A Prayer Before Connecting to the Internet

3 07 2009

surfing the internetThe internet is a powerful tool at our disposal for the spread of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Yet, many of us are aware of the dangers that the lurk in the internet.  May this prayer help us use the internet the correct way.

Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person of Thy Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

Allah yang kekal dan kuasa,
yang menciptakan kami dalam rupa-Mu
dan memanggil kami untuk mencari semua yang baik, benar, dan indah,
terutama di dalam peribadi ilahi Putera-Mu yang tunggal, Tuhan kami Yesus Kristus,
kami mohon,
dengan pengantaraan Santo Isidore, Uskup dan Pujangga Gereja,
supaya dalam perjalanan kami di internet
kami mengarahkan tangan dan mata kami kepada apa yang berkenan kepada-Mu
dan memperlakukan semua orang yang kami temui dengan kasih dan kesabaran.
Demi Kristus Tuhan kami. Amin.

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
Read the original blog of Fr John.

The Christian Internet Code of Ethics from Naznet is useful to help us determine the boundaries  of our exploration of the cyberworld.

As a Christian who is active on the internet, I hold myself to certain standards of conduct. They are:

  • I guard my online relationships
  • I recognize that attachments develop as easily on the internet as anywhere else, and sometimes more easily because of the anonymity involved in initial exchanges. I particularly guard against relationships that encroach upon the level of trust and faithfulness that is to exist only within a husband/wife relationship.
  • I am careful to visit websites that do not compromise my life in Christ
  • I am aware that there are sites on the internet that Christians must avoid, including those that contain pornography. I do not visit such sites, even out of curiosity. When, by accident (and it happens to everyone), I find such a page loading, I leave it immediately.
  • I take care that my written communications reflect Christ in my life
  • Even on issues about which I feel passionate, I avoid saying things that I feel might be displeasing to the Lord. I represent myself, and my intentions in a truthful and upright manner in all my exchanges.
  • I guard my time to assure that my time online is kept in proper balance with the rest of my life
  • I realize that the internet can consume time that should be invested elsewhere: family, church, work responsibilities, and other activities that make for a well rounded life. I especially guard against spending time on the internet that should be spent with the Lord.