Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie

June 23, 2014
JAMES BUCHOK
PRAIRIE MESSENGER

WINNIPEG – Writers and editors of Christian publications and websites should spread the word about the beauty of the Christian faith, says Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie.

The Christian faith "is beautiful and it is crying out to be seen as such," Lavoie told the annual conference of the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada held April 30 to May 2.

Lavoie, former archbishop of Keewatin-Le Pas, said Christian communicators "need to address our human needs of love, of humour, of play, to be valued.

"It matches the great commandment Jesus gave us to love God, love your neighbour and love yourself. I think Jesus was the first and greatest psychologist."

In 2009, Novalis published his Drumming from Within: Tales of Hope and Faith from Canada's North, and more recently Together We Heal: A 12-Step Approach for the Healing of Sex Abuse.

"The Church can lead the way to the recovery of aboriginal spirituality and it is our role to promote this," he said.

Lavoie said for Christian communicators, knowledge of Scripture is paramount. "There is such a richness of stories to share and learn from. It's a beautiful challenge for us to bring that hope to the world.

FOLLOW THE POPE

He advised his audience to "follow Pope Francis. Follow his momentum. He is the new global celebrity and most searched person on Google. This pope has enormous currency that we can all build on.

"Yet all he wants to do is live like Jesus. It's not about him, it's about Jesus.

"The challenge for us is to help him change the culture of our churches with less judgment and more grace, less seeking saintly power and more social justice."