The Power of the Word
The print media, through the years, has resisted the challenges presented by the emergence of more interactive means of communication such as radio, TV and, more recently, cellphones, I-pads and all the venues provided by internet - from blogs to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Far from being alienated from this wave of new communications, the Church, while continuing to make use of print media, has tried to make use of these new means to reach out to people of all generations and to bring across the message of the Gospel. Media, when properly used, can be a powerful tool at the service of mission. Though it does not replace personal encounter with people, media now offers new venues for interaction, and for the proclamation of the Gospel. The passion, intensity and depth that Jesus placed into His words should continue to inspire Catholic media practitioners today, knowing that written words have a profound and long-lasting effect on all generations. While it is a great privilege to be involved in the print media, it also spells an enormous responsibility.
Those who encounter Jesus for the first time are stunned by the passion and intensity that
He put into His words – words that have astonishing depth and different levels of meaning,
have an awesome relevance to human pain, and an amazing power to build confidence
in human hearts. Jesus used local images with such color and sparkle that they cannot fail
to persuade and convince. He appealed to the inner instincts of human beings in such a way
that listeners are compelled to weigh the challenges He proposes, not because of their
demanding harshness, but because of their enticing power.
“I have become all things to all, to save at least some. All this I do for the sake of the Gospel…”
(1 Cor 9:22-23). To become “all” for the sake of proclaiming the Good News is such a difficult task. And yet St. Paul, the Apostle to the Nations, did exactly that to win souls for Jesus Christ. He became everything, and resorted to the use of anything, to save those under or outside God’s law. St. Paul’s challenge to proclaimers of the Gospel was not only practiced during his time. It had a profound and lasting effect throughout Christian history. In fact, it is still being lived to this day, as seen in the missionary activity during the last few centuries.
Over time, the ever-changing political, social and economic landscape around the world has given rise to a new kind of journalism, one that seems to have shed the values of the once highly-esteemed journalistic profession. However, because of the demands and challenges of today’s world, a new kind of journalism is needed, one that honors the time-honored values of the profession, one that places man, and not money, back at the center of the world…and much more.
|“To seek and save that was lost” Mission as a Passionate Search|
The passionate search of Jesus for humanity and the joy which accompanies it are the basis of the mission of the Church. The apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (The joy of the Gospel), is a strong invitation to wholeheartedly continue their search.
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"We need to generate an inner transformation of the Church`s structures, starting from the mission; we cannot expect the faithful to come to the temple; it is the Church that must mingle with people in the places where they live."
"Each one, in his own role and with his own responsibility, is called to be vigilant in maintaining a high level of ethics in communications, and to avoid those things which create so much damage: disinformation, defamation, and slander. Maintain the level of ethics."
"The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people."