I may have the reputation for shunning the benefits of technology, given my opinion of Facebook (which may seem hilarious since I’m sitting here blogging), but I had a moment last night when technology made possible a real gift.
I decided to go to bed early and was falling asleep when my phone made a curious little sound. When I looked at the screen, there was a little icon that was unfamiliar, and a message that said “hi Joannie!”
It turned out to be a Google chat message from my friend Sr.Katy, who joined a convent in Austria a year ago! While it looked like she was offline, I responded and it turned out she was there– and we had a nice little “talk” for a few minutes before it was time for her to go to bed. Somehow, all the pieces had fallen into place — she was in the States for the time being (and thus in our time zone), she had permission to get online to delete the mail cluttering her old Gmail account, and my phone somehow not only knew my Gmail account, but was connected and therefore showed me as “online.” (I’m still not sure about that!)
I marveled afterwards at the gift — I haven’t seen her in over a year, and there are days when I can’t stop thinking about her and wondering how God is working in her life. Her convent life is taking her all across the globe and letting her experience amazing things (like the beatification of Bl. John Henry Newman)– and thanks to Google Chat, which somehow showed up on my phone like a text message (again, I’m confused — but thankful!), I got a little bit of Sr. Katy in my life after a long day.
I went to sleep happy with technology, and grateful to God that He gave me that little gift.