Truth, beauty and goodness given in the wisdom and teaching of beloved Pope Saint John Paul II, Papa Woytyla, at the Wednesday General Audiences during the 26½ years of his pontificate. Visit Totus2us.com for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, it is inspired by our Holy Fathers Saint John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.
Queen of the Universe - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
Pope St John Paul II: "It can be concluded that the Assumption favours Mary’s full communion not only with Christ, but with each one of us: she is beside us, because her glorious state allows her to follow us on our daily earthly journey. As we read again in St Germanus: "You dwell spiritually with us and the greatness of your vigilance over us makes your communion of life with us stand out" (Hom. 1, PG 98, 344). Therefore far from creating distance between us and her, Mary’s glorious state brings about a continuous and caring closeness. She knows everything that happens in our existence and she sustains us with maternal love in the trials of life. Assumed into celestial glory, Mary is totally dedicated to the work of salvation so as to communicate to every living person the happiness that has been granted to her. She is a Queen who gives all that she possesses, participating above all in the life and love of Christ." (General Audience, 23 July 1997) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.
The one God is the ineffable and most Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
St John Paul II, 9 Oct 1985: "The Church professes her faith in the one God, who is at the same time the Most Holy and ineffable Trinity of Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And the Church lives of this truth, contained in the most ancient symbols of faith, and recalled in our times by Paul VI, on the occasion of the 1900th anniversary of the martyrdom of the holy apostles Peter and Paul (1968), in the symbol presented by him and universally known as the "Credo of the People of God". Only "the One, who has wished to make Himself known to us and who 'dwelling in light inaccessible' (1 Tim 6, 16) is in Himself above every name, above all things and above every created intelligence ... can give us right and full knowledge of Himself, revealing Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in whose eternal life we are called by his grace to participate, here below in the obscurity of faith and, beyond death, in perpetual light...". 2. God, who for us is incomprehensible, has wished to reveal Himself, not only as the one creator and omnipotent Father, but also as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In this revelation the truth about God, who is love, is revealed in its essential source: God is love in the very interior life of a single divinity. This love is revealed as an ineffable communion of Persons." (General Audience, 9 Oct 1985) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.
Mary, Mother of the Church - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
St John Paul II, 17 Sept 1997: "Thus the title "Mother of the Church" reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ, but also of the faithful. She who is recognized as mother of salvation, life and grace, mother of the saved and mother of the living, is with good reason proclaimed Mother of the Church. Pope Paul VI would have liked the Second Vatican Council itself to have proclaimed "Mary Mother of the Church, that is, Mother of all the People of God, both of the faithful and the Pastors". He did so himself in his speech at the closing of the Council’s third session (21 Nov 1964), also requesting that "from now on, with this cherished title the Virgin be even more honoured and invoked by all Christian people" (AAS 1964, 37). In this way, my venerable Predecesser explicitly enunciated the doctrine already contained in chapter VIII of Lumen Gentium, wishing that the title of Mary, Mother of the Church, would acquire an increasingly important place in the liturgy and in the piety of Christian people." (General Audience, 17 Sept 1997) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.
The Annunciation - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
St John Paul II, 24 March 2004: "There is an urgent need for men to open their hearts to a courageous effort of reciprocal understanding. The expectation of justice and peace in every part of the world is becoming ever greater. How can we respond to this thirst for hope and love if not by having recourse to Christ, through Mary? To the Holy Virgin I repeat again today the supplication I made to her then: "Mother of Christ, let there be revealed once again in the history of the world the infinite salvific power of the Redemption: the power of merciful Love! May it stop evil! May it transform consciences! In your Immaculate Heart may the light of Hope be revealed for everyone!"" (General Audience, 24 March 2004) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.
Pope John Paul I - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
St John Paul II, 22 August 1979: "The pontificate of John Paul I, although lasting less than five weeks, has nevertheless left a particular imprint on the Roman seat and the Universal Church. Even if this imprint is still not fully outlined: it is clearly perceived. To decipher it to the end requires a fuller perspective. Only with the passing of the years do the designs of Providence become more comprehensible to minds accustomed to judging only according to categories of human history. However a moment of this brief pontificate seems particularly eloquent for all those who have looked at the figure of John Paul I, and have followed his brief activity attentively. It took place in a period in which - after the closure of the Synod of Bishops, dedicated to catechesis (October 1977) - the Church began to assimilate the fruits of this great collegial work and, above all, awaited the publication of the relevant document, which the participants at the Synod had asked of Paul VI. Unfortunately death did not permit this great Pope to publish his exhortation on this key theme for the life of the whole Church. John Paul I did not have time to do it either, his pontifical ministry having been in fact too short. .... It definitely seems that the pontificate of John Paul I may be summarised in this single phrase: “Come, Lord Jesus”, “Maranatha” (Ap 22, 20). The Eternal Father considered that this was what was most necessary for the Church and for the world: for each one of us and for everyone, without any exception. And on this phrase we must pause, as the anniversary approaches of the election and, shortly (thereafter), of the death of Pope John Paul I, servant of the servants of God." (General Audience, 22 August 1979) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.
Corpus Christi - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us
St John Paul II, 13 June 1979: "The Eucharist brings us closer to God in an amazing way. And it is the Sacrament of his closeness in respect of man. God in the Eucharist is precisely this God who wanted to enter into the history of man. He wanted to accept humanity itself. He wanted to become man. The Sacrament of the Body and Blood reminds us continually of his divine humanity. We sing "Ave, verum corpus, natum ex Maria Virgine". And by living with the Eucharist, we find again all the simplicity and depth of the mystery of Incarnation. It is the Sacrament of God's descent to man, of his approach to all that is human. It is the Sacrament of divine "condescension" (cf St John Chrysostom). The divine entry into human reality reached its culmination through the passion and death. Through his passion and death on the Cross, the Son of God Incarnate became, in a particularly radical way, the Son of Man, he shared right to the end that which is the condition of every man. The Eucharist, Sacrament of the Body and Blood, reminds us above all of this death, which Christ suffered on the cross; it reminds and, in a certain way, that is bloodless, renews its historical reality. This is testified by the words spoken in the cenacle about the bread and the wine separately, the words which, by Christ's institution, realise the Sacrament of his Body and his Blood; the Sacrament of his death, which was expiatory sacrifice. The Sacrament of his death, in which all the power of love was expressed. The Sacrament of his death, which consisted in giving his life so as to reconquer the fullness of life. "Manduca vitam, bibe vitami: habebis vitam, et integra est vita ("Eat life, drink life: you will have life, and life in its entirety" - St Augustine). Through this Sacrament, the death which gives life is continually announced, in the history of man (cf 1 Cor 11, 26). It is continually realized in this very simple sense, which is the sign of the Bread and Wine. God is present in it and close to man with that penetrating closeness of his death on the cross, from which sprang the power of the Resurrection. Man, through the Eucharist, becomes a participant in this power." (General Audience, 13 June 1979) Visit Totus2us.org for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.