Posts Tagged ‘social media’

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! 

Window to the Soul

January 26, 2012

When it comes to social media and the Internet, I am a product of my generation. I can’t wait for the latest technology to come out.  I look forward to changes to social media sites, scour the Internet daily for news updates and enjoy all of the applications available on my smart phone.

So when I recently read an article in which Pope Benedict XVI said that social media and the Internet can be useful tools for spiritual reflection and communication, I was elated. The pope said, “In concise phrases, often no longer than a verse from the Bible, profound thoughts can be communicated, as long as those taking part in the conversation do not neglect to cultivate their own inner lives.” I find that is definitely true for me.  There have been so many times when a quote someone posts to their Facebook page makes me stop and think about my own life.

I know that the constant use of social media and the Internet can have ill effects on a person’s life – I think the same can be said for anything used in excess.  But at the same time, I find that taking a break from life to read blog posts on my favorite sites, email messages and Facebook quotes from friends, does provide me with a moment of reflection.

What do you think? Do you find the Internet and social media sites helps or hinders your spiritual life?  Please share!


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