EG 87: New Relationships

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium urges us to say “Yes to the new relationships brought by Christ.”

87. Today, when the networks and means of human communication have made unprecedented advances, we sense the challenge of finding and sharing a “mystique” of living together, of mingling and encounter, of embracing and supporting one another, of stepping into this flood tide which, while chaotic, can become a genuine experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a sacred pilgrimage. Greater possibilities for communication thus turn into greater possibilities for encounter and solidarity for everyone. If we were able to take this route, it would be so good, so soothing, so liberating and hope-filled! To go out of ourselves and to join others is healthy for us. To be self-enclosed is to taste the bitter poison of immanence, and humanity will be worse for every selfish choice we make.

Social media come to mind. This blog, too. Do we take full advantage of the promise of various means of communication? Or are blogs, facebook pages, twitter accounts, and other expressions just clogged with self-centered choices?

I love the “caravan of solidarity.” A far better approach than circling the wagons of narcissism.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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