By: Caitlin Forst
The Holy Father recently released his message for World Communications Day, which takes place in June. In this message he encourages us to witness to the Gospel both in person and online, but to make certain that our witness is authentic. Pope Benedict XVI states,
“The proclamation of the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive, which stimulates the heart and moves the conscience; one which reflects the example of the risen Jesus when he joined the disciples on the way to Emmaus (cf. Lk 24:13-35). By his approach to them, his dialogue with them, his way of gently drawing forth what was in their heart, they were led gradually to an understanding of the mystery.”
In his latest column, Bishop Loverde addresses another angle of this call to authentic witness: piety. He challenges us to understand the true meaning of piety and to avoid empty actions, whether in Mass, in our friendships or online.
“This false sense of piety can also extend to our perception of Church and public affairs. In an age where it is easy to hit ‘send’ on an e-mail or to post a thought immediately on Facebook, we may neglect to examine our reasons for communicating. As Catholics, we have a responsibility to defend the truth and our faith to our nation, to our neighbors and sometimes even within the Body of Christ. However, in all instances, we must ask, ‘why am I participating in this debate?’ Are we speaking out of love for the person to whom we are writing, as well as for the Lord? Or, because something has angered us, are we writing in a way reminiscent of the Pharisee who only wanted to point out his own righteousness instead of truly pointing to the Truth with love?”
You may find the entire column here.