How to live the spirit of Ash Wednesday in the World of FB?

The WORD in Other Words by Fr Roberto Alda SVD (Germany) for Ash Wednesday

A facebook user downloaded hundreds of selfies she took in one day, and sent these to as many FB accounts as there were available to her, hoping to get as many “likes” as possible. She’d get mad when disliked.

Self-communication certainly has its many positive traits. However, in this age of social media, self-communication had been redefined by some users worldwide including Filipinos to mean pure self-presentation. Something like a “Hey, you. It’s me” thing. The sole purpose is to get attention and be “liked.”

Jesus encourages us to act otherwise. Do good; pray and fast unrecognized. Do what is righteous and just to all; be always kind and generous; exercise your spiritual obligations faithfully; communicate and express yourself respectfully; lend a helping hand to the needy; but, do not brag or boast about your deeds or expect anything in return.

Let God, who is never outdone in generosity, alone, do the liking.

Source – The WORD in Other Words 2018

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