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Bishop Tighe, specialist in digital communication, appointed as Secretary for Pontifical Council for Culture
Mexico, October, 20th, 2017 (Luis García Orso, S.J.). Luis García Orso, S.J., Ecclesiastical Assistant for SIGNIS, reflects in his first delivery of an epistolary dialogue that he will have each month with our members, the need to recover the spiritual reality that inhabits us, to communicate in digital environments.
"The digital environment is not a parallel or purely virtual world, but is part of the daily experience of many people, especially the young," said Pope Benedict XVI in his message for the World Day of Social Communications for 2013, and thus invited us to place ourselves in this new form of real life and relationships that is the digital world, and to correct a misunderstanding of it as an unreal, alien, or alienating world or, also wrongly, only as a technological medium and not a part of ordinary life.
Pope Benedict continued: "Social networks are the result of human interaction, but for their part they also reshape the dynamics of communication which builds relationships: a considered understanding of this environment is therefore the prerequisite for a significant presence there." In social networks, the digital world, new forms of relationships, interaction and communication between human beings are found; and in them we enter into relationships as persons, with what we are and have in truth, if we want to proceed authentically and go on being human. Human beings realize their communicative-being when they communicate themselves, their values, their humanity, what their seek and what moves them: their aspirations, desires, motivations, questions, values, faith, hope, choices, meaning of life; all these words relating to "spirituality". In truth, human beings communicate when they communicate their spirit. A human being does not communicate anything, until he or she communicates themselves, gives a 'witness' of themselves. Today there is a new cultural means of communication and relationships that is the digital environment, in which we are called to live as a witness of what each one of us believes in, expects and loves. As Christians, this witness, our communication, will have its own style characterized by a life according to the Gospel of Jesus, and His Spirit.
The members of SIGNIS might ask themselves: To whom is the Spirit guiding us ? With whom does the Spirit of Jesus want us to relate and communicate? What are the forms of communication that the Lord asks of us today?