|Proclaiming the Gospel at St. Peter the Fisherman, Eagle River, WI, on the feast of Corpus Christi|
The internet and the social networking tools that have arisen with it are media, forms of expression and communication. As such they are morally neutral tool. You can find everything from the evil to the trivial right on up to the amazing and edifying. I strive to fit into the latter category. Over the past two months I have brought followers into things such as my experience in Assisi, my fortieth Anniversary of priesthood and offered several reflections. On Facebook I share interesting places and experiences that I have had. What has been really amazing to me though is the opportunity to connect in prayer. Now I don't like these requests that come out of nowhere and try to make you feel guilty if you don't pass on an e-mail about some situation. That having been said I have had the opportunity to pray for several situations passed on to me from good friends that I might never have learned about had it not been for the social networking that goes one. Just this morning I said Mass for a woman in Arizona who is facing very grave illness. There have been similar request during this time whether I was in Assisi, Florida, Michigan or now Wisconsin. This past Sunday we celebrated Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.his was a feast the Eucharist to be sure, but also a feast of the Church which is the Body of Christ. To me the social networks, with all their capacity for triviality or even evil, are also a means of allowing the members of the Body of Christ to stay in touch, to pray, to teach and to affirm and support one another in living our faith. I say a big Amen to that.
|Beginning of Mass, June 26, 2011|