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

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

  1. 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. 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. 3. Are you addicted to the Internet? October 2012 Source: http://www.fluency21.com//blogpost.cfm?blogID=3008
  4. 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. 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. 6. What is the #1 way teens communicate today?
  7. 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. 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. 9. No phone. Just prayer.
  10. 10. So why is prayer so hard?
  11. 11. What are your biggest challenges?
  12. 12. I don’t have time. (CCC, 2726)
  13. 13. I don’t get anything out of it. (CCC, 2727)
  14. 14. I don’t get results. (CCC, 2727)
  15. 15. I don’t get answers. (CCC, 2727, 2734-2737)
  16. 16. I don’t feel anything. (Spiritual Dryness) (CCC, 2731)
  17. 17. I have better things to do. (Lack of Faith) (CCC, 2731)
  18. 18. Distractions (CCC, 2729)
  19. 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. 20. Short Term Pleasure > Long Term Joy
  21. 21. 3 Keys to a Successful Prayer Life
  22. 22. No phone. Just prayer.
  23. 23. Humble“He who humbles himself will be exalted;humility is the foundation of prayer.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2559)
  24. 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. 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. 26. Humble. Heart. Habit.
  27. 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. 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. 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. 30. Teaching Teens to be Humble More Praise. Less Petition.
  31. 31. Teaching Teens to Pray from the Heart
  32. 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. 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. 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

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