Sunday, April 27, 2014


BEADS OF JOY 04-27-14
©2014 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,
Today is a most amazing day in our Catholic history. Two living Popes of the present (Pope Francis and Pope Benedict XVI) will honor two Popes of the recent past (Pope John XXII and Pope John Paul II).
Pope John XXIII
born: November 25, 1881
ordination: August 10, 1904
died: June 3, 1963 (age 81)

 “Obedience and Peace”
Obedience constituted the inner disposition of Pope John XXIII and as Pope Francis has recently said, “Peace was his outward hallmark...” Through gradual purification of the heart Pope John XXIII with the instrument of obedience; used them to achieve peace. His long hard and most certainly challenging road, he pursued this path of peace. When Pope John XXIII was dug up after being buried for 37 years, it was said that the condition of his body was like he had died yesterday. His body was uncorrupt. Truly blessed indeed.
“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
“I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.”

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”
“Men are like wine - some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”
“It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.”

“Born poor, but of honored and humble people, I am particularly proud to die poor.”
“The family is the first essential cell of human society.”
“See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.”

“A peaceful man does more good than a learned one.”
“It is now for the Catholic Church to bend herself to her work with calmness and generosity. It is for you to observe her with renewed and friendly attention.”
“Here I am at the end of the road and at the top of the heap.”

“The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.”
“The true and solid peace of nations consists not in equality of arms, but in mutual trust alone.”
“Italians come to ruin most generally in three ways, women, gambling and farming. My family chose the slowest one.”

“Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.”
“Every man has the right to life, to bodily integrity.”
“I am able to follow my own death step by step. Now I move softly towards the end.”
“The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.”

Pope John Paul II
born: May 18, 1920
ordination: November 1, 1946
died: April 2, 2005 (age 84)

“Totally yours” (to the Blessed Virgin Mary).  One of the most traveled and loved Popes of our time. He was just like many of us in many ways, it was said that he would at times sneak out of the Vatican, disguised, so he can go skiing. Parkinson's disease changed all that in his life as he got older. As his life was coming to a close, he suffered a lot with his breathing, he suffered tremendously, quietly embracing it to himself. And so he united this suffering with that of the suffering of our Lord. Let us pray that we to, as we grow older, learn to be like Pope John Paul II in our suffering. He was a most joyful beloved man. He was and still is loved dearly by many around the world; across generations and nations.

“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.”
“Be not afraid!”

“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.”
“The United Nations organization has proclaimed 1979 as the Year of the Child. Are the children to receive the arms race from us as a necessary inheritance?” 

“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.”

“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.”

“There are people and nations, Mother, that I would like to say to you by name. I entrust them to you in silence, I entrust them to you in the way that you know best.”
“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.”  

“Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ's vineyard.”

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

 “War is a defeat for humanity.”

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

“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.”

“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.”
“You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers.”
“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.”

“You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”
“From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.”  

“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.”

“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.”

“I hope to have communion with the people that is the most important thing.”

“I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

“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.”

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