As a practicing Catholic in the 21st Century, there are plenty of distractions in the world that make it almost impossible to focus on prayer and traditional Catholic reading. Especially with the advent of smart-phones, there are countless things we can do to entertain ourselves and unfortunately not an ounce of it devoted to God.
But thanks be to God for Catholic App designers, especially the team at iVerbum when they created the gem called iPieta!
This app is truly impressive as it is loaded with the Church’s Deposit of the Faith at your fingertips! The interface is incredibly easy to use and understand with a nifty bookmark section to keep up with your favorite sections to revisit later.
To be showered with Catholic prayers that range literally from first century Christians until today, press the red cross. If you want to read holy scripture then how about the full Douay-Rheims (Latin Vulgate – translated from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin, to English!), just click the Alpha & Omega button.
Depending on your parish and devotion, you will need to keep up with the Liturgical calendar with its feast days and daily readings which you will notice you can switch from Traditional to Novus Ordo. And by far one of the greatest treasures on this app can be found under the ‘V’ button. Under this section, you will find some of the greatest written work that the Catholic Church has ever produced.
Doctors of the Faith, Saints, Popes, Councils, Doctrines and Dogma await you by the stroke of a finger.
The only downside, which is not a deal breaker at all, is that you have to download several different portions of the app otherwise you cannot have the full package. It may take up a lot of space on your phone but it is completely free! (this is why I gave the performance rating a -1)
I will have to say, in my life, I have rarely been moved by such a Christ inspired application. Through this app, I have been able to get in touch with deep truths about the Catholic Church. If I wanted to know something about my faith, more times than most, iPieta had it waiting for me.
I have even used this app to help minister to others as almost a cheat sheet in explaining the wisdom found only in Christ’s Church. I can remember countless moments when I curiously find a moment to myself when I would look into iPieta and open up a digital version of letters written in Church’s first century. I often feel like I am picking the early Church Father’s brains and actually in a special way feel connected to them.
As a practicing Catholic, it is important to remember the Church Triumphant as to ask for their intercession for God’s graces and spiritual edification. And to be honest, this app actually reminds me in many ways to do just that.
So if you are wanting to sanctify your phone, do so by downloading iPieta as soon as possible.