Wednesday, May 4, 2011

High Tech Religion

Those of you who know our Aunt Teresa know what incredible faith she has.  Her daily routine includes saying her rosary and novenas.   She also goes to Mass during the week as often as she can.  I have always admired her genuine faith.  

As a child, we never went anywhere in the car without saying the rosary using her novena booklet.  This was an expected part of any trip that we went on.  

Her book of novenas and prayers is well-worn.   She has them in a black cover that is filled with various prayer cards and held together by a rubber band.  I can remember going to Phoenix and her visiting a religious store to purchase different prayer cards and her novena booklets.
Last Sunday she was telling me that the booklet was falling apart and she didn't think she was going to be able to find a replacement for it as the religious stores that would have them are no longer around.  I told her that I would look online and see if I could find one to order.

I "googled" the novena booklet and found several sites that had copies, one of which was Amazon.  Needless to say, she was thrilled.  So I ordered her a new one.  

A little later as I got on my computer, I noticed that they had the novena book on Kindle.  I checked it out and it was the real deal.  So I downloaded it and put it on her iPad.  Once again, she was thrilled, but a little apprehensive.
Monday morning she was up early for some reason.  As I was getting ready to go to work, I noticed her sitting in her chair saying her rosary with her iPad on her lap!   She was so excited that she could use her Kindle app to say her prayers.  She is able to adjust the font so that it is large enough for her to read it easily.  And she said, it was exactly the same prayers as in her novena book!!
I absolutely loved seeing this!!!!  I think it would make a great commercial for Apple.  There has to be a certain niche out there that this would appeal to!!  I love technology and all that it brings to enhance our lives.  And this definitely is something that has enhanced her  life.  Teresa is almost 89 years old so you can imagine what she has seen in her lifetime as far as technology is concerned.  For me it was priceless to see her using the iPad to say her prayers---truly HIGH TECH RELIGION!

Teresa went out to California this morning to spend some time with the nieces and nephews that she loves so dearly.  Our cousin Romy's daughter, Angelica, is making  her confirmation this weekend and Teresa will be there for that.   She was so excited to go to see everyone.  What a blessing she is to our family!!!


5 remarks:

NP said...

High tech religion is right ~ what a priceless picture. I can't believe she still can travel so much . . . What an amazing woman!
Love & hugs,

~M said...

Yeah Aunt Teresa! That picture is priceless!! I know exactly what you are talking about regarding the falling-apart-prayer book she has. :) She's the greatest! And all her daily prayers help keep our large Scott family so close and strong! We love her! -Maggie

Cheela said...

Sheila, I couldn't figure which one is your e-mail, so I used all that I had. Your blog about the kids from Gilbert El going to Douglas brought tears to my eyes. You really do write poignant things. They are so awesome. Also your blog about getting the prayers for Teresa was super!
She is really technology savy.


Susie of Arabia said...

Teresa continues to amaze all of us - tech savvy at 89 - I can only hope. I do love the photo!

Meags said...

I have the bible on my nook and some other religious books as well. I'm a little rebelious though... I sometimes sneak a few chapters of my current read in the adoration chapel. I think Jesus laughs at this.