Storytelling and the World Communications Day Message


On a recent episode of the Son Rise Morning Show, we discussed Pope Francis’ recent release of the World Communications Day message in advance of that celebration later in the year.

What really stands out for me is the pope’s understanding of the power of story, of how integrally story weaves into our faith.

How is God a storyteller? We take a look at the stories in the Old Testament, and at Jesus as the ultimate storyteller.

This is not a message just meant for people in the communications field.

Are you ready to share the story of how God has worked in your life?

I’m really convicted about the fact that God made us all storytellers. Children can understand that God created them in a special way, and when we point them to biblical or saintly storytellers, and emphasize that they don’t have to be grown up to tell people about their story, it empowers them.

Listen to our conversation here:

Pope Francis concludes his message with a beautiful prayer:

O Mary, woman and mother, you wove the divine Word in your womb, you recounted by your life the magnificent works of God. Listen to our stories, hold them in your heart and make your own the stories that no one wants to hear. Teach us to recognize the good thread that runs through history. Look at the tangled knots in our life that paralyze our memory. By your gentle hands, every knot can be untied. Woman of the Spirit, mother of trust, inspire us too. Help us build stories of peace, stories that point to the future. And show us the way to live them together. (World Communications Day 2020 message)

Useful resources:

Blog: The Power of Storytelling

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder of, a bestselling author and an international speaker. A frequent radio and television guest, Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and communications. Visit Lisa at or on social media @LisaHendey for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish, school or organization. Find Lisa’s books on her Amazon author page.

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