Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I had the opportunity to visit some of our magnificent Duomo’s (Cathedrals/Basilica’s) in Venice, Florence, and Siena Italy. I’m back home, and reflecting on this incredible experience after praying in, walking through, and viewing the frescoes, statues, and more that one discovers in these incredible medieval structures.
First what comes to mind is how the artists of this medieval period used the technology of this time to express their belief and understanding of Catholic Christianity – primarily reflecting the saints and our Gospel stories. As I reflect on what I saw, it is very obvious that the Church was a major part of the city – and the story of Christ is told in a variety of images – intended to inspire and nurture the spiritual life of those who were visitors to this church.
Over the next four weeks, we will be preparing for the “great celebration of the Nativity of the Lord Jesus, (‘Christ-Mass’), Christians (Catholics and others) are invited to prepare to ‘get ready’, to make a place for the Lord in our lives and in our homes and to anticipate His coming. Deacon Keith Fournier
As we celebrate this liturgical season of Advent, I invite you to explore how today’s technology can be used to enhance our faith, culture and worship in today’s everyday world. We are everyday artists with tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social media tools where we can share our getting ready for the Nativity of the Lord with our friends and families.
How will you do this? Stop for a moment and identify your personal digital “city” – your Facebook friends, those who may be following you on Twitter, your LinkedIn contacts, or YouTube friends – the online connections you have. In this season of Advent, how might you involve them in “getting ready” to make a place for the Lord in our everyday lives?
- Invite your Facebook friends (and families) to create an Advent Wordle.
- Tweet an Advent related video link, image, or a reflection at least once-a-week during this Advent season to those who follow you. For example:
If you are looking for suggested Advent videos, a FREE membership is available at Digital Catechesis where a Video library of over 450+ online videos are available to you. Enter “Advent” in the search field to locate the videos for this liturgical season.
- Form a group on LinkedIn that will be the place for those who are interested in being part of an Advent retreat experience with you. You will find helpful resources for adult Advent prayer at Ignatian Spirituality.com – a Loyola Press service that features Advent Resources.
It is easy to create a LinkedIn group, just click on “Groups-Create a Group” and complete the form. You now have an online space to engage others in an Advent Retreat experience with you.
I encourage you to use your digital savvy to engage members of your family, friends, or members of your parish in this wonderful season of Advent. We now have tools to reach a small group or a large group that are easy and fun to use. It is simply your imagination and being comfortable with these tools that will help you to discover and use them for God’s glory!
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Copyright 2012 Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF