How The Name Morning Star Was Chosen
The name "Morning Star" was chosen to give honor to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and to ask for her intercession for all our young people and their families.
According to Catholic tradition, the title of Morning Star is given to the Blessed Mother of our Lord. Just as the morning star announces the coming of the day, appearing in the sky and reflection the light of the sun, "Mary appeared on the horizon of salvation history before Christ," and shows us the way to Him. She reflects the light of the Creator and Redeemer and exalts His glory.
From her humble assent welcoming Jesus into her life to her faithful witness at the foot of the cross, she is a model for all believers. But, in a comfort for young people in particular.
For us, Mary is also a sign of great hope. Vatican II stated, "The Mother of Jesus in the glory which she possesses body and soul in heaven is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come.
Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the Pilgrim People of God" ("Lument Gentium," No. 68). For this reason, she is called "Morning Star," because she is a symbol of the victorious Christian who perseveres in faith and shares in Christ’s messianic authority and victory over the darkness of sin and death. The term is found in the Book of Revelation (2:26-28): "To the one who wins the victory, who keeps to my ways to the end, I will give authority over the nations – the same authority I received from my Father. He shall rule them with the rod of iron and shatter them like crockery; and I will give him the morning star." Also in Song of Songs (6:10) we find, "Who is this that comes forth like the dawn, as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun…"; as the brightness of a light penetrating to early morning darkness, Mary heralds the coming of her Son, who is the light of the world (cf. Joh 1:5-10, 3:19.
Our Lady of Guadalupe promised Juan Diego (and all her children) he would be in the folds of her mantle despite his lack of courage for his mission. As Morning Star Youth Group, we recognize that Mary points the way to Christ, the Divine Teacher. We hope to follow her example of courage, humility, and fidelity in our practice to bring the teaching ministry of Christ to our Youth and all our families.