Sunday, May 1, 2011

Blessed John Paul II


Today is a great day for the Church--and I say that without reservation, for what can be greater than to see someone live a life of such deep holiness that he is now to be called "blessed"?

Here are some wonderful quotes from Blessed John Paul II:

“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.”

“Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.”

“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.”

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”
"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it."

"It is a mistake to apply American democratic procedures to the faith and the truth. You cannot take a vote on the truth. The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes."

"There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us."

"Be not afraid."

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us!

5 comments:

Jacque said...

Thanks Erin!
JPII was at the end of his pontificate just as I was entering the Church. I know little about him, other than his love for the human family and Christ's Church. I know that watching him in his decline was very difficult for me, but it also taught me a great lesson that I needed to learn... All life, any life, no matter what shape or degree of health is sacred and has value. I didn't believe that until I encounterd the Catholic Church. It was a hard lesson for me to learn.
Jacque

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Most of the quotations presented her are worthy of the respect you pay to them, and worthy of being considered by any human being, Roman Catholic or not, Christian or not.

I am cynical enough to suspect that the rapid beatification process has more to do with church politics than with the voice of the Holy Spirit. If the man is really a saint, that will be more obvious in a hundred years or so, and what is a hundred years in the context of Eternity?

I would like to parse this statement a little: "It is a mistake to apply American democratic procedures to the faith and the truth. You cannot take a vote on the truth. The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it embodies and promotes."

On its face, this is certainly true. American democratic procedures are designed for a fractious community of unique and diverse human beings to come up with a civil order in which we can all live with each other. It is not a means of determining, nor enforcing, the Absolute Truth.

Not only can you not take a vote on the Truth, you cannot use the machinery of state, or of a church militant, to enforce one human being's understanding of the truth on another. The congregational form of church government, for instance, does not assume to the Truth can be subjected to a vote, but that a consensus of communicant members best reflects what the Holy Spirit and study of Scripture has imparted to each individual member.

JMB said...

Second to last JP2 quote made me cry. So true! Santo Subito!

melanie said...

Erin where did you find these quotes? I would love to find more as my 13 year old son has a special affection for JP ll. Thank you! Mel

Red Cardigan said...

Melanie, I just Googled "Pope John Paul II quotes" and went to several "quote" websites looking for a few of my favorites.

There's another one out there somewhere about peace, but I have a feeling I must have read it in a book, b/c I couldn't find it.