The OFS is the oldest of the organizations of lay people in the Catholic Church. Now it opens up to the new “agora” of spirituality. Its foundation dates back to the same Francis of Assisi. The SFO is organized in local and regional fraternities. And it is present in the five continents and throughout the Italian territory. At the Franciscan Festival l‘Secular Franciscan Order took part with its own stand. Especially to present the new communication project. The new app for iOS and Android “FVSonline” was launched in recent days. In addition to the website www.fvsonline.it. Today a lot of people they spend most of their time in the virtual world. Some keep social networks open all day through browser tabs, or through other applications. So virtual life becomes more and more space in which people live. These new forms of behavior are posing a great challenge. An opportunity for the Church and for the announcement of its message. The truth of the faith has not changed, the tradition has not changed. But the people of the dioceses live in a new world.
The future of communication that was proposed to us a long time ago is already here, now. The challenge of evangelizers has always been to meet people where they live. And, increasingly, this means going online. If people of all ages move in these gigantic networks, the shepherds must be there, communicating with them. There are several perspectives
to consider the use of social media in evangelization and ascetic-spiritual paths. One of these is to consider the new media as yet another tool to reach people with the message of the Gospel. Through the various possibilities it is necessary to reach the peripheries and the people. So that they can hear the Word of God and understand it better. The digital world, therefore, must be considered as a new space that in itself needs to be evangelized.
It is necessary to leave the churches to dialogue with the people in their environments, in their living spaces. This is what the first Pope to have chosen the name of the Poverello invites us to do, also using tweets. This is one new way of evangelization and pastoral commitment. Because it allows you to be present in people’s lives. And so theinterpretation of the apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” cannot ignore the consideration of the full use of the potentiality of social media. Be present in people’s lives. and share joys and sorrows. Here are the adigital roads leading to the spirituality 4.0.
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