Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Acquired Mental Handicaps

If overuse of the internet and other electronic media leads to some sort of mental impairment with respect to attention and focus and other acts of the mind, then might it be the case there will be consequences on a person's ability to participate in liturgical prayer? How many of our young people can sit through the praying of a Psalm, or the Anaphora/Roman Canon, without being distracted? Has modern technology exacerbated our natural weaknesses or deficits?

With a Psalm least one can prayer/sing the Psalm and that will help one regain focus. But with an anaphora? One should be listening attentively, and not praying. Though perhaps repeating the words silently might be permissible.

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