158+ Best Pope John Paul II Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Pope John Paul II was head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 1978 to 2005. He was elected pope by the second papal conclave of 1978, which was called after Pope John Paul I, who had been elected in August to succeed Pope Paul VI, died after 33 days. Profoundly inspirational Pope John Paul II quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

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Famous Pope John Paul II Quotes

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. – Pope John Paul II

The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being. – Pope John Paul II

The person who does not decide to love forever will find it very difficult to really love for even one day. – Pope John Paul II

The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church’s history. – Pope John Paul II

Through Mary, we come to her Son more easily. – Pope John Paul II

Love demands effort and a personal commitment to the will of God. – Pope John Paul II

May Mary, who in the freedom of her ‘Fiat’ and her presence at the foot of the cross, offered to the world, Jesus, the Liberator, help us to find him in the Sacrament of the altar – Pope John Paul II

We must understand that in order ‘to do’, we must first learn ‘to be’, that is to say, in the sweet company of Jesus in adoration. – Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. – Pope John Paul II

The world designed by God cannot be a world in which some hoard immoderate wealth in their hands, while others suffer from destitution and poverty, and die of hunger. Love must inspire justice and the struggle for justice – Pope John Paul II

God is Love. We eventually have to ask ourselves the question; why was Love nailed to a cross? – Pope John Paul II

Let us not accept violence as the way of peace. Let us instead begin by respecting true freedom: the resulting peace will be able to satisfy the world’s expectations, for it will be a peace built on justice, a peace founded on the incomparable dignity of the free human being. – Pope John Paul II

Rediscover the Rosary in the light of scripture, in harmony with the Liturgy, and in the context of your daily lives. – Pope John Paul II

Around the world, we see the results of exploitation which destroys much without taking future generations into account. Protecting the world’s forests; stemming desertification and erosion; avoiding the spread of toxic substances harmful to man, animals and plants; protecting the atmosphere; all these can be accomplished only through active and wise cooperation, without borders or political power plays. – Pope John Paul II

The future is in your hearts and in your hands. God is entrusting to you the task, at once difficult and uplifting, of working with Him in the building of the civilization of love. – Pope John Paul II

In order to see Jesus, we first need to let him look at us! – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Apart from the mercy of God, there is no other source of hope for mankind. – Pope John Paul II

True freedom is not advanced in the permissive society, which confuses freedom with license to do anything whatever and which in the name of freedom proclaims a kind of general amorality. It is a caricature of freedom to claim that people are free to organize their lives with no reference to moral values, and to say that society does not have to ensure the protection and advancement of ethical values. Such an attitude is destructive of freedom and peace. – Pope John Paul II

Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth- in a word, to know himself- so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves. – Pope John Paul II

Prayer joined to sacrifice constitutes the most powerful force in human history. – Pope John Paul II

When Sunday loses its fundamental meaning and becomes subordinate to a secular concept of weekend dominated by such things as entertainment and sport, people stay locked within a horizon so narrow that they can no longer see the heavens. – Pope John Paul II

Only in Christ can men and women find answers to the ultimate questions that trouble them. Only in Christ can they fully understand their dignity as persons created and loved by God. – Pope John Paul II

Freedom is not the ability to do anything we want, whenever we want. Rather, FREEDOM is the ability to live responsibly the truth of our relationship with God and with one another. – Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to be holy! Have the courage and humility to present yourselves to the world determined to be holy, since full, true freedom is born from holiness. – Pope John Paul II

Each individual in fact has moral responsibility for the acts which he personally performs; no one can be exempted from this responsibility, and on the basis of it everyone will be judged by God himself. – Pope John Paul II

We are the people of life, because God, in His unconditional love, has given us the Gospel of Life, and we are called to act accordingly. – Pope John Paul II

May you experience the truth that he, Christ, looks upon you with love. – Pope John Paul II

the path of goodness had a name it is called Love in it we find the key to every hope and has it’s root in God Himself – Pope John Paul II

Prayer gives us strength for great ideals, for keeping up our faith, charity, purity, generosity; prayer gives us strength to rise up from indifference and guilt, if we have had the misfortune to give in to temptation and weakness. Prayer gives us light by which to see and to judge from God’s perspective and from eternity. That is why you must not give up on praying! – Pope John Paul II

Our communal worship at Mass must go together with our personal worship of Jesus in Eucharistic adoration in order that our love may be complete – Pope John Paul II

Give us the grace – When the sacredness of life before birth is attacked, to stand up and proclaim that no one ever has the authority to destroy unborn life. – Pope John Paul II

Pray and learn to pray! Deepen your knowledge of the Word of the Living God by reading and meditating on the Scriptures. – Pope John Paul II

