Why Social Media Is a Lonely Place (with Sr. Josephine Garrett)

Are you lonely? Although the world has never been more connected because of social media, texting, and other technology, it seems like many people are lonely. Fr. Josh Johnson is joined by Sr. Josephine Garrett to discuss why social media is not fulfilling and can negatively impact us. They also share who it is that will satisfy the longing of our hearts to be known and loved.

Snippet from the Show
If we don’t seek to encounter the love of God daily, we look for it elsewhere.


Glory Story (3:46)
Listener Question (8:07)

We have a lot of addiction to social media in our age. How do we address this loneliness we are experiencing because of social media?

Saint Story: Blessed Carlo Acutis (26:54)

Carlo Acutis was born on May 3, 1991 in London. When still quite young, his family returned to Italy and lived in Milan. His family was wealthy and not overly religious. However, Carlo was raised Catholic and received his First Communion at the age of seven. From then on, Carlo frequently went to Mass and would pray before the tabernacle.

Carlo was a very kind young man who was attentive to the needs of others. He also had a number of hobbies such as film, soccer, and computers. While still quite young, Carlo created a website where he cataloged all of the Eucharistic miracles that had happened around the world.

At the age of fifteen, Carlo was diagnosed with leukemia and died shortly after. He was then beatified in 2020.

Meet Sister Josephine Garrett

Sister Josephine is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She moved to Dallas in 1999 to begin studies at the University of Dallas, where she completed a BA in Political Philosophy with a Business Concentration. Sr. Josephine subsequently entered the banking industry, serving for 10 years as a Vice President in the Home Loans division of Bank of America. Raised Baptist, Sr. Josephine entered the Catholic Church in 2005, and in November of 2011 she began her formation to be a religious Sister. In November of 2020 Sister Josephine professed her final vows as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

Sr. Josephine is a licensed counselor, serving as the school counselor for the cathedral grade school in Tyler, TX, and also working in private practice. She has also served in vocations ministry and as a national speaker for youth and young adults, speaking to groups of up to 25,000. Sr. Josephine is the host of Hope Stories with Black Catholics, an OSV podcast.


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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