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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.

Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II Totus2us

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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.

    Mary, Mother of the Church - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    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.

    • 11 min
    The Annunciation - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    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.

    • 6 min
    Pope John Paul I - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    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.

    • 9 min
    Mary, Mother of the Risen Christ - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    Mary, Mother of the Risen Christ - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    St John Paul II, 2 May 1979: "Mary is always the fullest accomplishment of the salvific mystery — from the Immaculate Conception to the Assumption — and she is continually a very efficacious pre-announcement of this mystery. She reveals salvation, she brings grace closer even to those who seem the most indifferent and the most distant. In the world, which together with progress manifests its "corruption" and its "aging", she is unceasingly "the beginning of the better world" (origo mundi melioris), as Paul VI put it. "To contemporary man," — wrote the late Pontiff — “the blessed Virgin Mary... offers a serene vision and a reassuring word: the victory of hope over anguish, of communion over solitude, of peace over agitation, of joy and beauty over boredom and nausea.., of life over death"" (General Audience, 2 May 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.

    • 10 min
    Advent -1- Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    Advent -1- Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    St John Paul II, 29 November 1978: "Advent — as a liturgical time of the ecclesial year — takes us back to the beginnings of Revelation. And precisely at the beginnings we encounter immediately the fundamental link between these two realities: God and man. Taking in hand the first book of Sacred Scripture, that is, Genesis, we begin by reading the words: "Beresit bara!: In the beginning He created ... " There then follows the name of God, which in this biblical text sounds "Elohim". In the beginning He created, and the one who created is God. These three words constitute as it were the threshold of Revelation. At the beginning of the book of Genesis God is not only defined with the name "Elohim"; other parts of this book also use the name "Yahweh". The verb "created" speaks even more clearly of him. This verb in fact reveals God, who God is. It expresses his substance not so much in itself as par rapport with the world, that is, with all of the creatures subject to the laws of time and space. The circumstantial complement "in the beginning" indicates God as the One who is before this beginning, who is not limited either by time or space, and who "creates", that is, who "gives beginning" to everything that is not God, that which constitutes the visible and invisible world (according to Genesis: the heaven and the earth). In this context the verb "created" says of God firstly that he himself exists, that he is, that he is the fullness of being, that such fullness manifests itself as Omnipotence, and that this Omnipotence is both Wisdom and Love. The first sentence of Sacred Scripture tells us all this about God. In this way the concept of "God" is formed in our intellect, if we refer to the beginnings of Revelation." (General Audience, 29 November 1978) 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.

    • 13 min
    Cardinal Virtues - Fortitude / Courage - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    Cardinal Virtues - Fortitude / Courage - Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II - Totus2us

    St John Paul II, 15 November 1978: "The virtue of fortitude always requires a certain overcoming of human weakness and above all of fear. Man in fact, by nature, spontaneously fears danger, displeasure, suffering. Hence courageous men and women need to be sought not only on battlefields, but also in hospital wards or on a bed of pain. Such men and women could often be encountered in concentration camps and in places of deportation. They were authentic heroes. Fear sometimes strips civil courage from people who are living in a climate of threat, oppression or persecution. So those who are capable of crossing the so-called barrier of fear, in order to bear witness to the truth and to justice, have particular value. To reach such fortitude, man must in a certain way "go beyond" his own limits and "overcome" himself, running "the risk" of an unknown situation, the risk of being disliked, the risk of exposing himself to unpleasant consequences, insults, degradations, material losses, perhaps imprisonment or persecution. To reach such fortitude, man must be sustained by a great love for the truth and for the good, to which he dedicates himself. The virtue of fortitude proceeds hand in hand with the capacity to sacrifice oneself. This virtue already had a well-defined profile among the Ancients. With Christ it acquired an evangelical, Christian profile. The Gospel is addressed to the weak, the poor, the meek and humble, the peacemakers, the merciful and, at the same time, contains in itself a constant call to fortitude. It often repeats: "Do not be afraid" (Mt 14, 27). It teaches man that, for a just cause, for truth, for justice, one must know how to "give one's own life"." (General Audience, 15 November 1978) Visit Totus2us.com for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, Mother Mary, it was inspired by our Holy Fathers St John Paul II and Papa Benedict XVI.

    • 12 min

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