“He, who sings, prays twice!”
The world is wonderful. The reality surrounding us, in all its wealth, is unpredictable and open to the needs of all people, especially young people. Every single day gives us many options from which we can choose: to discover our talents, to gain education, to grow spiritually, to make new friendships, to travel, to start working, to start family, and many, many more. Thus, it is worth to ask yourself some fundamental questions: what is the base on which we are building our daily lives? What is the foundation upon which we are building our personality? Faith - a living and lasting relationship with God should be the foundation of all our decisions. We address Him not only in the form of prayer, conversation, but also via music or singing which come from the depths of our hearts.
God the Father, who is absolutely faithful to His eternal love for man, since He "so loved the world" - therefore man in the world-that "he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (J 3,16) Believing in the crucified Son means "seeing the Father," (see J 14, 9) means believing that love is present in the world and that this love is more powerful than any kind of evil in which individuals, humanity, or the world are involved. Believing in this love means believing in mercy. For mercy is an indispensable dimension of love; it is as it were love's second name and, at the same time, the specific manner in which love is revealed and effected vis-a-vis the reality of the evil that is in the world, affecting and besieging man, insinuating itself even into his heart and capable of causing him to "perish in Gehenna." (Mt 10,28).
Jesus Christ taught that man not only receives and experiences the mercy of God, but that he is also called "to practice mercy" towards others: "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." (Mt 5, 7) The Church sees in these words a call to action, and she tries to practice mercy. All the beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount indicate the way of conversion and of reform of life, but the one referring to those who are merciful is particularly eloquent in this regard. Man attains to the merciful love of God, His mercy, to the extent that he himself is interiorly transformed in the spirit of that love towards his neighbor.
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This year we celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the great Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, which opened a new chapter in the Church’s social teaching. A constant factor in this teaching has been its untiring appeal for solidarity in working to overcome the poverty and underdevelopment in which millions of human beings live. Although Creation and its goods are meant for all, a large part of humanity today still suffers under an intolerable burden of poverty. As I stated in the Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, this situation calls for charity and a lived solidarity. There is an urgent need to work for the good of others and to be ready to lose oneself – in the Gospel sense – in order to serve others, instead of using them for one’s own advantage.
1. During Lent we turn once again to the God of all compassion, the source of all goodness, and ask him to heal our selfishness and to grant us a new heart and a new spirit. Lent, and the Easter season which follows it, call us to reflect on the total identification of our Lord Jesus Christ with the poor. The Son of God, who became poor out of love for us, became one with those who suffer. This total identification finds its clearest expression in the Lord’s own words: “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Mt 25:40).
Author: Ania Navas
Karol Wojtyła who became Pope, was without any doubts an extraordinary man. His intelligence, kindness, as well as deep faith and devotion to God undeniably influences all who had the privilege to know him. For millions of believers around the world, already as Pope John Paul II, he became a spiritual leader, an example to follow. His attitude and involvement in human right fight contributed to communism fall in Europe. By His generation, He was called as John Paul the Great. When nine years after His death, on April 27, 2014, He was canonized and declared a Saint of the Catholic Church, His fame and miracles which happened as a result of all prayers made through His intercession, became well known in every corner of the globe. Saint John Paul II became the best known Pole in the world. Countless pilgrims from around the world are going to places where He lived and worked. Faithful people are waiting for months to have a Mass celebrated in a special intention by His tomb at the St. Sebastian’s Chapel, in the St. Peter Basilica in Vatican. Many of them received graces of healing, the gift of motherhood, or experiences changes in lives thanks to the intercession of St. John Paul II.
The Administrative Council of the John Paul II Foundation led by Archbishop Jędraszewski was held in Rome
Already, this year it will be 36 years since the moment when John Paul II established in Vatican the Foundation which bears His name. The Pope, having the future in mind, wanted this Church’s organization to promote various educational, scientific, cultural, religious and charity activities related to His pontificate. The Foundation from the very beginning started to document the great legacy and heritage of John Paul II for which the Centre for Documentation and Study was established. Documents related to the pontificate and the library with more than 30 thousand books along with the Museum where gift received by the Pope are stored, constitutes the heart of the Polish House.
It was the will of John Paul II, for the Foundation to contribute in the development of the intellectual elites of Eastern Europe, granting fellowships for students from former communist countries to study at the Catholic University of Lublin and the John Paul II Pontifical University in Krakow.