"Those who read this column even occasionally know that I'm not a big fan of technology. I'm not always comfortable with it, am not very good at it, and avoid it as much as possible.
"Something I've learned, though, is that when any electronic device - a television, computer, smartphone - is on the fritz and stops working, one of the first things to try is to turn it off completely and shut it down for a few minutes. The idea is to 'reboot' it, to start all over. And behold, sometimes when the device is powered-up again, almost magically it begins to work. Problem solved.
"There's a parallel here for our daily lives."
In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence (RI), reflected on the power of prayer, especially personal prayer in silence, as a means of "rebooting our lives" when things seem to be falling apart.
To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit:
The Imitation of Christ: Rebooting Your Life With Prayer (12 NOV 20)