The send-off message of SocComm Nova Director Rev. Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi delved on Faith, Love, and Compassion during their 2nd Communications Camp (Media Camp 2018) held at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City last May 5, 2018.
In his homily during the Mass that capped off the two-day event, Fr. Legaspi reminded participants of what Jesus told His disciples during the Last Supper, “love one another as I loved you (John 15:12).”
He proceeded to show a video about a study that was made in the US in 1944 where newborn babies were deliberately deprived of human touch and affection. Nurses simply changed, bathed, and fed the infants, but nothing more. Just four months after the experiment began, almost half of the babies died.
“It is about time we regain the human touch of the Church,” he urged. “We are communicators of God’s love to the world.”
He explained that Christians–most especially Church volunteers–should be approachable when other people need someone to listen to them when they need it the most. Even a simple smile can make them feel welcome.
Fr. Legaspi also expressed his concern that the Church is slowly becoming deaf to those who are hungry for attention, “it’s as if we are telling them that we simply do not care”.
He also warned that if the participants fail to touch the lives of anyone in their parish or if they themselves do not want to be touched by God, the Ministry will die just like the babies in the experiment.
The Media Camp 2018, which began May 4, was organized by the Diocese of Novaliches Social Communications and Media Ministry (SocComm Nova) to provide spiritual and technical formation to existing SocComm members in parishes under the Diocese of Novaliches. The first Media Camp was held in May 19-20, 2017 at the Notre Dame De Vie Retreat House in San Agustin, Quezon City. The Camp’s theme is aligned with the annual World Communications Day (WCD) Message of the Pope. (~Shirly Benedictos)