Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Advent

12/12/12 and the Holy Father Tweets

Today is the twelfth day of the twelfth month or the year 2012 or 12/12/12.  There’s no particular significance to the day except as a curiosity of the calendar.  It is worth mentioning though that this won’t happen again in most of our lifetimes.  The next triple number day will be January 1, 2101 or 1/1/01.  So if you enjoy this sort of thing, today is your day.

Maybe the most significant thing about 12/12/12 is that it’s the day that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI joined Twitter.  As I write this, he has posted five times in six hours and has 840,750 followers.  I don’t know if that’s any kind of record, but it’s very impressive.  Sadly, many of the comments to the Holy Father’s tweets so far have been negative and hateful.  That should be a lesson for all of us.  When we put ourselves out there, proclaiming the Good News, we’re going to attract haters.  I say this from personal experience.

Like the Benedict, we’re called to ignore the negative, hang on to the positive, and continue to fight the good fight.  If you’re into Twitter, I hope you’ll follow the Holy Father and show your love and support.

Stop the presses!  In the time it took me to write this, the Pope has tweeted two more times and now has 845,766 followers or about 15,000 more in about ten minutes.  Considering that it’s still early morning in a big part of the world, I suspect he’ll have 1,000,000 followers before the day is over.

Follow the Holy Father on Twitter.

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One Response

  1. […] I posted that the Holy Father had joined Twitter, an excellent example of how we can all use social media to evangelize.  One tweet in particular […]

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