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 111 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).
"The Virgin is strictly connected to St James and to the pilgrims. In Spain and the Hispanic world she is called Our Lady of the Pilar (pilar meaning pillar, column). She is the Patroness of Spain. She appeared in early Christianity about the year 40 AD when James was preaching for the evangelisation of the Roman province of Hispagna, the present Spain and Portugal. He was having a difficult time, discouraged for the progress of his mission. Mary appeared to St James in that particular difficult time in a vision. She was standing on a pillar, accompanied by angels, and she assured James that eventually the land would be converted to the faith, a faith as strong as the column she was standing on. For us pilgrims this image is very present, particularly when we are walking the Way of Santiago, experiencing spiritual and physical difficulty. The Lady of Pillar has become a companion, walking with us and looking after us with the same care and dedication as she has been looking after St James in distress. .. What is interesting here is to remember that when the Virgin appeared to James in Zaragoza, she was still alive in Palestine. So here in this bilocation, we can see clearly how early Our Lady started to care for us."
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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.
BXVI: "We can thus learn many things from Saint James: promptness in welcoming the Lord's call even when he asks us to leave the "boat" of our human securities, enthusiasm in following him on the roads that He indicates to us beyond any of our illusory presumption, readiness to witness to him with courage, if necessary, all the way to the supreme sacrifice of life. Thus James the Greater stands before us as an eloquent example of generous adherence to Christ. He who initially, through his mother, had requested to be seated with his brother next to the Master in his Kingdom, was precisely the first to drink the chalice of the passion, to share martyrdom with the Apostles.
And, in the end, summarizing everything, we can say that the pathway, not only exterior but above all interior, from the mount of the Transfiguration to the mount of the Agony, symbolizes the whole pilgrimage of Christian life, amid the persecutions of the world and the consolations of God, as the Second Vatican Council says. By following Jesus like St James, we know, even in difficulties, that we are going on the right road."
"Walking every day 20 kms was a very, very good experience, very hard but it was wonderful. It combined many things. It combined suffering, it combined great joy, it combined astonishment at the way things happened. And really what I found on this journey was many other people were coming with something in their heart, some people even didn't know why they were but that there was something that had drawn them … I remember one or two people that I met, that really it struck me how St James is leading people spiritually. They want to enjoy the outdoors and walking, which is so healthy, because it's when we come in contact with nature that it gives our spirit, our soul, our body, time to think, time to be, time to experience just the every day toil of tiredness, of hunger, of thirst, and the joy of being with people. But when you met people on the way, on this walk, you really didn't talk about superficial things. You'd certainly say hello and where to do you come from but people really very quickly spoke from the heart."
"So somehow in Granada, María Josefa and María Angustias had a call from God and they didn't know for what, and they met Benedict Menni and in 1881 they started our congregation whose special charism is to glorify God the Father through caring for the sick and showing compassion and love. … So we were founded specifically to care for people with mental disabilities. … Our Founder was very strong about our spirituality which is uniting contemplation and activity. And the theme of our spirituality is the Good Samaritan and the beautiful passage of Martha and Mary, which is work and contemplation. We could not really do the work we do if it wasn't through great strong prayer life."
Christopher, from the UK
"For me, John’s Gospel provides a window into understanding the love of Jesus and the Father, and their relationship. John the Evangelist was someone who would have known Jesus so intimately, who rested on his bosom at the Last Supper, got so close to listen to his words, that he became so effected by him that his words would have stayed with him his whole life and they can be found on the page of the Gospel in Jesus' long discourses, where we see the most beautiful love letters ever written between the Father and the Son."
Fr John Edwards SJ: "I don’t know what more God could do to point to the message of Lourdes and Fatima. The message of Medjugorje? The same - prayer and penance, and the prayer Our Lady mentions is the rosary. Why? Because with these things - prayer, penance, fasting - she says then we'll be converted, turned around, twisted, linked to her Son. And if we can do that, then peace. Our Lady is not just talking about international peace (she says the world is on the brink of disaster, well, we know that) but she's talking about peace where it's got to begin, in your heart, in my heart. I think heaven is shouting to us. I think heaven for 150 years through the Mother of God, who brought Jesus to us, is giving us in the technical sense a prophecy." (talk given in 1987)
Difficulties with the Mass
"These are the difficulties that one can usually hear: I get bored with Mass. I don't get anything out of coming to Mass. I can't pray in Church, could pray much better somewhere else. My friends don't go to Church; and, I don't see why there should be an obligation - if I want to go to Church I will, if I don't I won't, and nobody has the right to dictate to me how I relate to God, it's between me and God. Those are something of the difficulties that our youngsters face. And what is the answer? And the answer, I think, depends on how you see the Mass."
