If the churches came to understand that the greatest threat to faith today is not hedonism but distraction, perhaps they might begin to appeal anew to a frazzled digital generation. ... the mysticism of Catholic meditation—of the Rosary, of Benediction, or simple contemplative prayer—is a tradition in search of rediscovery. (...)
And imagine if more secular places responded in kind: restaurants where smartphones must be surrendered upon entering, or coffee shops that marketed their non-Wi-Fi safe space? ...We can, if we want, re-create a digital Sabbath each week—just one day in which we live for 24 hours without checking our phones.
Sex is almost never about sex. It is about persons—and Sullivan understands that the more we kill our personhood through withdrawal into private worlds, the less capable we become to grow through encounter with one another.