Prayer for World Communications Day
Be open to Facebook and Twitter. Use the digital social media well. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations… (Matthew 28:19)
That is the message for the 47th World Communications Day, Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization. Prepared by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, it was published on January 25, 2013, the Feast of Saint Francis de Sales, for World Communications Day, May 12.
This new public space has possibilities, the document states, "people share ideas, information and opinions, and … new relationships and forms of community can come into being." We are invited to meet the inevitable challenges of this new way of connecting and share our faith and our responses to the important issues in life. Reaching out online is a way to overcome the isolation of many people whom we can accompany in this way. Pope Francis is leading by example. He can be followed on Twitter @Pontifex — he now has six million followers.
To hear the full message of Pope Benedict, click here.
Let us pray the prayer of Saint Francis de Sales:
Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and every day.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.
—St. Francis de Sales, 1567 - 1622
Today, patron saint of journalists, writers, editors and the Catholic Press, this former Bishop of Geneva was noted for his deep faith and his gentle approach to the religious divisions in his land. St. Francis de Sales is known also for his writings on spiritual direction and spiritual formation, particularly the Introduction to the Devout Life and the Treatise on the Love of God.