Happy feast of Pope SAINT John Paul II! Today we celebrate the official feast of this man of God who had such a profound impact upon the Church and the world, and whose effects are still manifesting themselves as time unfolds. I keep in my office a little prayer card of Fr. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, that says 'One good priest can make a difference.' Pope St. John Paul shows us the truth of that statement. As a suggestion, maybe pick up something he wrote and start reading it - during his pontificate he wrote on just about anything you might find fascinating. So, I'll quit my gushing of this saint of God and get to this week's Half-Way Prayer:
A Prayer to St. John Paul II
O, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.
O St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.