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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

June 10, 2008

Cell Phones vs. The Bible

Lee Nagel, Executive Director of the National Conference of Catechetical Leadership, included this interesting comparison in his regular Monday e-mail to NCCL membership. Consider it food for thought for yourselves and the teens you work with.

Someone sent me this and it caused me to stop and ponder. For us Catholics it would also mean that we would have to carry Tradition as well. That might be more difficult because I believe that Tradition can only happen through experience. Without practice, you don’t have the ritual, the belief. I do wonder how that partnership of “Scripture and Tradition” would change this comparison.

I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cellphone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several time a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?

What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go....hmm..where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry

about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think "where are my priorities"?

And no dropped calls!

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