Week 4: Unplug

Written by Ann Burns

February 20, 2023

When the Villains are Beautiful

Week 4: Unplug 

It’s almost the end of February! 

And it’s time to unplug…

One of the words we used is “unplug” and the challenge coinciding with it, is limiting your phone time; i.e. not using your phone before 8AM or after 8PM. Part of this challenge is to make us aware of how dependent we are on our phones. 

Do we use our phones first thing in the morning? Do they help us go to sleep at night? How much time do we just spend scrolling? 


What are we looking for?


What do we prioritize?


But more importantly, what are we too plugged into? 


The news, gossip, worldliness…


When we are too plugged into this world, we fill ourselves with all kinds of gunk, and this makes it extra difficult to have an interior life.  It robs us of peace, joy, and being Christ-centered.  


How can you unplug? First, remove the excess noise in your life.  Maybe you need some time off social media, or maybe it’s as simple as limiting your time, cleaning out your friend list, and taking a news-fast. 


Then, try replacing that time with the eternal things of God.  You can opt for spiritual reading, the rosary, journaling letters to God, or taking some time for silence. 


Make it a habit to practice cultivating the Presence of God every day. 


Here are some prayers:


O my God, my firm belief is, that your eyes are fixed on me at this moment. The angels are now trembling before you, and can I, a poor nothing, presume to appear in your holy presence? Pardon my sins and unworthiness, and enable me to invoke you, the best of fathers.O divine spirit of love, of light and of life, enliven me in my devotions; enlighten my mind with your heavenly rays; inflame my will with the fire of your divine love.Dwell within my heart, O Lord, and fill me with your presence.



Help me today to realize that you will be speaking to me through the events of the day, through people, through things, and through creation. Give me ears, eyes, and heart to perceive you, however veiled your presence may be. Give me insight to see through the exterior of things to the interior truth. Give me your Spirit of discernment. O Lord, you know how busy I must be this day. If I forget you, do not forget me. Amen.


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Have a beautiful week!


Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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