We are often bogged down by technology. The social communication websites we all follow, piles of eMail we have to sort through each day, blogs we follow and the games we play can be a little overwhelming at times and sometimes very distracting. So, why not use the technology you have at hand to help you make this a better Lent. Here are my ten app suggestions for your mobile devices. Most of these apps are available in iOS and Android. I have given the link to the iOS and to the app’s websites. These are just a few of the apps that are on my iPhone and iPad. If you try them out, let me know and have a grace filled Lent!
1. Divine Office – If you pray the Divine Office on a regular basis, or don’t know where to begin, this app will be a great help. It is well laid out. If your tired from your day’s business, you can sit back and listen to it being prayed for you (unless your required to pray it yourself).
2. Divine Mercy – This app comes from the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. They have an app that is packed with goodies – information about St. Fausting, Mercy Popes, excerpts from the Diary, a Timeline, Resources and of course, you have the Divine Mercy Devotions.
3. Mass Explained – This is like an encyclopedia of the Mass. It is packed tight with great information, audio, video and really beautiful graphics. You can go wrong with this app!
4. Confession – No, you can’t make your Confession on an iPad, but you can prepare to make a good Confession using an app. It’s Lent, go to Confession!
5. iPieta – Here is another awesome app. This app is bursting at the seams with prayers, catechisms, writings of saints, Catholic Bible Commentaries and more. You can also download audio to much of the content and read it in English, Latin or have the two side by side.
6. The Pope App – It’s just what it says. You can get the latest news, view the latest events and view live Papal events and more. This app is everything Pope Francis.
7. Consecration – If you haven’t made total Consecration to Jesus, through Mary, this is the app for you. All of the prayers are at your fingertips and your can turn on a daily reminder.
8. Logos Bible – This is just the basic, with some free resources, but you can add on many Catholic study aids to this app and get a full blown application for your computer. I use the desktop version for homily and talk preparation. It’s a really great resource.
9. iMissal – Readings and prayers for the Roman Catholic Mass in the Ordinary Form, all with the new translation.
10. iPadre – Yes, this is the app for my podcast. You can download and listen to over 315 episodes of the iPadre Catholic Podcast. You can also send in feedback directly from the app, share episodes, follow the show note links and on occasion, as time permits, I have Show Extras.