Nowadays, it is difficult in some Christian fields to find people who speak positively about social media. These groups of believers continued to spread their declared disdain for the modern means of communication. They have often made it clear how “social media” causes sadness in society. Some articles have been written about how social media has ruined our institutions, turned us into antisocial strollers, and is the source of depression and anxiety. I am not here to downplay or deny the negative aspects of social media, particularly with regard to the Catholic Church, but I take a different approach in this document.
Their reasons are simple and sometimes justified. Social media, especially Catholic social media, can be a difficult and hostile place. Nowadays, the media often discuss debates in the media, and the debates turn into fights, and the fights turn into silos. The current climate in the Catholic Church has had the effect of overloading this phenomenon.
However, it is for these same reasons that faithful Catholics must carry our message of love and trust in Jesus Christ on those same social media. The time has come to show the world what it means to be Catholic, to love your neighbor, to defend life in all its forms and to admire the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
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It is important to note that we can use our social media to invite people to mass, worship, confession and various other Catholic events. So we have to recognize that our Facebook friends, or the thousands who follow our parish's Twitter account, are real communities themselves. This means that we must use social media to serve and nurture these communities by providing them with content that will help them meet Jesus. Whether it's an inspirational or comforting quote from the scriptures, masses or live events, or catechetical videos that share the richness of our Catholic tradition, we need to offer something concrete to our friends and our disciples. If we share meaningful content, we can use social media to get people to meet Christ every day.
Meaningful content is two in one. It’s authentic and vulnerable. In a world where life is lived on social media, where we are bombarded with ads and noise, people are hungry for authenticity. They want something stable, comforting and something that helps them understand our crazy modern lives. This something is actually someone and this someone is Jesus Christ.
As communications director in my country Nigeria and now RECOWA / CERAO, I have seen people react with strength short videos, authentic reflections and spiritual graphics. They often respond to some of our bishops, who use social media to post their daily thoughts, ask questions, and offer prayers. Likewise, parishes that use social media to commemorate their events, exchange words of wisdom from their pastors and provide prayer and reflection resources to the faithful all authentically use social media to improve the lot of their parishioners and all Christianity.
Social media seems to be vulnerable. Today, many people live on social media, which means that they are open to the inherent and constant vulnerability that arises from the disclosure of their hopes, dreams, emotions, opinions and feelings. daily experiences. Since they live their lives this way, they expect that the institutions they follow will also live this way. This is why it is so important that our parishes, schools and dioceses necessarily go to social media, use informal language and show people “behind the scenes” of the institution. This allows us to show that the Church is made up of people, with all their triumphs and tribulations, all trying to serve God as best they can. In this way we are both authentic and vulnerable.
We cannot resign ourselves to indifference or cynicism simply because social media sites can often be places of desolation. Rather, if we bring a spirit of love and joy, rooted in Christ to everything we do on social media, we can provide an incredibly compelling example to a research world. Christ Himself tells us: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (Jn, 12, 35).
There there is nothing more authentic, no more powerful story or more provocative message than the Gospel. Let’s try to share it through our example of love on social media.