Pope John Paul II

Born: May 18, 1920

Die: April 2, 2005

Occupation: Priest

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Pope John Paul II

It is important for America that the moral truths which make freedom possible should be passed on to each new generation. Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing...

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A man, even if seriously sick or prevented in the exercise of its higher functions, is and will be always a man ... [he] will never become a 'vegetable' or an 'animal,'" the Pope said. "The intrinsic value...

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Euthanasia is a grave violation of the law of God, since it is the deliberate and morally unacceptable killing of a human person.

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Once 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...

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The 25th anniversary of the decision ... is a call to people of good will to reflect. Now is the time for recommitment to the building of a culture of absolute respect for life.

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Everybody that is just is called to form part of the Kingdom of Heaven-whether they be Buddhas, Jews, or Atheists-as long as they are good.

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The Gospel lives in conversation with culture, and if the Church holds back from the culture, the Gospel itself falls silent. Therefore, we must be fearless in crossing the threshold of the communication...

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Man always travels along precipices... His truest obligation is to keep his balance.

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The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation.

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The Church must persist in the teaching transmitted to her by Christ.

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A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You.. the people must give it this soul.

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By dialogue, we let God be present in our midst, for as we open ourselves to one another, we open ourselves to God.

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A nation that destroys its own people is a nation without hope.

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Truth must be the foundation stone, the cement to solidify the entire social edifice.

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In the newborn child is realized the common good of the family.

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The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family.

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A just wage for the worker is the ultimate test of whether any economic system is functioning justly.

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Let us not accept violence as the way of peace. Let us instead begin by respecting true freedom: the resulting peace will be able to satisfy the world's expectations, for it will be a peace built on justice,...

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Once the truth is denied to human beings, it is pure illusion to try to set them free. Truth and freedom either go together hand in hand or together they perish in misery.

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The New York Marathon: a fantastic event.

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An effective proclamation of the Gospel in contemporary Western society will need to confront directly the widespread spirit of agnosticism and relativism which has cast doubt on reason's ability to know...

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Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth.

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The great 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.

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The future starts today, not tomorrow.

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Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.

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As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

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Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn't misuse it.

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Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.

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To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.

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Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

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Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

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Marriage 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.

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Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.

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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.

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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...

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Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.

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You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you...

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I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.

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The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic...

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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.

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The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.

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Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.

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Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have...

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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.

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Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.

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I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.

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War is a defeat for humanity.

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Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true...

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You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.

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From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.

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I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing.

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Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore... prove ultimately futile.

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You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.

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The question 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...

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Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and...

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The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance, your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you.

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The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979 as the Year of the Child. Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?

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Men and women will retain their sex in heaven

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The enemy of the human race...invented a means never before heard of, by which he might hinder the preaching of God's word of Salvation to the people.

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May the culture of life and love render vain the logic of death.

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In the Eucharistic Sacrifice the Church venerates the memory of Mary the ever Virgin Mother of God and the memory of Saint Joseph, because he fed Him whom the faithful must eat as the Bread of Life

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'Lord you know that I love you...Lord, you know that I love you' (Jn 21:15-17). The Eucharist is, in a certain way, the culminating point of this answer. I wish to repeat it together with the whole Church...

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The Church has a special duty to safeguard and strengthen the sacredness of the Eucharist. In our pluralistic and often deliberately secularized society, the living faith of the Christian community - a...

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I hope that your example attracts many souls to the adoration of Jesus Christ who is present on the altar to be of comfort and hope to those who confide in him with faith and love; they look on him as...

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For 2,000 years, the Church has been the cradle in which Mary places Jesus and entrusts Him to the adoration and contemplation of all peoples. May the humility of the Bride cause to shine forth still more...

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Peoples of the entire world need to hear these words. Their conscience needs to grow in the certainty that Someone exists who holds in His Hands the destiny of this passing world... And this Someone is...

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Farmers everywhere provide bread for all humanity, but it is Christ alone who is the bread of life...Even if all the physical hunger of the world were satisfied, even if everyone who is hungry were fed...

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The Eucharist is not only a particularly intense expression of the reality of the Church's life, but also in a sense its fountainhead. The Eucharist feeds and forms the Church: 'Because there is one bread,...

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The Eucharist is the full realization of the worship which humanity owes to God, and it cannot be compared to any other religious experience.... The risen Lord ... calls the faithful together to give them...

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The essential commitment and, above all, the visible grace and source of supernatural strength for the Church as the People of God is to persevere and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic...

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Like so many pilgrims before us, we kneel in wonder and adoration before the ineffable mystery which. was accomplished here... In This Child - the Son who is given to us - we find rest for our souls and...

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In the Mass and in Eucharistic Adoration we meet the merciful love of God that passes through the Heart of Jesus Christ.

