College Students Ditch Smartphones for a Week

Article appeared in Crusade Magazine, March/April 2020 | Return to Order Edition

On November 7, 2019, Professor Donna Freitas of Adelphi University in Long Island decided to tackle the growing problem of technology addiction by challenging her students to go for a week without their smartphones. “I’ve become more and more concerned by my students’ inability to sustain attention,” Freitas explained.

Experiencing Life, Conversation, Relationships

“I’m interested in them just experiencing life and conversation and relationships without constantly grabbing for their phones.”

Nearly two dozen students volunteered to turn in their phones to faculty for safekeeping. While many students were initially anxious about parting from their phones, they reported by the end of the week that the decision had a positive effect on their lives.

As one student put it: “Everything is perfect right now. I’m having better relationships…It’s a stress-free environment, no worries about social media.”


Edifa | Aug 31, 2020

A few simple words are enough to make true love blossom. And chances are you already know them!

In the course of his numerous speeches, Pope Francis has reiterated the fundamentals of our faith, wisely summing them up in a few plain words. Among other things he has told us is that our unions, conjugal or fraternal, must be inspired by love that comes from God. To make that union permanent, it must be “built on the rock of genuine affection” instead of “moving sands of emotions.” This love is based on a few simple words that must become a part of vocabulary in every household: Please, Thank you, and Sorry.

Meditating and adopting the right attitude

The word “please” is a signs of respect and consideration, vital in any relationship. We don’t force our love on others; we offer it to them. Our partner and children will undoubtedly be touched by such a thoughtful attitude.

“Thank you” is an expression of gratitude for what the other has given us. Sometimes, thanking our partner may seem excessive or even pointless. So why do we say it for something basic and self-evident? It’s simply because if our spouse didn’t do it, no one else would!

“Sorry” is recognition of the consequences of our actions, small and great. It soothes the hearer. It’s a sign of love we offer and share.

Recognizing that we’ve (consciously or unconsciously) wronged the other and asking forgiveness is undoubtedly a pinnacle of true love. It’s a treasure we don’t use often enough in the relationship with our partners.

Using these simple words every day leads to a fulfilling relationship. The humility thus generated opens us to the Lord and makes our love grow.

Marie-Noël Florant