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MP3 Catholic Insight is a must have for your iPhone or Droid.
Catholic Vault has a plethora of educational apps. But if I had to pick a favorite (and I will), it would be this app. (So far)
There’s a 4 part retreat for women (part 1, 91 minutes, is free), talks by Blessed Mother Teresa, and many political topics such as re-defining marriage, life issues, and morality in public office. There is also an address from Pope John Paul II to women. One of my favorite talks on the app is entitled “Heroic Catholics” – and that one (almost an hour) is free.
For any Catholic who struggles with apologetics, this app is for you.
The inspirational talks by Mother Teresa and John Paul II alone are worth the $8.99 price tag, but even if you choose not to upgrade, the free version has hours of talks. Catholic Vault has yet to disappoint. The apps are clean, easy to use, bug free, and stream – they don’t eat up your battery while you’re listening.
Don’t leave for your summer road trips without one of these apps on your mobile device.
What I cannot bear is to have a grocery list that wasn’t created with paper and pen. I like my list, I like my (only slightly anal) organization of it, I like a simple piece of paper to cart around the store with me. I don’t want to keep referring to my phone when I’m trying to make my way to the checkout line.
I feel the same way about the Divine Office for iPhone. I cannot wrap my mind around sitting down with my phone to pray. I would much rather curl up on my couch or kneel by my bed with my book. The pages of the Office feel warm and inviting. My phone, however beloved, does not. I do have Catholic Mass Readings on my phone (all you Droid users searching for Divine Office – there’s your answer) but I never use it. Ever. Even when I’m traveling and could/should use it, I don’t. However, it does come in handy if you’ve lost track of where we are in the liturgical year, or if you want to read about the saint of the day.
I liken this experience to going to church just to stop for a quick prayer. It’s always a good idea. But there is something about sitting in a quiet, dark chapel with flickering candles nearby and the Blessed Sacrament light glowing warmly that makes it so much better than sitting in a brightly lit church in the middle of the day.
Of course, don’t get me started on the beauty of real candles to lit in church verses the electric ones. So you can imagine how I feel about the saints and candles app.
As wonderful as technology can be to help us in our lives, I believe there are some things that just cannot be replaced.
(Having said all this, I just noticed the Divine Office for iPhone is on sale for $7.99 through Thanksgiving. Now, does that change my mind? Not at all, but if it changes yours, head on over to the app store before the 25th!)
Since it’s All Saints day, let’s talk about some Saint-based mobile applications.
Both Android and iPhone offer a free saint of the day app. The Android version is a nice widget that gives you the Saint of the day right on your home screen. The wish by SMS or mail would be a great feature if it didn’t leave so much to be desired – it simply sends a text message with the name of the saint.
The Android Prayers to Saints app leaves a lot to be desired in the graphics arena. The paid app, Patron Saints Pocket Guide seems like something great for kids to learn on. The iPhone version lets you “light” a candle.
Do we want the ability to connect with the saints as we’re on the go? Or would we rather be in a dark church, or at home with a favorite prayer book? As for myself, I’d like to find a nice saint app that I really enjoy. That way when I do have downtime – waiting in a doctor’s office, for example, maybe I would say a prayer rather than check my Facebook for the umpteenth time.
On the Kindle you can get everything from Catholic News Agency to Butler’s Lives of the Saints to True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. You can find the Rosary and the Divine Office for free, as well as Kindle screen displays for free.
Kindle is available for download on the Droid, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and even on your desktop.
There are many more Catholic applications available for iPhone than Droid. But then again, Apple just has a bigger market, period. According to The Next Web via Twitter, the Android Market is now at 100,000 apps and counting. That number is only going to continue growing, so I am confident that in the near future we are going to see many more apps for Catholics in both marketplaces.
Over at Phatmass they had a “discussion” about this topic. So what other apps are there for Catholics using the Droid? We can’t all have iPhones. Have you found any great ones? Or what applications do you wish were available on the Droid?