Evangelization and Supporting the Trinity Dome
Evangelization is the mission of the Church and there are an infinite number of ways that we carry out this work, as demonstrated in the coming weeks. For example, in the life of the Church, May is the month of Mary. Recent popes have spoken of the Blessed Virgin as the “Star of Evangelization” because of the way in which she brings people to Christ. Her love and faith are a model of what ours should be. In saying “yes” to God, she with great trust and fidelity remained faithful to all that the Lord asked of her, including her maternal care for God’s children.
Another example of evangelization is by practicing acts of charitable love. In fact, during his trip to Egypt last month, Pope Francis said, “God is pleased only by a faith that is proclaimed by our lives.” That faith was proclaimed in a remarkable way by the missionary priest Saint Damien de Veuster, whose feast we celebrate today. Father Damien gave his life to serve those poor souls who had been abandoned to suffer at the leper colony on Molokai, and because of his care, people there experienced the love of Jesus.
In addition, beauty evangelizes, as shown in the Church’s rich tradition of using painting, music, iconography and literature to tell the story of the Gospel and how through the lives of the saints the love of Christ has spread. One glorious example is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, which is filled with mosaics that depict our Savior Jesus Christ, our devotion to our Blessed Mother and the witnesses of many holy men and women who make up the story of our faith.
This weekend, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, a collection is being taken in parishes around the country to support the completion of this place of pilgrimage with the installation of a mosaic in the large Trinity Dome. This “crowning jewel” of the house of Mary depicts the Most Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Immaculate Conception, and a procession of saints who have an association with America. These saints include Father Damien, as well as Saints Juan Diego, Kateri Tekakwitha, Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta (an honorary American citizen) and others.
As so many people have done, over the last century you are invited to support the evangelizing work of this shrine to our Blessed Mother and help complete the Trinity Dome so that it can inspire the thousands of pilgrims who visit each year. Your contribution is one way to honor the great evangelizing mission of the Church Universal and also the personal witness of your mother who may have been the first to introduce you to the faith. To learn more, please visit the Trinity Dome website, and also today join with the whole Church in asking the intercession of Mary, Father Damien and all the saints in charitable love of all the people you pray for.