Sunday, May 01, 2011

Blessed Pope John Paul II

"Look at the light coming into the Church."
What a grace it is for the Church and the world to have this Holy Pope declared Blessed on this Holy Day!
“He rightly reclaimed for Christianity that impulse of hope which had in some sense faltered before Marxism and the ideology of progress. He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope, to be lived in history in an ‘Advent’ spirit, in a personal and communitarian existence directed to Christ, the fullness of humanity and the fulfillment of all our longings for justice and peace.” - Benedict XVI
Te Deum

We praise thee, O God: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.

All the earth doth worship Thee, the Father everlasting.

To Thee all Angels cry aloud: the Heavens and all the powers therein.

To Thee Cherubim and Seraphim continually do cry, Holy, Holy, Holy: Lord God of Sabaoth;

Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy Glory.

The glorious company of the Apostles praise Thee.

The godly fellowship of the Prophets praise Thee.

The noble army of Martyrs praise Thee.

The holy Church throughout all the world doth acknowledge Thee;

The Father of an infinite Majesty;

Thine honourable, true, and only Son;

Also the Holy Ghost: the Comforter.

Sadly, there are those pundits and self-appointed experts who have set their mouths in heaven to dictate to the world (Ps. 73: 9) their pronouncements against Blessed John Paul II, his papacy and his legacy.  Imagine attempting to separate his sanctity from his papacy - err, vocation performance. 


  1. Off topic--

    But for you animal lovers out there--please pray for Roy--a Clydesdale gelding that Animal Control "removed" from his owners. He is starved and frostbitten and has bad hoof damage for being "wintered out" it appears in a field for this past brutal winter. God Bless the neighbors who didn't "mind their own business" and chose to get involved. Roy will aarrive at my shelter this week where we will attempt to get him strong and healthy and sound again. Hopefully it is not too late.

    St Francis--please intercede and pray for Roy.


  2. You know what?
    Crap on the "nay sayers"...crap on 'em all (the Irish is comin' out here...hold on, folks!)...
    Blessed JPII deserves this; the Church needs it; we have to be "sentire cum ecclesiae" (Thinking with the Church) on this.
    I've read all the "don't beautify JP II" from both the extreme left and the right (who the hell cares what Barbara Blaine of SNAP thinks about this? Or the rest of the nut case-super-trad-loudmouths)...
    This man was holy...he's a saint...whether or not you like what he did (Koran kissing, Assisi-attending, whatever)...
    blow it out your ditty-bag (as a good Boston-Irish priest used to comment on such things).
    Study his writings; give him a chance; the man died in front of the world in the odor of sanctity.
    Rejoice or give it a rest.

  3. "Look at the light coming into the Church."


    Where is this quote from?

  4. Nazareth Priest ~ AMEN FATHER!

    3puddytats ~ You have a rescue? rescue horses! Of course I'll pray! I've seen neglect, tried to save a little Arab once - hope he's doing OK now. The authorities went out to the ranch where he was, the owner found out I'd the one who made the report (he guessed), and I'm no longer allowed out there. Totally worth it!

    Hope the Clydesdale gets the TLC he needs. :-(

  5. Tom - me. It happened to me in Rome in 1976 or '77. A strange nun-like young woman called my attention to the light coming into the church saying those words, I turned to look momentarily and when I turned back to say something, she was gone, she had disappeared. I'm not kidding.

    I've recalled the event frequently over the years in relationship to Blessed John Paul II.

  6. Maybe it's just me, but shouldn't the primary concern of anyone who has been ordained, from a Deacon to a Pope, be personal holiness? Whatever else JP II is purported to have done that calls the administration of his papal duties into question, some of his critics cannot hold a candle to his sanctity and sadly , they don't even try.

    I read one of my favorite stories about Blessed John Paul II at Father Check's blog, Seek His Face. Shortly after his pontificate began,a Vatican dignitary went to the Holy Father's apartment to have him sign some papers. He wasn't there. It was some time after dinner, and when he had exhausted all of the places he might find the Pope, including the chapel, he went to the kitchen, wondering if JP II was maybe still hungry and looking for a snack (something he said popes never did) He became alarmed but then someone else who knew JP's habits well, and I don't remember who that was, told him to look again in the chapel. He did, and there was the pontiff, prone on the floor before the Blessed Sacrament, deep in prayer.

