July 12, 2013
Mobile devices are becoming more visible as we see people checking their flight status from an iPad, paying for cafe mochas with gift cards on their phone, and even finding the cheapest gas station within a 10 mile radius from right where they are standing. With the many things these devices allow us to do, could they also be of service for our faith life? Of course!
Mobile apps and even digital books offer ways for Catholics to access prayers, devotionals, church directories, the Holy Bible and even log their prayer time and intentions. Instead of playing a game on our cell phone while we wait for our car to finish at the shop, what if we read the daily readings for Mass or chapters from the Bible?
Here are five apps that you might find helpful for your phone or tablet. Search for them in your iTunes, Android Marketplace, Amazon kindle and more.
Living Faith - Daily Catholic Devotionals
Living Faith provides daily reflections based on a Scripture passage from the daily Mass to help Catholics pray and meditate through the Church Year. These quarterly reflection books can be downloaded onto most tablet and mobile devices for $2.99 an issue.
Lighthouse Catholic Media - Catholic Study Bible
Read the entire Catholic Bible, listen to dramatized audio from the Gospel of John or hear talks by Scott Hahn. Carry Scripture on you to read and reflect on where ever you may be. Dramatized audio recordings are even fun for kids to listen to. Download for free.
Going to the chapel? Bring the Liturgy of the Hours, Daily Missal and a number of Catholic prayers with you. The iBreviary makes it easy to find each day's prayers and readings when you start the application. Download for free.
The Catholic Directory
Traveling and wanting to go to Mass? Find a list of local Catholic churches near you. Click to view their Mass times, call their office or visit their website all by clicking a simple search button. Download this faithful travel companion for free.
The Pope App - by Vatican News Service
Provided by Vatican News Service, the Pope App allows users to follow each day with the Bishop of Rome through photos from various events, articles, and even a calendar of where he is going next. Download for free.