Sunday, 13 November 2016

Computer Backup & Our Spiritual Care

Nowadays, many people own computers with lots of documents in them - Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, MP3 files, pictures, clipart, etc. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the importance of making backup copies of such documents. Should a virus or some disaster strike, months of work and effort are gone - wiped out.

Having a backup plan for your computer is essential, so as not to lose your valuable documents. One has many choices to select from. CDs, DVDs and Thumbdrives are common media used for backup. However, these can be easily scratched and damaged. Some people use external hard disks for backup. Though external hard disks are more expensive, they tend to be more reliable for longer term backup usage. Whichever backup media you choose, it is always a good idea to have at least 2 different sets of backup. This is so that in case one set is damaged or the data is somehow corrupted, there would be another set to fall back on.

Another aspect of backup is the type of backup software used. Some backup software make it very easy for users to do a backup at just a click of the mouse. These days, you can find free and paying backup software from the internet which you can use to assist you in performing backup. All you need to do is to search online and you would find various types of such backup software to choose from.

So what does backing up documents on a computer have to do with our spiritual care? We as Catholics also have got a backup plan, in the form of the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion. When we go for regular confession and Holy Communion, we are backing up and restoring our relationship with God. God is the ultimate backup and there are times when He is the only one with us. If we fail to backup and restore our relationship with God, then we risk losing our heavenly inheritance, especially when death suddenly strikes us. We do not know when we would die, so it is essential to be always ready, by being regular in our "spiritual backup." Let us take heed and not procrastinate, while we have time to make amends with God.

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