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Teaching Teens to Pray in the Digital World (DAEC 2012)

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  • This is what is required for prayer. You can’t text God. It takes two seconds to text “Wassup” and much longer to talk to God.
  • Technology is not the problem. Technology accelerates problems that are already there.
  • What is it? Phone Camera Alarm ClockTape Recorder eReader
  • I will give one example of each, then I want to turn it back to you and use the collective knowledge in this room.
  • I’ll give one example of each.
  • I’ll give one example
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    • 1. DAEC | Diocese of Springfield| November 2012Teaching Teens to Pray in a Digital World Jared Dees Digital Publishing Specialist Ave Maria Press Creator The Religion Teacher
    • 2. Presentation Outline1. Teens and Technology – Where are they today?2. Why is prayer so hard?3. The 3 Keys to a Successful Prayer Life4. How to Get Digital Natives to Pray Better
    • 3. Are you addicted to the Internet? October 2012 Source: http://www.fluency21.com//blogpost.cfm?blogID=3008
    • 4. The Mobile Generation Do you have a cell phone? (Teens 14-17) 13% Yes No 87% March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
    • 5. Teens <3 iPhones Do you have an iPhone? iPhone 40% Yes Tablet 60% NoSpring 11 Fall 11 Spring 12 Fall 12 October 2012 Source: http://mobileorchard.com/report-states-that-40-of-u-s-teens-own-an-iphone/
    • 6. What is the #1 way teens communicate today?
    • 7. How Teens Communicate Daily: 63% text 39% talk on the phone 35% talk in person 29% social networks 22% instant message 19% talk on landline phone 6% exchange email March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
    • 8. Texting March 2012 (Data from 2011)Source: http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Cell-phone-ownership/Overall- cell-ownership-steady-since-2009.aspx
    • 9. No phone. Just prayer.
    • 10. So why is prayer so hard?
    • 11. What are your biggest challenges?
    • 12. I don’t have time. (CCC, 2726)
    • 13. I don’t get anything out of it. (CCC, 2727)
    • 14. I don’t get results. (CCC, 2727)
    • 15. I don’t get answers. (CCC, 2727, 2734-2737)
    • 16. I don’t feel anything. (Spiritual Dryness) (CCC, 2731)
    • 17. I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith) (CCC, 2731)
    • 18. Distractions (CCC, 2729)
    • 19. • Call • Read books • TV Guide • Monitor Websites• Text message • Read blogs • Price Comparison • Check bank accounts• Calendar • Read news • Coupons • Check real estate• Email • Read PDF • Sell on eBay • View family tree• Camera • Facebook • Flashlight • Buy Groupons• Alarm Clock • Twitter • Level • Play Games (x20)• GPS • Google+ • Watch movies (Netflix) • Golf Distance Estimate• Map • Pinterest • Watch Elmo • Pray Rosary• Calculator • Quora • Look up actors • Pray liturgy of the hours• To do list • Count calories • Look up songs • Pray the Divine Mercy• Weather forecast • Track Expenses • Listen to music Chaplet• Weather radar • Track investments • Listen to podcasts • Lenten devotional• Jot down notes • Video chat (Skype) • Schedule Haircut • Stations of the cross• Record thoughts • Boarding pass • Order Pizza • Examination of• Google • Check flight times • Fantasy Football Conscience• Check news headlines • Watch ND football • Dinner Recipe • Mass times• Check scores • Airport map • Whitenoise maker• Share pictures • Track travel • Check domain names• Edit pictures • Find restaurants • Review restaurants
    • 20. Short Term Pleasure > Long Term Joy
    • 21. 3 Keys to a Successful Prayer Life
    • 22. No phone. Just prayer.
    • 23. Humble“He who humbles himself will be exalted;humility is the foundation of prayer.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2559)
    • 24. Heart“According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays.If our heart is far from God, the words of prayerare in vain.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2562)
    • 25. Habit“The life of prayer is the habit of being in thepresence of the thrice-holy God and incommunion with him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2565)
    • 26. Humble. Heart. Habit.
    • 27. Obstacles to Humility• I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith)• I don’t have time.• I don’t get anything out of it.• I don’t get results.• I don’t get answers.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
    • 28. Obstacles to the Heart• I don’t feel anything. (Spiritual Dryness)• I don’t get anything out of it.• Distractions.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
    • 29. Obstacles to Prayer Habits• I don’t have time.• I don’t get results.• I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith)• Distractions.• Short-term Pleasure > Long-term Joy
    • 30. Teaching Teens to be Humble More Praise. Less Petition.
    • 31. Teaching Teens to Pray from the Heart
    • 32. Helping Teens Make Prayer a Habit Pray always. Sometimes use words. Prayers before. . . Prayer after. . . Meals Waking Up Bed School Class Games Games A Journey
    • 33. Image Credits• No phone. Just prayer.: http://catholicyouthministry.com/god-are-you-listening/• I don’t have time: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomi_pincher/2455741091/• I don’t get answers: http://www.flickr.com/photos/crash-candy/2311427946/• I don’t get anything out of it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/79996062@N08/7159780427/• I don’t get results: http://photos.nd.edu/image/I0000rCop2tc9TuE• I have better things to do: http://www.flickr.com/photos/smanography/2366162104/sizes/z/in/photostream/• Spiritual Dryness: http://www.flickr.com/photos/aloony89/6816515568/• Short Term Pleasure > Long Term Joy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gregorytran/5177292352/• Teaching teens to be humble: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dtchristner/2836264730/• Teaching Teens to Pray from the Heart: http://www.flickr.com/photos/charles_hudson/5940826868/
    • 34. Thank you! Ave Maria Press www.avemariapress.com The Religion Teacher www.thereligionteacher.com Prayer Habits prayerhabits.com Email: jared@thereligionteacher.com Email: jdees@nd.edu Twitter: @jareddees