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Every year, a huge number of Catholics choose to give up social media for Lent. They often feel that removing the distracting and consuming world of social media from their daily life allows them to focus more on God and give their all for Lent

But while it may be a good idea for some people, the case could also be made that Catholics should increase their social media use during Lent.

Here’s why…

The three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Social media can assist you in each of these things and help you live them more fully.

For the first pillar, prayer, there are many opportunities to participate in online Lenten reflections and prayer campaigns. You can unite your Lenten prayers with the prayers of all Catholics all around the world.

Again, for the pillar of fasting, there are social media resources offered by parishes, dioceses, and apostolates that can help Catholics learn about fasting, get guidance for their fast, and get the encouragement to continue when it gets difficult.

The final pillar of Lent, almsgiving, is perhaps where social media can most powerful. One particular resource that will help you to give this Lent is MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies that allows you to donate directly to those in the most need.

MISSIO allows you to search through vital charity projects, donate directly to them, and share them on social media so others can support the projects also.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the “front lines” making a difference for the poor and marginalized through direct, daily service.

This Lent you can use the MISSIO platform to:

  • Donate to support projects that will change lives for the better.
  • Share the needs of others around the world with friends and family through social media.
  • Interact with religious Sisters and Brothers, priests and dedicated lay leaders who provide help and hope in the world’s poorest places on each project’s message board.

Missio is powered by The Pontifical Mission Societies, the Catholic Church’s official support organization for overseas missions since 1822, providing for a global network of people who are making a difference for communities in need around the globe. Get Missio today and start giving!

This Lent, don’t give up social media, use social media to give!

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