How to Be a New Media Missionary: Lessons from Mary, Star of the New Evangelization


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How to Be a New Media Missionary: Lessons from Mary, Star of the New Evangelization

  1. 1. MISSIONARY How to be a New Media!
  2. 2. MARY Lessons from Star of the New! Evangelization!
  3. 3. JESUS CHRIST Our Message! Go, therefore, 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. (Matthew 28:19-20). Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah. (Acts 5:42)
  4. 4. JESUS CHRIST Our Message! Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses. Pope Paul VI
  5. 5. MARY Lessons from Star of the New! Evangelization!
  6. 6. VISITATION Our Model! That of Mary is an authentic missionary journey. It is a journey that leads her far from home […]. Here, also for all of us, lies the secret of our lives as men and women and Christians. Our existence, as individuals and as a Church is projected outside ourselves. […] We are asked to come out of ourselves, from where we feel safe, to reach out to others in different places and surroundings. (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Speech for the conclusion of the Marian month, May 31, 2010).
  7. 7. VISITATION Our Model! She was full, physically, of Christ and irradiated Him with just her presence. Jesus came out from her eyes, her face and her entire person. When one perfumes oneself it is not necessary to announce it; it is enough simply to stand near the person to sense it, and Mary, most especially during the time she carried Him in her womb, was full of the perfume of Christ. (Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., Advent 2011)
  8. 8. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! Luke 1:46 - 56
  9. 9. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! My soul magnifies the LORD My spirit rejoices in God, my Savior For He has looked with favor on His lowly servant And behold, all generations will call me blessed.
  10. 10. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! We have come to the truest meaning and most genuine purpose of every missionary journey: to give people the living and personal Gospel, which is the Lord Jesus Christ himself. And Jesus’ Gospel is a communication and a gift which - as Elizabeth testifies - fills the heart with joy: "For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." (Lk 1:44). Jesus is the only true treasure to give to humanity. It is for Him that the men and women of our time have a deep longing, even when they seem to ignore or reject him.” (Source: BXVI, Speech for the conclusion of the Marian month, May 31, 2010)
  11. 11. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! For He has looked with favor on His lowly servant And behold, all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.
  12. 12. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm He has scattered the proud and lifted up the lowly He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich He has sent away empty.
  13. 13. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! He has come to the help of His servant Israel For He has remembered His promise of mercy The promise He made to our fathers, To Abraham and his children forever.
  14. 14. MAGNIFICAT Our Mission! Magnifying – How can I bring God? Joyful – How can I cultivate joy? Humble – Who am I in God’s sight? Thankful – How has God worked…? Merciful – How has God shown mercy?
  15. 15. PRAYER Our Means! The Lord tells us: ‘the first task in life is this: prayer.’ But not the prayer of words, like a parrot; but the prayer, the heart: gazing on the Lord, hearing the Lord, asking the Lord. […] We know that prayer works miracles. And not praying is this: closing the door to the Lord, so that He can do nothing. Pope Francis, October 8, 2013 homily
  16. 16. PRAYER Our Means! He evangelizes more who prays without speaking than he " who speaks without praying. Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., Advent 2011
  17. 17. Our Method! ‘None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the LORD of glory.’ We, however, profess to know Him, and when we deny Him by our deeds, we in some way seem to lay violent hands on Him. Catechism of the Catholic Church #598
  18. 18. LOVE Our Method! Missionary work is useless if one does not love and is not loved. St. Joseph Freinademetz, missionary to the Chinese
  19. 19. LOVE Our Method! I earnestly ask you to treat…the leaders and all the people…with great love; for if you are on good terms with your people and are loved by them, you will render great service to God. Learn how to endure their frailties with great patience, remembering that if they are not yet good, they will be so in time. St. Francis Xavier, Patron of Missionaries
  20. 20. LOVE Our Method! …true charity consists in putting up with all one’s neighbor’s faults, " never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired " by the least of his virtues. St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Patron of Missionaries
  21. 21. MISSIONARY How to be a New Media!