An odd topic, I know.
But as I read all the articles this week about how Steve Jobs changed the face of music, entertainment, and personal electronics, it dawned on me that he and his products had a profound effect on my religious life.
For example, because of the iPod, I can carry around thousands of religious songs in my pocket and listen to them whenever I want. Walks are no longer silent, train rides no longer require me to listen to my neighbors, and plane rides are filled with musical praise.
Thanks to iTunes, I can download podcasts like the Daily Audio Bible and listen to them while driving, doing housework, or pretty much whenever I want to be filled with the Word of God. I can also stream religious radio stations from around the country right to my desk.
And because the iPhone made apps commonplace, I can get bible verses, daily mass times, the rosary, and Catholic TV all with the touch of a finger, filling any empty pause in my life with a dose of religion.
I have to admit, I never stopped to think about this until reading all the tributes this week.
But as article after article touted Mr. Jobs for filling our world with 24/7 entertainment and satisfaction, I realized that he helped me fill mine with God.
So thank you, Steve.
May your soul rest in peace.