Many of you asked me to write about this special saint: John Paul II.

He was the first non-italian pope in 455 years! He was a man of great faith, and he inspires me to imitate his devotion and faith every day.

Who was Saint Pope John Paul II?

Did you know?

– He continued skiing until he was 73 years old.

– He received the sacrament of Reconciliation from Padre Pio.

– If you put together everything he wrote, it would equal the length of 20 Bibles.

– He was the first pope to set foot in a mosque.

– He knew all 2,000+ bishops of the world by name.

– He spoke 8 languages fluently.

– He was shot by an assassin whom he visited and forgave in prison.

On top of all that, John Paul II wrote many poems and books that are incredibly helpful. My favorite ones are his books about love.

 Love and Responsibility, known as “one of the greatest explanations of the Church’s teachings on human love.”

 Theology of the Body, a book that highlights Jesus’ redemption for a union so vital for the good of humanity and the world.

He was a transformative force of our times, a true leader, hero, and saint!

If you want to know many more details about the impact he had on the world, you can learn more from the fantastic book written by my friend Patrick Novecosky:  100 Ways John Paul II Changed the World

Let’s pray

Pray with me for his intercession for the needs of all members of the Catholic Mass Times community that we may be a family united in God’s love and care:

Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on Earth.

May you bless families; bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.

Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars, and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.

Oh, St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.