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Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Gospel through social media

By Robert Batch

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St. Jerome in his Study by Fabriano
(Wikimedia Commons).

It is not a typical thing to hear Facebook and Twitter accompanied with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The question is, why is this the case?  We live in a society where we have become very dependent on the functions and convenience of social communication.  Whether it is the instant communication through Facebook messaging or texting, or the number of followers that you have through your Twitter Account.

Over the past 20 years we have seen a rapid development in technology, not only has it increased in speed, but at the same time it has decreased in size, giving us the ability to bring it where we like, when we like.  So why I am I writing about this topic, you might ask.

As consumers of media, or even frequent media users that are part of the Catholic Faith we must ask ourselves, are we living the Catholic life through our computer, ipad, iphone, and laptop screens?  Are we, through our use of media portraying the truths of the Gospel, and the love of Christ.  In my weekly podcast recordings, I have been focusing on the spirituality of St. Jose Maria Escriva, who was a fan of obtaining holiness through the small, and normal routines of everyday life.  Well I think it would be safe to say that technology has fallen under this category, of “normal” and “routine”

Continue reading Robert's reflection at Love is Calling.

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