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Sharing your faith online: Building bridges, not walls

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Daniel Esparza - published on 03/22/24

Sharing your faith online is not about winning arguments or forcing your beliefs on others. It’s about building bridges of understanding.

In today’s digital world, social media platforms offer a unique opportunity to connect with others and share what matters most to us. For Catholics, this presents a chance to share our faith journeys and connect with a wider community. However, online discussions about faith often become heated battlegrounds quite quickly.

Let’s be clear: sharing your faith online is not about winning arguments or forcing your beliefs on others. It’s about building bridges of understanding and fostering genuine connections. In a polarized and increasingly divided world, let us be agents of reparation and unity. Here are some ways to use social media to share your faith in a positive and meaningful way:

Be Authentic: Share your own faith story – your struggles, your joys, and your experiences as a Catholic. Authenticity resonates with others and allows them to see the real person behind the faith.

Lead with Kindness and Respect: Remember, even those with differing viewpoints deserve to be treated with dignity. Approach online discussions with kindness and respect, even when faced with opposing views. Also, allow yourself to be led by others when necessary. You don’t have all the answers.

Focus on Shared Values: Highlight common ground – the love of God, the importance of compassion, or the desire to build a better world. Shared values can act as a bridge for meaningful conversations.

Engage in Open Dialogue: Don’t shy away from respectful dialogue. Answer questions honestly and be open to learning from others’ perspectives. Remember, sometimes the most impactful conversations happen when we listen with an open mind.

Share Inspirational Content: Use social media to share uplifting Catholic content: inspirational quotes from saints, beautiful music, stories of faith in action, or ancient Christian legends and hagiography. This can spark curiosity and positive conversations.

By sharing our faith with authenticity and respect, we can cultivate a welcoming online space for Catholics and those interested in learning more. Remember, the goal isn’t to convert everyone, but to build honest friendships, open communities, and ultimately, a stronger sense of shared humanity. Conversion is ultimately a gift from God that comes in its own time.

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