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Personal Notes Underscore John Paul II's Marian Devotion
Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/12/14 | Elise Harris

Posted on 03/13/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by marshmallow

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each.

“Nothing can be dangerous for us; neither Satan nor the world, nor sin – if there is in us the power of Christ in the Marian way,” Bl. John Paul II wrote in one of his personal notes.

Entitled “I am so much in God’s hands: Personal records 1962-2003,” the book containing the Pope’s letters was published by Krakow-based publisher Znak on Feb. 12, and contains 639 pages of meditations and some photos and scans of the pages from two of his notebooks, one beginning in 1962 and the other in 1985, which were both published in Italy by the Archdiocese of Milan.

Reflecting on the virtues of faith, hope and love, the blessed expressed his thoughts regarding their nature, observing how each is brought to full fruition in the life and example of the Mother of God.

On the virtue of faith, the pontiff highlights three separate dimensions, referring to them as “the faith of Mary,” her “availability to receive the God’s Word and to fulfill it,” and that she is “a model of faith for all for the pastors of the Church.”

The faith of Mary is the “legacy of the faith of Israel, which in Mary has been ‘exceeded,’” he wrote, observing that in listening only to God’s word, “she conceived the Word – the Son, first spiritually, then physically.”

Her availability goes hand in hand “with being ‘poor in spirit’” noted the blessed, adding that in her “persistent faith” she “never wavered,” and that she is truly a “Virgo fortis,”........

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TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach; Prayer; Theology

1 posted on 03/13/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

How does a Torah observant Jewish mother who was given the specific name of her Son and assumingly called Him by that specific name His whole life.
..comes back in these visions to us and uses a Greek/Latin transliterated name for her Son instead?

Certainly a ‘mystery’ to me....

2 posted on 03/13/2014 1:39:55 PM PDT by delchiante
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To: delchiante

It all began when Jesus gave His mother to the beloved disciple John at the foot of the Cross.

3 posted on 03/13/2014 3:09:51 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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