Who knew that in 2014 the Parliament of Canada in Bill C-266 declared that April 2 would be Pope John Paul II Day across Canada? Of course what is celebrated is primarily the saint’s secular accomplishments , which of course were not insignificant, but some of his focus on leading young people to follow and live “the teachings of Christ” are also mentioned. We read that:
- Pray a rosary for the Church, for the Pope, our Bishops, our Priests and lay faithful that we might remain fearlessly true to the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II in being faithful and engaged disciples of Christ despite the many pressures in this world to abandon His teachings.
- Read one of Pope St. John Paul’s many Encyclicals, letters or exhortations. For a complete list click here(all available online).
- Read or enquire about a course in Pope St. John Paul’s seminal teaching on the Theology of the Body: form more info on available material or courses email Deborah Larmour at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 306-717-2756.
- Share with someone the fact that it is Pope St. John Paul II day and tell them about some of the Pope’s accomplishments or the impact he had on your life personally. (If you do have a story to tell, make sure you at least share it with your family and children.)
Personally, Pope St. John Paul II was one who I consider to have been foundational in my commitment to Christ and desire to follow Him with all my heart. His promptings to “be not afraid” was precisely what my weak heart needed to hear, especially with regards to being faithful and committed to the Church Christ established on earth and faithfully try, despite my questions and lack of understanding, to follow her teachings. It was not always easy for me, even back in the day, to swim against the tide of secular society. It is even more of a challenge for young people today. We desperately need to hear and proclaim that message now. Pray for us Pope St. John Paul II. Show us how to be faithful disciples and to build a culture of love and life!