...final words of Blessed John Paul II
Eight years seems like a breath ago combined with an eternity...
"What really matters in
life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In
comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And,
without the love of Jesus, everything is useless."
"There is no
evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy
that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that
Christ has not alreasy borne for us, and does not now bear with us."
and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power
... Open wide the doors for Christ. To his saving power open the
boundaries of states, economic and political systems, the vast fields of
culture, civilization and development."
"Jesus Christ has taken
the lead on the way of the cross. He has suffered first. He does not
drive us toward suffering but shares it with us, wanting us to have life
and to have it in abundance."
On Poland's debate in 1996 on whether to liberalize abortion legislation:"A nation that kills its own children has no future. "
is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which
unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom
they make up a sole family - a domestic church. "
danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are
pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close
their hearts and become selfish."
"Young people are threatened...
by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural
inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction
of every desire."
"The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping
one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's
inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity. "
During his first public audience after dislocating his shoulder in 1993:"I'm all in one piece. I'm not dead yet."
condition or advancing of age are not obstacles to a perfect life. God
does not look at external things but at the soul. "
confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the
street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the
communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel
"Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love. "
Christ and through Christ man has acquired full awareness of his
dignity, of the heights to which he is raised, of the surpasssing worth
of his own humanity, and of the meaning of his existence."
with today's problems and disappointments, many people will try to
escape from their responsibility. Escape in selfishness, escape in
sexual pleasure, escape in drugs, escape in violence, escape in
indifference and cynical attitudes. I propose to you the option of love,
which is the opposite of escape."
again, through myself, the Church, in the words of the well-known
declaration Nostra Aetate, 'deplores the hatred, persecutions and
displays of anti-Semitism directed against the Jews at any time and by
anyone.' I repeat, "By anyone."
"The distinctive mark of the Christian, today more than ever, must be love for the poor, the weak, the suffering."
is above all a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against
the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil."
After his visit
to his would-be assasin: "What we talked about will have to remain a
secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have
pardoned and who has my complete trust."
"The way Jesus shows you
is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not
lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider
"It is a mistake to apply American democratic
procedures to the faith and the truth. You cannot take a vote on the
truth. The value of democracy stands or falls with the values which it
embodies and promotes."
"The family, as the fundamental and
essential educating community, is the privileged means for transmitting
the religious and cultural values which help the person to acquire his
or her own identity. Founded on love and open to the gift of life, the
family contains in itself the very future of society; its most special
task is to contribute effectively to a future of peace."
young people of every language and culture, a high and exhilarating task
awaits you: that of becoming men and women capable of solidarity, peace
and love of life, with respect for everyone. Become craftsmen of a new
humanity, where brothers and sisters — members all of the same family —
are able at last to live in peace."
"Finally, true freedom is not
advanced in the per missive society, which confuses freedom with
licence to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom
proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to
claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to
moral values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the
protection and advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is
destructive of freedom and peace. There are many examples of this
mistaken idea of freedom, such as the elimination of human life by
legalized or generally accepted abortion."
human cloning, for example, risk reducing the human person to a mere
object: life and death to order, as it were!"
you shall not kill even in its more positive aspects of respecting,
loving, and promoting human life, is binding on every individual human
~Evangelium Vitae-Gospel of Life Pope John Paul II-1995
"Euthanasia is a grave
violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally
unacceptable killing of a human person." ~Evangelium Vitae, 1995
evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation,
indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human
"Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice."
"Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ."
"Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves."
euthanasia and assisted suicide are never acceptable acts of mercy.
They always gravely exploit the suffering and desperate, extinguishing
life in the name of the "quality of life" itself."
~Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics-National Conference of Catholic Bishops(United States)-1998
who advocate euthanasia have capitalized on people’s confusion,
ambivalence and even fear about the use of modern life-prolonging
technologies. Being able to choose the time and manner of one’s death,
without regard to what is chosen
is presented as the ultimate freedom."
