MANILA, Nov. 25, 2013—Participants during the recently concluded Catholic Social Media Summit version 2 (CSMS v2.0) committed themselves to use social media in a positive way and a tool for evangelization.
Christian Dizon from the Cabanatuan Diocesan Youth Commission pointed out that social media should be used in evangelization, particularly by young people.
“The social media is a tool that should be used in sharing the Word of God and different stories of faith, not posting bitter comments to others. And this learning of using social media in a good way will definitely be shared to my fellow young people in my parish and in the diocese,” Dizon said.
Reginald Marcelino, a 2nd year high school student from the University of Santo Tomas urged his fellow teens to be more cautious in posting stuffs in social networking accounts.
“First, let’s find out what kind of posts we should like or share and things that should be liked or shared must be positive and can inspire not just us, but other people as well,” Marcelino added.
Meanwhile, John Emmanuel Isorena, a member of the religious organization Servants of God Catholic Community stressed when using social media, “we should be focusing on the ‘yes’.”
“One of the most effective way for us to get our message out there when using social media is by focusing on the ‘yes’. We Catholics keep pressing on with the no’s and the don’ts, while in fact, we should be focusing on the yes because those no’s are based on Jesus’ yes,” he said.
“We should teach the ‘why’ Jesus loves us, so that more people would be engaged with our faith and God’s love,” Isorena added.
Isorena furthered that based on statistics given by the speakers, the world today is very much immersed in social media; using it in a positive way makes it a good media to evangelize in.
Around 400 young people, seminarians, religious sisters and priests attended the CSMS v2.0 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran last November 23-24. (Jandel Posion)