On the initiative of John Paul II Foundation, on April 2nd at 7:30 a.m., on the 12th anniversary of the Holy Father John Paul II departure to the House of the Father, a thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the St. Peter’s Basilica at the relics of St. John Paul II. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko along with Archbishop Konrad Krajewski. Many priests, nuns, and faithful people attended the Mass. It was a join thanksgiving to God for the great gift of the Polish Pope, the man of enormous faith and complete entrustment to God to the end. At the beginning of the Mass, Cardinal Stanisław Ryłko said the following words: “I cordially greet all of You, dear Brothers and Sisters and I would like to express my gratitude for your presence at this morning Eucharist at the altar of the relic of St. John Paul II. Today, on the fifth Sunday of Lent, is the twelfth anniversary of the birth for heaven of the Holy Father John Paul II. It was the Saturday, April 2, 2005, at the eve of the Divine Mercy Sunday…we remember countless crowds, who came from all over the world to pay homage to this Great Pope from the Polish nation. And this morning we gather by the altar of His relic at the St. Peter’s Basilica to thank God for this great gift, which John Paul II was and still is today for the Church, for world, for our Homeland, and for each of us. We are His debtors, and the only way to repay that debt is to constantly undertake the responsibility for the spiritual heritage which He left us.”
God the Father, who is absolutely faithful to His eternal love for man, since He "so loved the world" - therefore man in the world-that "he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (J 3,16) Believing in the crucified Son means "seeing the Father," (see J 14, 9) means believing that love is present in the world and that this love is more powerful than any kind of evil in which individuals, humanity, or the world are involved. Believing in this love means believing in mercy. For mercy is an indispensable dimension of love; it is as it were love's second name and, at the same time, the specific manner in which love is revealed and effected vis-a-vis the reality of the evil that is in the world, affecting and besieging man, insinuating itself even into his heart and capable of causing him to "perish in Gehenna." (Mt 10,28).
Jesus Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but that he is also called "to practice mercy" towards others: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Mt 5, 7) The Church sees in these words a call to action, and she tries to practice mercy. All the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount indicate the way of conversion and of reform of life, but the one referring to those who are merciful is particularly eloquent in this regard. Man attains to the merciful love of God, His mercy, to the extent that he himself is interiorly transformed in the spirit of that love towards his neighbor.
“He, who sings, prays twice!”
The world is wonderful. The reality surrounding us, in all its wealth, is unpredictable and open to the needs of all people, especially young people. Every single day gives us many options from which we can choose: to discover our talents, to gain education, to grow spiritually, to make new friendships, to travel, to start working, to start family, and many, many more. Thus, it is worth to ask yourself some fundamental questions: what is the base on which we are building our daily lives? What is the foundation upon which we are building our personality? Faith - a living and lasting relationship with God should be the foundation of all our decisions. We address Him not only in the form of prayer, conversation, but also via music or singing which come from the depths of our hearts.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This year we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the great Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, which opened a new chapter in the Church’s social teaching. A constant factor in this teaching has been its untiring appeal for solidarity in working to overcome the poverty and underdevelopment in which millions of human beings live. Although Creation and its goods are meant for all, a large part of humanity today still suffers under an intolerable burden of poverty. As I stated in the Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, this situation calls for charity and a lived solidarity. There is an urgent need to work for the good of others and to be ready to lose oneself – in the Gospel sense – in order to serve others, instead of using them for one’s own advantage.
1. During Lent we turn once again to the God of all compassion, the source of all goodness, and ask him to heal our selfishness and to grant us a new heart and a new spirit. Lent, and the Easter season which follows it, call us to reflect on the total identification of our Lord Jesus Christ with the poor. The Son of God, who became poor out of love for us, became one with those who suffer. This total identification finds its clearest expression in the Lord’s own words: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
Author: Ania Navas
Karol Wojtyła who became Pope, was without any doubts an extraordinary man. His intelligence, kindness, as well as deep faith and devotion to God undeniably influences all who had the privilege to know him. For millions of believers around the world, already as Pope John Paul II, he became a spiritual leader, an example to follow. His attitude and involvement in human right fight contributed to communism fall in Europe. By His generation, He was called as John Paul the Great. When nine years after His death, on April 27, 2014, He was canonized and declared a Saint of the Catholic Church, His fame and miracles which happened as a result of all prayers made through His intercession, became well known in every corner of the globe. Saint John Paul II became the best known Pole in the world. Countless pilgrims from around the world are going to places where He lived and worked. Faithful people are waiting for months to have a Mass celebrated in a special intention by His tomb at the St. Sebastian’s Chapel, in the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican. Many of them received graces of healing, the gift of motherhood, or experiences changes in lives thanks to the intercession of St. John Paul II.
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- Saint John Paul II Relic at Florida's Church of Our Lady of Apostles in Royal Palm Beach