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Media and Faith Formation: Making an Echo of Faith


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This brief presentation considers media literacy within the context of faith formation and communication. Includes quotes from Pope Francis' "Amoris Laetitia" where he addresses the role of media and technology in the family.

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Media and Faith Formation: Making an Echo of Faith

  1. 1. Making an echo of faith Sr. Rose Pacatte Pauline Center for Media Studies 2016
  2. 2. Media Mindfulness Media Literacy  Bringing inquiry to all media experiences  Through the lens of faith  Asking questions  What does the story mean?
  3. 3. Pope Francis on “Love in the Family”  Communication between spouses and parents and children is essential  The lack of communication is at the root of most problems  “The Grand Illusion” that the latest technology will bring us lasting happiness.  Man caves are a problem  The father’s role is diminished by too much time spent with entertainment technology  Women are objectified by today’s media  Promises are part of communication; the world is suffering because of unkept promises
  4. 4. Think theologically about social media “You will need to know what you believe about God as well as God’s ongoing, eternal communication with us” - Meredith Gould “The Social Media Gospel” The Apostles Creed, Catholic Social Teaching Morality, Beatitudes, Works of Mercy, Sacraments & Saints
  5. 5. “Communication is an art learned in peace and practiced in moments of difficulty…” Pope Francis “Amoris Laetitia”
  6. 6. Before you watch, play, create, post ….
  7. 7. What does it mean to be a person of “character”?  Making a habit of doing the right thing  What you do when no one is looking  Empathy  How would you like it if someone did that to you?
  8. 8. Questions for Catholic school teachers, catechists, parents, and students today:  Network or communion?  Creators or consumers?  Freedom or responsibility?
  9. 9. Why character matters Values Communication Relationships Culture
  10. 10. Character is destiny  Thoughts become acts  Acts develop into habits  Habits define character  Your character shapes your destiny
  11. 11. Virtue  Virtue is “a habit of being”  When values are lived and repeated they become natural, they become habits of being “virtue”
  12. 12. Let us remember that the world is permeated by grace even when it does not seem so (cf. Karl Rahner)
  13. 13. (RCL Benziger) Advanced course in media literacy education July 17-23, 2016 A catechist specialization