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United with the angels and saints of the heavenly Church, let us adore the most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. Prostrate, we adore this great mystery that contains God's new and definitive covenant with...

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This is the wonderful truth, my dear friends: the Word, which became flesh two thousand years ago, is present today in the Eucharist

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I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God.

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Only through the Eucharist is it possible to live the heroic virtues of Christianity: charity, to the point of forgiving one's enemies; love for those who make us suffer; chastity in every age and situation...

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Evangelization through the Eucharist, in the Eucharist, and from the Eucharist - these are three inseparable aspects of how the Church lives the mystery of Christ and fulfills her mission of communicating...

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Every Mass is a memorial of that one sacrifice and that passover which restored life to the world. Every Mass puts us into intimate communion with her, the mother, whose sacrifice 'becomes present' just...

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Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete

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When we go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament we represent the one in the world who is in most need of God's Mercy." We "Stand in behalf of the one in the world who does not know Christ and who is farthest...

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The encouragement and the deepening of Eucharistic worship are proofs of the authentic renewal which the Council set itself as an aim and of which they are the central point.

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The Eucharist is the heart of the Church. Where Eucharistic life flourishes, there the life of the church will blossom.

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Every act of reverence, every genuflection that you make before the Blessed Sacrament is important because it is an act of faith in Christ, and act of love for Christ. And every sign of the cross and gesture...

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Beneath the Sacred Host, Christ is contained, the Redeemer of the world

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Eucharistic worship is not so much worship of the inaccessible transcendence as worship of the divine condescension, and it is also the merciful and redeeming transformation of the world in the human heart

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When our whole life is one faith, hope, love, prayer and silence, a consecrated life always bound up in the Eucharist, then the 'urge' towards God springs...

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And so, like Moses (cf Ex 3, 5), in spirit we remove the shoes from our feet, on the threshold of the inner sanctuary that each of us must become as we meet the Lord.

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The dramatic threat of ecological breakdown is teaching us the extent to which greed and selfishness are contrary to the order of creation. ...A given culture reveals its understanding of life through...

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Man matures through work which inspires him to difficult good.

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When man turns his back on the Creator's plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order. If man is not at peace with God, then earth itself cannot be at...

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The seriousness of ecological degradation lays bare the depth of man's moral crisis... Simplicity, moderation, and discipline as well as the spirit of sacrifice must become a part of everyday life.

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Around the world, we can see the results of exploitation which destroys much without taking future generations into account. Today, all men have a duty to show themselves worthy of the mission given them...

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Christians will want to be in the vanguard in favoring ways of life that decisively break with the exhausting and joyless frenzy of consumerism.

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Love the family! Defend and promote it as the basic cell of human society; nurture it as the prime sanctuary of life. Give great care to the preparation of engaged couples and be close to young married...

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Chess holds deep wisdoms of the people. It is truly an image of life, the reflection of human fate that has shown us the earthly way of suffering in darkness and permanent shortage of time. Like in chess,...

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How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening.

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The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons.

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In suffocating the voice of conscience, passion carries with itself a restlessness of the body and the senses: it is the restlessness of the "external man." When the internal man has been reduced to silence,...

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If the communications media are a good destined for all humanity, then ever-new means must be found - including recourse to opportune legislative measures - to make possible a true participation in their...

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There cannot be forgotten the great possibilities of mass media in promoting dialogue, becoming vehicles for reciprocal knowledge, of solidarity and of peace. They become a powerful resource for good if...

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Sensitivity to the immense needs of humanity brings with it a spontaneous rejection of the arms race, which is incompatible with the all out struggle against hunger, sickness, under-development and illiteracy.

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Our future on this planet, exposed as it is to nuclear annihilation, depends one one single factor: humanity must make a moral about-face.

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If development is the new name for peace, war and preparations for war are the major enemy of the healthy development of peoples. If we take the common good of all humanity as our norm, instead of individual...

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Condemning class struggle does not mean condemning every possible form of social conflict. Such conflicts inevitably arise and Christians must often take a position in the "struggle for social justice."...

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The obligation to earn one's bread presumes the right to do so. A society that denies this right cannot be justified, nor can it attain social peace.

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On one hand the eternal attraction of man towards femininity (cf. Gn. 2:23) frees in him-or perhaps it should free-a gamut of spiritual-corporal desires of an especially personal and "sharing" nature (cf....

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To reach peace, teach peace.

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The ethos of redemption is realied in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires.

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Art has a unique capacity to take one or other facet of the message and translate it into colors, shapes and sounds which nourish the intuition of those who look and listen.

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This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops. Do not be afraid to break out of comfortable and routine modes of living in order to take up the challenge of...

