JPII: "In saying this prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I wish to place under her loving protection the whole Church in New Zealand. I offer to her care all the beloved faithful of this land, together with their bishops, priests and religious. I pray, Holy Mother of God, that you will help the poor and the suffering, obtain pardon for the sinners, bring joy to the afflicted and lead all your sons and daughters in New Zealand to the happiness of eternal life, with the angels and the saints, in the Kingdom of Jesus, your Son. Amen."
Here below are responses to Totus2us podcasts given by New Zealanders
- many thanks to you all ♥
"Mary is to me a mother figure and I believe that she's a role model for all of us in terms of her love and affection for her families."
"Our Lady in my life is a very special mother ... She’s been helping my family a lot and I know that we are blessed through Our Lady."
"I do love my mother, Mother Mary."
In John Paul II We Love You
James speaks of JP2's legacy of the World Youth Days, his devotion to Our Lady, how in his old age he showed how those who are suffering are important, and how he was never afraid to preach the Gospel.
Blessed John Paul II in his 1st address as Pope, 16th October 1978:
"Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ."
"Mary is the Mother of God and Mary will help you, to guide you to where you are, if you ask her for petition, because Mary is the mother of Jesus and Jesus will definitely listen to his mum."
"Mary will be the one that leads me towards Jesus and in my faith towards him. .. It's really interesting how my love towards her grows as I pray more and more to her. Also, I think what I've learned as well, during the rosary, I try to see the life of Jesus in the eyes of Mary and what that means for me."
"I am very blessed to be able to say the rosary with other people: in New Zealand every day after Mass, we say our rosary. To me it's venerating the mother, but it also brings Jesus that much closer because, as we say the mysteries, His life is there revealed before us. I find Mary is a wonderful support and I want her to look after my large family of 7 children; those that have strayed from the faith, that she will bring them back, please God."
"I have discovered that it is more important to try to be like Mary in faith. So that's my ideal - to try to be like Mary, to live as Mary lived. Amen."
Father John Rea sm is a Marist priest. In Man for Others
he looks back over 55 years of priesthood and recalls some of the priests who have inspired him, in particular, from the early days - Father Alex, Father Joe, Father John O'Connor; from his trips to the Pacific Islands (Fiji in particular) - Father Lucien Souberonne, Father Mickey Bransfield; and 3 chaplains in the 2nd World War - Father Jess, Father Leo & Father Wilfred:
"All through these 55 years there have been other priests who have inspired me. In my earlies years they were elderly priests, men who had born the burdens and the heats .. All of them were what I would call big men - big in mind, big in heart. A broadness about them that made them affable and friendly towards all, wonderful priests. I retain these memories all my days, examples to me to live up to. Amen."
"For me Mary is absolute warmth .. I consider her a real true friend. In dark times she always seems to be appearing there in the light behind my eyes."
"Our Lady to me is someone more than just a mother. She represents everything that we strive to be."
"Our Lady to me is our Mummy in heaven and she looks after us and we can pray to her and hand everything over to her and ask her to help us."
"Christmas for me is to reflect on how God entered this world, but came to this earth in such a fragile way, but allowed us to look after him. I think in turn celebrating that love of being so weak, allowing Himself to be at our level instead of someone so high up that we can't reach."
On Word on the Street Paul chose Philippians 3:8
I will go further because of the supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord.
"Nothing compares to Christ - I can go on searching the world, go to the highest mountain, to the lowest sea earning so much money but nothing compares to having Christ as my Lord Jesus Saviour."
"Mary walked unflinchingly enfolded in the sweeping firestorms of His Spirit's space, engulfed in His tremendous, timeless love. It probed her heart with flame and found it true, unscarred my sin, unmarred by evil's taint. God's tornado Spirit swirled to rest in her still centre, concentrating there the living flame of His immensity to form a fragile speck, destined to raise the poor wrecked world to sunshine once again." - from Sr Ruth's poem 'Fiat'.
Sister Ruth is a Poor Clare Sister in enclosed community at Ty Mam Duw in North Wales. 9 of the Poor Clare sisters gave their something about Mary during a novena to the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost in 2010.
- 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 Marie de Montfort
Blessed John Paul II took his motto Totus Tuus from this quote.
"I am all yours and all that I have is yours.
I accept you as my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”