The social media and our Catholic faith

The Catholic Church once every year dedicates a Sunday for the celebration of the gift of communication; Communication Sunday. The power of communication cannot be over emphasized, especially in our world today that has recorded tremendous growth in communication technology. The social media has made the world so small and so close that we can now almost listen to each other’s heartbeats from different parts of the world. It brings all kinds of information not just to our living rooms but to our lives and hearts. It is like the fishing net that pulls out the good, the bad and the ugly from the water. And as the fisherman knows what he wants, so also we must know that It is not technology which determines whether or not communication is authentic, but rather the human heart and our capacity to use wisely the means at our disposal.

I’ve heard complaints over and over again about the danger and the misleading information available on the social media, but it is good to know that complaints alone cannot redirect the social media. It is certainly very true that many of the information that hits the air waves and make our phones and IPads ring and vibrate every second calling for our attention are evil and misleading; they are calculated information to miss-lead politically, socially, psychologically, and more dangerously spiritually. This is however not an attempt to disregard the good side of social media, but to draw our attention to the fact that the social media cannot manipulate its self, it is manipulated by humans, and whatever you get there was put there by humans. If there are too many bad stuff going round the social medial, it is because the bad guys are using the social medial far more than the good guys. Or, maybe the good guys just sit complaining about the bad stuff carried around by the social media without any move or an attempt from their side to counteract the negativity of the social media with their contributions.

The Catholic faith is so beautiful and rich, yet misunderstood by many. Those who misunderstand the faith sometimes inject their ignorance and misconception of the Church into the social media, and that becomes an information available to social media users all over the world. This is a big challenge to every Catholic on the social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and even Bloggers to wake up and become online evangelists and defenders of our faith. Rise above just being a consumer on these platforms and learn to use the media to proclaim your faith, to show the beauty of Catholicism without fear or shame. Write or re-post articles about Catholic faith from Catholic websites and blogs, spread the news. Imagine what the social media would look like if every Catholic on these social platforms realise how much lives and souls they could touch by a simple inspirational post about their faith and do it daily, weekly or as much as time permits them. We can together take over the internet and overpower the negativities of the social media with our positivity. Do not wait for your friend, you can begin your post today.

I appreciate O’Maria Media and many others who have taken the advantage of the social media to fearlessly share their Catholic faith with the world; we are Catholics, and we are proud of our faith.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

One comment on “The social media and our Catholic faith
  1. francis Okaformbah says:

    good points Padre. social media itself aint bad. its d ppl using it and sharing evil that are bad. I’ll do my path by sharing this good piece.

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