He has chosen you, in a mysterious but real way, to make you saviors with Him and like Him. Yes, Christ calls you, but He calls you in truth. His call is demanding, because He invites you to let yourselves be ‘captured’ by Him completely, so that your whole lives will be seen in a different light. – Pope John Paul II

Know what you are talking about. – Pope John Paul II

We must open our eyes to admire God who hides and at the same time reveals himself in things and introduces us into the realms of mystery… we must be pure and simple like children, capable of admiring, being astonished, of marveling, and being enchanted by the divine gestures of love and closeness we witness. – Pope John Paul II

America you are beautiful . . . and blessed . . . . The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life. – Pope John Paul II

True living is not found in one’s self or in things. It is found in Someone else, in the One who created everything that is good, true, and beautiful in the world. True living is found in God and you discover God in the person of Jesus Christ. – Pope John Paul II

Each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Those who perceive in themselves… the artistic vocation as poet, writer, sculptor, painter, musician, and actor feel at the same time an obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it, in order to put it to service of their neighbour and the humanity as a whole. – Pope John Paul II

We Christians joyfully recognize the religious values we have in common with Islam. I would like to repeat what I said to young Muslims some years ago in Casablanca: ‘We believe in the same God, the one God, the living God, the God who created the world and brings his creatures to their perfection. – Pope John Paul II

Do not be afraid to take a chance on peace, to teach peace, to live peace…Peace will be the last word of history. – Pope John Paul II

Love between man and woman cannot be built without sacrifices and self-denial. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure. – Pope John Paul II

Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence. – Pope John Paul II

Prayer can truly change your life. For it turns your attention away from yourself and directs your mind and your heart toward the Lord. If we look only at ourselves, with our own limitations and sins, we quickly give way to sadness and discouragement. But if we keep our eyes fixed on the Lord, then our hearts are filled with hope, our minds are washed n the light of truth, and we come to know the fullness of the Gospel with all is promise and life. – Pope John Paul II

If you want peace, work for justice. If you want justice, defend life. If you want life, embrace truth. – Pope John Paul II

Do not forget that true love sets no conditions; it does not calculate or complain, but simply loves. – Pope John Paul II

What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return – Pope John Paul II

We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. – Pope John Paul II

It’s better to cry than be angry, because anger hurts others while tears flow silently through the soul and cleans the heart. – Pope John Paul II

Nobody is so poor he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich he has nothing to receive. – Pope John Paul II

If you really wish to follow Christ, if you want your love for him to grow and last, then you must be faithful to prayer. It is the key to the vitality of your life in Christ. Without prayer, your faith and love will die. If you are constant in daily prayer and in the Sunday celebration of Mass, your love for Jesus will increase. And your heart will know deep joy and peace, such as the world could never give. – Pope John Paul II

Allow the light and the healing presence of Christ to shine brightly through your lives. In that way, all those who come in contact with you will discover the loving kindness of God. – Pope John Paul II

We are all one family in the world. Building a community that empowers everyone to attain their full potential through each of us respecting each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities makes the world a better place to live. – Pope John Paul II

The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons. – Pope John Paul II

If He asks much of you, it is because He knows you can give much. – Pope John Paul II

Motherhood implies from the beginning a special openness to the new person: and this is precisely the woman’s ‘part’. In this openness, in conceiving and giving birth to a child, the woman ‘discovers herself through a sincere gift of self’. – Pope John Paul II

Lord Jesus, Who in the Eucharist make your dwelling among us and become our traveling companion, sustain our Christian communities so that they may be ever more open to listening and accepting your Word. May they draw from the Eucharist a renewed commitment to spreading in society, by the proclamation of your Gospel, the signs and deeds of an attentive and active charity – Pope John Paul II

To believe in Jesus is to accept what he says, even when it runs contrary to what others are saying. It means rejecting the lure of sin, however attractive it may be, in order to set out on the difficult path of the Gospel virtues. – Pope John Paul II

Do you think that there can be anything greater than to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus? – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

A man shows himself a true disciple of Christ by carrying the cross in his turn every day in the activity that he is called to perform. – Pope John Paul II

There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us. – Pope John Paul II

There is no place for selfishness-and no place for fear! Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands. Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice – Pope John Paul II

You must be strong, dear brothers and sisters. You must be strong with the strength that comes from faith. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Wars generally do not resolve the problems for which they are fought and therefore… prove ultimately futile. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war… – Pope John Paul II

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. – Pope John Paul II

Love is never defeated, and I could add, the history of Ireland proves it. – Pope John Paul II

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

I hope to have communion with the people, that is the most important thing. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin. – Pope John Paul II

From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive. – Pope John Paul II

