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Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world and focusing particularly on the teachings of Saints Paul VI & John Paul II, Papas Benedict XVI & Francis. In the last 10 years there have been voices from 128 countries on over 40 audio Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and on Totus2us RSS feeds, Spotify & iTunes amongst others, most mp3 episodes fall broadly into three areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life). By dwelling on what is good, true and beautiful, it is hoped Totus2us can help us to pray and have the courage to trust in and follow Jesus.

Pope Francis' Message for Lent 2020: "We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God"
Some of the feast days around now: 19th March - Solemnity of St Joseph   25th March - Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord  5th April - Palm Sunday & 35th World Youth Day  9th April - Holy Thursday with Mass of the Last Supper. 10th April - Good Friday & beginning of Divine Mercy Novena   11th April - Holy Saturday  12th April - Easter Sunday  19th April - Feast of Divine Mercy

During this extraordinary time when many around the world are unable to attend Holy Mass and are in situations of ordeal, suffering & grief, more resources of prayer are being shared on the internet. Amongst them, Totus2us particularly recommends the livestream from the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, with a round the clock schedule of prayer, including 3 Masses, Adoration, 3 rosaries, the Divine Mercy chaplet & the Divine Office.

Today's something about Mary

is by Sister Mercy, from Nigeria      

"For me Our Lady is a mother and a model. One thing I love about Our Lady that constantly draws me back to her, to seek for her intercession, is her 'yes' to God, to carry out the will of God in bringing Christ to the world for us. And for me that is something that I desire that each day Our Lady may intercede for me that I may be able to carry the will of God at the end of my life."

On Sunday 13 October 2013, Pope Francis 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 every day since.

Friendship with Christ      

Fr Dominic Faure: "Do I really desire to recover this simplicity for which I have been created? The simplicity of being a child of God, the simplicity of a beloved son,  ... Do I really desire to recover a life where I listen to one, I love one, I find security in one? Sure, from there we are going to love many, from Christ, in Christ, for Christ, but the simplicity of a life where I have one reference and only one. In the same way as Jesus has only one reference: to the Father - a son can only do what he sees his father doing, I can only say what I hear from my father, the father loves me because I always do what pleases him - only one reference. It's clear that when we have recovered this simplicity then we become a rock for others .. in the sense that you can count on them, they are faithful."

No One Dies Alone Project - please, please, please join in!

Fr Philip (21.03.20): "Earlier this evening I was reading a news report on the SkyNews website which, quoting a doctor in a hospital in Italy, had the headline: “Everyone Dies Alone”. It was a very sobering and tragically sad report, describing how, because they have to be isolated, those suffering and slowly dying from Covid19 meet their end without the comfort and consolation of their relatives and loved ones.  The medical staff do what they can, but they are overwhelmed by the task that lies before them.  When I read that headline, immediately I was stirred to begin this little project.
Inspired by a scene in the Diary of St. Faustina, where she was spiritually transported by the Lord in order to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at the bedside of a dying man she did not know, I would like to suggest that we would each commit to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet each day for the days ahead to spiritually place ourselves beside one of the poor unfortunate men and women who are dying alone in hospitals all over the world because of this virus, some of whom are perhaps not well prepared spiritually for their earthly end.  If families were to pray it then several dying persons would be spiritually adopted with the one prayer of the Chaplet.
Praying the Chaplet for the dying, we will petition Jesus to enfold them in his Merciful Love in their final hours and grant them a strong experience of his consoling presence before they take their leave of this life.  This would be a great act of mercy and love for those who are victims of this virus and who are approaching their end.
Please consider taking part in this project.  There is no need to sign up to anything.  It is a simple movement which, please God, will bear enormous fruit for the souls for whom we pray. I would appreciate it if you were to pass this on to others you know who might be willing to take up this spiritual work of mercy.  In the final weeks of Lent it would be a good spiritual practice to incorporate into our prayer routine.     
Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary."


This is the link to the Sky News Report - Coronavirus: 'Everyone dies alone': Heartbreak at Italian hospital on brink of collapse [& please forward this article to anyone who isn't taking the danger posed by the Coronavirus seriously!]

32us on the Annunciation of Our Lord      

Father Leo Maasburg: "By accepting the Annunciation and by saying 'Amen' as we say at the reception of every Communion, Our Lady said yes to stand with the Lord under the Cross, not only under the Cross on Golgotha but under the Cross of his life. When we say yes at the reception of Communion we echo her voice and we say yes to our cross, to the crosses of day to day life which we have to carry, the cross of anxiety, the cross of unsuccess, the cross of pain, many crosses big and small. But we say yes because we know we contribute to the plan of God which is the redemption of the world, the plan of God which embraces in love the whole world. Our sufferings, our yes to our sufferings, not only redeem us but they contribute to the redemption of the world. This is the big annunciation: we are called, as Our Lady, to be collaborators in the redemptive work of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Praised be to Him for ever and ever. Amen."