~Statement on Euthanasia- National Conference of Catholic Bishops (United States) 1991
sickness of a family member, friend or neighbor is a call to Christians
to demonstrate true compassion, that gentle and persevering sharing in
~Ad Limina Apostolorum to Bishops of the United States-John Paul II -1998
cannot fail to note once again that the poor constitute the modern
challenge, especially for the well-off of our planet, where millions of
people live in inhuman conditions and many are literally dying of
hunger. It is not possible to announce God the Father to these brothers
and sisters without taking on the responsibility of building a more just
society in the name of Christ."
“Hence in every case, a just
wage is the concrete means of verifying the justice of the economic
system… It is not the only means of checking, but it is a particuarly
important one and in a sense the key means.”
“Wages must enable
the worker and his family to have access to a truly human standard of
living in the material, social, cultural and spiritual orders. It is the
dignity of the person which constitutes the criterion for judging work,
not the other way around.”
"To humanity, which sometimes seems
to be lost and dominated by the power of evil, selfishness and fear, the
risen Lord gives the gift of His love which forgives, reconciles and
reopens the soul to hope."
"Precisely in an age when the
inviolable rights of the person are solemnly proclaimed and the value of
life is publicly affirmed, the very right to life is being denied or
trampled upon, especially at the more significant moments of existence:
the moment of
birth and the moment of death."
to share in the sufferings of Christ is, at the same time, to suffer
For the kingdom of God. In the eyes of the just God, before his
judgement, Those who share in the sufferings of Christ become worthy of
~Salvifici Doloris- On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering-Pope John Paul II-1984
of Christ does not distract us from interest in others, but rather
invites us to responsibility for them, to the exclusion of no one….”
"Stupidity is also a gift from God, but one mustn't misuse it."
celebrate the Eucharist "to eat his flesh and drink his blood", means
to accept the wisdom of the Cross and the path of service. It means that
we signal our willingness to sacrifice ourselves for others, as Christ
has done. Our society desperately needs this sign, and young people need
it even more so, tempted as they often are by the illusion of an easy
and comfortable life, by drugs and pleasure-seeking, only to find
themselves in a spiral of despair, meaninglessness and violence. It is
urgent to change direction and to turn to Christ. This is the way of
justice, solidarity and commitment to building a society and a future
worthy of the human person."
"The future starts today, not tomorrow."
‘The Gospel of life must be proclaimed and human life defended in all places and all times."
~Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American Catholics- National Conference of Catholic Bishops (United States) 1998
Christ, through His own salvific suffering, is very much present in
every human suffering, and can act from within that suffering by the
powers of His Spirit of truth, His consoling spirit."
~Salvifici Doloris- On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering- Pope John Paul II-1984
"To all I want to say just one thing: "May God reward you."
it is true that the taking of life not yet born or in it’s final stages
is sometimes marked by a mistaken sense of altruism and human
compassion it cannot be denied that such a culture of death, taken as a
whole, betrays a completely individualistic concept of freedom, which
ends up by becoming the freedom of " the strong" against the weak who
have no choice but to submit".
comes from God: it is his image and imprint, as sharing in his breath of
life. God therefore is the sole Lord of this life: Man cannot do with
it as he wills."
"The goal and target of
our life is He, the Christ who awaits us -- each one singly and
altogether -- to lead us across the boundaries of time to the eternal
embrace of the God who loves us."
"The abuse which has caused
this crisis is by every standard wrong and rightly considered a crime by
society; it is also an appalling sin in the eyes of God." — To American
cardinals summoned to Vatican during church sex abuse scandal, April
"When freedom does not
have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of
law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to
the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society."
"Be not afraid."
"Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."
holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the
effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at
school and at work, and in social and political involvement."
"As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live."
cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to
include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn."
"It is unbecoming for a cardinal to ski badly."
"I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin. "
"I am a young person aged 83 -- speaking to youths."
Pope cannot remain a prisoner of the Vatican. I want to go to
everybody...from the nomads of the steppes to the monks and nuns in
their convents...I want to cross the threshold of every home."