John Paul II: Lessons for Living

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On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican?s General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences,
and trips throughout the world.

 

On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, ...

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Overview

On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican’s General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences,
and trips throughout the world.

 

On October 16, 1978, Karol Wojtyla ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican’s General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences,
and trips throughout the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829420593
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 380,786
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Born Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, John Paul II lived through Nazi occupation during World War II, was ordained to the priesthood in 1946, and was appointed Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul VI.
On October 16, 1978, he ascended to the papacy and adopted the name John Paul II. Since that time, he has greeted an estimated 16 million pilgrims at the Vatican's General Audiences on Wednesdays and has touched millions of lives in his religious ceremonies, special audiences, and trips throughout the world.

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Foreword

The magnitude of John Paul II’s accomplishments, and the sheer volume of his writings, can obscure a crucial fact about him. Within this great man—world statesman, theologian, philosopher, church leader—beats the heart of a pastor. John Paul II knows something about how men and women can find God. He understands much about how the power of God can be released in our lives. His supreme desire is that we come to embrace a faith that transforms the way we live, the way we relate to other people, the way we work.
This little book compiles John Paul II’s essential pastoral wisdom. These are his most succinct and heartfelt thoughts about how we can draw closer to God and live as faithful, forceful Christians in a world that presents many challenges. I have made these selections from the pope’s extensive writings and arranged them according to broad themes. Read these words from one of the church’s greatest pastors. Ponder them. Let them penetrate your heart. They will draw you closer to God, because God is in them.

Joseph Durepos

 

 

1
A Hidden Treasure, an Open Book

Lord, reveal to all of us the interior world of the soul, the hidden treasure within us, the luminous castle of God. Make the exterior world preserve the imprint of the Creator,
and may it be an open book that speaks to us of God.

 

 

2
Humanity’s Destiny

Humanity’s destiny is written in the heart and mind of God, who directs the course of history. The Father puts in our hands the task of beginning to build here on earth the Kingdom of heaven that the Son came to announce and which will find its fulfillment at the end of time.

 

 

3
Immersed in This World

We live in history, side by side with our peers, sharing their worries and hopes. We cannot escape into another dimension, ignoring the tragedies of our era, closing our eyes and our hearts to the anguish that pervades life. On the contrary, we are immersed in this world every day, ready to hasten to wherever there is a brother or sister in need of help, a tear to be dried, a request for help to be answered.

 

 

4
Providence

The world and the events of history cannot be understood without professing faith in the God who is at work in them. Faith sharpens the inner eye, opening the mind to discover the workings of providence in the flux of events.

 

 

5
Faith and Reason

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth. God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—to know Himself—so that by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.

 

 

6
Humanity’s Future

Humanity’s future depends on people who rely on the truth and whose lives are enlightened by lofty moral principles that enable their hearts to love to the point of sacrifice.

 

 

7
Every Life Is a Gift

Stand up for the life of the aged and the handicapped; stand up against attempts to promote assisted suicide and euthanasia. Stand up for marriage and family life. Stand up for purity. Resist the pressures and temptations of a world that too often tries to ignore a most fundamental truth: that every life is a gift from God our Creator and that we must give an account to God of how we use it, either for good or evil.

 

 

8
To Enter Many Hearts

Like Mary, we must allow the Holy Spirit to help us become intimate friends of Christ. Like Mary, we must put aside any fear in order to take Christ into the world in whatever we do—in marriage, as single people in the world, as students, as workers, as professional people. Through us, Christ wants to go to many places in the world and to enter many hearts.

 

 

9
Hidden

The Gospel must not be kept hidden because of fear or indifference. It was never meant to be hidden away in private. It has to be put on a stand so that people may see its light and give praise to our Heavenly Father.

 

 

10
Prophets of Life

I ask all the people of the world, who naturally and instinctively make love of life the horizon of their dreams and the rainbow of their hopes, to become prophets of life. Be such by your words and deeds, rebelling against the civilization of selfishness that often considers the human person a means rather than an end,
sacrificing its dignity and feelings in the name of mere profit. Do so by concretely helping those who need us and who, without our help, would perhaps be tempted to resign themselves to despair.

