For some time now I have had an iPhone surgically implanted in my hand. Without offering an official GOTR product endorsement, I would just like to say it is a fabulous telephone and computer all rolled into one. If you have been living under a rock and are unaware, there are thousands of programs written for it to do everything from track your Fedex packages, to playing Pac Man, to locating the nearest speed trap in relation to your current location. Nifty stuff. But I have found great value in the ever-growing collection of religious applications that can help ‘keep your eyes on the prize.’
Although there are MANY, I will just tell you about a few I have on my phone:
First up is iRosary: This is probably one of the best designed iPhone apps I have ever used (and I’ve used many). It offers the complete set of mysteries including the chaplet of Divine Mercy in four languages, including Latin. There are options for whether you like to say the fatima prayer, as well as the luminous mysteries. You can choose any mystery you like, or allow the program to select the appropriate mystery for the liturgical period. And if you are interrupted in prayer — it saves your spot. The program features 168 different rosaries you can choose from and displays a fully-animated set of Rosary beads that flows across your hand as you move it with your finger, like a standard Rosary. All in all, it is a very cool aid in learning the rosary. And its only $0.99!
Next up is Universalis. This is the liturgy of the hours as seen on Universalis.com. A fantastic app, that puts the whole LOH on your iphone — no downloading of content is necessary. Although no hymns are included, it is really great as it gives you information about the saint of the day. Plus it doubles as a Liturgical Calendar, so you will always know what day Pentecost is on, and includes Daily Mass Reading as well as the Office of Readings for you early risers. The translation used is the New Jerusalem Bible, so don’t try to follow along with your Brothers who are using the four volume book set (yes, I’ve tried — just ask Walt). This one is a bit pricey at $29, but it’s much cheaper than the books, and you will always have it with you, so no excuses!
Similar to Universalis is iBreviary. A bit prettier, written by an italian priest and vatican-approved to boot. It is a lot cheaper, weighing in at $.99 but must dial into the ‘mothership’ to download the hours and readings appropriate for the day. It’s a little tricky as it starts out in Italian, and you have to navigate over to translate it into English, but once you do– voila, you have the ICEL English translations! Sadly, though it only allows you to use the current day’s prayers and readings. Not so helpful if you want to bone up on the upcoming Mass readings for example.
Lastly, is the youversion Bible. This program (FREE) allows you to choose from a variety of (Protestant) Bible Translations, and even perform searches for names, keywords and the like. But of course, the best part is that it is FREE, unlike the NAB version which I believe costs $14, and you can only see one translation. It has a suggested Daily reading plan that will eventually take you through the whole book, allows you to place bookmarks, and has a ‘forum of sorts for people to post thoughts on different verses. This last bit I don’t find very useful at all, and as a consequence of our modern relativism makes the title a bit funny, but you can’t beat the price.
How do you try and sanctify your daily experience?