This weekend on Ascension Sunday, the 57th World Day of Communications on the theme “Speaking with the heart “The truth in love” (Eph 4:15)” will take place. Speaking from Lourdes this week, Archbishop Eamon Martin shared the video message below.
He said, “There’s an old saying, ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me’ … but it could never be so far from the truth. I think we all know nowadays that what we say – and how we say it – can cause immense damage – whether it’s at home, in the workplace; on social media, or in person, the comments we make about others can either build up, or destroy.
“That’s why pope Francis, in his message for World communications day this year, is challenging us to always speak the truth with love.”
Inviting us to think before we type, the Primate said, “Pope Francis is inviting us to consider looking into our hearts and asking ourselves, what’s going on in there? what kind of darkness or noise is there which would lead us to be so lacking in empathy or mercy? He reminds us of a phrase from one of the psalms which says “guard your tongue from evil”. I suppose the keyboard version of that might be, “guard your thumbs from evil”! If we could all do that this week world would be a more loving, caring charitable and peaceful place.”