October 8th - The Day John Paul II Changed The Future of The World


Dear fellow Catholics,

At first thought, October 8th may not jump to our memory as a special day, but…

Eight years ago, on October 8th of 2000, our tireless former Pope John Paul II celebrated the Jubilee for the bishops of the world. On Saturday Oct 7th, (Feast of the Holy Rosary) he surprised them by presenting before them the Image of the Shrine of Fatima which he had ordered brought out of Portugal one last time, for this important celebration. More than 1500 bishops from all over the world prayed the Rosary before such a special image.:slight_smile: (The only other time that the sacred image had been allowed out of Portugal, had been for the Consecration Act of 1984.)

But he did not end there, on the next day, Sunday October 8th, 2000, each of the bishops was handed a copy (in their own language) of the Act of Entrustment of Consecration of the Whole world and the Third Millennium to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. All 1500 bishops, (representing the whole world) joined in. This time there could not be a question of collegial participation. They all read it in union with the Holy Father! :slight_smile: He had done it again, he consecrated the whole world, in union with the bishops of the world, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. What an amazing Pope, in the midst of all his personal physical suffering,he was still thinking about our future.

An we know that God always keeps his promises! I am sure that the future of the world will not be the same because of his faithfulness to Our Lady.

**Thank you, John Paul II **:slight_smile:

Happy October 8th!:slight_smile:
To Jesus through Mary :thumbsup:


Praised be Jesus and Mary!
Thanks for your sharing!



Pope to the Bishops: "For our support and comfort, we have wished to emphasize during these Jubilee days the presence in our midst of Mary Most Holy, our Mother. We did so yesterday evening by reciting the Rosary as a community; we do so today with the Act of Entrustment, which we will make at the end of Mass. It is an act that we will make in a collegial spirit, while sensing the closeness of the many Bishops who, in their respective sees, are joining in our celebration and making this same Act together with their faithful. May the venerable image of Our Lady of Fátima, which we have the joy of hosting in our midst, help us to relive the experience of the first Apostolic College, gathered in prayer in the Upper Room with Mary, the Mother of Jesus."

** Sunday 8 October 2000**

1. “Woman, behold your Son!” (Jn 19:26). As we near the end of this Jubilee Year, when you, O Mother, have offered us Jesus anew, the blessed fruit of your womb most pure,
the Word made flesh, the world’s Redeemer, we hear more clearly the sweet echo of his words entrusting us to you, making you our Mother: "Woman, behold your Son!"
When he entrusted to you the Apostle John, and with him the children of the Church and all people, Christ did not diminish but affirmed anew the role which is his alone as the Saviour of the world. You are the splendour which in no way dims the light of Christ, for you exist in him and through him. Everything in you is fiat: you are the Immaculate One, through you there shines the fullness of grace.
Here, then, are your children, gathered before you at the dawn of the new millennium.
The Church today, through the voice of the Successor of Peter, in union with so many Pastors assembled here
from every corner of the world, seeks refuge in your motherly protection and trustingly begs your intercession as she faces the challenges which lie hidden in the future.

**2. **In this year of grace, countless people have known the overflowing joy of the mercy which the Father has given us in Christ. In the particular Churches throughout the world,
and still more in this centre of Christianity, the widest array of people have accepted this gift. Here the enthusiasm of the young rang out, here the sick have lifted up their prayer.
Here have gathered priests and religious, artists and journalists, workers and people of learning, children and adults, and all have acknowledged in your beloved Son the Word of God made flesh in your womb. O Mother, intercede for us, that the fruits of this Year will not be lost and that the seeds of grace will grow to the full measure of the holiness to which we are all called.

3. Today we wish to entrust to you the future that awaits us, and we ask you to be with us on our way. We are the men and women of an extraordinary time, exhilarating yet full of contradictions. Humanity now has instruments of unprecedented power: we can turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble. We have devised the astounding capacity to intervene in the very well-springs of life: man can use this power for good, within the bounds of the moral law, or he can succumb to the short-sighted pride of a science which accepts no limits, but tramples on the respect due to every human being.
Today as never before in the past, humanity stands at a crossroads. And once again, O Virgin Most Holy, salvation lies fully and uniquely in Jesus, your Son.

4. Therefore, O Mother, like the Apostle John, we wish to take you into our home (cf. Jn 19:27),
that we may learn from you to become like your Son.
“Woman, behold your son!” Here we stand before you
to entrust to your maternal care ourselves, the Church, the entire world. Plead for us with your beloved Son that he may give us in abundance the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth which is the fountain of life.
Receive the Spirit for us and with us, as happened in the first community gathered round you in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (cf. Acts 1:14). May the Spirit open our hearts to justice and love, and guide people and nations to mutual understanding and a firm desire for peace.
We entrust to you all people, beginning with the weakest:
the babies yet unborn, and those born into poverty and suffering, the young in search of meaning, the unemployed, and those suffering hunger and disease. We entrust to you all troubled families, the elderly with no one to help them, and all who are alone and without hope.

**5. **O Mother, you know the sufferings and hopes of the Church and the world:
come to the aid of your children in the daily trials which life brings to each one, and grant that, thanks to the efforts of all, the darkness will not prevail over the light. To you, Dawn of Salvation, we commit
our journey through the new Millennium, so that with you as guide all people may know Christ, the light of the world and its only Saviour, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.
Vatican Official Website

John Paul II, pray for us**.


I remembering hearing the Pope speak this consecration on a Catholic radio station, and it felt like a sword of light piercing the darkness.

The above photo shows the statue of Our Lady of Fatima that’s in my living room … Yes, Photoshop has been lovingly applied. My name on the Flickr photography website is CountryDreaming, and here’s a link to my photo at its website:


~~ the phoenix


That is a nice effect on the image. Great to know that she is in your living room. She’ll bless your home. Thank you for sharing

To Jesus through Mary :thumbsup:

Edward Henry


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