Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

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I have enjoyed Pope Benedict’s message on World Communications Day over the past few years. I wanted to share a small portion with you today from the Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 45th World Communications Day – Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age:

“The task of witnessing to the Gospel in the digital era calls for everyone to be particularly attentive to the aspects of that message which can challenge some of the ways of thinking typical of the web. First of all, we must be aware that the truth which we long to share does not derive its worth from its “popularity” or from the amount of attention it receives. We must make it known in its integrity, instead of seeking to make it acceptable or diluting it. It must become daily nourishment and not a fleeting attraction. The truth of the Gospel is not something to be consumed or used superficially; rather it is a gift that calls for a free response. Even when it is proclaimed in the virtual space of the web, the Gospel demands to be incarnated in the real world and linked to the real faces of our brothers and sisters, those with whom we share our daily lives. Direct human relations always remain fundamental for the transmission of the faith!”

Here are a few points that I particularly appreciate from this short paragraph:

  • The reminder that the truth of the gospel is not based on how many Likes or Retweets that are received.
  • The good news of Jesus Christ is not something to be consumed, but rather something that calls for a response
  • Meeting people face to face is important.

Will you please share your thoughts, feelings or opinions about this selection? I commend the entire message to you.

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One thought on “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age

  1. Great stuff, I immediately thought about how it relates to the Call To Action and institutional outcome measurement. Generally I am very much in favor of the CTA’s push toward outcome accountability, but this is a good word of warning about the dangers of equating faithfulness with effectiveness…

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