It Occurs To Me…

That I should do some blogging, in and amongst all the research, EMS Chaplaincy (I was recently promoted to District Chaplain) and Parish work.

Thanks for all the kind and generous e-mails of late, reminding me of the fact that there is a cyber audience (as well as many other friends out there) that do derive some benefit from the work being done here. From the blog stats self, it can be seen that there are still plenty of daily visits, despite the lull in blogging.

So, let’s see how it goes.

Pope Francis: The Internet Is A Gift From God

Pope Francis has said that we should be Good Samaritans on the internet (CNS)In the Catholic Herald today:

Pope Francis has said that the internet is “a gift from God” in his first World Communications Day message.

… Pope Francis said: “Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances.

“The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity.  This is something truly good, a gift from God.”

… By means of the internet, the Christian message can reach “to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  Keeping the doors of our churches open also means keeping them open in the digital environment so that people, whatever their situation in life, can enter, and so that the Gospel can go out to reach everyone.  We are called to show that the Church is the home of all…

The full text of Pope Francis’s message is here.

 

We are in a Post-Website World

Time to get those heads out of the old dusty Churchmanship books… again.

It’s a post-website world, but you still need a website. A church website is still essential, but the primary ways your church will interact with people are through numerous streams of communication, including e-mail, texting, and social media. Some will find your church through its website, but more than likely, they’ll find it through a friend on Facebook or Twitter who recommends the church, points to a video or story on the church’s website, or some other form of word-of-mouth communication…

Rest here.

Too many Church leaders are only beginning to discover what the Internet really is, what it means, and how it is to be used in and for the cause of the Gospel.

So, for starters: Blog = Social Media.

Bishops, blog.

Priests, blog (!)

Deacons, blog.

Do not fear.

All God’s people: Go forth into the digital world and proclaim the good news!