The Positive Side of Social Media

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Face Book, Twitter, emailing, texting and the like have recently taken quite a beating. You have heard the stories about Face Book and how married women have discovered their ex boyfriends and started affairs; the woman who tweeted as she made the decision to go through with an abortion and the fatalities due to people texting while driving. With all of this negative attention it is difficult to find the good in any of these venues. However, if you use these social media outlets then you know they have positive effects as well.

Well, let me tell you a view point you have likely not heard. The power of united prayer facilitated through Face Book, Twitter, Texting and emails. My father was diagnosed with colon cancer last spring. Reeling from the news I asked him “How can I help you dad?” His reply was simple “Lori, pray please pray. Ask everyone to pray for me. Ask the people you email weekly, put me on a prayer line. Just pray for me.” I write a daily blog called Faithfilledmom.com; it is based on my faith and every day happenings and stories in my life. Over the course of the past 2.5 years I have written this blog I have had a bit of a following and have about 150 people I email weekly with updates on my life and the blog. So that evening I went home and set to work. I emailed my faithfilledmom list of followers. I put my dad’s name on the prayer line through our church. I emailed to another 150 people who have completed retreats with me to pray for my dad. I texted almost every contact I had in my phone. Then I started tweeting prayer requests. Next I turned to Face Book. Because of my blog I have almost 3,000 “friends” on my account. I started posting on their home pages my prayer request. There was a priest in New York who said his Mass for my dad the following morning. There was a man in Denver who dedicated prayer during Eucharistic Adoration. There is a group of Africans in Kenya Seminarians, who read my blog daily, they committed to praying daily for my dad. I contacted people in almost 30 different States here in the US and then I went global to Germany, England, Australia, Africa, Croatia, and Thailand. There were literally hundreds of people praying for my dad. They surgically removed the tumor it was the size of a racquet ball and the cancer did not spread. My dad said during those days he could feel the prayers and he completely attributes his recovery to God and the hundreds of prayers that knocked on heaven’s doors all those weeks.

If you have ever prayed in unity with others you know the power of prayer. Prayer connects us to God intimately and to one another as the living body of Christ. I truly believe if the apostles of Christ had access to Face Book, Tweeter, Emailing and Texting they would have utilized it so that they could have reached all corners of the globe to proclaim the Good News of Christ. I have a mission to move people closer to God one word, one daily reflection, one retreat, and one prayer at a time and the social networks and technology of our time helps me to fulfill that mission.

Social Networks were invented to bring people together. Many times they are abused and used in manners in which I cannot approve. But just as there is the darkness there must be some light. If used for good our social networks can facilitate many good works. Today, think about posting something positive on Face Book or tweeting for support on twitter. The Pope is even tweeting now. Can’t you just imagine St. Peter doing the same to spread the Word of God to the entire world?

Copyright 2012 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

2 Comments

  1. Barb Szyszkiewicz on

    Excellent article! Because of Facebook I am closer with some of my geographically far-flung cousins than I would be otherwise. We use it to keep up on each others’ lives–sharing the “little things” as well as family memories, photos, recipes and prayer requests. For my extended family, Facebook has been a wonderful way to keep in touch.

  2. Caroline Cerveny, SSJ-TOSF, D. Min on

    I love the line – I truly believe if the apostles of Christ had access to Face Book, Tweeter, Emailing and Texting they would have utilized it so that they could have reached all corners of the globe to proclaim the Good News of Christ. I believe today that we are gifted with many new tools that if used wisely by faith-filled persons, will allow us to share our faith with one another in ways we have yet to imagine. Face Book, Twitter, Email, and texting are just the tip of the communications iceberg!

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