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October 22, 2014  

(Luk 12:42-44) And the Lord said: Who thinkest thou is the faithful and wise steward, whom his lord setteth over his family, to give them their measure of wheat in due season? Blessed is that servant whom, when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing. Verily I say to you, he will set him over all that he possesseth.

POPE FRANCIS: “Today we celebrate the liturgical memorial of St. John Paul II, who invited everyone to open their doors to Christ. In his first visit to your homeland he invoked the Holy Spirit to come down to renew the land of Poland; he reminded the remembered the mystery of Divine mercy. His spiritual heritage is not forgotten, but urges us to reflection and concrete act for the good of the Church, the family and society. Praised be Jesus Christ.”

ALETEIA: Video Celebrating the First Feast Day of Saint John Paul II

VATICAN RADIO: Universal Church marks first feast day of St. John Paul II

The Universal Church is marking the first liturgical feast day of Saint John Paul II, Tuesday October 22. Poland’s greatest son led the Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. He was canonized along with Pope John 23rd earlier this year by Pope Francis. Prayer was the pillar that supported him throughout his life and pontificate. Veronica Scarisbrick takes a look back at the prayer life of this new Saint.

CATHOLIC STANDARD: In the footsteps of St. John Paul II- Through new exhibit, viewers can make a pilgrimage of faith through life of St. John Paul II

The most powerful and unforgettable museum exhibits transport you to another time, another place, and through personal artifacts or works of art, through images and sound, give you a glimpse of the heart and soul of an artist or of a person who made history.

The new permanent exhibit at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine in Washington, “A Gift of Love: The Life of Saint John Paul II,” does just that. From an opening film viewed on a panoramic screen that introduces the viewer to the life of St. John Paul II, to a closing film on his death and legacy, one feels transported as if on a pilgrimage with the pope on his journey that circled the globe and ultimately led him to “the house of the Father,” to heaven, the destination he sought for the worldwide flock he served.

The exhibit has been in the making since the Knights of Columbus took ownership of the facility three years ago to create a shrine dedicated to John Paul II and his contributions to the Church and the world, and the display opened on Oct. 22, the first feast day of St. John Paul II, who was canonized by Pope Francis this past April 27.

The masterful 16,000 square foot, multimedia exhibit on St. John Paul II was designed by Gallagher & Associates, the firm that also designed the Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the visitor’s center at the Gettysburg National Park, and the presidential libraries of Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Virtual Tour:

ZENIT.ORG: The Unknown Relic of St. John Paul II- Convent Enshrines Vest Worn By Pontiff During Assassination Attempt in 1981

The Desert Fathers: sayings of the Early Christian Monks: Discretion 

89. A hermit said, 'We are not condemned if bad thoughts enter our minds, but only if we use them badly. Because of our thoughts we may suffer shipwreck, but because of our thoughts we may also earn a crown.

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