MANILA, Aug. 20, 2015—Mary and mass media have nothing in common? Hardly.
Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has presented the Blessed Mother as a model for all media practitioners, hailing her as the communicator par excellence next only to Jesus.
“In the fullness of time, God’s Word became man. But how did this happen? Through a great woman, Mary,” said the prelate during the recent launch of the direct broadcast of Philippine Catholic network TV María at its Pandacan studio.
This “Divine Communication,” Tagle pointed out, became possible only with the cooperation of the Virgin, whose many titles include the Mediatrix.
“God speaks to us. God reaches out to us. His Word, His way of relating to us, is through His Son. The Word of God entered the lives of man … but this Word took on a human face,” he explained.
Open and ready
Due to her openness to a God who speaks as well as her readiness for mission, the cardinal explained the Virgin became the means through which the Incarnation took place.
“Mary never abandoned the Word of God. Whenever we meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary, she is always there to accompany us, to listen to us. Be it in the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful, or the Glorious, the Blessed Mother invites us, shows us the way to her Son,” he added.
Given this fact, he noted it is only right that the country’s first and only Catholic Filipino channel was named after no less than the Mother of God herself and placed under her protection since she is the best qualified to teach mankind the art of effective communication.
Meanwhile, Tagle went on to highlight the value of social communication in evangelization.
God of communication
Expounding on its beauty, the prelate reminded the faithful that this noble undertaking ultimately originates in a God who continues to speak and reach out to mankind.
“This is our mission. Through us, His Church, God talks to us … God is a God of communication. God is not self-absorbed. He revealed Himself to us … And we as Church continues what God has started,” said Tagle in Filipino.
“This is not about ratings, publicity, or image-building … This is an apostolate … With faith, hope, and love, TV María strives to do its share in making God’s work known, and in inviting its audience to respond to His call,” he added.
Tagle said what the Philippine Catholic channel is doing now is just a continuation and amplification of what the early Christian evangelizers had done.
Paintings to TV
“The ancient Christians created paintings and murals depicting scenes from the Bible. They did this in order to educate others on the faith … Using today’s technology, TV María is doing the same,” he explained.
TV María is Channel 1 on Dream Satellite, Channel 96 on Destiny, and Channel 160 on Sky Cable.
Those who have no access to TV María are encouraged to contact their cable TV providers. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)