Our time calls us, urges us, obliges us, to gaze on the Lord and to
immerse ourselves in humble and devout meditation on the mystery
of the supreme power of Christ himself....
Christís mission as Priest, Prophet-Teacher and King continues in the
Church. Everyone, the whole People of God, shares in this threefold
mission. Perhaps in the past the tiara, that triple crown, was placed
on the Popeís head in order to signify by that symbol the Lordís plan
for his Church, namely that all the hierarchical order of Christís
Church, all "sacred power" exercised in the Church, is nothing other
than service, service with a single purpose: to ensure that the whole
People of God shares in this threefold mission of Christ and always
remains under the power of the Lord; a power that has its source not
in the powers of this world, but instead in the mystery of the Cross
and the Resurrection.
The absolute, and yet sweet and gentle, power of the Lord responds to
the whole depths of the human person, to his loftiest aspirations of
intellect, will and heart. It does not speak the language of force,
but expresses itself in charity and truth.
Let us open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ
fervent, humble and trusting prayer: Christ, make me become
and remain the servant of your unique power, the servant of
your sweet power, the servant of your power that knows no dusk.
Make me a servant: indeed, the servant of your servants.
Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and
accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve
Christ and with Christís power to serve the human person and the
whole of mankind.
Do not be afraid. Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ. To
his saving power open the boundaries of states, economic and political
systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not
be afraid. Christ knows "that which is in man."
So often today, man does not know that which is in him, in the depths of
his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life
on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair.
We ask you, therefore, we beg you with humility and with trust, let Christ
speak to you. He alone has words of life, yes, of life eternal.
Above excerpts from the Homily of Saint John Paul II, Pope, for the
Inauguration of his Pontificate; October 22, 1978
Blessed Karl of Austria
"Look into My Heart and see the love and mercy which I have for humankind, and especially for sinners.
Look, and enter into My Passion."
Jesus to Saint Faustina, (Diary entry 1663)
Jesus, I trust in you
Divine Mercy Sunday was an important day for Pope Saint
John Paul II, who established the Feast day in 2001.
Celebrated on the Sunday following Easter, its origins
date back to Polish nun, Saint Faustina Kowalska, who had a
devotion to the Divine Mercy after several encounters with
Pope Saint John Paul II was canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday,
April 27, 2014 by Pope Francis.
Karol Jůzef Wojtyla, birth name of Pope John Paul II,
was named after Emporer Charles I of Austria, the last
ruler of the Autro-Hungarian Empire. Pope John Paul II
beatified Emperor Karl von Habsburg on October 3, 2004 and stated:
"The decisive task of Christians consists
in seeking, recognizing and following Godís
will in all things. The Christian statesman,
Charles of Austria, confronted this challenge
every day. To his eyes, war appeared as 'something
appalling'. Amid the tumult of the First World War,
he strove to promote the peace initiative of my
Predecessor, Benedict XV."
The Feast day of Blessed Charles (Karl) of Austria is
October 21, one day before the Feast day of
Pope Saint John Paul II.
October 22 - Feast of Pope Saint John Paul II - First Observance of Feast on the anniversary of the inauguration of his pontificate in 1978
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