John Paul II Novena: Day 5

John Paul II's visit to Denver in 1993. Image Source. By the way, I highly recommend the blog I stole this image from.

John Paul II’s visit to Denver in 1993. Image Source. By the way, I highly recommend the blog I stole this image from.

The future of the world and the Church belongs to the younger generation, to those who, born in this century, will reach maturity in the next, the first century of the new millennium. Christ expects great things from young people, as he did from the young man who asked him: “What good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” (Mt 19:16). I have referred to the remarkable answer which Jesus gave to him, in the recent Encyclical Veritatis Splendoras I did earlier, in 1985, in my Apostolic Letter to the Youth of the WorldYoung people, in every situation, in every region of the world, do not cease to put questions to Christ: they meet him and they keep searching for him in order to question him further. If they succeed in following the road which he points out to them, they will have the joy of making their own contribution to his presence in the next century and in the centuries to come, until the end of time: “Jesus is the same yesterday, today and for ever”.- Tertio Millennio Adveniente 58

 

Perhaps one of John Paul II’s most enduring legacies will be his institution of World Youth Day. For those who don’t know, World Youth Day is an annual tradition in which young people from all over the world gather to celebrate their faith and see the pope in person. I’ve never been to one. In my opinion, I was too old for it when I became Catholic (college sophomore), but some of my roommates went that year. They told me that it was very powerful being in the midst of a crowd of hundreds of thousands of Catholics in completely silent adoration in front of the Blessed Sacrament. And that is only one of the events that occurs during the multi-day festival.

I cannot find the exact quote, but I’ve been told on numerous occasions that John Paul II said something like, “We have lost two generations of Catholics due to poor catechesis. It is this generation’s responsibility to catechize their parents.” I don’t agree that children can catechize their parents, but they will certainly catechize their own children someday. They are the future of the Church and we can undo some of the damage done in earlier generations.

This leads me to today’s intention. Today we pray for women who evangelize and teach others in the faith. They have a very important job. The future of Catholicism is in their hands. We pray that they are open to learning more and deepening their relationship with God. There is no such thing as knowing too much or being too close to God. We pray that they get the support they need. Their job can be quite tiring and thankless. They may sometimes feel like they are talking to a wall, that nothing they are teaching sticks. Let them be refreshed at the well of God’s love and mercy. Let them be open to the Spirit in exploring new ways to get their point across. We also pray for their kids, that they can be open to God’s voice within them and give their teachers the respect they deserve.

Let us conclude by praying the Litany to John Paul II:

Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison,
Christ hear us, Christ graciously hear us
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us
Blessed, John Paul II, pray for us
Perfect disciple of Christ, pray for us
Generously gifted with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, pray for us
Great apostle of Divine Mercy, pray for us
Faithful Son of Mary, pray for us
Totally dedicated to the Mother of God, pray for us
Persevering preacher of the Gospel, pray for us
Pilgrim Pope, pray for us
Pope of the Millennium, pray for us
Model of industry, pray for us
Model of priests, pray for us
Drawing strength from the Eucharist, pray for us
Untiring man of prayer, pray for us
Lover of the rosary, pray for us
Strength of those doubting their faith, pray for us
Desiring to unite all those who believe in Christ, pray for us
Converter of sinners, pray for us
Defender of the dignity of every person, pray for us
Defender of life from conception to natural death, pray for us
Praying for the gift of parenthood for the infertile, pray for us
Friend of children, pray for us
Leader of youth, pray for us
Intercessor of families, pray for us
Comforter of the suffering, pray for us
Manly bearing his pain, pray for us
Sower of divine joy, pray for us
Great intercessor for peace, pray for us
Pride of the Polish nation, pray for us
Brilliance of the Holy Church, pray for us
That we may be faithful imitators of Christ, pray for us
That we may be strong with the power of the Holy Spirit, pray for us
That we may have trust in the Mother of God, pray for us
That we may grow in our faith, hope, and charity, pray for us
That we may live in peace in our families, pray for us
That we may know how to forgive, pray for us
That we may know how to bear suffering, pray for us
That we may not succumb to the culture of death, pray for us
That we may not be afraid and courageously fight off various temptations, pray for us
That he would intercede for us the grace of a happy death, pray for us

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us

Pray for us, Venerable Blessed John Paul II
That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ

 We ask all of this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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