Carrie@cheers_and_screams shares the struggles and joys she faces as a mother to an adult daughter with cerebral palsy. Carrie’s devotion and dedication to her special needs child is admirable. She also has great taste in books.
Amy Laddbush @party_of_thirteen. A mother of 11 children, Amy’s quiet example inspires me to be more generous, to love without tiring, and to look for beauty in the chaos.
2. Share good stuff. Not everyone needs to know what I think about Donald Trump or Pope Francis or Meryl’s Streep’s speech at the Oscars. A few questions to ask before posting to social media:
- Is this post kind?
- Is it necessary?
- Is it true?
Aleteia writer, Zoe Romanowsky, does a terrific job of culling the most inspirational news on the Internet. Below are a few of the stories I’ve shared on my own accounts:
Mia Love gives one of the most powerful speeches I've ever heard at this year's National March for Life.
I cried my way through this beautiful Adidas ad shared here at Aleteia.
3. Pray before you post. Before typing a word, say your favorite prayer and invoke your patron saint or Guardian Angel to guide your thoughts and words, center your work, and infuse charity into your words.
4. Follow positive examples of social media evangelization. I’m consistently impressed with the work of Father Robert Barron whose recent interview with atheist, Dave Rubin, is a solid example of how to interact and discuss ideas with people whose views are diametrically opposed to your own.
I also appreciate Lisa Hendey’s example, founder of catholicmom.com, and author of both adult non-fiction and children’s fiction books. The work she contributes to print, radio, and television Catholic media serves to highlight the good work other people are doing in the Church today.
Randy Hain and Deacon Mike Bickerstaff at Integrated Catholic Life do a terrific job of encouraging people to integrate their faith into both their work and their home lives.
Finally, Sister Theresa Aletheia, who describes herself as a #MediaNun, and is the author of the book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church writes practical pieces on spirituality and living the faith right here at Aleteia.
5. Limit your time. Real people are right in front of you, don’t miss out on interacting with them! Set reasonable times for social media use, then log off and live. Facebook will be there when you return.
What tips would you add for being positive on social media? Let me know in the comments!