Starting today, I will be periodically posting a quote from the late pope. My source is the book compiled by Anthony F. Chiffolo,Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words. For more words and details, I recommend that you check out the timeline from the Vatican. I will begin where His Holiness began his pontificate, drawing strength from our Blessed Mother:
O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, look upon us mercifully at this hour!
Virgo fidelis, faithful Virgin, pray for us! Teach us to believe as you believed! Make our faith in God, in Christ, in the Church, always to be limpid, serene, courageous, strong, and generous.
Mater amabilis, Mother worthy of Love! Mater pulchrae dilectionis, Mother of fair love, pray for us! Teach us to love God and our brothers, as you loved them: make our love for others to be always patient, kindly, respectful.
Causa nostrae laetitiae, Cause of our joy, pray for us! Teach us to be able to grasp in faith, the paradox of Christian joy, which springs up and blooms from sorrow, renunciation, and union with your sacrificed Son: make our joy to be always genuine and full, in order to be able to communicate it to all! Amen.
Prayer at Lourdes Grotto, Vatican Gardens, 1979