MARY, THE STAR OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION


The New Evangelization called for by Saint Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI is the answer to the dictatorship of relativism that dominates much of the West. Its aim is to reverse the trend of apostasy and atheism wherever it manifests itself. Significantly, Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI have all stated that the Gospel has now spread to a universal dimension, seemingly bringing to fruition the prophecy of Jesus that it would have to go throughout the world before His return. In fact Paul VI asked this question: “Now that the Gospel message has reached the ends of the earth, is missionary work, properly so called at an end?” His answer was no. The Church would have to work hard until the very last day, especially in this new aspect of re-evangelization. The popes have placed Mary the “Star of the New Evangelization” 

"In order to evangelize it is necessary to first become a witness of the life of Christ: Singular witnesses of the Mysteries of Christ. “Having lived her condition as a disciple of the Lord perfectly, she calls Christians to progress on the path of a fervent life in accordance with the Gospel” (John Paul II, Letter to Cardinal Paul Tung, December 16, 1997).

Who other than Mary knows Jesus better? Who other than Mary can teach us about Christ and how to truly witness Him to others?

Who better than Mary can reveal Christ? Was it not in Her arms that the world – the shepherds (representing Israel) and the wise men (the Gentiles) – found Jesus? Is it not She who presents Christ to the world? Is it not She who, as teacher and singular witness, reveals to the newly born Church the mysteries of Christ? Yes, sitting at the school of the Heart of Mary is where we learn the deepest mysteries of Christ! 

As agents of the New Evangelization, there is no better witness and model for us than Our Lady, Mother of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through her fiat she became the first person to mediate the Son of God to the world. She precedes all evangelization because without her we would have no Jesus to witness to. Jesus could have chosen to come to earth without using a woman, but He didn’t. He chose Mary as the humble creature through whom He would come into the world; therefore, we honor her as the Star of the New Evangelization. 

PRAYER TO MARY, THE STAR OF THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

Mary, Star of the New Evangelization
Holy Mary, star of the new evangelization,
make us the light of the world.

We receive Christ in the Eucharist; 
help us build the Kingdom in the world.

Teach us to do whatever He tells us. 
May our study of His life lead us to love Him,
and our love for Him lead us to imitate Him. 

If we are what we should be, 
we will set the world ablaze and affect the culture.

We ask your intercession to make this so, 
through Christ, our Lord. 

Amen.

*Prayer taken from Catholics for the Common Good website; www.ccgaction.org

**source:text by the Foundation of Religious Congregation of Sisters dedicated to the New Evangelization.
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