Social justice cannot be attained by violence. Violence kills what it intends to create. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes. – Pope John Paul II

Violence and arms can never resolve the problems of men. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

You are our dearly beloved brothers, and in a certain way, it could be said that you are our elder brothers. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

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? – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

The cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

In the depths of the human soul… the desire to give meaning to one’s own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things. – Pope John Paul II

A process of genocide is being carried out before the eyes of the world. – Pope John Paul II

Consequently, theories of evolution which, in accordance with the philosophies inspiring them, consider the mind as emerging from the forces of living matter, or as a mere epiphenomenon of this matter, are incompatible with the truth about man. Nor are they able to ground the dignity of the person. – Pope John Paul II

People must not attempt to impose their own ‘truth’ on others. The right to profess the truth must always be upheld, but not in a way that involves contempt for those who may think differently. Truth imposes itself solely by the force of its own truth. – Pope John Paul II

A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members; and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying. – Pope John Paul II

Every scientist, through personal study and research, completes himself and his own humanity. … Scientific research constitutes for you, as it does for many, the way for the personal encounter with truth, and perhaps the privileged place for the encounter itself with God, the Creator of heaven and earth. Science shines forth in all its value as a good capable of motivating our existence, as a great experience of freedom for truth, as a fundamental work of service. Through research each scientist grows as a human being and helps others to do likewise. – Pope John Paul II

Only faith in Christ gives rise to a culture contrary to egotism and death. – Pope John Paul II

The obligation to earn one’s bread presumes the right to do so. A society that denies this right cannot be justified, nor can it attain social peace. – Pope John Paul II

To recite the Rosary is nothing other than to contemplate the face of Christ with Mary. – Pope John Paul II

He was alone in his wonderment, amoung creatures incapable of wonder –for them it was enough to exist and go their way. – Pope John Paul II

Today, the scale and horror of modern warfare – whether nuclear or not – makes it totally unacceptable as a means of settling differences between nations. War should belong to the tragic past, to history; it should find no place on humanity’s agenda for the future. – Pope John Paul II

We emphasize the transcendent worth of the human person. We insist that the human person must never be treated as an object; he must always be considered the subject. That is the basis for our teaching, the absolute standard. – Pope John Paul II

For by his incarnation the Son of God united himself in a certain way with every man. He labored with human hands… and loved with a human heart. Born of Mary the Virgin, he truly became one of us… – Pope John Paul II

Look, I can surely say by now that I’ve got the antibodies to communism inside me. But when I think of consumer society, with all its tragedies, I wonder which of the two systems is better. – Pope John Paul II

Love is a constant challenge, thrown to us by God. – Pope John Paul II

The Internet causes billions of images to appear on millions of computer monitors around the planet. From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard? For it is only when his face is seen and his voice heard that the world will know the glad tidings of our redemption. This is the purpose of evangelization. And this is what will make the Internet a genuinely human space, for if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man. – Pope John Paul II

Yes, the South-becoming always poorer-and the North-becoming always richer …Richer, too in the resources of weapons with which the superpowers and blocs can mutually threaten each other. In the light of Christ’s words (Mt. 25), this poor South will judge the rich North. And the poor people and poor nations-poor in different ways, not only lacking food, but also deprived of freedom and other human right-will judge those people who take these goods away from them, amassing to themselves the imperialist monopoly and political supremacy at the expense of others. – Pope John Paul II

Today, almost half a century after the publication of the Encyclical [of Pius IX], new knowledge has led to the recognition in the theory of evolution of more than a hypothesis. It is indeed remarkable that this theory has been progressively accepted by researchers, following a series of discoveries in various fields of knowledge. The convergence, neither sought nor fabricated, of the results of work that was conducted independently is in itself a significant argument in favor of this theory. – Pope John Paul II

Young friends, do not hesitate to follow the example of Pedro, who ‘pleased God and was loved by him’ and who, having come to perfection in so short a time, lived a full life. – Pope John Paul II

The challenge is to make the church’s yes to life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life! – Pope John Paul II

All are called to holiness, and holy people alone can renew humanity. – Pope John Paul II

None of us is alone in this world; each of us is a vital piece of the great mosaic of humanity as a whole. – Pope John Paul II

Never again war. Never again hatred and intolerance. – Pope John Paul II

Christ called as his Apostles only men. He did this in a totally free and sovereign way. – Pope John Paul II

The Church must breathe with her two lungs! – Pope John Paul II

Without wonder, men and women would lapse into deadening routine and little by little would become incapable of a life which is genuinely personal. – Pope John Paul II