    I got into a mild argument with someone today who didn't think that now Blessed John Paul II deserved to be beatified. I asked him to consider that Christ is well aware of the canonization process. If He did not want this to happen, why did he acquiesce to the Holy Father's intercession for that French nun? Do people presume to have better judgment than Jesus Christ?

    Wow, talk about hubris.

  7. Adoro--

    I don't per se own a shelter, but I volunteer Saturdays at a local horse shelter/rescue, part of a shelter that also takes in dogs and cats. No kill unless it is absolutely necessary and humane.

    The economy has been tough on people are dumping their horses in the desert thinking at they can live with the they can't. In the past year we have rescued 5 starving horses..Roy will be #6.

    Thank you so much for your prayers..God Bless you.


  8. JPII made the Catholic church approachable for the mid-80's he was young, vibrant, young people flocked to the World Youth Days because they were important to him. He was not a tired old man in a pointy white hat falling asleep in his chair.

    If it wasn't for JPII I would not be Catholic....and I'm sure many young people of my generation feel the same way. Many priestly vocations over the past 15 years are because of his influence and example.

    Amen to you Fr NP...anyone who badmouths JPII to my face will get a touch of the Irish also (1/4 Black Irish--enough to be dangerous :)


    Terry-- what happened to the poodles?? :) There was a cutie Miss Priss out for a walk this morning I saw on my way to church...

  9. Sara - I took it down because a couple of people thought I was serious and somehow slamming Kat - which I would never do.

    Some things are meant only for a moment and a laugh.

  10. Sara--love the horsies...even if our Shetland adoption was a mean s.o.b...still have the marks on my fingers from that nasty you know what...still loved him...
    I'm sorry...
    I don't want to sound like a PETA-kinda you know what...
    I just love those animals;
    I hope we can someday have a bunch of cast-offs on our monastery farm..just like the rest of know, the "misfit toys" collections...

  11. What did the bystanders say about those on whom the Holy Spirit descended? They said they were drunk on wine.

    The beatification of JPII (where Divine Mercy falls on the first day of the month of Mary) is the work of the Holy Spirit.

  12. If he wasn't a saint, I'd not have expected to see a statue of him in the chapel in which I pray. No, there isn't a statue, but I had a strong impression, on more than one occasion, that there was a statue of him' the second time I realized he wanted me to pray for his intercession.

    Terry, I missed you today. LOTS of priests for Confession.

  13. In planning the stained glass windows for our new church building Fr Erik had the foresight to include one of JPII. It shows him as an older man. It is installed at the north side of the church and he is next to St Pio window. What a pair!! I will try to get a photo of it if anyone is interested.


  14. Blessed Pope John Paul II ordained Cardinal Rayond Burke a bishop.
    Cardinal Burke ordained me a priest in 2003.
    I am in the lineage of Blessed Pope John Paul II.
    I am both humbled and terrified, honored and called to task by this.
    It just hit me.
    Pray for me.
    As well as all the priests and bishops ordained by this most holy man.
    I looked up the Apostolic lineage a few years ago. It goes back a long ways. To the Apostles.
    Jesus, mercy!

  15. Osama Bin Laden is DEAD!!!

    All over the news!!


  16. Getting back to your quote...

    Mysticism I say (Mystery of God).

    What a beautiful experience. I can just about visualize it. It has all the marking of something extraordinary- a presence not of this world.

    I'm going to think (contemplate) this quote tomorrow while I'm at work.

  17. Dear Padre Nazarene Priest,

    For your consideration: www DOT traditionalcatholicism DOT org

    under sermons and conferences, ‘Requiem Masses’ Number 4, Requiem Mass for our Holy Father Pope John Paul II.

    Pray for the Holy Father, his Priests, Nuns, and Religious.

    We will continue our prayers for you.

    Please pray for the souls that were devastated under the Holy Father’s watch.



  18. NP,

    Please pray for the pope who raised Blessed John Paul II to the episcopacy, Venerable Pius XII, of whom many say he did not do enough during WWII while ignoring his acts. A candidate for Beatification is judged based on his actions, not that which others in hindsight think he ought to have done.

    Puddytats please post photos of JP window at church!

  19. 3puddytats ~ Same problem here in MN. People are dumping animals at random farms. I volunteer with a dog rescue as able - all home based. Would love to do more hooved rescue stuff but I live too far away from those particular farms to even go there occasionally to so much as groom horses. There are 3 locally - one is specifically dedicated to retired racehorses. I'd live there if I could!


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