John Paul II: Defender of the Family

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Little Known Fact #8

  • In addition to meeting with the sick at a parish visitation, Bishop Karol Wojtyla signaled out married couples and gave them a special blessing. Often the parish priest would personally invite married couples to be present for the blessing. Wojtyla did this so that it would be a model for his priests in parish ministry. He sought to show them that married couples formed the basic cell of the parish. He stressed this point in a document in 1960, where he stated:

“Through [the sacrament of marriage], the family is created within the Church, but, at the same time, the family in some measure created the Church as a living community of the people of God. The meeting of the bishop with married couples during the visitation of a parish is like touching this very basic bond of the human community which is shaped in the Church and which in turn shapes the Church.”

Novena Prayer

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore, [state your intention here]
in thanksgiving that he has been numbered among your saints.
Amen.

This is the eighth day of our Nine Days of Prayer with John Paul II.

Source: Making Of The Pope Of The Millennium: Kalendarium of the Life of Karol Wojtyla by Adam Boniecki

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John Paul II: Friend of the Sick

 

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Little Known Fact #7

  • While he was Bishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyla visited about 35 sick people in his archdiocese during the Lenten season. Additionally, whenever he visited parishes he always visited the parishioners who were most gravely ill in their homes. This also extended to every convent he visited, whereby he would always visit the sisters in the infirmary. He did all of this not only to minister to their needs, but also to ask for their prayers. He told one group of sisters:

“Although I am young and strong, although I fly in airplanes, climb mountains, ski, I still turn to the weakest, so that by the riches of their suffering they may bring down the strength and power of the Holy Spirit and the blessing of God upon my work in the Archdiocese.”

Novena Prayer

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore, [state your intention here]
in thanksgiving that he has been numbered among your saints.
Amen.

This is the seventh day of our Nine Days of Prayer with John Paul II.

Source: Making Of The Pope Of The Millennium: Kalendarium of the Life of Karol Wojtyla by Adam Boniecki

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John Paul II, The Hiker

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Little Known Fact #6

  • In 1954, Father Karol Wojtyla was awarded a “Bronze Badge for Hiking Tourism.” Wojtyla won this badge for hiking on foot on multiple occasions during that year, totaling 166 km (103 miles). More than half of these excursions were completed during the winter (November 1 – March 31). Needless to say, Father Wojtyla enjoyed hiking.

Novena Prayer

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore, [state your intention here]
in thanksgiving that he has been numbered among your saints.
Amen.

This is the sixth day of our Nine Days of Prayer with John Paul II.

Source: Making Of The Pope Of The Millennium: Kalendarium of the Life of Karol Wojtyla by Adam Boniecki

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John Paul II: A Man of the People

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Little Known Fact #5

  • While a priest, Father Karol Wojtyla would often go on excursions to the mountains with his friends to ski. On one such occasion with two friends, they took the train to get to their destination. His friends suggested that they purchase first class tickets. Father Wojtyla instantly protested, saying, “No, no, we travel with the people!” Even though priests and clergy are highly honored in Poland and often given first-rate service, Father Wojtyla wanted to be with the people he was called to serve.

Novena Prayer

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore, [state your intention here]
in thanksgiving that he has been numbered among your saints.
Amen.

This is the fifth day of our Nine Days of Prayer with John Paul II.

Source: Making Of The Pope Of The Millennium: Kalendarium of the Life of Karol Wojtyla by Adam Boniecki

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John Paul II’s Formula For Increasing Altar Boys At A Parish

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Little Known Fact #4

  • In his second assignment as a newly ordained priest, Father Karol Wojtyla took a new approach to training altar boys. He would hold frequent evenings of instruction, whereby one priest would give catechesis to the boys while another priest taught the parents educational psychology as well as catechesis in the liturgy. In addition to these meetings, Father Wojtyla and the other parish priests would take the boys on outings. This model proved to be successful as the number of altar boys went from 10 in 1946 to 100 in 1952.

Novena Prayer

O Holy Trinity,
we thank you for having given to the Church
Pope John Paul II,
and for having made him shine with your fatherly tenderness,
the glory of the Cross of Christ and the splendor of the Spirit of love

He, trusting completely in your infinite mercy
and in the maternal intercession of Mary, has shown himself
in the likeness of Jesus the Good Shepherd
and has pointed out to us holiness
as the path to reach eternal communion with You.

Grant us, through his intercession,
according to your will, the grace that we implore, [state your intention here]
in thanksgiving that he has been numbered among your saints.
Amen.

This is the fourth day of our Nine Days of Prayer with John Paul II.

Source: Making Of The Pope Of The Millennium: Kalendarium of the Life of Karol Wojtyla by Adam Boniecki

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