8/2/2014 1:36:00 PM Who says social media can't lead to inspiring events?
Detroit Mass Mob photo
This Detroit church was filled by a Catholic flash mob.
On recent Sundays in Detroit, St. Joseph Church, Sweetest Heart of Mary Church and a few other parishes, were hosts to mob visitors.
The flood of bodies are part of the Detroit Mass Mob movement, which began on social media as a local take on a similar volunteer effort in Buffalo, N.Y. Thom Mann, an organizer of the movement, said the purpose is to highlight the city’s historic churches.
“The goal is to bring people back into these churches,” said Mann of Troy, Mich. “A lot of these people, their grandparents were baptized here. Some of them were married here and haven’t been back since.”
The Mass mobs come at a time when many metro Detroit churches are struggling financially and closing their doors.
Organizers say the Mass mobs are helping to boost collections in addition to calling attention to the Catholic Church’s historical architecture in the Detroit area. In some cases, they are even inspiring some to come back to church.
“A culture of encounter demands that we be ready not only to give, but also to receive,” says Pope Francis. “Media can help us greatly in this, especially nowadays, when the networks of human communication have made unprecedented advances. The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good. A gift from God.”
We should all start thinking about how our online lives can affect our lives in the material world.
We need to ask ourselves whether our online actions promote encounter and solidarity. If the answer is in the affirmative, then we need to double down.