I can still remember where I was in 1978 when on the radio it was announced that the Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla had been elected as Pope. He chose the name Pope John Paul II.
He was a man of great intellect, who was a charismatic figure loved by both Catholics, Christians and non Christians who respected him as was testified by the world observing his death and funeral.
He was brave in defending people against injustice and all of this came from his life of prayer.
The following is a quote by Pope John Paul II. It summarises so much of what we have been focusing on in the Lenten journey. I would encourage you to put it in a place where you see it often and reflect upon it.
“Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness. Prayer gives us light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up on praying!”
GOSPEL READING: Luke 16:19-31
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