"Dear brothers and sisters! A prayer so easy and yet so rich truly deserves to be rediscovered by the Christian community." - Pope St. John Paul II During his papacy, Pope John Paul II ardently encouraged the faithful to return to the Rosary - his own favorite prayer. He demonstrated his love for it by praying all the mysteries every day, and by writing, speaking, and preaching about it. He knew from his personal experience of prayer that we come to know the person of Jesus Christ through Mary and the Rosary. With this book, you can pray the Rosary with the saint who loved it so much. For each mystery of the Rosary, you will find: The spiritual fruit that accompanies each mystery A short reflection on how Pope St. John Paul II embodied the spiritual fruit A Scripture passage for reflection An excerpt from a talk or writing of John Paul II Whether the Rosary is already your favorite prayer or you're just learning to pray it, Praying the Rosary with St. John Paul II will help you "rediscover the Rosary in the light of Scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives." ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gretchen R. Crowe is editorial director for periodicals for Our Sunday Visitor, where she oversees the digital and print publication of OSV Newsweekly, The Priest, Deacon Digest and Simply Catholic. An award-winning writer and photographer, Crowe has been a member of the Catholic Press Association since 2005. Crowe joined Our Sunday Visitor in March 2013 as OSV Newsweekly editor. She is also the author of Why the Rosary, Why Now? (OSV, 2017). Crowe lives in Indiana with her husband and two children.
"From my youthful years, this prayer has held an important place in my spiritual life. (...) The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort. (...) The Rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and its depth." This quote from John Paul II's recent Letter on the Rosary -- Rosarium Virginis Mariae -- shows his deep esteem for this prayer, stemming from his own spiritual experience. Therefore, the Holy Father wishes to share with us a treasure he has discovered and that we might have buried in oblivion or routine! This little book wishes to help all Christians in discovering this treasure, in liking it, and in praying it in accordance with the Pope's spirit and suggestions.
The new luminous mysteries of the Rosary, which focus on important events of Jesus' ministry of teaching and healing, have as their purpose, writes Pope John Paul II in his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, ..".to enkindle renewed interest in the Rosary's place within Christian spirituality as a true doorway to the depths of the Heart of Christ, ocean of joy and of light, of suffering and of glory." Here is collection of scriptural meditations on the Mysteries of Light, actually a form of lectio divina, that is meant to deepen and intensify the experience of praying the Rosary. Enhanced by expressive line art, this little book will be a welcome addition to anyone's spiritual library. Appendix 1: How to Pray the Rosary Appendix II: From Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae
This beautiful book contains many priceles gems of spiritual wisdom from one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time, Pope John Paul II. Each of the Pope's daily reflections center on a Christian virtue and is meant to be prayerfully pondered, read and re-read, until it takes root in the reader's heart.
Available for the first time in English, the private reflections of the modern pope recently elevated to sainthood—deeply personal writings that reveal a spiritual leader who agonized over his service to God, continually questioning whether he was doing enough. As the head of the Roman Catholic Church for twenty-five years, from the final decades of the twentieth century to the first years of the new millennium, Pope John Paul II significantly impacted our world. As famous as a rock star, this powerful leader who conferred with numerous heads of state was the ultimate model of wisdom and religious commitment for numerous Catholics around the globe. Throughout much of his adult life, from 1962 until two years before his death in 2003, John Paul II kept a series of private diaries in which he disclosed his innermost thoughts, impressions, and concerns. Written in his native Polish and never before available in English until now, these journals provide intimate and deeply moving insight into a man, a priest, and a saint’s spirituality and a life devoted completely to God. In God’s Hands lays bare the soul of this powerful, influential statesman, revealing a devout man untouched by his celebrity status; a selfless servant of God who spent decades questioning whether he was worthy of the role he was called to carry out. Over forty years, from his bishopric in Krakow to his election to the papacy to his final years, one question guided him: "Am I serving God?" Entrusted to his personal secretary—who defied John Paul II’s instructions to burn them after his death—these notebooks provide us with a privileged glimpse into the life of a humble man who never took for granted his mission or his exalted role in the church and in the world.
In October 2002, Pope John Paul II updated the prayers of the rosary for the first time in five centuries when he issued his Apostolic Letter "Rosarium Virginis Mariae." Bishop Raymond Lahey has written this book in order to help Canadian Catholics - both individuals and groups - to pray the Rosary in the way the Pope has suggested, as a form of "training in holiness." Bishop Lahey's Introduction includes a brief history of the Rosary, an appreciation of the Pope's new insights into the Rosary as a way of "learning Christ from Mary," and a description of the new "Mysteries of Light." This guide to prayer will include all of the scriptural readings related to each Mystery. The gift set will include a beautifully-crafted olive wood Rosary made in a monastery in the Holy Land.
Pope John Paul II worked many miracles while still on earth... Ask a priest who was ordained during the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, "How did you come to know God was calling you?" Chances are, the answer will have something to do with John Paul himself. Living Miracles tells the true stories of some of these "spiritual sons" of John Paul. You'll meet a priest who underwent a "second conversion" after concelebrating Mass with the Pope. Another who had his first life-changing brush with spiritual greatness when Cardinal Karol Wojtyla went kayaking on a modest Michigan lake. And one who knew he was called to the Catholic priesthood when, through the confusion of a teeming crowd, a remarkably peaceful Pope John Paul met his gaze and held it. These stories are sure to excite and reassure every Catholic who prays for the "JP2 priests" in our midst - while praying for their example to inspire a new crop of great men to heroic lives of joyful sacrifice and service. The book includes reflections from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Houston, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver, and Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte, North Carolina. Priests profiled include Fr. Ed Kelly (Archdiocese of Philadelphia, PA), Fr. Peter Mitchell (Diocese of Lincoln, NE), Fr. Gary Dailey (Diocese of Springfield, MA), Fr. David Toups (Associate Director, Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C), Fr. Leonard Reisz (Diocese of Owensboro, KY), Fr. Jay Toborowsky (Diocese of Metuchen, NJ), Fr. Alvaro Corcuera (General Director of the Legion of Christ, Rome, Italy), Fr. Stephen Savel (Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada), Fr. Richard Mullins (Director of Multicultural Ministries, Diocese of Arlington, VA), Fr. Mark White (Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.), Fr. John Higgins (Archdiocese of New York, NY), and Fr. Anthony Denton (Archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia).
"This handy little book contains hundreds of direct quotes and short sayings of St. John Paul II, arranged according to the Christian virtues and other spiritual topics, allowing the reader to encounter his thoughts about particular aspects of the Christian life in a more organized manner.The first fifteen chapters are arranged under virtues corresponding to the classical Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary, making this ideal for anyone to use for daily spiritual reading and inspiration. Reading these sayings while reciting the Rosary is like praying it with St. John Paul II, joining both prayer and the study of his writings in one great journey of advancing all the more in holiness and the love of God.St. John Paul II canonized more saints than all of his predecessors combined to show that holiness is for all of the faithful. He wrote 14 encylicals and hundreds of other documents to help the Church remain faithful to the doctrinal and moral teaching received from the Apostles.Canonized in 2014, Pope John Paul II’s speeches and writings continue to be one of the main sources from which Catholics today draw their knowledge of the faith. He is also venerated for his defense of the family and the unborn."--
Author: Catholic Church. Pope (1978-2005 : John Paul II)
Publisher: USCCB Publishing
Category: Mysteries of the Rosary
This historic apostolic letter from Pope John Paul II broadens the traditional pattern of the rosary to include the mysteries of light-five reflections on Christ's public ministry between his Baptism and his Passion.