A Lady's Ruminations

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Sunday, April 02, 2006

Remembering JPII

Today marks the one year anniversary of Pope John Paul II's death. We thank God for his time here on earth and all the wonderous things that John Paul did.

Pope John Paul II
(born Karol Wojtyla)
18 May 1920-2 April 2005

Learn more about JPII by visiting the Vatican's page on him here (includes letters, homilies, audiences, books, speeches, messages, travels, and a biography, among other things).

More here, here, and here.

AP: Pope recalls legacy of John Paul II
AFP: Benedict leads world's tributes to John Paul II
International Herald Tribune: Tens of thousands honor John Paul II in Rome
BBC: In pictures: John Paul II remembered


Prayer for Life:

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time. Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives, and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.

Pope John Paul II
from the Gospel of Life
given in Rome on 25 March 1995, the Solemnity of the Annunciantion of the Lord
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