Viral Discipleship

Then Jesus approached and said to them, “All power in heaven  and on earth has been given to me.  Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Mt. 28:18-20

All Christians are called, as individuals, to share the Gospel with everyone that we meet. But the internet allows us to interact with people that we have never met face to face.

Philip Lawler of Catholic Culture predicts that there will be an explosion of Catholic evangelization. But if this does not come to pass, it will be our fault and not the fault of the institutional Church.

We all have the power of the internet at our fingertips to spread the power of the Gospel:

Think about it. Imagine what would happen if each one of us used the new media to reach just a few dozen people every week, and gently communicated some Gospel truths. You can do the math yourself; can’t you? If millions of Catholics are sending out millions of messages to millions of readers—who might forward those messages to millions more readers…

The point is that you can’t do the math yourself. The numbers quickly get too big, and increase too quickly, to allow for computation. The truth goes viral.

Imagine it: Tens of thousands—no, tens of millions—of Catholics encouraging each other, exhorting each other, reassuring each other to the task at hand. Tens of millions—no, hundreds of millions—of Catholics inviting others to read the Gospel, to consider the faith, to enter into the sacramental life of the Church. It’s a beautiful vision, isn’t it? So what’s stopping us?  Read more here.

Don’t just sit there get tweeting. Or blog. Or get on facebook.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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1 Response to Viral Discipleship

  1. Christine says:

    Susan, I found a very quick and efficient way to “clean up” my list of Facebook friends. Just post something Catholic (something “Protestant” doesn’t work), and Bingo! Half your “friends” have “unfriended” you or are hiding your posts. Works every time! Eventually all my friends will either be Catholic or agree with the beliefs of my church!


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