Thursday, October 22, 2015

Memorial of St. John Paul the Great Today!



Use DivineOffice.org or ibreaviary.com for the Office of Readings' second reading, which is an excerpt of the saint's homily at the inauguration of his pontificate. Great stuff.

If you are very fond of St. John Paul, then you may wish to use texts from the Common of Pastors: for a Pope in your breviary, rather than the weekday texts.  That is what I will be doing.

I chose this picture because I am (maybe) in it, somewhere in the second tier at Yankee stadium on that amazing October evening in 1979. What an unforgettable experience. It was almost (not quite) anti-climatic when, after the popemobile departed the stadium, my boyfriend turned to me and proposed.  Bill knew what he was doing. After spending three hours in the presence of a saint and pope who continually urged us to say Yes! to life and to love, what else could I do but accept?

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  1. So, I have baptized a child, your grandchild, who in some way owes his existence to Pope Saint John Paul II ! --Fr Paul McDonald

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  2. So, I have baptized a child, your grandchild, who in some way owes his existence to Pope Saint John Paul II ! --Fr Paul McDonald

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    1. Hi Father! I am honored that you read my stuff. Yes, you are right. I'll bet a great many people owe their existence to the saint of the day. Condolences, by the way, on your new PM.

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  3. I printed off the reading earlier this week from the usccb site. Since I am Polish, John Paul II is extra special to me, and today will be a special day of prayer with him in union with the communion of saints.

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  4. It also occurred to me that this saint for some time prayed the same version of the Holy Mass and Divine Office used today.

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    1. Except the Mass was the second edition of the Missal.

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