Have you heard about ChatGPT yet? This is a form of AI (Artificial Intelligence). It's a language model AI designed to produce human-like conversations! While this may have some benefits attached, it stands in stark contrast to the richness of true human encounter such as we find in the Visitation scene - that powerful human connection between Mary and Elizabeth.
Such encounters enrich and sustain us throughout our lives! Our world needs a strengthening of encounter and as Catholic educators we are called to be cultivators of encounter. In the words of Pope Francis: “If I do not look, — seeing is not enough, no: look — if I do not stop, if I do not look, if I do not touch, if I do not speak, I cannot create an encounter and I cannot help to create a culture of encounter”.
May you be ever convinced of the power of encounter and resist the temptation of indifference as you go about your daily life!
Sister Stephen Anne IHM