A Year with John Paul II: Daily Meditations from His by Pope Saint John Paul II

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By Pope Saint John Paul II

Known as the Pilgrim Pope, a pope of the folk, John Paul II hooked up along with his flock from the top to the bottom. He was once considered one of history's so much liked popes between Catholics and non-Catholics alike, a guy whose indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. A yr with John Paul II showcases his most vital teachings in addition to his inspirational writings, in a regular devotional layout that may motivate readers and deepen their reflections and meditations. With a foreword through Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Holy See's significant prison and previous archbishop of Washington DC, an advent by way of Bishop William Murphy, and a relocating eulogy composed for the pope's funeral by way of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), A 12 months with John Paul II will take readers on a year-long religious trip with this deeply spiritual and encouraging guy. Karol Wojyla was once born on may possibly 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He survived the Nazi career in the course of international warfare II and used to be ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He used to be appointed archbishop of Krakow via Pope Paul VI. On October sixteen, 1978, he ascended to the papacy, taking the identify John Paul II. in the course of his papacy he greeted an expected 16 million pilgrims on the Vatican's basic audiences. Pope John Paul II died in April 2005.

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There alone does the human heart find rest. ” This is the secret: Benedict listens, trusting that God is there and that God will speak. Then he hears a word in the silence; and thus he becomes the father of a civilization, the civilization born from contemplation, the civilization of love born from listening to the word that springs from the depths of the Trinity. Benedict became the word he heard, and slowly his voice “went forth through all the world” (Ps. 19:4). Disciples came, then monasteries appeared, then a civilization grew around them—not only salvaging what was precious in the classical world, but opening as well an unimagined path into a new world.

Faithful to this rule of life you will experience a future full of God’s gifts. May the Blessed Virgin Mary obtain them for you. I entrust you to her as I wholeheartedly bless you and all your communities. Message to Benedictine Abbots and Abbesses, General Assembly at the Vatican, September 23, 2004 18 January 17 R Listening to God’s Word The liturgy once again proposes for our meditation the Gospel episode of Jesus’s visit to the house of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38–42). While Martha is totally taken up with household tasks, Mary is seated at the Master’s feet listening to his word.

So that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:21). ” The light appears in the warm intimacy of the holy night of Christmas Eve; Christ, the Light of Humanity, is born. He is the “Sun that shall dawn upon us from on high” (Luke 1:78). He is the son that came into the world to dispel the darkness of evil and flood it with the splendor of divine love. John the Evangelist writes: “The true light that enlightens every man came into the world” (John 1:9). On today’s Solemnity of the “Epiphany,” a word for “manifestation,” we are struck by the theme of the light.

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