October 1-2, 2016

Friends, 

My main communication with other human beings is done is person, on the phone, or by letter. I am slowly but surely becoming a dinosaur in today's world. People ask me how I survive without a cellphone and I tell them that whenever I return to the rectory or the office and the red light on my phone is blinking, I retrieve my messages and return the calls. They are also intrigued that I am not on the internet, but I get my information by reading, listening to the news (radio and TV) and by having conversations. 

I feel badly that the pressure is on parents to have their children immersed in digital communication at an earlier and earlier age. It is difficult and almost impossible to resist their requests because so many of their peers are only communicating digitally and if your children are not, they will never be contacted or invited to participate in their friends' lives or activities. 

I still enjoy being face to face as compared to "FaceTime." I love actually writing these letters (in cursive) and helping our staff to read my writing. And I spend a lot of time on the telephone (land line) responding to my relatives, friends, and parishioners. 

I remember years ago when teenagers worked in the rectory answering the doors and the phones, we always told them that they were not allowed to make personal calls or have their friends over. Because we knew that human nature being what it is, those personal conversations would take precedence over their responsibilities at the parish. When I see many adults and teenagers texting and speaking on the phone while driving, I feel the same way. The distraction caused by doing either one definitely takes someone's attention away from their main responsibility at the time--which is safe driving. What amazes me is that texting while driving ("TWD") is illegal anyway but you'd never know it. 

I hear many people complain about their inability to "get away" from the constant barrage of social networking and yet refuse to detach themselves from any devices and that feeling of being overwhelmed. 

With more cars on the road now (morning, afternoon, evening, weekday, weekend) we cannot afford to be distracted while driving. Each of us can decide that we have a responsibility to ourselves, our passengers and those wonderful people travelling on our roads, to do all we can to assure that everyone arrives safely at their destination. It is a matter of life and death. Let's do all we can to make sure everyone arrives safely at their destination. 

Enjoy Life! 
Fr Coyne

 

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