Pope John Paul II has been the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Bishop of Rome. His papacy has been one of the largest ones in history (26 years and 168 days) and He has been a very loved Pope. Elected Pope in 1978, He was beatified on 1 May 2011 by His successor, Pope Benedict XVI. His Feast day is celebrated every year on 22 October, to remember the day of His settlement at the Vatican.
Later, on 27 April 2014, together with Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II was sanctified by Pope Francis. Due to His strong connection with the youth, Pope John Paul II is remembered today as the Pope of the young.
Discover 6 inspirational quotes from St. John Paul II.
Pope John Paul II together with Mother Teresa of Calcutta, India, 1986.
“The future starts today, not tomorrow”
This quote from Pope John Paul II is an invitation for Christians to make today the changes that will affect our life tomorrow. There is no reason to procrastinate on the resolution of a problem for tomorrow, because what we will experience in the future depends on what we will do today. So do not waste your time and make today the changes you wish in your life.
“The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish”
This second quote reminds us of the importance of never closing our hearts to the people who love us most in the world; our family. Whatever happens, we must always remember the love we were born from, the people who love us so much that they gave us life. So never get carried away with selfishness and always remember who is really important in your life.
“Young people are threatened... by the evil use of advertising techniques that stimulate the natural inclination to avoid hard work by promising the immediate satisfaction of every desire”
Today's society is often led to think that many of the things in life come easily, without sacrifice. Many young people, fascinated by the messages they receive from the mass media, forget the importance of hard work, dedication and sacrifice. There is no lasting goal that does not cost sacrifice, and it is very important to always keep this in mind.
“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create”
This short but profound quote reminds us that nothing is achieved with violence, especially in terms of social justice. Very often we are faced with real injustices which we would like to find a remedy for. What we must always keep in mind is that nothing is achieved by violence. Let's try to solve our problems and injustices with an act of kindness, with patience and Christian love; in doing so, life will smile at us and we may find spiritual benefits from it.
“Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church”
This beautiful quote from Pope John Paul II on marriage reminds us of the importance of this sacrament. Marriage is the supreme act of love that expresses the will of two individuals to start a journey together that will last a lifetime. Marriage is that act which gives life to the primary cell of Christianity: the Christian family, the pillar of society.
If you are getting married, or know someone who is in the process of getting married, you will surely know what Pope John Paul II intends to communicate with this quote. In this case, we offer you a truly original wedding gift that will remind the future spouses of the importance of prayer in everyday Christian life: the rosary for marriage, entirely made of white freshwater pearls, bound with a 18K gold-plated sterling silver connection.
“I plead with you, never, ever, give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid”
This quote from St. John Paul II is an invitation for Catholics to never give up, despite difficulties and hard times. Never be discouraged, because God is always on your side and with him by your side you cannot go wrong.