As I wrote (typed) some thoughts down just days ago, on my blog pertaining to Brandon Vogt’s book, “The Church and New Media”, I told myself it was time once again to read and ponder the encyclicals, decrees, and documents that pertain to Social Communications and New Technologies.
While now that the fires are burning abroad, and there are key forces at hand, starting to build even bigger and better ways to communicate and share, I want to share something I hope that you will take into consideration.
I do enjoy new toys and trinkets that allow me to surf the web, faster – longer – free at just about any cafe or restaurant in my neighborhood, but as I dig deeper into rolling waves of digital content, I find my self lost. Lost for real tangible words (blogs, podcast, videos) that support the Churches missions of Respect Life Issues and Social Justice.
2. The progress of learning and the inventions of technology clearly show that, both in living things and in the forces of nature, an astonishing order reigns, and they also bear witness to the greatness of man, who can understand that order and create suitable instruments to harness those forces of nature and use them to his benefit.
3. But the progress of science and the inventions of technology show above all the infinite greatness of God, Who created the universe and man himself. He created all things out of nothing, pouring into them the abundance of His wisdom and goodness, so that the holy psalmist praises God in these words: O Lord our master, the majesty of thy name fills all the earth. (Ps. 8, 1)
These words come from PACEM IN TERRIS, Encyclical of Pope John XXIII (1963). I focused on suitable instrument, as I was starting another round with the great resource, for getting a better understanding of what our Church is calling us to do, with New Media for Evangelization.
We all know what “instrument” means for this statement, but are we coherent to what “suitable” is when placed before the word “instrument?” What came to me was the word “charity” (ccc), which we know leads to love. The definition I keep for “charity” is, to will the good of another. Sometimes a persons wishes, dreams, or desires are not necessarily what is “good” for that person.
So when we see (read) “suitable instrument” might we also think of what is truly good for our nature (world, environment, community, Church). This is just something to ponder, something to pray.