8 days till canonization: Love


On the subject of love: it must be universal, it cannot be particularistic and cannot create divisions. Furthermore: it must be serving; a servant’s nature perhaps points to love in the strongest way. Finally: it must be forgiving. – All of this should be learned in the Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary.

Pope John Paul II (Personal Notes)

Did you know?
Pope John Paul II’s second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, talks about the richness of God’s mercy, of how this mercy of God is a love that is greater than death and sin. He wrote, “Jesus revealed that love is present in the world in which we live – an effective love, a love that addresses itself to man and embraces everything that makes up his humanity. This love makes itself particularly noticed in contact with suffering, injustice and poverty – in contact with the whole historical ‘human condition,’ which in various ways manifests man’s limitation and frailty, both physical and moral. It is precisely the mode and sphere in which love manifests itself that in biblical language is called ‘mercy.’”
The habit of thinking badly of everything and everyone is tiresome to ourselves and to all those around us.

Pope John XXIII

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Pope John XXIII visited the imprisoned and the sick. On one occasion, a man said to him that he had done much wrong, in which the pope embraced him and replied, “I looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.”
During an address at St. Peter’s Square, known as the Speech to the Moon, Pope John XXIII said, “Dear children, when you go home this evening, you will find children; give your children a caress and say: this is the caress of the pope!”