Catechesis by Benedict XVI during the Year of Faith:

The Virgin Mary: Icon of Obedient Faith    

"“Chaîre kecharitomene, ho Kyrios meta sou”, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1, 28). These are the words — recounted by the Evangelist Luke — with which the archangel Gabriel greets Mary. At first sight the term chaîre, “rejoice”, seems a normal greeting, usual in Greek, but this word, when read against the background of the biblical tradition, acquires a much deeper meaning. This same term is present four times in the Greek version of the Old Testament and always as a proclamation of joy at the coming of the Messiah (cf Zeph 3, 14; Joel 2, 21; Zech 9, 9; Lam 4, 21). The angel’s greeting to Mary is thus an invitation to joy, to a deep joy, it announces an end of the sadness that is in the world in front of the limit of life, in front of suffering, death, wickedness, the darkness of evil which seems to obscure the light of divine goodness. It is a greeting which marks the beginning of the Gospel, of the Good News."

He was Conceived by the Work of the Holy Spirit       

"The angel says to Mary: “The power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow”. This is a recall to the holy cloud which, in the pathway of the exodus, stopped over the tent of meeting, over the ark of the covenant, that the people of Israel were carrying with them, and that indicated the presence of God (cf Ex 40, 34-38). Mary, therefore, is the new holy tent, the new ark of the covenant: with her “yes” to the words of the archangel, God receives a dwelling place in this world, He whom the universe cannot contain comes to dwell in the womb of a virgin."

Catechesis by St John Paul II - Lent & Prayer      

"When Christ, responding to the disciples' request "Teach us to pray" pronounces the words of his prayer, he teaches not only the words, but teaches that in our colloquy with the Father there must be total sincerity and full openness. Prayer must embrace everything that is part of our life. It cannot be something supplementary or marginal. Everything must find in it its own voice. Even everything that aggravates us; that we are ashamed of; that by its nature separates us from God. Precisely this above all. It is prayer that always, first and essentially, demolishes the barrier between us and God, which sin and evil can have put up.

Through prayer all the world must find its right reference: that is, its reference to God: my interior world and also the objective world, the one in which we live, and thus as we know it. If we convert to God, everything in us is turned towards him. Prayer is the expression of such a turning towards God; and it is, at the same time, our continual conversion: our life. Holy Scripture says: "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return on high without having irrigated the earth, without having made it fruitful and sprout so as to give seed to the sower and bread to the eater thus shall it be of the word that comes from my mouth: it shall not return to me without effect, without having performed that which I desire and without having accomplished that for which I sent it" ."

Man for Others      

Father Vincent Dike, from Nigeria: "So my prayer, my ordination, my priesthood and my vocation I would say came from my mum, who had been praying earnestly, just like St Monica, the mother of St Augustine. But as a person going through the seminary I remember taking a decision after my junior seminary that I wanted to be a priest. This was when I was 19 years old, I was in the senior seminary and I asked God, 'If you know I will be a good priest, please call me to your altar; and if you know I cannot make this, please help me to go and help out my family in any way your want.' And this journey has been amazing. And now 22 years a priest, I'm happy, I'm joyful, I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Go in Peace      

Leon, 35 & from the Philippines: "Very often we hear arguments: why do I have to go to a priest, why do I have to speak my sins? Well, you see, this is not a draconian requirement put on us by Our Lord but actually a sign of his love, that he has wanted to speak the language of the senses, the language of words and with those languages .. he has wanted to say to us 'I absolve you of your sins. I forgive you.' So that with the very ears with which hear the car horns on the street, the very ears with which we hear the most mundane things, we can hear his mercy. And his mercy spoken specifically to our own words, our own description of our sins. .. That's confession!"

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All around the world - our universal Catholic faith

You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech RepublicDominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, 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, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Saints Paul VI, John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI &/or Pope Francis have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Uruguay.

Our Lady's message through Mirjana Soldo:
Medjugorje, 2 Marcy 2020

"Dear children, your pure and sincere love draws my motherly heart. Your faith and trust in the Heavenly Father are fragrant roses which you offer to me - the most beautiful bouquets of roses which consist of your prayers, acts of mercy and of love. Apostles of my love, you who sincerely and with a pure heart strive to follow my Son, you who sincerely love Him, you help; you be an example to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son - but, my children, not only with words but also with acts and pure feelings through which you glorify the Heavenly Father. Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigilance, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge - anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone. I am asking that you love, that you convey the truth; because truth is old, it is not new, it is eternal, it is truth. It testifies to God's eternity. Bring the light of my Son and keep breaking the darkness which all the more wants to seize you. Do not be afraid. Through the grace and the love of my Son, I am with you. Thank you."

Totus Tuus, Totus2us   

Totus Tuus - Totally Yours - was St 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."