Blessed Pope John Paul II and his Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Shrouded all his life in divine Providence and protection through all kinds of suffering, including at least fifteen assassination attempts, and having lost all his family by the age of twenty one, this holy man abandoned himself repeatedly in all things using two words: Totus Tuus (All Yours). To Whom were these words addressed but to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the hands of our Blessed Mother.
Ever faithful to his motto, Blessed John Paul always began and ended all things-including his life- with the Blessed Virgin. In his spiritual testaments of 1979 and 1980, he wrote:” In life and death I am Totus Tuus through Mary Immaculate. In her motherly hands I leave everything and Everyone with whom my life and my vocation have brought me into contact. In these Hand I above all leave the Church, and also my Nation and all mankind”.
We cannot or should not think of the Immaculate Heart without also thinking of Mary’s Sorrowful Heart. Mary was immaculate from her conception and it was the sorrows she willingly accepted that expanded her Motherly Heart. John Paul, by imitating Mary in embracing his sufferings, became ever more united to her Immaculate Heart.
See the article below to learn more about Pope John Paul’s devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
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