He didn’t flee from the world but went towards the world to open up its Door to Christ.
He fought the world. He loved the world.
Pope John Paul II understood the need for a well balanced wellness. He knew that with that balance, one will be able to answer the call of Holiness.
He played sports, he was a runner, a skier, he knew the importance of physical activity for the body.
He prayed, he had a deep personal relationship with Christ, he knew the importance of prayer for the soul.
He read books, wrote poems, acted in plays, he knew the importance of developing the mind.
Let us follow his example and live out a balanced wellness life so that we can also answer the call to holiness.
Here are some simple ideas to celebrate this profound saint!
Pope John Paul II, had a great devotion to the Holy Souls and he shares that with us and askes to not forget them!
Joined to the merits of the saints, our fraternal prayer comes to the aid of those who await the beatific vision. Intercession for the dead, just as the life of those living according to the divine commandments, obtains the merits that serve the full attainment of salvation. It is an expression of the fraternal charity of the one family of God, by which “we are faithful to the Church’s deepest vocation” (Lumen gentium, n. 51): “to save souls who will love God eternally” (Thérèse of Lisieux, Prayers, 6; cf. Manuscript A 77rº). For the souls in purgatory, waiting for eternal happiness and for meeting the Beloved is a source of suffering, because of the punishment due to sin which separates them from God. But there is also the certitude that once the time of purification is over, the soul will go to meet the One it desires (cf. Ps 42; 62) …
I encourage Catholics to pray fervently for the dead, for their family members and for all our brothers and sisters who have died, that they may obtain the remission of the punishments due to their sins and may hear the Lord’s call: “Come, O my dear soul, to eternal repose in the arms of my goodness, which has prepared eternal delights for you” (Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, 17, 4)”
We combine praying for Holy Souls and Wellness in our simple 30 Days Holy Souls Wellness Challenge! Check it out, a challenge your wellness and enhance your love for the Holy Souls.
We also have a Holy Souls Journal, where you can write in the names of the holy souls and their death anniversary so that you can remember to do extra prayers.
Until next time, have a Bright Blessed Day,
Great post. He was amazing man–a saint for our times.
He sure was an amazing saint!