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It is unbecoming for a cardinal to ski badly.

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The mystery of the Holy Night, which historically happened two thousand years ago, must be lived as a spiritual event in the 'today' of the Liturgy," the Pope clarified. "The Word who found a dwelling...

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God made us for joy. God is joy, & the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us.

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Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that,...

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A person's rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use.

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None are so poor that they have nothing to give...and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive.

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The worst prison would be a closed heart.

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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.

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The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world.

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Laws which authorize and promote abortion and euthanasia are therefore radically opposed not only to the good of the individual but also to the common good; as such they are completely lacking in authentic...

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The legal toleration of abortion or of euthanasia can in no way claim to be based on respect for the conscience of others, precisely because society has the right and the duty to protect itself against...

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Taking into account these distinctions, in harmony with the Magisterium of my Predecessors[81] and in communion with the Bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that euthanasia is a grave violation of...

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The choice of euthanasia becomes more serious when it takes the form of a murder committed by others on a person who has in no way requested it and who has never consented to it. The height of arbitrariness...

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Amongst all unimportant subjects, football is by far the most important.

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Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.

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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.

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There is no place for selfishness-and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice

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The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day.

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Real love is demanding. I would fail in my mission if I did not tell you so. Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God.

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There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.

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The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world. . . . Let Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament speak to your hearts....

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From Mary we learn to surrender to God's Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!

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Mary's role is to make Her Son Shine

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Freedom is not the ability to do anything we want, whenever we want. Rather, FREEDOM is the ability to live responsibly the truth of our relationship with God and with one another.

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...if desire is predominant it can deform love between man and woman and rob them both of it.

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Hands are the heart's landscape.

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I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.

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It is legitimate and necessary to ask oneself if this is not perhaps part of a new ideology of evil, perhaps more insidious and hidden, which attempts to pit human rights against the family and against...

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Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person's good.

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The universality of salvation means that it is granted not only to those who explicitly believe in Christ and have entered the Church. Since salvation is offered to all, it must be made concretely available...

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The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.

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The new evangelization calls for followers of Christ who are unconditionally pro-life: who will proclaim, celebrate and serve the Gospel of life in every situation. A sign of hope is the increasing recognition...

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Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death.

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Take away from love the fullness of self surrender, the completeness of personal commitment, and what remains will be a total denial and negation of it.

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Catholic education aims not only to communicate facts but also to transmit a coherent, comprehensive vision of life, in the conviction that the truths contained in that vision liberate students in the...

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I do not hesitate to proclaim before you and before the world that all human life-from the moment of conception and through all subsequent stages-is sacred, because human life is created in the image and...

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Respect for life and for the dignity of the human person also extends to the rest of creation, which is called to join man in praising God.

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Christians, in particular, realize that their responsibility within creation and their duty towards nature and the Creator are an essential part of their faith.

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We cannot interfere in one area of the ecosystem without paying due attention to both the consequences of such interference in other areas and to the well-being of future generations.

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The most profound and serious indication of the moral implications underlying the ecological problem is the lack of respect for life evident in many of the patterns of environmental pollution.

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It is manifestly unjust that a privileged few should continue to accumulate excess goods, squandering available resources, while masses of people are living in conditions of misery at the very lowest level...

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Our very contract with nature has a deep restorative power; contemplation of its magnificence imparts peace and serenity.

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The aesthetic value of creation cannot be overlooked. Our very contact with nature has a deep restorative power; contemplation of its magnificence imparts peace and serenity. The Bible speaks again and...

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Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another.

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Limitation of one's freedom might seem to be something negative and unpleasant, but love makes it a positive, joyful and creative thing. Freedom exists for the sake of love.

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Every scientist, through personal study and research, completes himself and his own humanity. ... Scientific research constitutes for you, as it does for many, the way for the personal encounter with truth,...

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The challenge is to make the church's yes to life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion...

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Without wonder, men and women would lapse into deadening routine and little by little would become incapable of a life which is genuinely personal.

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We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other's dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the...

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Solidarity is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself...

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The Mother of Christ, who stands at the very center of this mystery...is given as mother to every single individual and all mankind.

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For a stalk to grow or a flower to open there must be time that cannot be forced; nine months must go by for the birth of a human child; to write a book or compose music often years must be dedicated to...

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The most generous choices, especially the persevering, are the fruit of profound and prolonged union with God in prayerful silence.

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Holidays and vacations can help to balance activity with contemplation, haste with more natural rhythms, noise with the heralding silence of peace.

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It is pleasant to spend time with Him, to lie close to His breast like the Beloved Disciple and to feel the infinite love present in His Heart....how can we not feel a renewed need to spend time in spiritual...

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The frenetic pace of modern life can lead to an obscuring or even a loss of what is truly human... Perhaps more than in other periods of history, our time is in need of that genius which belongs to women,...

