Being Worthy of Friendship

We have forgotten the meaning of many words, or, more dangerously, we have redefined the words. One of these words is the simple, ancient word: “friend.”  While I’m not going to accuse anyone of strategically conspiring to intentionally change the meaning, there has been a hijacking of the word to simply mean “someone who can look at your pictures and […]

Lessons from the Public Ministry Learned in a Social Media World

My job at the diocese is focused on forming Catholic adults. As St. John Paul II told us, adult catechesis is actually the principal form of catechesis in the Church, “because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.”  Many of our parishes spend most […]

100,000 Facebook Fans and Growing!

100,000 Facebook Fans!

We launched the Integrated Catholic Life™ website back in April 2010 and added our Facebook a month later. We now are visited by more than a quarter of a million viewers each month on the web and far more on Facebook and other social media. And now, Integrated Catholic Life™ has surpassed 100,000 fans on Facebook! Randy Hain and I, along with all our […]

Heaping Burning Coals on the Media

Doesn’t an event that draws nearly a half a million protestors deserve media coverage?  If you’re a Catholic news reporter, it doesn’t get much bigger than the March for Life, but the mainstream media apparently disagree.  The major players all seem to go out of their way to avoid adequate or even minimal coverage of an event that drew more […]

Thinking, Living and Embracing Life on the Digital Continent

Each year on January 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists and communication, Pope Benedict publishes his routinely compelling annual message for the World Day of Social Communication. For the past two years, he has emphasized the crucial importance for the Church to evangelize by means of cyberspace. In 2009, he called on young […]

The Church and the Facebook Frontier

It was a call not for new teaching, but for new ways to deliver the teachings of the Church.  That was the gist of the reflection offered at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops fall general assembly held last month in Baltimore. Leading the charge was Bishop Ron Herzog from the diocese of Alexandria Louisiana.  In his reflection he […]

My Love/Hate Relationship with Facebook

Last month Facebook “went down.” The fact that I only knew about this because it was a top news story completely illustrates my own love/hate relationship with Facebook—which is more hate than love. Don’t get me wrong, I know Facebook—and other social media sites—is important. I get that. And I know that I live in an age where using these […]