Christus Vivit: Pope Francis on building robust community

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 12, 2019 7:01:00 AM

 

A blog post yesterday looked at media-related insights in Pope Francis’ recently issued Christus Vivit, his Apostolic Exhortation on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.

You’ll find below a second batch of quotations from the March 25, 2019, document. They acknowledge but transcend digital-world challenges, focusing on robust community life in general. The pope wrote largely about young people called to be missionary disciples—evangelizing even as they navigate the distorted culture of social media. They can’t heal a polarized society alone.

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Topics: Internet, Pope Francis, media, papal documents, Christus Vivit, young people

Christus Vivit: Pope Francis on digital media and young people

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Apr 11, 2019 7:02:00 AM

 

Pope Francis has once again expressed a set of prayer-provoking insights about our use of contemporary media and Catholic stewardship of the “Good News” amid a changing information culture that distorts human community.

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Topics: Internet, Pope Francis, media, papal documents, Christus Vivit, young people

St. Francis de Sales and using words like a Christian

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Jan 24, 2019 7:04:00 AM

The fine art of conversation, used as an instrument to share hope and advance the common good, has taken a beating. Many Catholics feel inhibited in their discipleship, fearing their beliefs and values aren’t welcome in discussions of crucial public issues. They don’t want to be called “haters.”

Freedom, human flourishing and our eternal destiny are at stake if our faith is set on “mute” much of the day.

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Topics: Culture, relationships, saints, media, dialogue

Pope Francis and the Franciscan approach to news media

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Jan 23, 2019 7:12:00 AM

Setting aside the missteps in virtue one often finds in sit-com scripts, the show “The Good Place” offers worthy insights about good and evil from a quirky perspective of the afterlife.

In the recent episode “Book of Dougs,” the character played by Ted Danson examines heaven’s files on two deceased “Dougs.” It turns out one Doug, who lived recently, forfeited a lot of scorecard points that could have counted toward his happy destiny. He had unintentionally contributed to environmental damage and exploitative behaviors, among other things. Danson concludes, “Every day, the world gets a little more complicated, and being a good person gets a little harder.”

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Topics: Culture, Pope Francis, saints, media, dialogue

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