Colorado Springs, Colo., Jan 25, 2014 / 13:08 pm
Not long before he resigned, Pope Benedict XVI had written several times about the need for evangelization of the rapidly growing “digital continent” of social media.
This got Katie Moore and Lindsay Olson thinking. Both have devotions to St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897), a cloistered Carmelite nun whose “little way” of finding God in everyday life inspired Pope John Paul II to the point that he declared her a doctor of the Church.
As publicist and marketing coordinator, respectively, for Image Books in Colorado Springs, Moore and Olson have been big fans of a book from the late Bishop Patrick Ahern, “Three Gifts of Therese of Lisieux” (Image), and were inspired with the idea to see if they could draw attention to St. Therese by getting #LittleWay to trend on the social media platforms of Twitter and Vine on Feb. 4, dubbed “The Day of the Little Way.”
“We like to think that Twitter is a tool that St. Therese would love because it is a simple, small way we can share our faith, potentially with enormous reach,” Olson said. “It’s 140 little — but powerful — characters. ‘The Day of the Little Way’ will call the shepherds forward (for the digital continent). Instead of hiding in the wings, Catholics be front and center on social media.”
Olson pointed out how Pope Francis continued the Twitter account @Pontifex started by Pope Benedict XVI, which with the push of a button reaches millions of followers around the world. . . . and that is before any retweets.
“Our hope for ‘The Day of the Little Way’ is that Catholics everywhere will recognize this powerful tool for their faith, and that they’ll choose to actively live their faith by the example of St. Therese in a little way on Twitter and Vine,” Olson said.
Participants will be asked in their posts to share stories of kindness from a stranger or a time when charity was practiced on another. They can also post, using the hashtag #LittleWay, their favorite quote from St. Therese, a passage from Bishop Ahern’s book or just a personal prayer.
In his book, former New York Auxiliary Bishop Ahern called St. Therese “a saint for our times.”