Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Pope Francis and Facebook

December 10, 2013

Facebook recently released the topics that ranked highest on what people were talking about throughout this past year.  For the world list, although unsurprisingly Miley Cyrus was in the top ten, I was shocked, and happily so, that Pope Francis ranked number one.


That’s right.  Pope Francis beat out all other topics throughout the year in discussions—at least on Facebook.  It made me realize how much of an impact social media can have on the world.  If there are that many people discussing the pope, I think that’s good news for Catholics everywhere.  He also ranked highly on the list for the United States, although he didn’t earn the top spot. 


In speaking about evangelization, Pope Francis said at the most recent World Youth Day in Brazil, “Do not be afraid to go and to bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent.”  Sometimes those “fringes,” or those “farthest away” or “most indifferent” can be right among us—our friends, our family, even.  Social media is a way that we can reach out to them in a way that is not overbearing. 


I am glad that Pope Francis made the list of topics that people are discussing.


What do you think about the use of social media today?  Are you surprised Pope Francis ranked so highly on Facebook?  Please share your thoughts! 

Online Greeting Turns Virtual

June 18, 2013

God works in wonderful ways. Last night, I decided to drop my aunt a quick note on Facebook to say hello. I hadn’t spoken to her in a while because things in my life were busy.  She responded almost immediately with joy at hearing from me and told me that coincidentally, she would be in Manhattan. She asked if I would like to make arrangements to see her. I excitedly replied that it would be lovely for her to see where I work.

There is something special about sharing your life with those you love, and since work is a big part of my life, as it is for many people, the fact that I get to show my aunt around the office makes me feel like a kid on show and tell day.

I’m a bit nervous, and also, cannot wait to introduce her to my second family—my co-workers.

The visit made me realize just how proud I am for working at Catholic New York, and how blessed I am to have family that wants to see me here. I do not think it is a mere chance that we connected this week, I think it was a gift from God. This is a stressful and busy week for me, and her visit later on today will definitely give me a boost.

Even with all that has to be done, I realized that there is always time for those who love you. With a simple act of kindness—my aunt asking to meet up—my day looks to be a good one.  Due to distance and certain circumstances, it has been a long time since I have seen or heard from many members of my extended family. Her coming to visit today reminds me that even when life is hard, there will always be certain people who are there to love and support you.

Has anyone ever wanted to meet you spur of the moment, if so, how did it make you feel?  On the other hand, if there are people you haven’t heard from in a while, why not try to reach out to them today?

Faith and Facebook

May 5, 2010

I’ve been reading quite a few articles regarding the combination of faith and online media. There is especially a lot of buzz right now about social networks like Facebook and how Catholics can use such tools in a positive, faith-filled way.

It makes me wonder…if it were possible, would God be my Facebook friend?  I see many people who do a wonderful job at incorporating their faith into every part of their life – even online.

On the contrary, most of my personal online interactions focus on sharing smaller bits of information about my day – like what I ate for lunch or discussing song lyrics that are stuck in my head.

But the Internet can be a great place to bring up faith issues in a relaxed, friendly setting. Do you ever discuss your thoughts about God online (besides here, of course!)?


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