A Year with John Paul II: Daily Meditations from His by Pope Saint John Paul II
By Pope Saint John Paul II
Referred to as the Pilgrim Pope, a pope of the folk, John Paul II attached along with his flock from the top to the bottom. He was once one in every of history's so much cherished popes between Catholics and non-Catholics alike, a guy whose indomitable spirit touched and taught us all. A 12 months with John Paul II showcases his most vital teachings in addition to his inspirational writings, in a regular devotional structure that may motivate readers and deepen their reflections and meditations. With a foreword by means of Cardinal William W. Baum, head of the Holy See's significant penal complex and previous archbishop of Washington DC, an creation via Bishop William Murphy, and a relocating eulogy composed for the pope's funeral by means 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 used to be born on might 18, 1920, in Wadowice, Poland. He survived the Nazi career in the course of international battle II and was once ordained to the priesthood in 1946. He used to be appointed archbishop of Krakow through 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 anticipated 16 million pilgrims on the Vatican's common audiences. Pope John Paul II died in April 2005.
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Christians, especially on Sundays, are called to meet and listen to the Lord. This happens most completely through participation in the Holy Mass, and during sacred services, during which Christ prepares the Banquet of the Word and the Bread of Life for the faithful, but other moments of prayer and reﬂection, of rest and brotherhood can also be proﬁtably combined to make the Lord’s Day holy. When through the action of the Holy Spirit God takes up his dwelling in the heart of believers, it becomes easier for them to serve the brethren.
To the Magi, coming from the East to adore him, the light of the one “who has been born King of the Jews” (Matt. 2:2) appears in the form of a heavenly body, so bright as to attract their attention and guide them to Jerusalem. Thus he sets them on the trail of the ancient messianic prophecies: “A star shall come forth from Jacob, and a scepter shall rise from Israel” (Num. 24:17). How striking is the symbol of the star that recurs in all the images of Christmas and Epiphany! . The star we contemplate over the crib also speaks to the heart and the mind of the man of the third millennium.
The products of the mind—ideas—the products of culture, and the creative forces of peoples are meant to be shared. Strategies of peace that remain on the scientiﬁc and technical level and merely measure out balances and verify controls will never be sufﬁcient for real peace, unless bonds that link peoples to one another are forged and strengthened. Build up the links that unite people together. Build up the means that will enable peoples and nations to share their culture and values with one another.