The stars were GPS for the sailors of many years ago, and Mary is our GPS when it comes to the New Evangelization. Her perfect knowledge of Jesus will lead us closer to Him, if only we let it. We can look to her example and find inspiration and revival.
She shows us how to become a witness, even as we strive to become teachers.
As Paul VI shared in Evangelii Nuntiandi (Evangelization of the Modern World),
“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses” (41).
Before we can evangelize and announce Christ, we have to become witnesses.
Who is Christ to me? What does Jesus mean in my life? How do I live with God in the ordinary moments of my everyday life?
I need only look up to the stars and think of the child’s voice that brought them to my attention.
As the Body of Christ, we have to bring the Good News to all sectors of humanity and transform it.
Before we find ourselves overwhelmed with the task, though, let’s turn to the Star who’s guiding us, who’s helping us face the new challenges of modern life with the tried-and-true practices of antiquity: prayer and faith.
Prayer to 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 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 from Catholics for the Common Good
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