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Sacred cyberspace

Sr Catherine Wybourne guides us in praying for our online activity

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IN MEDIEVAL MONASTERIES, IT WAS CUSTOMARY TO BLESS EVERY NEW BOOK THAT CAME INTO THE LIBRARY. One such blessing from Subiaco, a Benedictine monastery near Rome, has a fourfold-pattern of prayer we could usefully adopt every time we go online. 

First, there is thanksgiving for the existence of the book itself. How often do we remember to thank God for the gift of the internet and all things digital? Yet there is no better preparation for making use of them creatively and responsibly than a spirit of wonder and thanksgiving. That does not mean naivety. Only a fool would fail to recognise that cyberspace is not neutral. There are opportunities for evil as well as good.

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