Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another
1 John 4: 11-16
Today is World Communications Day. The Church has shown a significant interest in the powerful tool of media since Pope Paul VI launched the first teaching on social communications in 1967. Each Pope since gives an annual address about the use of media in the service of the common good. Last year, Pope Frances noted that an effective Christian witness is not about bombarding people with religious messages: It’s about respectfully engaging with their questions and their doubts. He called our present situation a “culture of encounter,” in which social media has created a world chat room into which we’re all invited. If you and I have only one thing to say in the culture of encounter, let it be a message of love. That means no more forwarding joke files that reinforce stereotypes and prejudices of which this world already has enough.
What role does media (internet, radio, television) play in your life? What is the content of messages we send and receive?