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The Rosary mystically transports us to Mary's side as she is busy watching over the human growth of Christ in the home of Nazareth. This enables her to train us and to mold us with the same care, until...

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We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.

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God passionately desires and ardently yearns for our salvation... Nothing is greater than this: that the blood of God was poured out for us.

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Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.

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We must open our eyes to admire God who hides and at the same time reveals himself in things and introduces us into the realms of mystery... we must be pure and simple like children, capable of admiring,...

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In this oasis of quiet, before the wonderful spectacle of nature, one easily experiences how profitable silence is, a good that today is ever more rare... In reality, only in silence does man succeed in...

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We need to make our own the ancient pastoral wisdom which... encouraged Pastors to listen more widely to the entire People of God. Significant is Saint Benedict's reminder to the Abbot of a monastery,...

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The history of mankind, the history of salvation, passes by way of the family... The family is placed at the center of the great struggle between good and evil, between life and death, between love and...

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In the context of the "great mystery" of Christ and of the Church, all are called to respond - as a bride - with the gift of their lives to the inexpressible gift of the love of Christ, who alone, as the...

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The call for a sincere gift of self is the fullest way to realize our personal freedom.

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Believers know that the presence of evil is always accompanied by the presence of good, by grace... Where evil grows, there the hope for good also grows... In the love that pours forth from the heart of...

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Pope John Paul II

We need a new apologetic, geared to the needs of today, which keeps in mind that our task is not to win arguments but to win souls... Such an apologetic will need to breathe a spirit of humanity, that...

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Pope John Paul II

The human person is a unique composite - a unity of spirit and matter, soul and body, fashioned in the image of God and destined to live forever. Every human life is sacred, because every human person...

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Pope John Paul II

The cross means there is no shipwreck without hope; there is no dark without dawn; nor storm without haven.

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Pope John Paul II

Yes, the civilization of love is possible; it is not a utopia. But it is only possible by a constant and ready reference to the "Father from whom all fatherhood and motherhood on earth is named," from...

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Pope John Paul II

The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic...

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Pope John Paul II

There is no need to be dismayed if love sometimes follows torturous ways. Grace has the power to make straight the paths of human love.

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Pope John Paul II

Man must reconcile himself to his natural greatness.... he must not forget that he is a person.

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Pope John Paul II

Believers do not surrender. They can continue on their way to the truth because they are certain that God has created them "explorers", whose mission is to leave no stone unturned, though the temptation...

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Pope John Paul II

Utilitarianism is a civilization of production and of use, a civilization of "things" and not of "persons," a civilization in which persons are used in the same way as things are used. In the context of...

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Pope John Paul II

Humanity, its dignity and its balance, will depend at every moment and on every place on the globe,on who man is for woman and who woman is for man.

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Pope John Paul II

It is not enough to long for a person as a good for oneself, one must also, and above all, long for that person's good.

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Pope John Paul II

To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good...

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Pope John Paul II

In the life of husband and wife together, fatherhood and motherhood represent such a sublime "novelty" and richness as can only be approached "on one's knees".

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Pope John Paul II

Creating the human race in His own image and continually keeping it in being, God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation... of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and...

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Pope John Paul II

Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it...

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Pope John Paul II

The modern world, a world which has experienced marvelous achievements but which seems to have lost its sense of ultimate realities and of existence itself.

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Pope John Paul II

In the depths of the human soul... the desire to give meaning to one's own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things.

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Pope John Paul II

For by his incarnation the Son of God united himself in a certain way with every man. He labored with human hands... and loved with a human heart. Born of Mary the Virgin, he truly became one of us...

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Pope John Paul II

The body in its masculinity and femininity has been called "from the beginning" to become the manifestation of the spirit. The body, in fact, and only the body, is capable of making visible what is invisible:...

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Pope John Paul II

Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God.

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Pope John Paul II

The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard?...

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Pope John Paul II

Christ assigns as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman: and simultaneously... He also assigns to every woman the dignity of every man.

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Pope John Paul II

The sacraments infuse holiness into the terrain of man's humanity: they penetrate the soul and body, the femininity and masculinity of the personal subject, with the power of holiness.

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Pope John Paul II

Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savor life and to dream of the future. That is why the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that...

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Pope John Paul II

You made us for yourself, Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you. In this creative restlessness beats and pulsates what is most deeply human - the search for truth, the insatiable need for...

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Pope John Paul II

The primordial model of the family is to be sought in God himself, in the Trinitarian mystery of his life. The divine "We" is the eternal pattern of the human "we", especially of that "we" formed by the...

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Pope John Paul II

In the sacrifice which Jesus Christ makes of Himself on the Cross for His bride, the Church... there is entirely revealed that plan which God has imprinted on the humanity of man and woman since their...