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Table of Contents

Contents

    Foreword   xi

    1.    A Hidden Treasure, an Open Book
    2.    Humanity’s Destiny
    3.    Immersed in This World
    4.    Providence
    5.    Faith and Reason
    6.    Humanity’s Future
    7.    Every Life Is a Gift
    8.    To Enter Many Hearts
    9.    Hidden
    10.   Prophets of Life
    11.   Witnesses of Hope
    12.    Faith Is Demanding
    13.    What Does Christ Truly Ask of Us?
    14.     A Woman’s Role in the Family

    15.   God Comes to Us
    16.   The First School of Peace
    17.   The Gift of Peace
    18.   Beyond Justice
    19.   All the Gold in the World
    20.   Contribute Something
    21.   The Harmony of Creation
    22.   A Genuine Contemplation
    23.   A Moral Logic
    24.   The Longing for Freedom
    25.   The Mystery of God
    26.   Reading History
    27.   An Infinite Value
    28.   The Rule of Freedom
    29.   The Cornerstone
    30.   The Last Times
    31.   The Living Presence
    32.   The First fruits of the Church
 

    33.    Lasting Peace
    34.    A Radical Conversion
    35.    Justice
    36.    The Measure with Which We Shall All Be Judged
    37.    An Act of Love
    38.    A Healing of Memories
    39.    The Freedom We Yearn For
    40.    The Bond
    41.    Absolute Trust
    42.    Learning the Father
    43.    The Center
    44.    The Breath of the Divine Life
    45.    Life Is a Talent
    46.    The Reflection of the Creator
    47.    Bodies and Souls
    48.    The Mosaic of Charity
    49.    The Mystery of Grace
    50.    In Search of Us
    51.    The Meaning of the Redemption
    52.    Authentic Freedom
    53.    The Life of God
    54.    True Life
    55.    The Church’s Function
    56.    Christ the Teacher
    57.    The Teacher Who Will Come Again in Glory
    58.    The Gospel of Life
    59.    Who You Really Are
    60.    The True Face of Jesus Christ
    61.    How Does Jesus Send Us?
    62.    Seek Jesus
    63.    A Mark of His Passing
    64.    Let Your Soul Be Ready
    65.    A God Who Reveals Himself
    66.    The New Beginning
    67.   Be Humble
    68.   May Our Faith Be Strong
    69.   Active Faith
    70.   Faith Is a Decision
    71.   Fiat in Faith
    72.   Abandon Oneself
    73.   Invisible Grace
    74.   Joined Together
    75.   Catechesis
    76.   The Heart of Catechesis
    77.   Life of the Faithful
    78.   Laborers in His Vineyard
    79.   The Will of the Lord
    80.   Discerning God’s Call
    81.   Doing What God Wants
    82.   Every Area of Our Lives
    83.   Embracing the Beatitudes
    84.   Turning to the Bible
    85.    One of Our Deepest Needs
    86.    Trusting Abandonment
    87.    Prayer and Action
    88.    In, but Not Of
    89.    Finding Meaning
    90.    Necessary Detachment
    91.    Fasting
    92.    Subject to Temptation
    93.    Carrying the Cross
    94.    Opening Our Hearts
    95.    The Reality of Suffering
    96.    Earthly Suffering
    97.    Suffering as Offering
    98.    To God for Guidance
    99.    To the Spirit
    100.  That They May All Be One
 

  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2005

    A great book of hope.....

    It's books like these that make me wanna cry...I really enjoyed reading his books and speeches and hearing him talk...i can never believe that such wisdom could come from any person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2005

    inspiring

    the words of jp2 are timeless and invaluable. his articulate and eloquent words humanize what the role of christ should be in the lives of christians everywhere. his passionate and enthusiastic words incite optimism and loving action. we miss u terribly.

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