For the first time in history, everybody from around the world can keep in touch with the pope. Meeting Pope Francis in person is of course better than just following him in social media. But if you’re like me who doesn’t have a plane ticket to Rome and has no VIP clearance to meet with him, then following him on Twitter is the next best thing.
The common social media platforms we use are now swamped with contents that can easily trigger our emotions on a day-to-day level. We can get out of focus or dismayed when we see our friends or the people we follow post things that are nonsensical. This is all the more reason why we need to follow people on social media that can lead us to Christ. And who better to follow than the vicar of Christ, Pope Francis himself?
I’ve realized that Twitter is the best social media platform to follow him and here are the reasons why:
For his nuggets of spiritual wisdom
I believe that fatherly advises are the best kind of advises. I find that the pope’s tweets are fatherly in nature. A few short sentences from him can bring a whole ocean of Christ-centered wisdom. This is important especially for those who are locked on a 9 to 5 job and have little time for spiritual reflection.
Get updated with his thoughts and prayers
The pope’s reflections ought to be important to us. Social media can easily bombard our minds with too much unnecessary information. These provocative things can be a cause of anger and worry, things that stray our focus away from God. So to see Pope Francis’ reflections on Twitter is really a treasure in the midst of garbage.
His tweets reminds us that there’s a bigger reality than our lives and it’s called the “church” – the body of Christ
If the pope is going to tweet about Christ, then he’s going to tweet about the church. The body of Christ is a mystical community of people all over the world who are loved by God and virtuous. Doing acts of charity, and bearers of light, truth, and justice. It is good to be reminded that we are not just living for our own sake, but for a bigger purpose.
To declutter your social media feed from toxic content
Chances are, the social media platform that you’re on right now has an algorithm that will show content on your feed that you are more likely to view. So if the algorithm notices that you often view Pope Francis’ Twitter account, your feed will end up showing similar content. This is the best way to declutter your feed from toxic posts.