Our Smartphone usage not only hurts our own hearts but can dehumanize our neighbors. Developing a better understanding and practice of JUSTICE can help put order back into our lives and our relationships with mankind. We can always do more for our neighbors... today we'll look at 7 Ways to increase the virtue of justice in our lives!
P.S. Here's the Checklist again incase the challenges are getting difficult to remember: #SmartFreedom Challenge Checklist:
No phone while driving (See Day Two).
No phone during meals (whether alone or with others) (See Day Three).
No phone in the bathroom (See Day Four).
No phone for your morning alarm clock (See Day Five).
Complete phonexamination of conscience (See Day Six).
Be Phone Free 1 Hour before bed UNTIL 1 Hour after waking (See Day Seven).
No phone in the presence of other humans (See Day Eight).
#SmartFreedom Rosary (See Day Nine).
After #SmartFreedom Reflection (See Day Ten).
4 Hour Fast (See Day Eleven).
Have a tough conversation (See Day Twelve).
Virtue of the Day: Justice
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about the virtue of justice:
CCC 1807 Justice is the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor. Justice toward God is called the "virtue of religion." Justice toward men disposes one to respect the rights of each and to establish in human relationships the harmony that promotes equity with regard to persons and to the common good. The just man, often mentioned in the Sacred Scriptures, is distinguished by habitual right thinking and the uprightness of his conduct toward his neighbor. "You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor." "Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven."
#SmartFreedom and the Corporal Works of Mercy
During our Lenten Challenge we took a week away from spending money through our smartphones. Each day of that week we had a challenge related to a Corporal Work of Mercy. Here are those challenges... Feel free to pick one or all of these challenges! Finding a way to use our Smartphones for Justice is a great way to add more virtue into our lives, purifying some of those Smartphone attachments.
Feed the Hungry: With all of that money we're saving not clicking our way to happiness, we have some cash to feed someone that is hungry. Today's challenge is to Schedule a Lunch with a friend that is hungry for companionship. We're all hungry for companionship (that is part of the reason we spend so much time on our phones...) Think about it--we all have those friends that we say "We should get lunch!" and we never do. Call that friend (don't text), make those plans, and then treat them to lunch whenever you do get it scheduled!
Give Drink to the Thirsty: I THIRST. “We have these words in every chapel of the Missionaries of Charity to remind us what an MC is here for: to quench the thirst of Jesus for souls, for love, for kindness, for compassion, for delicate love.” --Mother Teresa. Who can you be kind to today? Who needs your compassion? Who in your life is thirsting for Truth? Beauty? Goodness? Who's thirst can you quench by sharing to love of Christ?
Shelter the Homeless: Today we take our savings and use our clicking for good... there a number of local, state, national, and global organizations that do a lot of good for those in most need. Today, we take our online shopping savings and give to those who can help! Catholic Charities of Acadiana offers not only online giving, but amazon wishlists for needed items! Let's use our clicking for good!
Clothe the naked. Let's be honest. We all have too much stuff. Today's challenge is to rid yourself of 30 Items. They can be clothes, old books, shoes, blankets, pillows, school supplies... things that you've been saving because "it's still good... even though I never use it and completely forgot I even own it!" Find a local shelter, poor college student, an Aunt Katie, etc. that may be in need of what you no longer need. Let's detach. 30 items sounds like a lot... but once you get started you'll realize that I should have suggested 300!
Visit the Sick: Often we find ourselves posting prayer requests for the sick and the suffering on social media. We then face that awkward moment where we click Like or Love, hoping to communicate our thoughts and prayers and not approval or joy to see people suffering. Today instead of virtually posting and thumbs-upping our prayers, let's actually visit the sick. Now you may not know anyone right now that is physically ill, but we do have plenty of people in our life suffering with depression, loneliness, and other infirmities.
Visit the Imprisoned: So much human contact this week! Don't you love it? Who are the imprisoned in your life? Most likely the addicted. While there are many types of addiction, we have been spending the last month's worth of days working on our own addiction... to our Smart Phones!! Let's turn to our fellow SmartPhone addicts and offer them some temporary relief. Today's challenge is to unchain a friend from their phone. Possible ideas: call a friend for lunch, afternoon walk, other activity where phones aren't necessary and challenge them to turn their phone off for the duration of the outing. NOTE: Don't be judgy about it--after a month of embracing our own poverty in this area, we know the struggle. Tell your friend that YOUR challenge today is to get another buddy to take a mini-tech sabbath with you. They will thank you later!
Bury the dead: The only thing we fear more than death is a dead phone. Today we give our phones a rest with a 3 Hour Phone Fast. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, 3 hours. You can do it. Bonus Challenge: See how long you can go with it off... I took an 8 hour tech sabbath last weekend and it was GLORIOUS! NOTE: Remind the people who will think you're dead that you're turning off your phone! Otherwise they will attempt to bury you before your time.