Saturday, October 22, 2011

22 October 2011, Liturgical Memory of Blessed John Paul II

In this happy event of the first Liturgical Memory of Blessed John Paul II, the spirit which has sustained us since the great day of the Beatification is still ideally alive and it allows us, today, to thank the Lord for the many graces received through the intercession of our Blessed Pope.

His example of life and the great message of Faith which he has entrusted us may help us live ever more intensely in close proximity the Year of Faith announced by the Holy Father Benedict XVI.

This significant and historic date for the universal Church represents also a great feast for the many parents that have received the gift of fatherhood and motherhood through the intercession of John Paul II. We have received so many moving testimonies and many children of these couples bear the name of the new Blessed. Best wishes, therefore, also to those who, for the first time, celebrate their feast day invoking the protection of their new Blessed Patron!

In our hearts still resounds loudly the shout of that long gone 22 October 1978:

“Open, indeed open wide the doors to Christ!”

That shout shook the foundations of the world.

Today in the era of globalization, of bewilderment of faith and of relativism that humble yet commanding invitation to “open the doors to Christ” still echoes more compellingly and prophetically so that the world may find anew the path towards Truth and Justice, the way of its redemption