Christ is Knocking On Our Door

Today’s Word:

The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8a)


On This Date…

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On April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II died in Rome at age 84. He was born May 18, 1920.

His mother died was he was 8, and his father when he was 21. He then entered the seminary and was ordained at age 26.

As a young man, he played soccer, acted in plays, and wrote plays. He was also a spiritual leader to a group of young adults with whom he went camping and kayaking.

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Coat of Arms of Pope John Paul II.

When he became a bishop in 1958, he took for his motto Totus Tuus, which translates “totally yours,” a reference to his devotion to the Blessed Mother. He was elected pope on October 16, 1978. At his installation Mass six days later he said in his homily, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.”

Pope John Paul II was beatified in 2011, and he will be canonized a saint on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday.

Blessed Pope John Paul II inspires us to open our doors to Christ, without fear, and to say with the psalmist in today’s Mass, “The Lord is gracious and merciful.”

– Father McLaughlin

“Be Not Afraid”

Today’s Word:

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Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. (Luke 12:36)
 
 


On This Date…

On October 22, 1978, Pope John Paul II was inaugurated as pope. In his homily during the Mass he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He had been elected to the papacy four days earlier.

Pope Benedict XVI beatified Pope John Paul II in Rome on May 1, 2011. At the beatification Pope Benedict said, “May the example of Blessed John Paul II inspire us …to become icons of divine mercy.”

On April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, Blessed John Paul II will be canonized a saint. Today his feast day is celebrated in the Diocese of Rome and all the dioceses of Poland.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus said, “Be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.” Unafraid, we open our doors to Christ.

– Father McLaughlin