The 46th World Communication Day is this Sunday, May 20th, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has chosen the theme as Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization. The Vatican started World Communications Day in 1967 with Pope Paul VI stating, “the vast and complex phenomenon of the modern means of social communication, such as the press, motion pictures, radio and television makes the unfolding and the realization of a wonderful plan of God’s providence, which opens to man’s genius ever new ways of achieving his perfection and of attaining to his final end.”
With our busy and noisy modern life, I think the Pope’s theme is very appropriate for our times. There are wonderful things happening in new media with the church, but it requires times of silence for prayer and contemplation to be able to fully comprehend and appreciate all the messages we receive daily. It may be a good time to turn off the TV, Facebook, and cell phone to give some time to God. I am continually challenged to find adequate time for prayer and silence in juggling modern communications with time for friends, parish, and family. I have added a link below to Pope Benedict’s letter on World Communication Day.
PROMOTE CATHOLICISM DAY
While World Communications Day 2012 is happening this Sunday, May 20. The 2nd Annual Catholic Media Promotion Day will follow on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24.
Last year, on Catholic Media Promotion Day, we asked you to promote your favorite 3 blogs, 3 podcasts, 3 other media, 3 random Catholic things online, as well as your own projects. Additionally, we asked you to go to iTunes on that single day and leave at least 3 positive reviews for various Catholic podcasts and 3 positive written reviews for Catholic mobile applications.
Something different this year:
This year, in keeping with the theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s message for World Communications Day 2012 — Silence and Word: Path of Evangelization — we’re asking you to do something different.
On Wednesday, May 23, we’re asking you to take a one-day break from posting on blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, etc… and use that day to reflect on the Pope’s words about the role of silence in communication and evangelization.
Then, on Thursday, May 24, please share the fruit of that day of prayer and silence with everyone, by posting your answer to the question: “What in Catholic Media has had an impact on me during the past year?” Share it on the New Evangelizers website at: http://newevangelizers.com/forums/topic/catholic-media-promotion-day-2012/
Why silence on Wednesday?
So why did we choose Wednesday as the day to be silent? According to a recent study, Wednesday is the day that most people post on Facebook. Remaining silent in the world of social communications on this day is a way to become more aware of the temptation to value doing over being and speaking over listening. No one on the web may notice our silence, but surely God will notice, and hopefully we will notice Him more deeply, and thus come away with a greater readiness to share a word that gives life. As Pope Benedict XVI reminds us: “Silent contemplation immerses us in the source of that Love who directs us towards our neighbors so that we may feel their suffering and offer them the light of Christ, his message of life and his saving gift of the fullness of love.”
In summary, here’s what we ask you to do:
Spread the word about World Communications Day and Catholic Media Promotion Day using all the social media:
a) Link to the page on the New Evangelizers website: http://promotecatholicism.newevangelizers.com/promote-catholicism-day/
b) Like / +1 the page
c) Include the hash tag #silenceandword in your posts
2) FALL SILENT
Refrain from using social media to post content on Wednesday, May 23, and use it as a chance to read and prayerfully reflect on the Pope’s message for World Communications Day 2012: http://tinyurl.com/silenceandword
Share the fruit of your day of prayer and silence with everyone, by posting your answer to the question: “What in Catholic Media has had an impact on me during the past year?” Share it on the New Evangelizers website at: http://newevangelizers.com/forums/topic/catholic-media-promotion-day-2012/
Thanks to all the people at New Evangelizers who helped organize Promote Catholicism Day which has become a great new resource for our faith!!!