As I was thinking about what to write today it occurred to me there is one thing I left out concerning social media that hit me when I remembered this passage from the Scewtape letters:
C.S. Lewis the Screwtape Letters
Music and silence—how I detest them both! How thankful we should be that ever since our Father entered Hell … no square inch of infernal space and no moment of infernal time has been surrendered to either of those abominable forces, but all has been occupied by Noise— Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exultant, ruthless, and virile— Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, despairing scruples, and impossible desires. We will make the whole universe a noise in the end. We have already made great strides in that direction as regards the Earth. The melodies and silences of Heaven will be shouted down in the end.
Is that not the perfect description of social media? A bunch of noise, either videos, or sounds or images or rants designed to distract us and divert us from the things that matter in real life?
Consider how many times you see on a subway or a restaurant or even when out with friends, heads buried in a cellphone completely oblivious to what we’re doing or who we’re with. We take the noise, chatter and clutter of social media with us because heaven forbid we miss something.
Contrast that with the patience of a novena or a retreat, or the silence before the blessed sacrament. It’s no coincidence that Elijah found the voice of God in a tiny whispering soundand not in the earthquake or the storm.
During this lent take some time to put away the noise of the world and seek the Lord in silence. You’ll be surprised at what you might hear.