I am happy to know a Pope who is youthful at heart, who so lived the Catholic Faith “as is.” I’m so excited to be discovering and re-discovering more and more gems from this saintly Pope of the Catholic Church in modern time. A Pope who knew what to say and how to say it. A Pope who appealed to both Jews and Gentiles, Pagans and Atheists, Muslims and Hindus, Buddhists and You-name-it.
Blessed John Paul II lived the Catholic life which Saint Paul of Tarsus illustrates to the Church in Corinth:
For whereas I was free as to all, I made myself the servant of all, that I might gain the more. And I became to the Jews a Jew, that I might gain the Jews: To them that are under the law, as if I were under the law, (whereas myself was not under the law,) that I might gain them that were under the law. To them that were without the law, as if I were without the law, (whereas I was not without the law of God, but was in the law of Christ,) that I might gain them that were without the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might gain the weak. I became all things to all men, that I might save all. (1 Corinthians 9:19-22 Douay-Rheims Bible)
Blessed John Paul II’s whole pontificate lived out this Apostolic Gospel, we can see this in his love for ecumenism, that many others may know about King Jesus Christ whose Church he served as a poor and humble Vicar. Blessed John Paul has thrown up a BIG CHALLENGE to both Clergy and Lay and especially to we the youth. He really was a shining light in his time and we love You dear Pope!!! Yes we do.
I leave you with a beautiful quote by him:
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
Join me as I explore some of his quotes on Blessed Pope John Paul II Quotes. Thank you. Blessed John Paul pray for us. Amen.
“Jesus is your friend. The Friend. With a human heart, like yours. With loving eyes that wept for Lazarus. And he loves you as much as he loved Lazarus.” Saint Josemaría Escrivá — Godwin Delali Adadzie is a Catholic living in Ghana, West Africa. A former smoker (Fish smoker now a Vegetarian) but still loves to drink a lot (of water). He attempts to blog at the Fair (HubBlogs with GADEL), the Good (Blessed Virgin our Mother Mary Immaculate), the Bad (GADEL Said What?) and the Ugly (Catholic Fiction: Responding to Myths & Half-Truths)