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, to help us to pray, be not afraid and follow Jesus Christ.
There are voices from 118 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).
14th August - St Maximilian Kolbe, Martyr of Love 15th August - Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady
17th August - Our Lady of Knock 20th August - St Bernard of Clairvaux 21st August - St Pius X
22nd August - Feast of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 23rd August - St Rose of Lima
24th August - St Bartholomew, the Apostle 26th August - Our Lady of Częstochowa 28th August - St Augustine
29th August - Feast of the Beheading of St John the Baptist 30th August - St Margaret Clitherow, Martyr
"I love Our Lady and go everywhere she is I can find her. Recently I was in Medjugorje. So I really love her."
If you'd be happy to say your something about Our Lady, please contact 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.
Leanne, from England: "After the pizza, we had some games and met each other, and then I had the opportunity to ask questions. Now throughout High School I'd had all these questions building up, constantly building up, and I'd never had the right people to ask them to, but the parish priest was there and this youth worker was there, and I just knew I could trust them with my questions. So I asked them a lot of questions around suffering, around like 'why do bad things happen to good people?' and that kind of stuff because those were the things that really effected me the most. And they gave answers and they were good answers, like fully to the book answers. But it wasn't the answers that they gave me that kept me coming back, it was the fact that I was able to talk about what I thought and what I believed without being judged. And so the next week I went back, and the next week and the next week, and we kept going to these youth Masses followed by youth groups. And in that I just found, I just found truth. You know when you know something is true and you just can't deny it because it just hits you in your heart. And that's what it was like with God and me, like He just hit me in my heart and I just couldn't deny Him and I haven't been able to since."
Marianne, 32 & from Germany: "It’s just beautiful to participate in community with people and to share a simple life for a week there. You go to pray three times a day, you eat together very simply and you help out with the work. You have Bible study if you want to, a week of silence if you want to, and it feels like home. .. The beauty there is that it's very simple and they don't ask anything of you. You are invited to join the prayers but nobody asks you what you are, who you are, and nobody wants you to proclaim anything, and in that space something can grow."
Anne-Marie, from Ireland: "For me Knock is very special because we would tend to go as a family when I was younger, and we would go every August and would join the other people who had come on pilgrimage at the end of the summer. .. It's in a really beautiful place where there wasn't very much and it's amazing to think that Our Lady came to somewhere so desolate in the middle of nowhere and lit it all up. "
On 28 July 2015, The Center for Medical Progress released an almost 12 minute documentary video that explores the market for aborted baby body parts. The footage shows the dissection of an 11-week aborted baby at a Colorado Planned Parenthood. The staff and potential parts buyer discuss the best way to provide compensation for harvesting and selling the organs and other body structures.
In just a day this video has already had over half a million hits on youtube. It is a chilling reality check on the world of Planned Parenthood & its affiliates, but one that has been crying out to be told. Thank you to the Center for Medical Progress for the courage, integrity & measuredness with which you have undertaken this research.
Father Hugh MacKenzie, from London
"I think my vocation to the priesthood is rooted in my prayers as a small child with my father. He was ill during my teenage years and he didn't continue it then and maybe I didn't want to anyway, but the quite strong experience of knowing God as a small child, particularly praying with my Dad, I think rooted much of my priesthood and my vocation. As a teenager I still went to Mass and for some reason when I was under the stars, looking up at the beautiful sky, I had a real sense of the Creator behind this amazing universe. But outside of that, as a teenager, I didn't really pray and I drifted. But I still enjoyed discussing philosophy and the existence of God, a bit. Then, as I was leaving school in my sixth form, I have the distinct memory of praying under the stars again actually, saying 'Look, you're there God, but where are you? I don't know you. I know you're there but surely you're not just beyond the universe. Have you come into the universe?' Even though I was going to Mass, I didn't link the two at all. .. I do remember saying 'I'm quite happy to give up being Catholic in order to know you, so where are you?' … I've sensed that this type of family, this type of fatherhood, this type of commitment that is the priesthood is the one that I happened to be called. .. I just never really lost for more than a few hours this basic peace and excitement of loving people and being loved by God."
Oliver, 20 & from London: "The Eucharist really helps to bring the reality of the Christian life to everything that one does, which is why St John Paul Ii called it the source and summit of the Christian life. Also in adoration as well - that deep desire of the Lord to spend some time with us, to form us. As Fulton Sheen said 'It's like spending time in the sun: we don't know what happens to us but we do change.' So, it's that continual visiting him, being united with him in Holy Communion and also, when we've fallen, to be reconciled to him, for him to lavish us with his mercy again through the Sacrament of reconciliation. But, above all in the Eucharist, it's all about God wanting to be with us."
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?"
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, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, 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 Bl Paul VI have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, Gabon, Guam, 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 August 2015
"Dear children! Also today I am calling you to be prayer. May prayer be for you the wings for an encounter with God. The world is in a moment of trial, because it forgot and abandoned God. Therefore you, little children, be those who seek and love God above all. I am with you and I am leading you to my Son, but you must say your ‘yes’ in the freedom of children of God. I intercede for you and I love you, little children, with an endless love. Thank you for having responded to my call."
“Queridos hijos! También hoy los invito a que sean oración. Que la oración sea para ustedes las alas para el encuentro con Dios. El mundo se encuentra en un momento de prueba porque ha olvidado y ha abandonado a Dios. Por eso, hijitos, sean aquellos que buscan y aman a Dios sobre todas las cosas. Yo estoy con ustedes y los guio hacia mi Hijo, pero ustedes tienen que dar su sí en la libertad de los hijos de Dios. Intercedo por ustedes, hijitos, y los amo con un amor infinito. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Anche oggi vi invito: siate preghiera. La preghiera sia per voi le ali per l’incontro con Dio. Il mondo si trova in un momento di prova, perché ha dimenticato e abbandonato Dio. Per questo, figlioli, siate quelli che cercano e amano Dio al di sopra di tutto. Io sono con voi e vi guido a mio Figlio, ma voi dovete dire il vostro “SI” nella libertà dei figli di Dio. Intercedo per voi e vi amo, figlioli, con amore infinito. 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."