Monday, January 25, 2010

Blogging Priests Enouragment from on high!

To celebrate World Communications Day, Pope Benedict spoke out in support of the work many of us priest put forth for one another and for the people of God: a daily blog. This is a wonderful ministry that this blogger has enjoyed for almost four years now. I owe thanks to a wonderful friend, Rocco Palmo, the Catholic blogger of bloggers, who suggested this ministry to me. And, as he says about it, time, time, time ... there just isn't enough to capture all that should be shared with you, the readers of the blogs. And there are many Catholic priests and deacons (yes, thanks be to God) who have taken to the blogosphere, helping today's readers with insights and presentations about the faith, about prayer and about the "gossip" in today's Church.

Catholics take note: we are blessed to have this avenue leading us to a deeper understanding of our faith and our Church. While there are some forty or fifty thousand priests in the USA today, there is a respectable number who have taken to sharing the faith through blogs. The next thing will be the installation of large screen monitors to assist preachers homilies and to help us see the words of hymns we might be trying to sing!!! What the computer has done to our world!!!

Thanks, Holy Father. Take note: the Vatican has taken to Tweeting!!!! Imagine, all those tweeting Cardinals!!!

The following is a quote from the Holy Father's reflection.

[...] priests can rightly be expected to be present in the world of digital communications as faithful witnesses to the Gospel, exercising their proper role as leaders of communities which increasingly express themselves with the different "voices" provided by the digital marketplace. Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources (images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites) which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.

Today's reflection follows this posting.