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Pope John Paul II

The greatest deception, and the deepest source of unhappiness, is the illusion of finding life by excluding God, of finding freedom by excluding moral truths and personal responsibility.

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Pope John Paul II

The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history.

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Pope John Paul II

Human progress planned as alternatives (to God's plan) introduce in justice, evil and violence rising against the divine plan of justice and salvation. And despite transitory and apparent successes, they...

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Pope John Paul II

Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial.

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Pope John Paul II

Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus?

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Pope John Paul II

It would appear that, on the level of individual nations and of international relations, the free market is the most efficient instrument for utilizing resources and effectively responding to needs.

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Pope John Paul II

Another name for peace is development.

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Pope John Paul II

We can pray perfectly when we are out in the mountains or on a lake and we feel at one with nature. Nature speaks for us or rather speaks to us. We pray perfectly.

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Pope John Paul II

If the aim is globalization without marginalization, we can no longer tolerate a world in which there live side by side the immensely rich and the miserably poor, the have-nots deprived even of essentials...

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Pope John Paul II

Deep within yourself, listen to your conscience which calls you to be pure...a home is not warmed by the fire of pleasure which burns quickly like a pile of withered grass. Passing encounters are only...

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Pope John Paul II

What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return

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Pope John Paul II

This is no time to be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the time to preach it from the rooftops.

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Pope John Paul II

Pray and learn to pray! Deepen your knowledge of the Word of the Living God by reading and meditating on the Scriptures.

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Pope John Paul II

It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.

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Pope John Paul II

Is not Jesus pointing to children even as models for grownups?

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Pope John Paul II

In the past, it was possible to destroy a village, a town, a region, even a country. Now it is the whole planet that has come under threat. This fact should compel everyone to face a basic moral consideration;...

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Pope John Paul II

Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.

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Pope John Paul II

We are the sum of the Father's love for us

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Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness.

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Pope John Paul II

All are called to holiness, and holy people alone can renew humanity.

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Pope John Paul II

Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history.

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Pope John Paul II

None of us is alone in this world; each of us is a vital piece of the great mosaic of humanity as a whole.

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Pope John Paul II

Work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons

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Pope John Paul II

The Gospel of Life is not for believers alone: it is for everyone. The issue of life and its defense and promotion is not a concern of the Christian alone. Although faith provides special light and strength,...

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Pope John Paul II

Give us the grace - When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life.

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Pope John Paul II

All human life-from the moment of conception and through all subsequent stages-is sacred, because human life is created in the image and likeness of God. Nothing surpasses the greatness or dignity of a...

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Pope John Paul II

Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.

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Pope John Paul II

We must reflect the light of Christ through lives of prayer and joyful service to others.

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Pope John Paul II

Commending the victims to almighty God's mercy, I implore his strength upon all involved in rescue efforts and in caring for the survivors.

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Pope John Paul II

Faith leads us beyond ourselves. It leads us directly to God.

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Pope John Paul II

I hurry to express to you and your fellow citizens my profound sorrow and my closeness in prayer for the nation at this dark and tragic moment.

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Pope John Paul II

By the end of this decade we will live under the first One World Government that has ever existed in the society of nations ... a government with absolute authority to decide the basic issues of human...

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Pope John Paul II

Bless, O Lord of the centuries and the millennia, the daily work by which men and women provide bread for themselves and their loved ones. We also offer to your fatherly hands the toil and sacrifices associated...

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Pope John Paul II

Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war...

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Pope John Paul II

Holiness is not reserved for a small number of exceptional persons. It is for everyone. It is the Lord who brings us to holiness when we are willing to collaborate in the salvation of the world for the...

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Pope John Paul II

Are you capable of risking your life for someone? Do it for Christ.

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Pope John Paul II

The true Christian can nurture a trustful optimism, because he is certain of not walking alone. In sending us Jesus, the eternal Son made man, God has drawn near to each of us. In Christ he has become...

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Pope John Paul II

With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love.

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Pope John Paul II

Faced 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...

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Pope John Paul II

The Church must breathe with her two lungs!

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Pope John Paul II

The greater the feeling of responsibility for the person the more true love there is.

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Pope John Paul II

Christ is the sacrament of the invisible God - a sacrament that indicates presence. God is with us.

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Pope John Paul II

People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of yours. But he asks you to trust him.

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Pope John Paul II

To predispose our mind to welcome the Lord who, as we say in the Creed, one day will come to judge the living and the dead, we must learn to recognize him as present in the events of daily life. Therefore,...

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Pope John Paul II

The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our...

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Pope John Paul II

Even if the forces of darkness appear to prevail, those who believe in God know that evil and death do not have the final say.

