Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

“The truth is not always the same as the majority decision.”

“An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.”

“Anything done for another is done for oneself.”

“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

“To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.”

“What shall I say? Everything that I could say would fade into insignificance compared with what my heart feels, and your hearts feel, at this moment.”

“Peace is not just the absence of war. Like a cathedral, peace must be constructed patiently and with unshakable faith.”

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it”

“War should belong to the tragic past, to history: it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future.”

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”

“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.”

“I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.”

“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.”

“Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.”

“When freedom does not have a purpose, when it does not wish to know anything about the rule of law engraved in the hearts of men and women, when it does not listen to the voice of conscience, it turns against humanity and society.”

“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

“Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyles.”

“Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create.”

“God endowed [the human race] with capacity to attain to the inaccessible and invisible Supreme Good and behold it face to face.”

“Radical changes in world politics leave America with a heightened responsibility to be, for the world, an example of a genuinely free, democratic, just and humane society.”

“The fear of making permanent commitments can change the mutual love of husband and wife into two loves of self-two loves existing side by side, until they end in separation.”

“Work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity, the mark of a person operating within a community of persons.”

“What we talked about will have to remain a secret between him and me. I spoke to him as a brother whom I have pardoned and who has my complete trust.”

“Men and women will retain their sex in heaven”

“From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.”

“The question confronting the Church today is not any longer whether the man in the street can grasp a religious message, but how to employ the communications media so as to let him have the full impact of the Gospel message.”
“You are priests, not social or political leaders. Let us not be under the illusion that we are serving the Gospel through an exaggerated interest in the wide field of temporal problems.”

“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must git it this soul.”

“The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.”

“It is not credible that any one should possess so little understanding as to desire the faith and yet be destitute of the most necessary faculty to enable him to receive 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.”

“Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it.”

“Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men.”

“Please heed the words of our Holy Father: There is no place in the priestly ministry for those who harm children,”

“The historical experience of socialist countries has sadly demonstrated that collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency.”

“Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore… prove ultimately futile.”

“War is a defeat for humanity.”

“Let us pray to God that each one, listening to his own conscience, has the courage to perform responsible and concrete gestures which will allow all to walk the road of peace together, avoiding anything that could lead back to hatred and violence,”

“The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn.”

“I beg pardon from those I might have led astray or hurt. Please remember me kindly.”

“Eliminate the specter of hunger from the planet.”

“When war, like the current conflict in Iraq, threatens the fate of humanity, it becomes especially important to say in a strong and decisive voice that peace is the only way to build a more egalitarian and unified society. The threat of violence cannot solve man’s problems.”

“Human labor cannot be treated merely as a resource necessary for production — the so-called ‘work force.’ Man cannot be regarded as a tool of production. Man is the creator of work and its craftsman.”

“On my knees I beg you to turn away from the paths of violence”

“Peace is the most precious good”

“The unworthy successor of Peter who desires to benefit from the immeasurable wealth of Christ feels the great need of your assistance, your prayers, your sacrifice, and he most humbly asks this of you.”

“Pervading nationalism imposes its dominion on man today in many different forms and with an aggressiveness that spares no one. The challenge that is already with us is the temptation to accept as true freedom what in reality is only a new form of slavery.”

“As a man of peace, we pray to St. Joseph for those threatened by war and we invoke the precious gift of harmony upon the whole human family.”

“At that time, I heard you say in Gdansk, ‘There is no freedom without solidarity.’ Today we need to say, ‘There is no solidarity without love.’ Indeed, there is no future for the individual and the nation (without love).”

“Christ is truly risen! In him, today, we can overcome forces of evil.”

“I look with awe at this huge building which, in the richness of its architecture, is an expression of faith and love for Holy Mary and for Her Son.”

“Simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”

“The evolution of living beings … presents an internal finality which arouses admiration [and which] obliges one to suppose a Mind which is its inventor, its creator.”

“It is indispensable that today’s Europe safeguard its patrimony of values and recognize that the force able to promote, encourage and consolidate them is above all Christianity.”

“To remember the past is to commit oneself to the future… and to remember Hiroshima is to commit oneself to peace.”

“The revolutions of 1989, … were made possible by the commitment of brave men and women inspired by a different and ultimately more profound and powerful vision: the vision of man as a creature of intelligence and free will, immersed in a mystery which transcends his own being and endowed with the ability to reflect and the ability to choose, and thus capable of wisdom and virtue.”

“As I enter a new chapter in my twilight years, I can say with gratitude that I have given my very best to God and country.”

“The pope, in his heart and with his words of encouragement, embraces all who suffer injustice.”

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