of Contrition" on there. Hooray! Pick one and memorize it.
Remember memorizing things? Do you know anyone's phone number anymore? If the answer is no, memorize some. Because some day, your fancy device will break or be beyond reach or drop in the dishwater and there you'll be, unable to call a soul.
Don't make yourself so helpless! These devices that make our lives so much easier can also make us oddly helpless.
The verdict: Useful, but not necessary. Unlike Confession.