Peace Be With You

Today’s Word:

“Peace be with you” (John 20:19)


On This Date…

Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

On April 2, 2005, a Saturday, Pope John Paul II died in Rome just short of his 85th birthday (May 18th). He was baptized as Karol (Charles), named for his father. His mother died when Karol was 8 years old. Karol excelled in academics and drama, played soccer, and was very devout, going to the church next door to his apartment. His father died in 1941, when Karol was 21; he entered the seminary the next year and was ordained in 1946. He became the spiritual leader to a group of young adults, with whom he went kayaking and camping; he wrote poetry. He became a bishop in 1958, a cardinal in 1967, and pope in 1978. In his homily at his installation on October 22, 1978, he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He was canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, an annual celebration inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, which this year began this evening.

In the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus’ first words after coming through the door of the Upper Room on Easter Night, were ,”Peace be with you”, words of courage and mercy.

– Father McLaughlin

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