Making Saints in the Information Age

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 1:47 PM Comments (1)

Right now, this very moment, you are being shaped. In fact, having read that last sentence, you will never be the same person again. Oh, look there, I did it again. I am molding you with my every key stroke. (BWAHAHAHAHAHA).

Of course this is true for every piece of information your senses take in. You are constantly being changed and affected by what you come in contact with. Every moment of your life you’re slightly different than the moment before. You change. See? You’re a different person now. And still different now. And even if that single difference verges on insignificant, it is the sum of those differences that end up making you who you are.

In the Christian life, this change...READ MORE

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Catholics in New Media: CatholicVote.org

Friday, March 12, 2010 1:08 PM Comments (2)

In my opinion, every Catholic organization can learn a lot from CatholicVote.org. Their message. Their approach. And especially their use of new media to communicate it.

You’ve probably seen some of their videos, most notably those from their “Life: Imagine the Potential” campaign. In fact, more than 2 million people watched them on YouTube alone. 

Here are three great things CatholicVote does extremely well:

1) Elegance - Their website is simply elegant. It is focused in purpose. It is beautifully designed. It is easy to use. And that makes for a powerfully successful website.

2) Truth in Charity - They masterfully use their website and videos to express a simple truth about our faith...READ MORE

Filed under catholics in new media, conversion, love, new media, social media

The Reality Show of Our Catholic Story

Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:45 PM Comments (0)

In our enthusiastic leap into the world of new media, Pope Benedict gives us something very important to keep in mind:

“A pastoral presence in the world of digital communications, precisely because it brings us into contact with the followers of other religions, non-believers and people of every culture, requires sensitivity to those who do not believe, the disheartened and those who have a deep, unarticulated desire for enduring truth and the absolute. Just as the prophet Isaiah envisioned a house of prayer for all peoples (cf. Is 56:7), can we not see the web as also offering a space – like the “Court of the Gentiles” of the Temple of Jerusalem – for those who have not yet come...READ MORE

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3 Easy Things Anyone Can Do to Evangelize Online

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 1:35 PM Comments (4)

You don’t have to have any technical expertise or a theology degree to evangelize online. Just like in the offline world, God can powerfully use any of His creatures to reach people. Life and love on the digital continent is no different in this regard.

But upon entering this technologically intimidating mission field, where the rules are continually being written, it can be difficult to know where to begin. There is good news.

You don’t need a blog. You don’t need a lot of followers. You don’t need a national audience. You don’t have to have a website. You don’t have to come up with any great big idea. None of these are barriers to entry.

Don’t get me wrong. We desperately need...READ MORE

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Catholics in New Media: South Africa On the Ball

Friday, March 05, 2010 2:47 PM Comments (1)

I was informed this morning (by one of my Twitter followers) about something cool that the South African Bishop Conference is doing this year. It’s called Church on the Ball.

Church on the Ball is an effort by the Catholic Church there to help celebrate the 2010 Soccer (“Football” for the rest of the world) World Cup. It will be held in South Africa this year (making it the first time the event has ever been held on the African continent). And it looks like the Catholic Church there is working hard to take advantage of this unique opportunity, particularly with this new media campaign.

One of the things I really liked on the site was how they list all of the stadiums that will be a part...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, catholics in new media, new media, pastors, pope benedict xvi, sports, video

Don't Be Shallow

Thursday, March 04, 2010 2:27 PM Comments (1)

The obsession of our culture over Social Media (see #2 here) is rooted in a good and natural human desire: Communion. We want to connect with other humans. We want to relate. We want to love. We are designed, as humans, to do just that.

“The desire for connectedness and the instinct for communication that are so obvious in contemporary culture are best understood as modern manifestations of the basic and enduring propensity of humans to reach beyond themselves and to seek communion with others. In reality, when we open ourselves to others, we are fulfilling our deepest need and becoming more fully human. Loving is, in fact, what we are designed for by our Creator. Naturally, I am not...READ MORE

Filed under love, pope benedict xvi, social media

16 Social Media Insights for Catholics

Wednesday, March 03, 2010 1:35 PM Comments (12)

If anyone still has any doubts or hesitations about the Church being present in social media, this video should lay them to rest.


Here are 16 social media stats that stood out to me as particularly insightful for Catholics and our Church:

1) “By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers…96% of them have joined a social network.” Are we meeting them where they’re at?

2) “Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web.”

3) “1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media.”

4) “If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest.” Do we need an “Archdiocese of Facebook”? :-)

5) “On average, online students out perform those receiving...READ MORE

Filed under catholic church, new media, social media, social networking

Catholics in New Media: CNM Awards

Friday, February 26, 2010 3:21 PM Comments (2)

The Catholic New Media Awards are becoming a bigger and bigger event every year. And they are only going to get bigger - and more important.

As more and more Catholics start using new media, recording podcasts, launching blogs and coming up with innovative web services and applications, we need an official way to sort through and celebrate them all! The Catholic New Media Awards help us to do just that.

The CNM Awards (or the CNMs as those of us in the biz like to call them, right?) occur once a year and bring together the best in Catholic new media. They actually used to just be called the “Catholic Blog Awards.” But last year the event was expanded to include all of the emerging new...READ MORE

Filed under catholic, catholics in new media, new media

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Matthew Warner is a lover of God, his wife, his kids, his life, cookies, hot-buttered bread, snoozin' & awkward (as well as not awkward) silence. He is the founder and CEO of Flocknote, the creator of Tweet Catholic, a contributing author to The Church and New Media book, and writer/founder at The Radical Life. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. He and his family hang their hats in Texas.