Four years ago today, our dear Papa, John Paul the Great, went home to Holy God. The Church and the world were so blessed by God to have had him as Papa and Vicar for so many years. I still miss him.
O Blessed Trinity We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ,and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him. Trusting fully in Your infinite mercyand in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you. Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints. Amen.
Edited to add this lovely video memorial made by Ukok:
Today is my 2d “blogiversary”. I was inspired by John Paul the Great to take the name, “Become What You Are”. These words are found in his Apostolic Exhortation on the family, Familiaris Consortio. It’s a wonderful document and well worth the read if you haven’t read it yet. My vision was to focus on family life in general and our family life in particular. I intended to spend time meditating and reflecting on family life and motherhood as a path to holiness and writing those things here, sharing them for what they are worth. I also intended to share our family, the good, the bad and the funny (now you didn’t really think I’d share the “ugly” did you? Of course there is ugly, but that is not where my focus lies: Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8) I’m not sure that what this blog has become was my original intent or desire and I am not sure whether or not that matters.
I mentioned to a friend yesterday that I have been feeling unsure of the future of this blog as it doesn’t seem to be going in any particular direction and has not been for quite some time. I don’t know if it is mainly due to spending most of the past 2 years with Chief deployed or if it is something else. I am, right now, trying to discern where to go with this blog. I just don’t know. So I’m doing something quite radical. I’m praying. And I’m listening.
John Paul, please pray for me!