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The Martyrdom of John Paul The Great

Saturday, July 02, 2005
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According to the Associated Press report published in The Guardian and various other outlets John Paul The Great may be declared a Martyr- Thanks be to God! Looking back on his life and especially his suffering and death for the Church and in light of his letter Salvific Doloris this proclaimation does not surprise me and fills me with joy. I belive this would make him a Victim Soul for Christ's Love and Mercy but I am not sure of the technical definition- Amy Welborn addresses this better than I though on her blog. Excerpts from various outlets are posted below with appropriate links and also the morning offering of Saint Therese which is relavant to this posting.
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you." Gospel of Saint John 15: 9-14
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed

ROME (AP) - Vatican officials no longer are dismissing outright the notion that Pope John Paul II could be declared a martyr, a step that could remove the need for a confirmed miracle to beatify the late pontiff and make it easier for him to become a saint.

Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said Friday it was up to groups of theological experts to decide if the May 13, 1981, attempt on John Paul's life - as well as his long, public suffering before he died - warranted a declaration of martyrdom.

``In a technical, theological, juridical and canonical sense, the martyr gives his life for the faith,'' Saraiva Martins said in response to questions at a news conference, according to the Apcom news agency.


However, Cardinal Camillo Ruini appeared to have been setting the stage for a possible martyrdom declaration Tuesday when he formally opened the beatification cause for John Paul.

During his remarks at the end of the service, Ruini said there was a "decisive" link between John Paul and Jesus Christ based on blood.

"John Paul truly spilled his blood in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, and then again, not just his blood but he offered his life during the long years of his illness," Ruini said.

"In the end, his suffering and his death, his silent blessing from his window at the end of Easter Mass, were for all of humanity an extraordinary and efficient testimony of Jesus Christ killed and resurrected, of the Christian significance of suffering, death and the force of salvation.

"The days of his funeral became for Rome and the world days of extraordinary unity, reconciliation and opening of the soul to God," Ruini said.


0 my God, I offer You all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest work, by uniting them to His infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of His Merciful Love. 0 my God, I ask of You for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Your Holy Will, to accept for love of You the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in Heaven for all Eternity. Amen. Morning Offering of St. Therese
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