Thursday 22nd October: Feast Day of Pope St John Paul II

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Reflection

Today the church remembers Pope John Paul II, who died and became a Saint within our lifetimes. He loved young people and established the biggest youth festival in the world, ‘World Youth Day’. It holds the record for the biggest gathering of humanity in the world ever.

He began his time as pope by saying:

‘Open wide the doors to Christ, and be not afraid of him!’

Prayer

Written by Pope St John Paul II for Peace in the World

To the Creator of nature and man, of truth and beauty, I pray:

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of the victims of all wars and violence among individuals and nations.

Hear my voice, for it is the voice of all children who suffer and will suffer when people put their faith in weapons and war.

Hear my voice when I beg You to instill into the hearts of all human beings the wisdom of peace, the strength of justice, and the joy of fellowship.

Hear my voice, for I speak for the multitudes in every country and in every period of history who do not want war and are ready to walk the road of peace.

Hear my voice and grant insight and strength so that we may always respond to hatred with love, to injustice with total dedication to justice, to need with the sharing of self, to war with peace.

O God, hear my voice and grant unto the world Your everlasting peace.

Amen.