Monday, 22 October 2018

# Saints

Pope Saint John Paul II


The 22nd of October is the feast day of Pope Saint John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005). He was born Karol Józef Wojtyła. He is the patron saint of Archdiocese of Kraków, World Youth Day (Co-Patron), World Meeting of Families 2015 (Co-Patron), young Catholics, Families, and Świdnica.

Pope Saint John Paul II lived between 1920 till 2005 and was born in Poland. His mother died when he was 8 years old and his deeply religious father influenced him spiritually. Before the invasion of Poland in 1939 by the Nazis, he studied literature, poetry, and theatre. He entered the priesthood and was ordained in 1946. After completing his doctoral studies in Rome, he returned to Poland and ministered to the young people. In 1958 he was ordained a bishop and in 1962 he attended the Second Vatican Council. His leadership in encouraging spiritual and cultural resistance to the Communist occupation of Poland is well known. In 1978, he was elected Supreme Pontiff, the first non-Italian Pope in 450 plus years. His teachings on the Theology of the Body, the Universal Call to Holiness and his devotion to the Virgin Mary during his pontificate were important contributions to the Church. He beatified 1338 people and canonised 482 saints. His visits to 129 countries make him one of the most well-traveled leaders in history. In 2014 he was canonised by Pope Francis.

Image: John Paul II in 1993

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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