Tag Archive | Saint John Paul II

3 Quotes About Sacrifice and Love

I came across all three quotes below in the Opening the Word study program for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A on Formed. “Direct your thoughts to… bearing the crosses, little or great, that you will find there. Believe me, this is the most important and least understood point to the spiritual life.” […]

We are the sum of the Father’s love for us…

We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son. —St. John Paull II, from a homily on July 28, 2002 at the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto

How St. John Paul II Prayed for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

From his childhood, his father instilled in Karol a strong devotion to the Holy Spirit. He recalled his father telling him, “You don’t pray to the Holy Spirit enough. You ought to pray to him.” Karol, Sr., gave him a prayer book on the Holy Spirit, which he used throughout his life, and also taught […]

We Love Mary Because of Christ

The following are reflections from the 33 Day Marian Consecration put together by Dr. Taylor Marshall and the New St. Thomas Institute. It includes quotes and teachings from 33 Catholic Saints. Day 1: Saint John Paul II Saint John Paul II called his own 33 Day Consecration to Mary the “major turning point” of his […]

Love is always ‘becoming’

Love is never something ready made, something merely ‘given’ to man and woman, it is always at the same time a ‘task’ which they are set. Love should be seen as something which in a sense never ‘is’ but is always only ‘becoming’, and what it becomes depends upon the contribution of both persons and the depth of their commitment. […]

Love and Desiring Good For Another Person

The great moral force of true love lies precisely in this desire for the happiness, for the true good, of another person. This is what makes it possible for a man to be reborn because of love, makes him aware of the riches within him, his spiritual fertility and creativity: I am capable of desiring the good for another person, […]