Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world, especially among Saint John Paul II's, Papa Benedict XVI's & Pope Francis's 'dearest young people'. Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us wants to highlight what's good, true and beautiful, helping us to pray and not be afraid.
There are voices from 116 countries so far here on 40 Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and available on iTunes, most episodes (audio mp3s) are under 10 minutes and fall broadly into 3 areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life).
"Our Lady is the one in whom we can find that tender love that all of us are looking for in our lives. So all of us we can trust that in her we find that love that we search for."
If you'd be happy to say your something about Our Lady, please get in touch with Totus2us.
On Sunday 13 October 2013, Papa Francesco consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square. In June 1981 (just a month after the assasination attempt on JPII on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima), it was reported the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje (in what was then communist Yugoslavia), introducing herself to them as the 'Queen of Peace'. The 6 visionaries say she has been appearing in Medjugorje every day since.
"Thomas considers that the marks that confirm Jesus' identity are now above all his wounds, in which he reveals to what end He has loved us. In this the Apostle is not mistaken. As we know, eight days later Jesus reappeared among his disciples, and this time Thomas was present. And Jesus summons him: "Put your finger here and see my hands; stretch out your hand and place it in my side; and no longer be incredulous, but believe" (Jn 20, 27). Thomas reacts with the most splendid profession of faith in the whole of the New Testament: "My Lord and my God!" (Jn 20, 28). In this regard, St Augustine comments: Thomas "saw and touched the man, but confessed his faith in God, whom he neither saw nor touched. But what he saw and touched led him to believe in what until then he had doubted". The Evangelist continues with Jesus' last words to Thomas: "Because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe" (Jn 20, 29)... The case of the Apostle Thomas is important for us for at least three reasons: first, because it comforts us in our insecurities; second, because it shows us that every doubt can lead to an outcome brighter than any uncertainty; and, lastly, because the words addressed to him by Jesus remind us of the true meaning of mature faith and encourage us to carry on, despite the difficulties, along our pathway of adherence to Him."
Juan Miguel, 32 & from the Philippines: "Obviously I'm a sinner and I suppose most of us are, and when we go about our day and think about how have I offered my day to God, sometimes we may feel that, no matter what I do, I actually can't make an offering that is good enough or worthy enough for God, because of all the sins that we have done. But I think that this is why the Eucharist is a great moment because, in the Eucharist, Christ invites us to give to him all of the things that we want to offer and he will present them to God his Father. And so it's not actually by my merit that these offerings become acceptable but it is through Christ's merit. That is why I like to attend the Eucharist as often I can."
Kelly, 15 & from Sierra Leone & Kenya: "I like confession because it helps you release all of your sins and you feel like you can trust God more and you can let go of everything and can like begin to settle down. And it just helps you tune into your faith more because you can understand God more and know that He loves you."
Emily, from the United Kingdom: "I suppose confession can be a struggle and difficult and sometimes embarrassing but I know that God has really used it in my life to affirm me of his love for me. And suddenly I find myself not thinking about my failings and my faults but somehow realising quite how much He loves me and has reached out to me in the Sacrament through his priests, for which I am always deeply grateful and so touched. "
Emmett, 23 & from London: "Confession is liberating. It allows you to speak from the soul and gives you inner peace. So, who doesn't want that?"
Adriano, from Brazil: "John Paul II is a big saint, a great saint, because he opened for us the way for each one of us to holiness. John Paul II showed to each one of us that it's possible to be a saint, and to be saints is to be happy, is to be normal people with happiness in our hearts, because John Paul II lived this in his own life and he showed us that you also can be like that, it's possible."
"St Jean Paul II pour moi est vraiment une grande figure de sainteté. Pour moi, JPII a ouvert vraiment la voie de la sainteté à tout le monde"
Laura, who's 27 & from London: "Even during the day time when we were exploring around Madrid and you had a little freebie pass to get a lunch on the Pope's behalf, so queuing up for that you got to really like talk to the other pilgrims. It's such an amazing atmosphere. The transport system is alive with young people with flags and different musical instruments, and singing and dancing. So it was just such a joyful, wonderful experience. And then we had the Holy Hour in the aerodrome at night with Pope Benedict which was quite something!"
