When Life Gets Tough, the Tough Follow the Example and Teachings of Saint Pope John Paul II

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

It has been a few years since the canonization of both St. Pope John XXIII and St. Pope John Paul II. The 22nd was the annual feast day for the legendary John Paul II.

Outside of St. Stephen Church in Glenwood Springs (Archdiocese of Denver) is a magnificent statue of St. Pope John Paul II. The new generation can witness the greatness of Pope Francis I but older Christians can appreciate the papacy, and years prior to his ordainment, of Poland-born St. Pope John Paul II.

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Older Catholics still have vivid memories of John Paul. My favorite was his visit to Chicago but he traveled all over the world and made a noble attempt to reunite Roman Catholics with the Eastern Orthodox Church. Perhaps the seeds he planted will bloom during our life times. Certainly, Pope Francis I would support unification, which has not existed since the life of King/Pope Constantine.

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St. Pope John XXIII planted the seeds of ecumenicalism of all Christians but it was St. Pope John Paul II that developed and explained the ideas codified during the 1960s.

Please add your comments and memories to this short essay… or write to DaileySun@outlook.com.

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Prayer is Special During Advent

St. Dominic, about 800 years ago, preached about nine great ways to take our prayers to God.

  1. Humility (reference 2 Chronicles 7:14)
  2. Worship (ref: Psalm 29:2)
  3. Penance (ref: Acts 2:38)
  4. Contemplate the love of God through the cross (ref: Phillipians 2:10)
  5. Be still and listen to God (ref: 1 Chronicles 16:8)
  6. Intercession (ref: John 14:13-14) Jesus Christ stated, “Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son; if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
  7. Supplication for wisdom, transfixed (ref: Psalm 103:1) and
  8. Study the Word of God (ref: Acts 3:16)

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Statue of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Raymond’s in Menlo Park, Calif. [St. Raymond was a Dominican Priest that lived to be 100 years-old]

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