Bishop Abet Uy of the Diocese of Tagbilaran who has been known to have taken the extra step of preaching beyond the confines of churches and through social media called on the youth to spend more time for Jesus Christ than for cellphone usage.
“Let us give Jesus more of our time, more than the attention we give to our gadgets. Love Jesus more than you love your cellphones,” Uy said during the Diocesan Youth Days (DYD) on Saturday last week.
The DYD, held at the Holy Name University Barder Gym in Tagbilaran City, was attended by 3,126 youth delegates from parishes of the Diocese of Tagbilaran.
According to Uy, social media should be used as an avenue to promote peace, not for defaming or issuing ill-worded statements.
“In social media, be peacemakers, not bashers; be evangelizers, not self-promoters,” said Uy, one of the most social media-savvy bishops in the country with over 58,000 followers on Facebook.
Uy has been using his Facebook page to spread snippets of Catholic teachings and even life tips covering various topics such as relationships, leadership and hardships in life, among others.
Uy’s call for lesser cellphone usage echoed Pope Francis’ earlier statement urging the youth to “free yourselves from cellphone addiction.”
“When you become a slave to your cellphone, you lose your freedom,” the Pope said in front of mostly students at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican. (RT)