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Pope John Paul II

Allow the light and the healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God.

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Pope John Paul II

Although I have lived through much darkness, I have seen enough evidence to be unshakably convinced that no difficulty, no fear is so great that it can completely suffocate the hope that springs eternal...

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Pope John Paul II

I sense that the moment has come to commit all of the Church's energies to a new evangelization... No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty: to proclaim Christ to...

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Pope John Paul II

Every effort to make society sensitive to the importance of the family, is a great service to humanity.

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Pope John Paul II

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...

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Pope John Paul II

The man who wishes to understand himself thoroughly must with his unrest, uncertainty, and even his weakness and sinfulness, with his life and death, draw near to Christ.

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Pope John Paul II

The greatness of work is inside man.

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Pope John Paul II

The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing PEACE on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Pope John Paul II

Life is entrusted to man as a treasure which must not be squandered, as a talent which must be used well.

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Pope John Paul II

St. Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care. May he always guard, protect and enlighten families.

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Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ.

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Pope John Paul II

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...

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Pope John Paul II

Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.

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Pope John Paul II

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 horizons.

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Pope John Paul II

The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love.

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Pope John Paul II

Dear young people, let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ, and spread that light wherever you are.

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Pope John Paul II

It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves...

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Pope John Paul II

Love of Christ does not distract us from interest in others, but rather invites us to responsibility for them, to the exclusion of no one….

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Pope John Paul II

To believe in Jesus is to accept what he says, even when it runs contrary to what others are saying. It means rejecting the lure of sin, however attractive it may be, in order to set out on the difficult...

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Pope John Paul II

If He asks much of you, it is because He knows you can give much.

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Pope John Paul II

To be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to...

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Pope John Paul II

Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure.

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Pope John Paul II

There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy - that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his weakness to the infinite heights to the holiness of God.

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Pope John Paul II

The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the...

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Pope John Paul II

Forgiveness is above all a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil.

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Pope John Paul II

May the death penalty, an unworthy punishment still used in some countries, be abolished throughout the world.

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Pope John Paul II

The Family that prays together, stays together.

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Pope John Paul II

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves.

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Pope John Paul II

The distinctive mark of the Christian, today more than ever, must be love for the poor, the weak, the suffering.

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Pope John Paul II

Let me go to the house of the Father.

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Pope John Paul II

True 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.

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Pope John Paul II

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.

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Pope John Paul II

The obligation to earn one's bread by the sweat of one's brow also presumes the right to do so. A society in which this right is systematically denied, in which economic policies do not allow workers to...

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Pope John Paul II

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...

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Pope John Paul II

Reason and faith cannot be separated without diminishing the capacity of men and women to know themselves, the world and God in an appropriate way.

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Pope John Paul II

The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation...

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Pope John Paul II

Where, if not in the Divine Mercy, can the world find refuge and the light of hope?

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Pope John Paul II

Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God.

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Pope John Paul II

The most urgent task is that of the biblical and liturgical formation of the people of God...

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Pope John Paul II

It is more necessary than ever to intensify liturgical life ... by means of an appropriate formation ... of all the faithful...

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Pope John Paul II

The Rosary is my favorite prayer. A marvelous prayer! Marvelous in its simplicity and its depth. In the prayer we repeat many times the words that the Virgin Mary heard from the Archangel, and from her...

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Pope John Paul II

Apart from the mercy of God, there is no other source of hope for mankind.

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Pope John Paul II

In this silence of the white Host, carried in the Monstrance, are all His words; there is His whole life given in offering to the Father for each of us; there is also the glory of the glorified body, which...

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Pope John Paul II

Your faith will help you realize that it is Jesus Himself Who is present in the Blessed Sacrament, waiting for you and calling you to spend one special specific hour with Him each week.

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Pope John Paul II

Through adoration, the Christian mysteriously contributes to the radical transformation of the world and to the sowing of the Gospel. Anyone who prays to the Savior draws the whole world with him and raises...

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Pope John Paul II

The Eucharist is a priceless treasure: by not only celebrating it but also by praying before it outside of Mass we are enabled to make contact with the very wellspring of grace.

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Pope John Paul II

The [abortion] excommunication affects all those who commit this crime with knowledge of the penalty attached, and thus includes those accomplices without which the crime would not have been committed.

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Pope John Paul II

The poor of the United States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ. You must never be content to leave them just the crumbs from the feast. You must take of your substance, and not...

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Pope John Paul II

The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being.

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Pope John Paul II

Chastity is a difficult long term matter, one must wait patiently for it to bear fruit for the happiness of loving kindness which it must bring. But at the same time chastity is the sure way to happiness.

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Pope John Paul II

The problem of pornography is that it does not reveal too much of a woman but too little.

