PASAY City, Sept. 21, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle recently reminded those involved in social communications and mass media to use their skills and talents in inviting others to a Jesus encounter.
Vehicles of encounter
“I hope that through our social communication ministry, through the way we communicate, people will encounter God. May we be in the family and in the social communications ministry, be vehicles of encountering God,” he said in a recorded message played during the 9th Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards (CSCBA) organized by the Asian Catholic Communicators, Inc. (ACCI) with the the Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) on Thursday, Sept. 18, at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.
“Let our human communication be sincere. Let our human communication be pure for in such a communication a family is born, and within that family God is encountered,” he added.
Communication = Communion
According to Tagle, communication is first and foremost a communion with the Father.
He shared that even in simple human interactions like telling stories about what has been “seen, heard, and touched of God,” an encounter with others become an encounter with the Lord.
Place of encounter
“Communication is a way of encountering each other. I remember the First Letter of St. John where he tells us what we have seen, what we have heard, what we have touched regarding the Word of God, we communicate to you,” he explained.
In line with this, the prelate went on to point out the value of connection.
While honing their skills and acquiring news ones are a given like facing a camera, writing, and so on, Tagle stressed communicators are also called upon to learn how to connect with other people “from the heart.”
“In the end, who is the best communicator? Not the one who is skilled alone. The best communicator is the person whose heart is open to reveal oneself and receive the other,” he said. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)