Saturday, May 23, 2009

Vivificat Relaunched!

Fathers, Brothers and Sisters:

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Thanks to the good offices of George and Ashley Weis of Tekeme.com, veritable Michaelangelos of computer graphics design, Vivificat and Vivificat en Español now display a brand new template that I hope better conveys what this vehicle of self-expression is all about. They worked with me at every step of the way and got to know me, in order to better capture the essence that I wanted to convey and share with all of you.

Those of you receiving my blog-posts via e-mail, you should not waste time in beholding the beautiful job that this talented couple did here. Visit the blog at the URLs http://www.vivificat.com/ and http://vivificar.blogspot.com/.

The new template is easier to use, is up-to-date in term of all the available technologies that can run in it, and I can access it anywhere in the world. It is clean, simple, and easy to use and navigate. I mean this fifth redesign of Vivificat to be a definitive one, or at least until Web 3.0 comes about.

But I also wanted to finesse this blog's aims, now that it has entered its 6th year of operations. I still want to influence the culture through this blog via my commentaries, opinion, news, reflections, etc. However, now I want to do it from an attitude of prayer and contemplation, that it may be a fruit of my dialogue with the Lord in prayer, worship, lectio divina, and academic reading. I also want it to become more personal, more immediate to the reader. I am confident that I am headed that way.

Concluding his recent message for the upcoming observance of the 43rd World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI has said:

I would like to conclude this message by addressing myself, in particular, to young Catholic believers: to encourage them to bring the witness of their faith to the digital world. Dear Brothers and Sisters, I ask you to introduce into the culture of this new environment of communications and information technology the values on which you have built your lives. In the early life of the Church, the great Apostles and their disciples brought the Good News of Jesus to the Greek and Roman world. Just as, at that time, a fruitful evangelization required that careful attention be given to understanding the culture and customs of those pagan peoples so that the truth of the gospel would touch their hearts and minds, so also today, the proclamation of Christ in the world of new technologies requires a profound knowledge of this world if the technologies are to serve our mission adequately. It falls, in particular, to young people, who have an almost spontaneous affinity for the new means of communication, to take on the responsibility for the evangelization of this "digital continent". Be sure to announce the Gospel to your contemporaries with enthusiasm. You know their fears and their hopes, their aspirations and their disappointments: the greatest gift you can give to them is to share with them the "Good News" of a God who became man, who suffered, died and rose again to save all people. Human hearts are yearning for a world where love endures, where gifts are shared, where unity is built, where freedom finds meaning in truth, and where identity is found in respectful communion. Our faith can respond to these expectations: may you become its heralds! The Pope accompanies you with his prayers and his blessing.

Now, I may not be as young as the people the Holy Father may have in mind, but I still have a vocation, a call, and a talent that I want to place a the service of Christ and his Church.

So, I declare this blog relaunched in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the + Holy Spirit. May the Triune God come and indwell every single visitor to this blog and grant each one the grace they need the most at that moment.