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10.

The simplest way to say what evangelization means is to follow Pope Paul VI, whose message Evangelii
Nuntiandi (On Evangelization in the Modern World) has inspired so much recent thought and activity in the Church.
We can rephrase his words to say that evangelizing means bringing the Good News of Jesus into every human
situation and seeking to convert individuals and society by the divine power of the Gospel itself. At its essence are
the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ and the response of a person in faith, which are both works of the Spirit
of God.

11. Evangelization must always be directly connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. "There is no true evangelization if the
name, the teaching, the life, the promises, the Kingdom and the mystery of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God are not
proclaimed."

"Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." Mt 28: 19-2

Stella matutina- morning star

Stella Maris – Star of the sea

Mary

- The first to be evangelized (Annunciation)
- The first disciple

Morning star (Hope in the Darkness)

Mary is also the Virgin in prayer. She appears as such in the visit to the mother of the
precursor, when she pours out her soul in expressions glorifying God, and expressions of
humility, faith and hope. This prayer is the Magnificat (cf. Lk. 1:46-55), Mary's prayer par
excellence, the song of the messianic times in which there mingles the joy of the ancient and
the new Israel. As St. Irenaeus seems to suggest, it is in Mary's canticle that there was heard
once more the rejoicing of Abraham who foresaw the Messiah (cf. Jn. 8:56)(48) and there rang
out in prophetic anticipation the voice of the Church: "In her exultation Mary prophetically
declared in the name of the Church: 'My soul proclaims the glory of the Lord....'"(49) And in fact
Mary's hymn has spread far and wide and has become the prayer of the whole Church in all
ages.

Likewise, the last description of Mary's life presents her as praying. The apostles "joined in
continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with
his brothers" (Acts 1:14). (putting oneself down in order to be with the majority)

Mary – Jesus’ Gift To His People
In the famous passage used as the gospel of the La Salette Mass (John 19:26-27), Pope Francis describes
that “(Jesus) could feel at his feet the consoling presence of his mother and his friend.” Although the words
“Woman, here is your son” and “Here is your mother” are often heard as expressions of concern for his mother,

” Her visit at La Salette was certainly an expression of her humility and tenderness(the way she spoke so directly and compassionately with the two children).” Likewise Mary at La Salette shows herself as mother of us all. . an invitation to share the reconciling message of her Son with everyone we meet. in these many shrines.” Essentially her words are a call to action. as she invites the fearful children to come closer. In her we see that humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak but of the strong who need not treat others poorly in order to feel important themselves… She is the woman of prayer and work in Nazareth. Over the countless years of ministry on the Holy Mountain of La Salette. At the foot of the cross. from various countries and various faiths. she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love. Their respect for his name was upsetting to her. Pope Francis states that: “There. she walks at our side. She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain… As a true mother. and she is also Our Lady of Help. As Pope Francis says: “There is a Marian “style” to the Church’s work of evangelization. a call for her people to attain a balance between their need for prayer (daily and in Sunday worship) and the work responsibilities of their daily life. and finally giving her people a mandate – not only the two children standing before her but anyone who hears her words – to “make (her) message known to all (her) people. It is supposed to be a day of repose. Their second refusal concerned their irreverent and senseless use of the name of her Son. at the supreme hour of the new creation. we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.Pope Francis hears them primarily as reminders that “Jesus left us his mother to be our mother. a day of prayer and celebration. the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette have welcomed untold hundreds of thousand of Mary’s children.” Mary’s Mandate: Go Forth To Be Evangelizers Mary’s words spoke in formal French are prophetic words of warning. Christ led us to Mary. Whenever we look to Mary. as she empathizes with Maximin’s father at his concern for the livelihood of his small but needy family. to “Come near” and feel the warmth of Mary’s words of welcome and encouragement. She spoke about two refusals of her people: one concerned her people’s lack of keeping the Sabbath holy. Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and the suffering in their lives. who sets out from her town “with haste” (Lk 1:39) to be of service to others. He brought us to her because he did not want us to journey without a mother…” He adds: “She is the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking in our lives. we can see how Mary brings together her children who with great effort come as pilgrims to see her and to be seen by her.

286). 287). as she “lived in intimacy with the mystery of her Son. Mary is with each of us. Know Jesus No Mary. She accompanies us as we enter more deeply into the mystery of faith—a journey often riddled with moments of “aridity. As the one who allowed herself to be completely open to and guided by the Holy Spirit. In these many ways and more. Mary is our model of perfect faith. She is the “handmaid of the Father who sings his praises…the friend who is ever concerned that wine not be lacking gin our lives…the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword…a sign of hope…the missionary who draws near to us…a true mother” (no. 287). and went forward in her pilgrimage of faith” (no. darkness. If you wanted to know more about Jesus. She herself. Starts with election ( we are chosen by God) (Mary is chosen by God to be Jesus disciple in spreading gospel) o We are like a pencil (Mother Theresa) so there is no need for us to brag about it. there is freedom. she immediately spread it to Elizabeth  Just like Mary. Process in evangelizing ( Mary as model) o Listening (outside(situation) and inside (God’s Message)) o Response (God’s invitation)  Why invitation? Because God knows that he created human beings not robots  when there is love. often experienced these things. a love without freedom is tyranny o Mary respond fiat voluntas tua! o Self-donation (Lord in trust you with a mission)  Mission (Love in Action) . we must act like her Know Mary. Evangelization: .The Holy Father reminds us of the myriad roles that Mary plays in the life of the Church. ask it to Mary o Saint John Paul II  When Mary know the Good news. she is “the Mother of the Church which evangelizes” (284). sharing our history. and our mission. Pope Francis tells us. What a wonderful gift Christ has given us! Her maternal comfort is a wellspring of strength and hope for all who are weary and suffering. struggles. No Jesus . Mary is part of the evangelization: she also highlights the whole reality in Christ (her life defines more about Jesus) . and even fatigue” (no. As we strive to live in that same intimacy.  Sometimes we are . she offers us the comfort of her maternal presence especially through the moments of darkness and uncertainty.

help us to say our own “yes” to the urgent call. moved by the Holy Spirit. pray for us. asking her to pray for the Church. Pope Francis concludes with a prayer to Mary. service. He prays: Mary. and continue to be an example of who we are as a believing. Virgin of listening and contemplation. you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection. Brimming over with joy. Mother of love. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths. you brought joy to John the Baptist. wellspring of happiness for God’s little ones. Amen. Mother of the living Gospel. that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death. you who. Virgin and Mother. that she may never be closed in on herself or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom. as pressing as ever. Star of the new evangelization. making him exult in the womb of his mother. justice and love of the poor that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth. Standing at the foot of the cross with unyielding faith. you sang of the great things done by God. Alleluia! . pray for the Church. evangelizing people. ardent and generous faith. Filled with Christ’s presence. Let Us Pray With those ideas expressed. help us to bear radiant witness to communion. Obtain for us now a new ardor born of the resurrection. illuminating even the fringes of our world. and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit so that the evangelizing Church might be born. that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman. welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith: as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One. to proclaim the good news of Jesus. whose pure icon you are. Bride of the eternal wedding feast.