From the Word Made Flesh to the Word Gone Digital

by Pat Gohn

This presentation was given at the 2011 Catholic New Media Conference. Below are my notes on the presentation:


  • What's most important is what God's going to say to you tonight—especially as you visit the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
  • The heart of the New Evangelization is an actual, beating heart—the heart of Jesus, beating with love for us.
  • JPII: An essential characteristic of the New Evangelization is an intimate relationship with Christ.
  • First line of the Catechism:
    • "FATHER,... this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." (Jn 17:3)
  • The REAL workshop tonight will be what's said in your heart between you and Jesus during Adoration.
  • The 'New' in the New Evangelization is supposed to be a 'new ardor' in evangelization.
    • For CNMC, the New also represents an innovative dream of what you can do in evangelization.

God's Social Network

  • Where do you fit into God's social network?
    • God has a social network: God is a trinity—these three persons communicate perfectly. "The Network is always up. There are no dropped calls."

The Continuity of the Eternal Word in New Media

This page contains information and resources pertaining to my 2011 presentation at the Catholic New Media Celebration entitled "The Continuity of the Eternal Word in New Media". After that presentation is posted online, I will post a link to the full video and any other appropriate resources here.

Download this Presentation

You can download a PDF file with all the slides from the presentation here: The Continuity of the Eternal Word in New Media [750KB PDF].

We communicate an Eternal Word

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." (Jn 1:1)

Before we can proclaim this Word, we must ready ourselves—we need to nurture our own relationship with the Word of God. We can only do this when we are able to profess a relationship with Jesus. Here are two documents pertaining to the 'New Evangelization' to which we are called:

Food for Thought

Today I was quite moved by the whole Mass celebrated by Archbishop Burke. I especially loved his homily and the Holy Sacrifice on the altar. His statement, “This seminary is the heart of our archdiocese” (i.e. you seminarians are the heart of the archdiocese), REALLY struck me as something important.

He is exhorting us, as Christ did, to live out our lives to their fullest in order to perfectly imitate Christ. Not fifty percent. Not seventy-five. One hundred percent. To the cross.

How miniscule are our sufferings and complaints compared to the suffering Jesus went through! We have nothing to complain about. Jesus has redeemed us through his death on the Cross, and now we MUST work to acheive eternal salvation through our actions on this Earth.