Text Your Sin Away?

Do you have sin?
There’s an app for that!
A new application for iPhones and Ipads aims to help Catholics who haven’t been to the confessional booth in a while keep track of their sins, one Commandment at a time.
The text-based app takes the user through the Ten Commandments, with a slew of questions attached to each, a process known as an examination of conscience, which penitents undergo before confession.
Questions range from “Have I wished evil upon another person?” to “Have I used any method of contraception or artificial birth control in my marriage?” and users can check a box next to each sin they’ve committed.
Once that’s done, the app lists the user’s sins and displays a written act of contrition, a prayer recited by the penitent. From there, it lets a user know when a priest has granted absolution, and when the user should say “amen.”
The app cost $1.99.
The Bible says to confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I’m not sure the writers of the Bible ever imagined some software to be used for prayer but Linda and I have found email, blogs, Facebook, and text messages very useful to keep in contact with our church friends and family.
Many times I have prayed for someone with some form of electronic message.
I don’t see anything wrong with using the means of today to minister to others.
But when it comes to talking with God, prayer still works just as well as it always has.
And when it comes to “every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2:11) I’m pretty sure an app won’t do!

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