Saint John Paul II: Prophet, Priest, Exorcist

By Kathleen Beckman

The renowned Pope John Paul II biographer George Weigel gave a moving keynote presentation on suffering in the life of St. John Paul II at the 2005 national conference of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. The conference theme was Healing and the Mystery of Suffering. I was there to give my testimony of suffering and healing in the family but the greatest witness we heard was Weigel on the life of Karol Wojtyla. In the latter days of his life that played out on the theater of the world, the Polish Pope became an image of the Suffering Servant of whom the prophet Isaiah wrote so eloquently.

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Peace is a gift

May 10
“Peace is a gift of God, not the work of politicians.”
– Father Petrus Pavlicek
Today’s Reflection
How can we be more receptive to the peace that only God can give?

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Idleness

May 9
“It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.”
-Christifidelis Laici, 3
Today’s Reflection
How can you become more engaged in the life of the Church and your Christian faith?

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The final confrontation

May 8
“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society, or wide circles of the Christian community, realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-church, between the Gospel and the anti-gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of Divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church must take up.”

– Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II)

 

Today’s Reflection

Why are so many blind to the spiritual battle that is being waged around us? How can we help the scales to be removed?

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A civilization of love

February 20

“Women will increasingly play a part in the solution of the serious problems of the future: leisure time, the quality of life, migration, social services, euthanasia, drugs, health care, the ecology, etc. In all these areas a greater presence of women in society will prove most valuable, for it will help to manifest the contradictions present when society is organized solely according to the criteria of efficiency and productivity, and it will force systems to be redesigned in a way which favours the pro-cesses of humanization which mark the ‘civilization of love.'”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

In Letter to Women, we are invited to be part of the solution for the serious problems of the future. Take time today to ponder your part in building a civilization of love. What is that special gift that you bring to the world?

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Thank you, women who work!

February 19

“Thank you, women who work! You are present and active in every area of life-social, economic, cultural, artistic and political. In this way you make an indispensable contribution to the growth of a culture which unites reason and feeling, to a model of life ever open to the sense of ‘mystery’, to the establishment of economic and political structures ever more worthy of humanity.”

-St.John Paul II, Letter to Women

Today’s Reflection:

Contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church appreciates women who work. In this quote from “Letter to Women,” St. John Paul II highlights the importance of bringing the “feminine genius” into every aspect of life. How can you bring your feminine genius into the spheres of influence in which God has placed you?

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Put out into the deep

January 31
“And when he had ceased speaking, he said to Simon, ‘Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.'”
-Luke 5:4
Today’s Reflection:
St. John Paul II encouraged all Catholics to enter the hope-filled waters of the New Evangelization. Here are eight ways you can prepare yourself to share the Catholic Faith with others (PASS IT ON): Pray, accept the call, study, sacrifice, intercede, teach by example, organize your testimony, no excuses!
Prayerfully read each word and then plan a personal strategy to implement it in your daily life. Through the grace of God, we can work together to infuse the world with the Truth who is Jesus Christ.

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Let us forgive

January 30
“Let us forgive and ask forgiveness!…The acceptance of God’s forgiveness leads to the commitment to forgive our brothers and sisters and to be reconciled with them.”
-St. John Paul II
Today’s Reflection:
What practical strategies can you implement to live a life of forgiveness
as encouraged by St. John Paul II?

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