Lord and master of
Fr. ROY CIMAGALA, firstname.lastname@example.org
May 6, 2014
THIS is what we ought to be.
As much as possible we should avoid becoming slaves of the Internet,
helplessly dependent on it, totally at its mercy, already losing
effective dominion over our instincts, passions and our other
weaknesses that this new technology can mindlessly if sweetly
stimulate all the way to our destruction.
This is now a major concern,
since even a cursory look around can yield abundant pieces of evidence
of men and women, boys and girls, young and old, healthy and sick,
completely blown away by the dizzying freefall of its deceptive beauty
One can see a sharp rise of
couch potatoes, tied to laziness, idleness and complacency, swallowed
up in a sinkhole of inanities and trivialities, willing victims of the
urges of pride and vanity, self-seeking and self-assertion, lust and
There is some kind of
addiction afflicting many of the people. Many are practically
defenceless and clueless to the tricks and traps of the Internet. In
its wake are left the debris of disorder, anguish, frustrations,
To be sure, this new
technology gives us a lot of advantages. For these, we have to be very
thankful. But we should not forget that these good things always come
with a price, and in fact, a high price, because if misused and
abused, they can spoil us into a rotten pulp much more than what
illicit drugs can cause. It can be a Trojan horse.
The harm inflicted by its
misuse is of the spiritual type, not just of the body. And if we
believe that the spirit is the one that in the end gives life to the
body, so once it is impaired if not rendered practically dead, then
the body actually suffers tremendously, irrespective of how good and
healthy it may look based on the appearance alone.
We have to ring the alarm
and warn everyone of this present and clear danger. More than this, we
have to set about teaching and helping everyone on how to use the
I believe this is an issue
that cannot be handled by giving out platitudes alone or occasional
reminders, etc. It has to be taken like the bull by the horns. We
should not take it for granted, or lightly. This is a very serious
issue that affects all of us irrespective of our political colors or
The aim is to equip everyone
adequately by clarifying the true nature of freedom and how it can be
lived properly with respect to the use of the Internet. “All things
are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful,” St. Paul warns. (1
Cor 6,12) “All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by
Alas, not many realize the
wisdom of this truth of faith. For many, freedom is, as they say, what
comes naturally, that is, what their passions, feelings, curiosities,
etc., urge them.
We need to disabuse
ourselves of this false and dangerous understanding of freedom. More
than that, we need to acquire the appropriate attitude and skills to
live the true nature of freedom and its consequences.
A basic requirement for this
is faith in God that is nourished through prayer, sacrifice or
self-discipline, study of the doctrine of our faith, especially with
respect to morality, recourse to the sacraments which are the ordinary
channels of God’s grace, lifelong development of virtues, and the art
of spiritual or interior struggle and warfare.
There’s always a great and
indispensable need for us to grow and mature spiritually. Now is the
time to realize more deeply that this particular need has to be
attended to first of all and always, and never to be sacrificed in
exchange of some immediate, practical but very perishable benefits
that the Internet and other worldly things can give us.
We need to develop our
spiritual or interior life, nourishing it always with the truths of
our faith and the many and endless acts of hope and charity. Only in
this way can we have dominion and mastery over our earthly affairs.
For some practical
guidelines, it might be helpful to determine and limit our time of
going to the Internet. Let’s avoid going to it at the instance of our
whims. Definitely, it should be made to compete with our time for
meals, family gatherings, work, and especially our prayers and other
We need to practice
temperance, restraint and moderation always. We have to keep close
guarding of our senses, both the external and internal.