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A novel way to mark the Year of Faith: quit Facebook
This writer is forsaking social media to spend more time on her relationships with her family and God.
- October 16, 2012
Over the past few months I have been praying about what God would like me to do with the Year of Faith, which begins on October 11, and is a very important part of the new evangelization movement.Â The Pope is calling those of us who are faithful to step up our doctrine, to share with our friends what we can, to invite people to church and activities, to help a culture which has moved away from Christianity.
For some of us, a social media effort will be an important part of our year.Â I think, however, not for me.Â I think that God wants me to be as present as possible to the people I see everyday, namely, my family, and also to make more of an effort to see other people face to face, to love the ones that I am with.Â To that end, I need to redirect my time, and I have decided to do so by logging off of facebook for the year.
I know that I will miss things â€“ I love seeing the pictures of growing children, hearing peopleâ€™s engagement stories, even reading the great news links that my friends share â€“ and I am prepared to offer this as a small sacrifice for a greater good.
I know that there will be benefits that I can see, in the increased time I have for real relationships, and my relationship with God as well â€“ when I have something cute, or funny, or frustrating to share, I will share it in prayer.Â Second, I know that the various efforts and ministries of the Year of Faith need our prayers and sacrifice, so when I am missing anything about the community on facebook, I offer that, in union with the sacrifice of the Mass, for the needs of the Holy Father and the entire church.
Have you thought at all about the Year of Faith?Â What can you and your family do?Â Parishes have lots of activities planned, but they need us to participate, to spread the word, and to pray and sacrifice for the effort.Â We are the church militant, letâ€™s fight the good fight!
Full Story: Logging Off for the Year of Faith