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June 4, 2017

Family, John Paul II, Light of Christ

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My Catholic friends have helped me come to a greater appreciation of Pope John Paul II.

Latter-day Saints have a principle called “The Light of Christ”.  Here is a short description from lds.org :

“The Light of Christ is the divine energy, power, or influence that proceeds from God through Christ and gives life and light to all things. The Light of Christ influences people for good and prepares them to receive the Holy Ghost. One manifestation of the Light of Christ is what we call a conscience.”

From my reading about Pope John Paul II, I think he was very sensitive to the Light of Christ.  A few quotes illustrate some of the reasons for my conclusion:

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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February 17, 2016

Easter, Faith, Family, John Paul II

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For my Catholic friends, three quotes from Pope John Paul II with which I and, I believe, all other Latter-day Saints, firmly agree:

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.

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.

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