Lent is here and the Catholic Church is asking for an iPhone fast

It's the beginning of 40 days of fasting and a time to give up something or make a change, and one diocese is making a suggestion to cut the cord. (Mar. 1, 2017)

Today is Ash Wednesday which means Lent is here.

Lent is when Catholics reflect Jesus's sacrifice in the Judean desert by fasting. Most people fast every day things like alcohol, soda and sweets. This year, certain dioceses of the Catholic Church are giving a suggestion for parishioners to sacrifice for lent: An iPhone fast. 

Some church leaders have taken to Twitter, like Archbishop Blair in Hartford, Connecticut, who is promoting  the "#iPhoneFast" campaign online. 

With the current political climate and the division on social media, Archbishop Blair is asking people to turn off their smart phones, if not for the entire month, at least for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 

Sacramento's Downtown Cathedral was packed at noon Wednesday with parishioners waiting to receive ashes. 

"This is just a reminder that we are from dust and dust we shall return so everything we do in between really matters," Cathedral Youth Director, Titi Kila said.

We asked young adults from the church is they thought the #iPhoneFast was possible, one girl told us no way and Jose Esparza said definitely not. 

"I mean I can give up social media but I can't give up my phone completely," Esparza said. 

We found 23-year-old Jheryssa Florintino who did the #iPhoneFast last year. She encourages other millennials to do the same. 

"It was a great way to reconnect to my faith and take away my time from all the technology really," Florintino said. 

The campaign slogan is, "Shut off your phone and let God call your heart."

Kila said she asked all of her young adults to participate but she said the response was rough. 

"They looked at me like I am from another planet like I did not exist because they cannot even give it up for an hour for youth group, why would I think they could give it up for 40 days," Kila said. 

The 40-day fast ends the Thursday before Easter Sunday. 

Copyright 2017 KXTV


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