On Vocation Blogging
Vocation blogs are quite popular today. We know that Holy Mother Church wants us to claim and use the internet for God and His Kingdom, as a vehicle for spreading Godís light and truth in a world of darkness.
Using the internet can be particularly helpful to those who are experiencing a call to consecrated life. Without the burden of travel expense, they can "visit" communities on-line, and hopefully enter into serious discernment with those whose charisms speak to their hearts.
There are many authentic vocations to religious life among the Pope John Paul II/ Pope Benedict generation. These young people have embarked on a wonderful search for the truth of their God-given mission in life. Such sincere searchers are best served by websites and vocation blogs that promote the beauty of the consecrated life, while refusing to engage in the idle gossip of todayís secular media .
Recently, our attention was called to a popular vocation site that is disseminating misinformation about our Passionist way of life. Several entries contained untrue statements that should have been checked out before they were published on the world-wide web.
We would like to call our good Catholic young people to a greater vigilance in sharing information on blogs. It never hurts to check out the information you share, and in this way you will help to spread the light of Christ. The following guidelines from the Catholic Catechism are also very helpful :
#2476 - when something that is untrue is said publicly, it takes on particular gravity.
#2477 - Respect for the reputation of others forbids every attitude and word likely to cause them unjust injury.
#2479 - Detraction and calumny destroy the reputation and honor of one's neighbor.
#2497 - use of communications media must be done with a sense of obligation not to offend against charity in disseminating information.
We love our Passionist
vocation so much, that it seems good for us to explain certain aspects of our
life in greater detail, hopefully to clear away the fog. May we all "live as
children of light. Light produces every kind of goodness and justice and
truth. " And may we all "be correct in our judgment of what pleases the
Lord." (see Ephesians 5:8-15)