Does Social Media Drown Out God? Or Does It Draw You Closer?

Social Media

Social media is drowning out God.  Young people need to find silence away from the constant "noise" of social media in order to encounter Him.That's the warning from Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.  Speaking to youth at Invocation 2014, a British discernment retreat for young people on July 4-6, the archbishop said: "Today there is so much noise, with social media, we don't understand the value of silence....  We go a … [Read more...]

Three Saints, Three Stories, Three Lessons Learned

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I have just finished reading Elizabeth Ficocelli's story of the lives of Therese, Faustina and Bernadette; and I have to thank Elizabeth when I see her--for I am somehow changed for having had the opportunity to learn at the feet of these great women of God.I had read two of their stories in my youth:  Therese and Bernadette lived in the 19th century, and their stories had been written more than once; so they became favorite and familiar saints from my own childhood.  Faustina, while not my c … [Read more...]

What Is the Gift of Counsel?

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What is Counsel?That was the theme of the Holy Father's catechesis today, in his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square.  Counsel, Pope Francis taught, is that gift by which the Holy Spirit enables us to make concrete decisions according to the logic of Jesus and the Gospel.Vatican Information Service has the report: The Holy Spirit “helps us to grow positively both inwardly and in the community, and helps us not to fall prey to selfishness or to our way of seeing things”. “The … [Read more...]


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