POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II
Karol J. Wojtyla, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Cracow, on May 18, 1920. He was the second of two sons born to Karol Wojtyla and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His elder brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941.
He made his First Holy Communion at age 9 and was confirmed at 18. Upon graduation from Marcin Wadowita high school in Wadowice, he enrolled in Cracow’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 and in a school for drama.
The Nazi occupation forces closed the university in 1939 and young Karol had to work in a quarry (1940-1944) and then in the Solvay chemical factory to earn his living and to avoid being deported to Germany.
In 1942, aware of his call to the priesthood, he began courses in the clandestine seminary of Cracow, run by Cardinal Adam Stefan Sapieha, archbishop of Cracow. At the same time, Karol Wojtyla was one of the pioneers of the “Rhapsodic Theatre,” also clandestine.
After the Second World War, he continued his studies in the major seminary of Cracow, once it had re-opened, and in the faculty of theology of the Jagiellonian University, until his priestly ordination in Cracow on November 1, 1946.
Soon after, Cardinal Sapieha sent him to Rome where he worked under the guidance of the French Dominican, Garrigou-Lagrange. He finished his doctorate in theology in 1948 with a thesis on the topic of faith in the works of St. John of the Cross. At that time, during his vacations, he exercised his pastoral ministry among the Polish immigrants of France, Belgium, and Holland.
Source: iBreviary – Saint John Paul II
Mercy is also connected with justice. [St.] Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), a great teacher and scripture scholar, said that mercy “does not destroy justice, but is a certain kind of fulfillment of justice. ..Mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution; (and) justice without mercy is cruelty.” Pardon without repentance negates justice.
– Daily Reading & Meditation, Sunday (October 9): “He fell at Jesus’ feet giving thanks” | copyright (c) 2016 Servants of the Word, source: dailyscripture.net, author Don Schwager
Cf. Also St. Patrick Church, Honolulu, HI bulletin week of Sun Oct 9, 2016.
3. Among the several characteristic signs of Christian piety, devotion to the Virgin Mary occupies a very special place, corresponding to the condition of the Mother of God and our Mother. Like that woman in the Gospel who let out a cry of admiration and happiness for Jesus and his Mother, as you, with your love and your devotion you usually always uniting Mary to Jesus. You understand that the Virgin leads us to her divine Son and that these always hears the supplications who asked his mother. The eternal union of the Virgin Mary with her Son is a confidential sign and full of faith of her maternal mission, as well as a demonstration of the words addressed in Cana: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2: 5). Mary always exhorts us to be faithful to the Gospel, as [she was]; His life was indeed a witness of fidelity to the word and the will of the Father.
I wish to exhort you in a special way to pray the Rosary which is a source of deep Christian life. Try to recite it every day, alone or with your family, repeating with great faith the fundamental Christian prayers, which are the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary and the Glory. Meditate scenes from the life of Jesus and Mary, which remind us of the mysteries of joy, sorrow and glory. You will learn as well in the joyful mysteries to think about Jesus who is poor and little did(sic): a baby! For us, to serve us, and you will feel compelled to serve others in their needs. In the sorrowful mysteries you will realize that to accept with docility and love the sufferings of life – like Christ in his passion -, it leads to happiness and the joy that is expressed in the glorious mysteries of Christ and of Mary, waiting for the eternal life.
5. The rosary is a real interview with Mary, our heavenly Mother. In the Rosary we speak to Mary so that she may intercede for us with her Son Jesus. So we speak to God through Mary.
Get used, dear young people, to pray the rosary in this way. It is not so much to repeat the formulas, but rather to talk to people live on a living person, that if you do not see with the eyes of the body, but you can see with the eyes of faith . Mary, in fact, and his Son, Jesus, living in the sky a lot more “living life” of this our – mortal – that we live here on earth.
The rosary is a confidential conversation with Mary, a talk full of confidence and abandonment. It is a confide in our grief, a manifest them our hopes, our hearts an[d] open them. A declare to him for all that she, on behalf of his Son, we will ask. A promise faithfulness in every circumstance, even the most painful and difficult, sure of his protection, confident that, if we ask, she will always be there by her Son all the graces necessary for our salvation.
13. In this regard, it is to be noted that both piety and love, though always renewing the same words, do not always repeat the same thing but always express something new issuing from the intimate sentiment of devotion. And besides, this mode of prayer has the perfume of evangelic simplicity and requires humility of spirit; and, if we disdain humility, as the Divine Redeemer teaches, it will be impossible for us to enter the heavenly kingdom: “Amen, I say to you, unless you become as little children you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. xviii, 3).
Came across these in In CONVERSATION with God Daily Meditation Volume Five Ordinary Time Weeks 24 – 34 Francis Fernandez TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK: SATURDAY 36. PRAYERS TO THE MOTHER OF JESUS
The plot of Gn 2–11 (creation, the flood, renewed creation) has been borrowed from creation-flood stories attested in Mesopotamian literature of the second and early first millennia. – Genesis introduction, USCCB > Bible
CCC 105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” [DV 11].
Then one must conclude from USCCB’s Genesis – Introduction that “God, the author of Sacred Scripture borrowed the plot of Gn 2–11 (creation, the flood, renewed creation) from creation-flood stories in Mesopotamian literature.”
[Update July 14, 2017]