John, 30 & from England: "I think the thing that strikes me most about the Eucharist is the way it shows that God, in spite of being so powerful, is so humble. That not only is He so humble that He becomes a human being but he's so humble that He actually becomes food for us and that that's how he loves us, both by becoming one of us and becoming something that we can eat. That's just how humble our powerful God is."
Dulan, 28 & from Sri Lanka: "Adoration is the presence of God, you feel the presence of God when you're in adoration. It's one of the most wonderful things you can do - to experience God in his whole power and his presence, in the peace it brings you. I absolutely love doing adoration."
"My whole childhood was very much effected by John Paul II .. We loved him just so much. The most important thing, looking back I think, was his immense love & friendship, which you could see in very concrete ways. He'd remember people's names: if he met them once, the next time he saw them he'd be able to recall names, and match names to faces. That incredible memory of his was certainly a great gift of love & a way in which his love for people came out. .. He said he wanted to be remembered as the Pope of the Family & I'm sure that will be the case."
Sarah, who's 20 & from the USA
"Pope Francis is very, very dear to my heart, mostly because of his incredible love and joy, his caringness for the poor and for those who need it most. He really brings us back to what true humanity is and what it means to be a Christian in the most simple and most profound sense of the word: in just following Christ and loving each person for who they are and who God made them to be, and not for their certain qualities or their physical beauty or anything like that. Just the heart that God gave them is all that we need to love and that's exactly what he shows to us. He's such a beautiful example that we can follow in our daily lives and it's something that the whole world has noticed, and not even necessarily Catholics or Christians, but everybody has noticed his love and he inspires everybody to act that way."
"Among other things, I’ve read quite a lot of Benedict XVI’s writings and I think he’s a very profound and great writer. But I think he’s much more relevant and knows much more about the modern world than most people realise - so I'm principally thinking of his idea of the dictatorship of relativism. I've been at university for 5 years now and to me it's extremely obvious that he was completely right about this …just in terms of ideas of free speech, society's obsession with relativism and the fear of the absolute means that anyone who expresses or wishes otherwise are deemed intolerant or bigoted. … I think Benedict is an extremely loving, caring and cheerful man in his own way, but we don't see it so much, and he's able to express it in words like no-one else I've ever read."
Man for Others - Karol Józef Wojtyła
"The concept I have as a priest is to be an ‘alter Christus’, another Christ. I was born and bred in a Christian family, a truly good Catholic family, but the person that absolutely decided me, that made me see the priest as something virile, something truly courageous, something heroic, was Karol Józef Wojtyła. When he was elected pope on Monday 16th October 1978, I was absolutely taken by his first words: 'Sia lodato Jesu Christo' Praised be Jesus Christ. Jesus was placed at the centre of the world. Jesus was unashamedly confessed as being the solution for our lives. And I think that the Holy Father showed this by his tremendous wish to evangelize."
"I just saw something in them that made me realise that they had something; a lot of people I knew were good people but these people had something else that made them see a value and a dignity in the human person .. I slowly observed their behaviour & got to know them & became good friends & gradually that took me back into the Church. I very suspiciously would go & sit at the back of the church. Then one day a friend said 'Come on, Suze, come and say the rosary.' .. So I went off to a church & prayed the rosary & I'd have to say that that probably was what brought me back. From then on I just felt that, if nothing else, I could maybe attempt to say the rosary. Slowly Our Lady worked her way back into my life. From there I guess I began going to the Sacraments, I went to confession, I started going to Mass regularly."
""Fear not to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and by his power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind.
Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ. To his saving power open the frontiers of states, economic and political systems, the vast realms of culture, civilization, and development.
Do not be afraid. Christ knows 'what is in humans'. He alone knows!" (16th October 1978)
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, 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, 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, Paraguay, La Réunion, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia & Uruguay.
Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović
Medjugorje, 25 June 2014 (33rd anniversary of the apparitions)
“Dear children! The Most High is giving me the grace that I can still be with you and to lead you in prayer towards the way of peace. Your heart and soul thirst for peace and love, for God and His joy. Therefore, little children, pray, pray, pray and in prayer you will discover the wisdom of living. I bless you all and intercede for each of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! El Altísimo me da la gracia de poder estar aún con ustedes y de guiarlos en la oración hacia el camino de la paz. Vuestro corazón y vuestra alma tienen sed de paz y de amor, de Dios y de Su alegría. Por eso, hijitos, oren, oren, oren y en la oración descubrirán la sabiduría del vivir. Yo los bendigo a todos e intercedo por cada uno de ustedes ante mi Hijo Jesús. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! L’Altissimo mi dona la grazia di poter essere ancora con voi e di guidarvi nella preghiera verso la via della pace. Il vostro cuore e la vostra anima hanno sete di pace e d’amore, di Dio e della Sua gioia. Perciò, figlioli, pregate, pregate, pregate e nella preghiera scoprirete la sapienza del vivere. Io vi benedico e intercedo per ciascuno di voi davanti al mio Figlio Gesù. 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."