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,

Pope Francis hears them primarily as reminders that “Jesus left us his mother to be our mother. 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. She spoke about two refusals of her people: one concerned her people’s lack of keeping the Sabbath holy. a day of prayer and celebration. Christ led us to Mary. she shares our struggles and she constantly surrounds us with God’s love. Their respect for his name was upsetting to her. 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. She is the woman whose heart was pierced by a sword and who understands all our pain… As a true mother. Their second refusal concerned their irreverent and senseless use of the name of her Son. she walks at our side. who sets out from her town “with haste” (Lk 1:39) to be of service to others. As Pope Francis says: “There is a Marian “style” to the Church’s work of evangelization. from various countries and various faiths. 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. At the foot of the cross. the Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette have welcomed untold hundreds of thousand of Mary’s children. . as she invites the fearful children to come closer.” Mary’s Mandate: Go Forth To Be Evangelizers Mary’s words spoke in formal French are prophetic words of warning.” Essentially her words are a call to action. to “Come near” and feel the warmth of Mary’s words of welcome and encouragement. in these many shrines.” 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). at the supreme hour of the new creation. 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 she is also Our Lady of Help.” Likewise Mary at La Salette shows herself as mother of us all. Here they find strength from God to bear the weariness and the suffering in their lives. Over the countless years of ministry on the Holy Mountain of La Salette. an invitation to share the reconciling message of her Son with everyone we meet. we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. Pope Francis states that: “There. as she empathizes with Maximin’s father at his concern for the livelihood of his small but needy family. It is supposed to be a day of repose. Whenever we look to Mary. 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.

as she “lived in intimacy with the mystery of her Son. and went forward in her pilgrimage of faith” (no. and even fatigue” (no. 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. she immediately spread it to Elizabeth  Just like Mary. Pope Francis tells us. She herself. Mary is with each of us. 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. ask it to Mary o Saint John Paul II  When Mary know the Good news.  Sometimes we are . Evangelization: . and our mission. 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) . Mary is part of the evangelization: she also highlights the whole reality in Christ (her life defines more about Jesus) . 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. 286). she offers us the comfort of her maternal presence especially through the moments of darkness and uncertainty.The Holy Father reminds us of the myriad roles that Mary plays in the life of the Church. If you wanted to know more about Jesus. Mary is our model of perfect faith. struggles. 287). She accompanies us as we enter more deeply into the mystery of faith—a journey often riddled with moments of “aridity. 287). No Jesus . there is freedom. sharing our history. Know Jesus No Mary. often experienced these things. she is “the Mother of the Church which evangelizes” (284). As we strive to live in that same intimacy. In these many ways and more. As the one who allowed herself to be completely open to and guided by the Holy Spirit. we must act like her Know 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. darkness.

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