“Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”

From the inauguration homily of Saint John Paul II, on October 22, 1978:

Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept His power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and with Christ’s power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind. Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ. To His saving power open the boundaries of States, economic and political systems, the vast fields of culture, civilization and development. Do not be afraid. Christ knows “what is in man.” He alone knows it.

So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. He is assailed by doubt, a doubt which turns into despair. We ask you therefore, we beg you with humility and trust, let Christ speak to man. He alone has words of life, yes, of eternal life.

“Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ.”

“Totus Tuus” by Saint John Paul II

Immaculate Conception, Mary my Mother,
Live in me, act in me,
Speak in me and through me,
Think your thoughts in my mind,
Love through my heart,
Give me your dispositions and feelings,
Teach, lead me, and guide me to Jesus,
Correct, enlighten, and expand my thoughts and behavior,
Possess my soul,
Take over my entire personality and life, replace it with yourself,
Incline me to constant adoration,
Pray in me and through me,
Let me live in you and keep me in this union always.

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27)

An Offering of the Self to Jesus, by Saint John Paul II

O Lord,
may my soul
be flooded with Your light
so that I may know You more profoundly!

give me so much love,
love forever, serene and generous,
love that will join me to You always!

grant that I may serve You,
serve You truly and well,
on the paths that You wish to open up
to my existence down here.

Christ of our sufferings,
Christ of our sacrifices,
Christ of our Gethsemane,
Christ of our difficult transformations,
Christ of our faithful service to our neighbor,
Christ of our pilgrimages to Lourdes,
Christ of our community,
Christ our Redeemer,
Christ our brother!


A child of Jesus and Mary.

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