When we are researching information, most of it is a few short key strokes away, we can type in what we are looking for and like magic it appears on our computers. I do this all the time, when I need an idea for a Blog, I will search the web, for articles of facts, to help me formulate my ideas. I am not one to place a lot of statistics or quotes in my Blogs, but I do like to make sure my ideas are inline and truthful, to the best of my ability.
We are use to instant information, 24 hour cable news, text messaging, and cell phone on all the time, blackberry’s and such. We have become a people addicted to being connected. I know I feel different when I forget my cell, or don’t have access to the computer. I know I like the fact that I can Google a word and get ten billion results; I like that fact that if I need proof for an argument, I have the world at my finger tips. It’s a powerful feeling to know that in a matter of seconds, I can access the greatest minds, the finest thinkers and the most obscure documents, and read and discover about the world around me.
“The Catholic Faith” and you get “about 2,590,000 for the catholic faith. (0.21 seconds)”
“God” and you get “about 554,000,000 for God. (0.08 seconds)”
“Sex” and you get “about 824,000,000 for sex (0.06 seconds”
In less than 35 seconds I got 1,380,590,000 hits… That’s a lot of web sites…
Now, with this power comes responsibility, we all teach our children about web safety, not to give out personal information, not to post photos, and all the other rules. We fear the openness of the web, the fact that we can be anyone we want to be on the web. And yes we fear the fact that we have no real control over the web.
But still, you have to admit it’s powerful, and for most of us, it’s useful.
We can spend hours looking at web sites, for fun or for work, we will spend hours just “surfing the web”. I know I do, most of it is in search of activities and information needed to keep the STATIC Youth Group program dynamic, but some is just wasting my time.
Now, just think, I did a search on the Catholic Faith, and found over 2,500,000 hits, and sure some of them will be anti-Catholic, some will have nothing to do about the faith and some will be bad teachings of the faith, but some will be gold minds, full of truth and help to clarify the faith.
In today’s world we have no reason not to know our faith, no reason not to learn all we can learn about our faith. We have centuries of information at our hands, we have to top Catholic thinkers at our finger tips, yet most of us remain ignorant about our own faith, truly it is sad.
So start to surf, look in to your faith, here are a few places to start:
There are hundreds of good websites out there, and the list above will all have links to other like minded website. Find your faith, and embrace it, learn it and love it.