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Pope John Paul II

In order to see Jesus, we first need to let him look at us!

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Pope John Paul II

It's too early for a Polish pope.

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Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to be the saints of the new mellineum!

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Pope John Paul II

It's better to cry than be angry, because anger hurts others while tears flow silently through the soul and cleans the heart.

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Pope John Paul II

Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make...

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Pope John Paul II

Know what you are talking about.

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Pope John Paul II

Truth can prevail only in virtue of truth itself.

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Pope John Paul II

Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.

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Pope John Paul II

...all that is carried along by the stream's silvery cascade, rhythmically falling from the mountain, carried by its own current-- carried where?

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Pope John Paul II

Young friends, do not hesitate to follow the example of Pedro, who 'pleased God and was loved by him' and who, having come to perfection in so short a time, lived a full life.

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Pope John Paul II

The only way to peace is forgiveness.

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Pope John Paul II

I hope that this form of Adoration, with permanent exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, will continue into the future. Specifically, I hope that the fruit of this Congress results in the establishment...

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Pope John Paul II

From the Eucharist comes strength to live the Christian life and zeal to share that life with others

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Pope John Paul II

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life

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Pope John Paul II

Since Christ is the only way to the Father, in order to highlight His living and saving presence in the Church and the world, the International Eucharistic Congress will take place in Rome, on the occasion...

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Pope John Paul II

This worship, given therefore to the Trinity of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, above all accompanies and permeates the celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy. But it must fill our churches...

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Pope John Paul II

May Mary, who in the freedom of her 'Fiat' and her presence at the foot of the cross, offered to the world, Jesus, the Liberator, help us to find him in the Sacrament of the altar

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Pope John Paul II

Lord Jesus, Who in the Eucharist make your dwelling among us and become our traveling companion, sustain our Christian communities so that they may be ever more open to listening and accepting your Word....

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Pope John Paul II

He was alone in his wonderment, amoung creatures incapable of wonder --for them it was enough to exist and go their way.

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Pope John Paul II

Gandhi was much more Christian than many people who say they are Christians.

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Pope John Paul II

Those in society who are in charge of schools must never forget that the parents have been appointed by God himself as the first and principal educators of their children and that their right is completely...

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Pope John Paul II

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.

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Pope John Paul II

We began by imagining that we are giving to the; we end by realizing that they have enriched us.

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Pope John Paul II

Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better.

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Pope John Paul II

The state of inequality between individuals and between nations not only still exists; it is increasing. It still happens that side by side with those who are wealthy and living in plenty there exist those...

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Pope John Paul II

This is why moral uneasiness is destined to become even more acute. It is obvious that a fundamental defect, or rather a series of defects, indeed a defective machinery is at the root of contemporary economics...

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Pope John Paul II

Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.

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Pope John Paul II

True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature...

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Pope John Paul II

The international community should support a system of laws to regularize international relations and maintain the peace in the same manner that law governs national order.

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Pope John Paul II

If you wish to be brothers, drop your weapons.

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Pope John Paul II

There is no dignity when the human dimension is eliminated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little.

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Pope John Paul II

The Church imposes nothing; she only proposes, she proposes like a lover to the beloved.

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Pope John Paul II

When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of weekend dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people stay locked within a horizon so narrow that...

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Pope John Paul II

Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive.

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Pope John Paul II

Humanity looks to works of art to shed light upon its path and its destiny.

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Pope John Paul II

An important day in a young person's life is the day on which he becomes convinced that Christ is the only Friend who will not disappoint him, on which he can always count.

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Pope John Paul II

Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person: and this is precisely the woman's 'part'. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman 'discovers herself...

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Pope John Paul II

Motherhood involves a special communion with the mystery of life, as it develops in the mother's womb. The mother is filled with wonder at this mystery of life, and 'understands' with unique intuition...

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Pope John Paul II

Physical condition or advancing of age are not obstacles to a perfect life. God does not look at external things but at the soul.

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Pope John Paul II

Faced with the widespread destruction of the environment, people everywhere are coming to understand that we cannot continue to use the goods of the earth as we have in the past ... [A] new ecological...

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Pope John Paul II

The dignity of the human person is a transcendent value, always recognized as such by those who sincerely search for the truth. Indeed, the whole of human history should be interpreted in the light of...

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Pope John Paul II

And everything else will then turn out to be unimportant and inessential except this: father, child, and love. And then, looking at the simplest things, we will all say, Could we have not learned this...

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Pope John Paul II

Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God.

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Pope John Paul II

We must understand that in order 'to do', we must first learn 'to be', that is to say, in the sweet company of Jesus in adoration.

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Pope John Paul II

People must not attempt to impose their own 'truth' on others. The right to profess the truth must always be upheld, but not in a way that involves contempt for those who may think differently. Truth imposes...

