Do you pray before using the Internet? It might be a good idea. Aside from the dangers for custody of the eyes and from reading horrible soul-annihilating things at Fishwrap (et alibi), there are matters of time expenditure and prideful personal exchanges, not to mention mistreatment of others.
We pray before we eat (taking things in). We pray before we study (taking things in). Internet use?
Years ago I wrote a prayer that is pretty well known now. I have quite a few language versions of it posted (I’m always looking for more, along with native speaker recordings).
I just looked at the page and took a moment to review the extremely amusing Roman dialect version along with its recording by The Great Roman™. It’s a hoot. (Yes, prayers can be fun.) There is also Klingon, but I am told that the Klingon is not very good. So far the Klingon “expert” (if there are such critters) hasn’t offered anything better. I’m open.
Here are the two “originals”.
Oratio ante colligationem in interrete:
Omnipotens aeterne Deus, qui secundum imaginem Tuam nos plasmasti et omnia bona, vera, et pulchra, praesertim in divina persona Unigeniti Filii Tui Domini nostri Iesu Christi, quaerere iussisti, praesta, quaesumus, ut, per intercessionem Sancti Isidori, Episcopi et Doctoris, in peregrinationibus per interrete, et manus oculosque ad quae Tibi sunt placita intendamus et omnes quos convenimus cum caritate ac patientia accipiamus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
A prayer before logging onto the internet:
Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thine image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thine 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.
And don’t forget….