Now whether you are really connected through technology, or just prefer in-person contact (I’m with you!), each one of us has our own attachments. These attachments can be positive or negative, but in the limelight of technology, I want to highlight the attachments that take us further away from a personal friendship with Jesus.
In Fr. Michael Gaitley’s book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, he mentions the concept of primacy of contemplation. Primacy of contemplation means,
“If we stay fixed on the goodness and glory of the Lord, we’ll automatically and with a certain ease let go of all of our attachments… we’ll begin to have an attitude of indifference without having to force it”.
We all have attachments, some we are proud of, some we aren’t. I always thought that Jesus would be present once I had moved on from some of my attachments, which include not having enough time for silence and finding the best deals online, to name a few. Once I give up these attachments, THEN I truly follow Jesus and let Him fully into my life. Through Fr. Gaitley’s book, I have learned that Jesus wants us just as we are, all he asks of us is to, “come to me”. Once we let Jesus in, he can help us open our heart to Him more and more. As we open our heart to Jesus, that’s when the primacy of contemplation comes into action. I’ve noticed that remaining open and coming to Jesus has led me to become fixed on Jesus and His plan for me, rather than being fixed on my attachments. I know of many today who are attached to social media and technology, especially smartphones. As I mentioned before, technology itself is a great opportunity especially if we use technology with the primacy of contemplation in mind. This is the future of the Catholic Church: using social media and technology to aid in fostering a personal relationship with Jesus. As our own parish continues to develop new ways to use social media to evangelize, we ask for your continued prayers as we work towards becoming a Church for the Poor with a strong technological footprint.