‘Always speak the truth,’ Villegas reminds social media practitioners

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Archbishop Villegas sprinkles holy water on the media staff and guests during the opening of the Areopagus office recently.

MANILA, Jan. 23, 2014 – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president reminds media practitioners how the twin values of love and truth should be the powerhouse that motivates their work.

“Speak the truth, defend the truth, spread the truth always with love because when you put the truth and love together that is Jesus. Truth plus love equals Jesus. And if Jesus is here what is there to fear?,” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas told a new group of social media practitioners called Areopagus Social Media for Asia last week.

Winning enemies 

Archbishop Villegas admitted, that in the Philippines, a country considered as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, “standing by the truth all the time can win enemies [for people in media] because the devil does not like the truth.”

He rallied them, however, “to stand with the truth nevertheless beause in the end, all the evil of today will be defeated and only truth, which sets us free, will prevail.”

The value of truth, according to Archbishop Villegas, must be balanced with love.

Love + truth = Jesus 

“The other partner of truth is you must always be filled with love. Truth is inspiring, but only love can redeem. Only love can save us from sin,” he added.

This “formula” of sorts, according to Villegas, can be seen in the life of Jesus Himself.

“[He] saved us, not only by telling us the truth about Himself and about the Father, He saved us by loving us and dying for us,” explained Villegas.

Lastly, he praised the valuable work of people in media who contribute a lot to “bringing the fragrance of Jesus into the order of society.”

“In the end, society becomes beautiful not because of infrastructures that the eyes can see, but because of the invisible kingdom that we are building,” Villegas said in closing. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]

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