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JAMAICA

Pope John Paul II was a pilgrim to Jamaica in 1993 during his 60th apostolic voyage.

JPII: "Jesus puts this question to each of his followers: "Do you believe...?" (Jn 9: 35). Echoing the Lord’s words here tonight in Kingston, I appeal to you, Christians of Jamaica: "Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ"! Be confident that your faith in the Good News has the power to transform your lives and to purify and ennoble the life of your society.

Jamaica needs to hear the truth of the Gospel! Since the Gospel reveals the full truth about man and his noble calling, it gives the vision and strength needed to meet the many challenges which your society is facing. The Gospel has the power to inspire in every heart an unselfish commitment to the common good and the rejection of everything that stands in the way of building a renewed society, a society of justice, peace and solidarity. Now is the time for the Island’s Christians to strive to ensure that the principles which guide political, social and economic life are in conformity with God’s law and with the Gospel. Now is the time to work together to overcome the effects of injustice and exploitation, to counteract the lack of concern for the needs of the poor and the disadvantaged, the lack of respect for the dignity and value of each person, especially women and children. Now is the time for Christians to reject the temptation to lethargy and hopelessness, to reliance on the excuses of the past, and easy recourse to useless quarrels. Now is the time for everyone to build together, inspired by the Gospel, one people, a united society, a better future."

Here below are responses to Totus2us podcasts given by Jamaicans
- many thanks to you all   ♥

To download the free mp3 audio recordings individually, right/double click on the play buttons  

Andrea       

Word on the Street: John 10:10 - I have come so that you may have life and have it to the full. -
"This is what our identity is, this is what we are made for - living life to the full and all that entails. Being in relation with our Creator who has created me for Him, because He wants me to live life and live it to the full; to live in joy, to live in hope. It gives me so much joy when I read that reading because it grounds me to who I am really."

Gwendolyn      

"I think Mary is a person who guides you to God; like, you have to pray and she will guide you the way."

Lorna      

"Mary, Jesus’s mother, is my mother. I love her.  .. I can never find the right words to describe my mother Mary, she’s just compassionate. If I’m in trouble I pray to her, if I’m in need I pray to Mother Mary and I ask her to speak to her son on my behalf. Things usually work out well for me and she's just wonderful and I love her."

Jervaine      

"Mary is a real mother. We look upon her. Without her, the Church would not be founded. If we have any problems we can take it to Our Lady. She is there for us; she always looks down on us and we look up to her. She is the Mother Church in whom we all believe, especially I believe in her. I can take my problems, my sorrow, my joy and it's just wonderful to kneel at her feet and be in her presence and I hope to enjoy her vision one day in heaven. Amen."

Patricia      

"Our Lady for me basically is always there. Our Lady of Perpetual Help is my daily prayer and also my rosary is my daily prayer. I think especially in these difficult times, without her, without the gift of the rosary and the beautiful prayers that surround Our Lady, I think my life would be very difficult to deal with on a day to day basis. However, in saying that, I have a very wonderful life and I think I am truly blessed and I think a lot of my blessings come through her."

Paula      

"I’d encourage anyone, Catholic, non-Catholic, just to have a talk with Our Lady. You know, she lived it. She was the first quintessential woman. She is THE quintessential woman. We might say we're modern women now, but she was it back then. She was a modern woman in the biblical times fighting, standing up for truth and justice, and how amazing is she!"

If you'd like to give your something about Mary,
please do get in touch with the Totus2us team

- as well as hopefully bringing you joy,
you'd be really helping Totus2us   ♥

Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.
Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria. - St Louis de Montfort

Blessed John Paul II took his motto Totus Tuus from this quote.

"I am entirely yours and all that I have is yours.
I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”

1 of best ever JPII songs (from 4 mins), with steel band:
"Welcome, welcome, John Paul II.
We want you to know that we love you.
Welcome to this happy land, Jamaica,
gift of heaven above.
"