But responsibility likewise falls on the legislators who have promoted and approved abortion laws, and, to the extent that they have a say in the matter, on the administrators of the health-care centers where abortions are performed. In this sense abortion goes beyond the responsibility of individuals and beyond the harm done to them, and takes on a distinctly social dimension. It is a most serious wound inflicted on society and its culture by the very people who ought to be societys promoters and defenders. – Pope John Paul II

Mary’s role is to make Her Son Shine – Pope John Paul II

An effective proclamation of the Gospel in contemporary Western society will need to confront directly the widespread spirit of agnosticism and relativism which has cast doubt on reason’s ability to know the truth, which alone satisfies the human heart’s restless quest for meaning. – Pope John Paul II

The 25th anniversary of the decision … is a call to people of good will to reflect. Now is the time for recommitment to the building of a culture of absolute respect for life. – Pope John Paul II

The Church must persist in the teaching transmitted to her by Christ. – Pope John Paul II

If development is the new name for peace, war and preparations for war are the major enemy of the healthy development of peoples. If we take the common good of all humanity as our norm, instead of individual greed, peace would be possible. – Pope John Paul II

Sensitivity to the immense needs of humanity brings with it a spontaneous rejection of the arms race, which is incompatible with the all out struggle against hunger, sickness, under-development and illiteracy. – Pope John Paul II

May the culture of life and love render vain the logic of death. – Pope John Paul II

Love the family! Defend and promote it as the basic cell of human society; nurture it as the prime sanctuary of life. Give great care to the preparation of engaged couples and be close to young married couples, so that they will be for their children and the whole community an eloquent testimony of God’s love. – Pope John Paul II

God made us for joy. God is joy, & the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us. – Pope John Paul II

None are so poor that they have nothing to give…and none are so rich that they have nothing to receive. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

With supernatural intuition Blessed Josemaria untiringly preached the universal call to holiness and apostolate. Christ calls everyone to become holy in the realities of everyday life. Hence work too is a means of personal holiness and apostolate when it is done in union with Jesus Christ – Pope John Paul II

Interdependence must be transformed into solidarity based upon the principle that the goods of creation are meant for all. That which human industry produces through the processing of raw materials with the contribution of work must serve equally for the good of all. – Pope John Paul II

Humanity, its dignity and its balance, will depend at every moment and on every place on the globe,on who man is for woman and who woman is for man. – Pope John Paul II

Man must reconcile himself to his natural greatness…. he must not forget that he is a person. – Pope John Paul II

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. – Pope John Paul II

The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others; only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully. The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death. It is the place of encounter… – Pope John Paul II

To the family is entrusted the task of striving, first and foremost, to unleash the forces of good… – Pope John Paul II

Creating the human race in His own image and continually keeping it in being, God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation… of love and communion. Love is therefore the fundamental and innate vocation of every human being. – Pope John Paul II

Man cannot live without love. He remains a being that is incomprehensible for himself, his life is senseless, if love is not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it. – Pope John Paul II

But sometimes it is necessary to do that which is too much. – Pope John Paul II

The modern world, a world which has experienced marvelous achievements but which seems to have lost its sense of ultimate realities and of existence itself. – Pope John Paul II

The vocation and mission of the faithful can only be understood in light of a renewed awareness of the Church as sacrament or sign and instrument of intimate union with God, of the unity of the whole of mankind, and of the personal duty to adhere more closely to her. – Pope John Paul II

Only a socially just country has the right to exist. – Pope John Paul II

Man matures through work which inspires him to difficult good. – Pope John Paul II

The true Christian can nurture a trustful optimism, because he is certain of not walking alone. In sending us Jesus, the eternal Son made man, God has drawn near to each of us. In Christ he has become our travelling companion. – Pope John Paul II

When man turns his back on the Creator’s plan, he provokes a disorder which has inevitable repercussions on the rest of the created order. If man is not at peace with God, then earth itself cannot be at peace. – Pope John Paul II

The seriousness of ecological degradation lays bare the depth of man’s moral crisis… Simplicity, moderation, and discipline as well as the spirit of sacrifice must become a part of everyday life. – Pope John Paul II

I encourage Christians regularly to visit Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament, for we are all called to abide in the presence of God. – Pope John Paul II

The Eucharist is not only a particularly intense expression of the reality of the Church’s life, but also in a sense its fountainhead. The Eucharist feeds and forms the Church: ‘Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Cor 10:17, RSV). Because of this vital link with the sacrament of the Body and Blood of the Lord, the mystery of the Church is savored, proclaimed, and lived supremely in the Eucharist. – Pope John Paul II

The essential commitment and, above all, the visible grace and source of supernatural strength for the Church as the People of God is to persevere and advance constantly in Eucharistic life and Eucharistic piety and to develop spiritually in the climate of the Eucharist. – Pope John Paul II

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