"True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a
deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise." (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, #47.)

 

 

Jesuit Priest Martyred in Syria

 

JFr Frans van der LugtDays after Dutch Jesuit priest, Franz van der Lugt, was murdered in Sydria, a close young friend spoke of his life and commitment to the people he served in Homs. In particular, he spoke of the extraordinary contribution he made to Christian-Muslim relations there. When the rebels took over Homs, Fr van der Lugt said, 'I can't leave my people, I can't leave my church, I am director of this church, how can I leave them?' Read full report