Giving up Facebook for Lent

Is giving up desserts for Lent so last year? Apparently.  A new trend in modern sacrificing is to give up on time-consuming things such as frequently reading or adding postings to Facebook.

The Arlington Catholic Herald, diocesan newspaper of Arlington, Va., did a story on this, quoting Catholics who might even continue this Facebook fast after Easter. One priest told the paper, “We’ve become so connected that we’re disconnected. …  We’re oversaturated with information. I know for myself I’m not going to go back to being that connected.”

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., also plugged the idea of easing up on Facebook during Lent in a column in the diocesan newspaper, The Catholic Herald.

As he puts it: “The holy days of Lent are a good time for all of us to re-examine how we use technology to make better connections with our families, our friends, our God, and ourselves. That may mean less time on Facebook and more face time with our family and friends. It could also mean exploring how these technologies can help us learn about our Catholic faith, study Scripture, engage in fellowship, and even pray.”

3 Responses

  1. . . .having given up on Facebook some time ago, after a mere few weeks of trying to keep up with it, I sympathize completely with the drift of Carol Zimmerman’s thoughts. . .enough, already!

  2. Let’s remember, though, that Sundays are always feast days — even in Lent. Break out your calculator and you’ll see the 40 days of Lent are Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday minus the Sundays.

    It is sad that, since Vatican II, Sundays have been merged with the rest of the week. Before the Council, a Requiem Mass would never be allowed on a Sunday (with one annual exception in the U.K.) and even All Souls Day would be transfered to Monday 3 November if 2 November fell on a Sunday.

    So, fast and do penance on the 40 days of Lent. And do it well! But giving up chocolate for 46 days straight instead of the 40 days of Lent isn’t a Lenten penance — that is a diet.

  3. I am 16 years old and as most teens my age, I am a “addicted” to facebook! I decided that it was just adding too much stress to my life so I gave it up for Lent this year. It is difficult because all my friends communicate about different events happening but I find other ways to get my information. I plan to stay on facebook when Lent is over but I am planning on using it a lot less, and realizing that it is important to have person to person communications in life and not always through this media portal.

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