The Catholic Church has always been a missionary Church.
Jesus told His disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations…” (Mt 28:19) Our own diocese began as a missionary field with Spanish, Mexican, French, Irish and others spreading the Word of God. Today, the missionary fields are over a much wider area, reached by more technical means. The new “Digital Continent” is ripe for the New Evangelization called for by Blessed John Paul II.
Many of our young and not so young people have migrated to this new missionary field. The Holy Father, in his 2009 Communications message, acknowledged this phenomenon when he said, “It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this ‘digital continent.’”
Of course, young people need guidance. As shepherd of the flock in this end of God’s Kingdom, it falls on me to lead the way in this missionary field. With this blog, I take my first step into the Digital Continent and I ask all its current inhabitants to pray that I may be able to navigate it with at least modest success. In this endeavor, I am prepared to bear my own cross so that I can truly be Christ’s disciple.