Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we celebrate this Feast of Mercy Sunday and the canonization of 2 Popes: St. John XXIII and Saint John Paul II, I’m remembering the devotion to Mary which each of them showed in their lifetime. How like the Apostle John who stood with Mary beneath the Cross of Christ, they too took Mary into their lives!
Pope Saint John Paul II wrote that as a young man the reading of St. Louis De Montfort’s “True Devotion” was a turning point in his life. He consecrated himself to Jesus through Mary, and chose for his Papal Motto “Totus Tuus” (All Yours). I was reading excerpts of his encyclical on “Mother of the Redeemer” earlier this morning.
Less is known, perhaps of Pope Saint John XXIII’s devotion to Mary but it is significant to me that he opened Vatican II Council on the Feast of Mary’s Maternity, Oct. 11. I found on the internet this prayer:
Prayer of Pope John XXIII Love of Mary
Holy Immaculate Mary, help all who are in trouble. Give courage to the faint-hearted, console the sad, heal the infirm, pray for the people, intercede for the clergy, have a special care for nuns; may all feel, all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance, all who now and always render and will render, you honour, and will offer you their petitions. Hear all our prayers, O Mother, and grant them all. We are all your children: Grant the prayers of your children. Amen forever.
Pope Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Mary, Mother of Unity pray for the human family