61 Motivational Quotes By Pope John Paul II That Will Help You Face The Chill Winds
The 264th Pope (Bishop of Rome)
Karol Jozef Wojtyla, popularly known as Pope John Paul II, served as the sovereign of the Vatican City and Pope of the Catholic Church. Some Catholics also address him as ‘Saint John Paul the Great.' He was the first non-Italian since 1523 to become the Pope, besides being the longest serving Pope in the history. He made significant contribution in improving relationships of Catholic Church with the Anglican Communion, Islam, Judaism, and the Eastern Orthodox Church. He earned a lot of admiration from the masses but was also criticized for defending the Church’s decision to oppose same-sex marriage. Here is a list of enlightening quotes and sayings by the man who pushed aside boundaries of caste, creed, religion and culture to spread the message of ‘God.' Scroll down to read through the insightful quotes and thoughts by Pope John Paul II.
The future starts today, not tomorrow. Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it. Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations. I plead with you--never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. Know what you are talking about. Faith and Reason are like two wings of the human spirit by which is soars to the truth. A person's rightful due is to be treated as an object of love, not as an object for use. The worst prison would be a closed heart. As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace...Peace will be the last word of history. Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence. It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman. Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial. Love consists of a commitment which limits one's freedom - it is a giving of the self, and to give oneself means just that: to limit one's freedom on behalf of another. Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person's good. There is no dignity when the human dimension is eliminated from the person. In short, the problem with pornography is not that it shows too much of the person, but that it shows far too little. He was alone in his wonderment,
amoung creatures incapable of wonder
--for them it was enough to exist and go their way. Take away from love the fullness of self surrender, the completeness of personal commitment, and what remains will be a total denial and negation of it. Limitation of one's freedom might seem to be something negative and unpleasant, but love makes it a positive, joyful and creative thing. Freedom exists for the sake of love. The ethos of redemption is realied in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires. Life is entrusted to man as a treasure which must not be squandered, as a talent which must be used well. Learning to think rigorously, so as to act rightly and to serve humanity better. 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. ...all that is carried along
by the stream's silvery cascade,
rhythmically falling from the mountain,
carried by its own current--
carried where? ...if desire is predominant it can deform love between man and woman and rob them both of it. Without wonder, men and women would lapse into deadening routine and little by little would become incapable of a life which is genuinely personal. The lust of the flesh directs these desires [of personal union], however, to satisfaction of the body, often at the cost of a real and full communion of persons. Treating a person as a means to an end, and an end moreover which in this case is pleasure, the maximization of pleasure, will always stand in the way of love. We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus. Love demands a personal commitment to the will of God. The cross means there is no shipwreck without hope; there is no dark without dawn; nor storm without haven. None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. Man cannot remain with no way out. God allows man to learn His supernatural ends, but the decision to strive towards an end, the choice of course, is left to man's free will. God does not redeem man against his will. Truth can prevail only in virtue of truth itself. Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you Men are like wine-some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. Let me go to the house of the Father. A democracy without values easily turns into open or thinly disguised totalitarianism. There is no need to be dismayed if love sometimes follows torturous ways.
Grace has the power to make straight the paths of human love. A person is an entity of a sort to which the only proper and adequate way to relate is love The ethos of redemption is realized in self-mastery, by means of temperance, that is, continence of desires. Faced with the sacredness of life and of the human person,
and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude. Michaelangelo must teach them - do not forget: all things are naked and open before His eyes. Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. Prayer finds its source in God's holiness and it is at the same time our response to this holiness. The battle against the devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the devil is still alive and active in the world. It is not enough to long for a person as a good for oneself, one must also, and above all, long for that person's good. 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. It is unbecoming for a cardinal to ski badly. Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice. Christ is the sacrament of the invisible God - a sacrament that indicates presence. God is with us.
Man, who is the only creature on earth which God willed for itself, can fully find himself only through a sincere gift of himself.
The human being is single, unique, and unrepeatable, someone thought of and chosen from eternity, someone called and identified by name
Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.
Knowledge must then lead to education in self-control.
Man is a continuum, a totality and a continuity -
so it cannot be that nothing remains! Love is enthusiasm rather than pensiveness