The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8a)
On This Date…
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.
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.”
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