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Pope John Paul II

God is Love. We eventually have to ask ourselves the question; why was Love nailed to a cross?

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Pope John Paul II

War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity's agenda for the future.

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Pope John Paul II

Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.

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Pope John Paul II

Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.

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Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to be saints. Follow Jesus Christ who is the source of freedom and light. Be open to the Lord so that He may lighten all your ways.

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Pope John Paul II

Make your lives intensely Eucharistic.

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Pope John Paul II

[Speaking of marriage and family] In this entire world there is not a more perfect, more complete image of God, Unity and Community. There is no other human reality which corresponds more, humanly speaking,...

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Pope John Paul II

Thus 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 judgment. Those who share in the sufferings of Christ become worthy...

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Pope John Paul II

And 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.

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Pope John Paul II

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.

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Pope John Paul II

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 already borne for us, and does not...

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Pope John Paul II

In Christ and through Christ man has acquired full awareness of his dignity, of the heights to which he is raised, of the surpassing worth of his own humanity, and of the meaning of his existence.

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Pope John Paul II

In the designs of Providence, there are no mere coincidences.

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Pope John Paul II

Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily.

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Pope John Paul II

In the fulfillment of your duties, let your intentions be so pure that you reject from your actions any other motive than the glory of God and the salvation of souls.

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Pope John Paul II

Dear 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...

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Pope John Paul II

The Gospel of life must be proclaimed and human life defended in all places and all times.

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Pope John Paul II

Man's life 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.

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Pope John Paul II

While 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,...

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Pope John Paul II

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...

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Pope John Paul II

Those 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,...

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Pope John Paul II

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.

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Pope John Paul II

There are many examples of this mistaken idea of freedom, such as the elimination of human life by legalized or generally accepted abortion.

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Pope John Paul II

Abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, for example, risk reducing the human person to a mere object: life and death to order, as it were!

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Pope John Paul II

The sickness of a family member, friend or neighbor is a call to Christians to demonstrate true compassion, that gentle and persevering sharing in another's pain.

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Pope John Paul II

When you wonder about the mystery of yourself, look to Christ, who gives you the meaning of life. When you wonder what it means to be a mature person, look to Christ, who is the fulfillness of humanity....

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Pope John Paul II

You must be strong, dear brothers and sisters. You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith.

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Pope John Paul II

I 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...

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Pope John Paul II

Only the chaste man and the chaste woman are capable of true love.

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Pope John Paul II

There is no peace without justice, and no justice without forgiveness.

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Pope John Paul II

In Christ and through Christ man has acquired full awareness of his dignity.

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Pope John Paul II

Today, almost half a century after the publication of the Encyclical [of Pius IX], new knowledge has led to the recognition in the theory of evolution of more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable...

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Pope John Paul II

But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers...

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Pope John Paul II

When a parliamentary or social majority decrees that it is legal, at least under certain conditions, to kill unborn human life, is it not really making a tyrannical decision with regard to the weakest...

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Pope John Paul II

Laws which legitimize the direct killing of innocent human beings through abortion or euthanasia are in complete opposition to the inviolable right to life proper to every individual; they thus deny the...

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Pope John Paul II

The only really effective means of enabling States to deal with the grave problem of poverty is to provide them with the necessary resources through foreign financial aid - public and private - granted...

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Pope John Paul II

The drama of AIDS threatens not just some nations or societies, but the whole of humanity. It knows no frontiers of geography, race, age or social condition(calling) for a supreme effort of international...

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Pope John Paul II

Original sin is not only the violation of a positive command … but … attempts … to abolish fatherhood, destroying its rays which permeate the created world, placing in doubt the truth about God who...

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Pope John Paul II

America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice...

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Pope John Paul II

Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is...

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Pope John Paul II

As believers, how can we fail to see that abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide are a terrible rejection of God's gift of life and love? And as believers, how can we fail to feel the duty to surround...

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Pope John Paul II

You are called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere, including the lives of unborn babies, giving real help and encouragement to mothers in difficult situations....

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Pope John Paul II

The promotion of the culture of life should be the highest priority in our societies...If the right to life is not defended decisively as a condition for all other rights of the person, all other references...

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Pope John Paul II

That is the dignity of America, the reason she exists, the condition of her survival, yes, the ultimate test of her greatness: to respect every human person, especially the weak and most defenseless ones,...

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Pope John Paul II

The inviolability of the person which is a reflection of the absolute inviolability of God, finds its primary and fundamental expression in the inviolability of human life. Above all, the common outcry,...

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Pope John Paul II

All human activity takes place within a culture and interacts with culture.

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Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace...Peace will be the last word of history.

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