ROME - Roman Catholic bishops in Italy are urging the faithful to go on a high-tech fast for Lent, switching off modern appliances from cars to MP3 players and abstaining from surfing the Web or text messaging until Easter.
The suggestion gives a modern twist to traditional forms of abstinence in the period Christians set aside for fasting and prayer ahead of Easter. And it shows the Church's increasing focus on the use of technology as well as its perceived abuses.
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Reading this article makes it clear that it is nearly impossible for the materialists of the world to understand the value of Lent. They find it ridiculous that anyone should take 40 days of their year to focus on repentance, silence and introspection, and the blessedness of turning off the world's noise in order to listen to the only One who has something to say that is of eternal importance.