Father, we honour the heart, of your son broken by man’s cruelty, yet symbol of love’s triumph, pledge of all that man is called to be.
Teach us to see Christ in the lives we touch, to offer him living worship by love-filled service to our brothers and sisters.
I pray with Mary and the whole Church for the Pope’s intentions this month:
That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics.
That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.
With regard to the truth, Christ was unequivocal. ‘The truth will set you free,’ He told us, and journalists, by and large, are motivated by this urge to reveal the truth to their readers and listeners wherever they happen to be. It is this idealism, of ‘telling it like it is’ – and not how the establishment might like it to be presented – which has given rise to the best journalism.
It can be a difficult trade, not least because of the tendency of offended parties or states to ‘shoot the messenger’ rather than take the message on board and do something about it. That initial idealism can also be lost if too much recourse is made to the ever-present lobbyists and spin-doctors instead of the hard slog required in the search for the truth.
To protect their idealism, journalists must retain the enthusiasm, with which they first entered their profession. In the face of a cynical opposition and ever-tightening deadlines, this can be difficult. A strong sense of ethics, based on Christian values of honesty and hard work, will see the journalist over this hurdle, and ensure that the truth – and its corresponding freedom – is indeed offered to the public.
- Sean Ryan, extracted from Living Prayer