Monday, May 18, 2009

Pope John Paul II

John Paul II

With his deep devotion and love of the Blessed Virgin Mary who we honor in the month of May, it is no wonder that Karol Joseph Wojtyla was born in month dedicated to our Lady.

Today would have been the 89th birthday of our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. He was born in Wadowice, Poland on May 18, 1920, to an administrative officer in the Polish army and a former schoolteacher.

JPII Rosary1
Prayers for the Intercession of Pope John Paul II

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,
in the hope that he will soon be numbered among your saints.

Prayer Source EWTN

JPII Rosary 2

It may well be by this time next year, Pope John Paul II will already be beatified. Catholic Online Article

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