Carlene, who's 29 & from England: "I went to World Youth Day not really believing in God too much, not wanting anything to do with it, thinking it was all a bit boring and brass, and people were a bit fuddy-duddy who were Christian, to be honest with you. .. Seeing the millions of young Catholics gave me a different perspective. .. It was quite amazing to see how many people there were and to think that there was a diversity in the religion and everyone wasn't like 'hills are alive with the sound of music' people and you didn't have to be put into a certain box. You've got the freedom to be yourself.."
Ernest Williams speaks about how his time over the summer of 1989 in Medjugorje, Santiago & Fatima, led to him founding Youth 2000:
"We came back early the next morning and it's a funny sight seeing a sea of half a million young people waking up, having slept in sleeping bags outside on the hilltop all night long. We arrived and filmed the Mass that morning. It was a beautiful Mass, visually quite stunning. And what I remember the most, because again it was all in Spanish (and some in French and Italian) the only point where he spoke in English and that's where I was able to register and it really stood out for me, was at the very end when John Paul II sent the young people off back to their countries to begin this mission of evangelization, which was the whole theme. He spoke these words in English: "Dear young people, let us commit our lives to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, her Son, the way, the truth and the life, and then we shall become the burning messengers of the new evangelisation and the generous builders of a new civilization of truth and love." When I heard these words, it struck something deep in my heart and I knew I had to respond. I knew I had to respond and I wanted to respond in a very direct way to this call and this challenge."
"What I would like to share with everybody is just the reality that God really is present in our lives more than maybe we can imagine and He really has a plan for us. But it's up to us to really be open, to be in his hands totally, to really trust Him that, when He permits something in our lives, it's really for the good of us and for the good of others. Sometimes we may not understand those things, maybe they are going to be painful or difficult, but if we really hope that He is there and trust Him, He really surpasses our expectations. I've been very happy in my congregation, in my religious vocation, and excited about the things that God wants to do through my priesthood."
You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, DR Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Countries not included above which Pope Francis, Papa Benedict XVI, St John Paul II &/or Paul VI have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, East Timor, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, Gabon, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Jordan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia & Uruguay.
Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović
Medjugorje, 25 March 2015
“Dear children! Also today the Most High permits me to be with you and to lead you on the way of conversion. Many hearts have shut themselves to grace and have become deaf to my call. You, little children, pray and fight against temptation and all the evil plans which the devil offers you through modernism. Be strong in prayer and with the cross in your hands pray that evil may not use you and may not conquer in you. I am with you and pray for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."
“Queridos hijos! También hoy el Altísimo me permite estar con ustedes y guiarlos por el camino de la conversión. Muchos corazones se han cerrado a la gracia y han hecho oídos sordos a mi llamado. Ustedes, hijitos, oren y luchen contra las tentaciones y contra todos los planes malvados que el diablo les ofrece a través del modernismo. Sean fuertes en la oración y con la cruz en las manos, oren para que el mal no los utilice y no venza en ustedes. Yo estoy con ustedes y oro por ustedes. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi l'Altissimo mi ha permesso di essere con voi e di guidarvi sul cammino della conversione. Molti cuori si sono chiusi alla grazia e non vogliono dare ascolto alla mia chiamata. Voi figlioli, pregate e lottate contro le tentazioni e contro tutti i piani malvagi che satana vi offre tramite il modernismo. Siate forti nella preghiera e con la croce tra le mani pregate perchè il male non vi usi e non vinca in voi. Io sono con voi e prego per voi. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
Totus Tuus - All Yours - was Blessed John Paul II's motto, having entrusted his life, his priesthood, his 'all' to Mary. Totus2us is being built with the same intention: to be all Mary's. The play on lettering gives Totus2us a 2nd meaning - Everything2us - as that is what Mary means to us.
This mosaic of the Madonna and Christ Child is on the front of the Apostolic Palace in St Peter's Square (near the Pope's window for the Angelus prayer). Beneath it is John Paul II's coat of arms and his motto, Totus Tuus; and beneath this is written MATER ECCLESIAE - Mother of the Church.
It is a tribute John Paul II wanted to make to Mary for her having saved his life in the assassination attempt on 13th May 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Just 6 months later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, John Paul II blessed the mosaic, a "sign of the heavenly protection of the Sovereign Pontiff, of the Church and of those who are in St Peter's Square."