"Do not be afraid! Open, I say open wide the doors for Christ.” These were the words that the late Pope John Paul II began his pontificate with on October 22, 1978. This call to a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ is as urgent and necessary today as it was over thirty years ago, and this Blessing from John Paul II offers us an opportunity to remind ourselves, and others, about the witness of his life and message. The words that John Paul II spoke in his many homilies, speeches, and encyclicals are more relevant today than ever, especially to today's teenagers, who may be too young to remember or recognize John Paul II's influence on the Church and on the world. The entire Blessing reads, "Do not be afraid! Open the doors to Christ. God works in the concrete and personal affairs of each one of us. Don't let the time that the Lord gives you run on as if everything were due to chance. With this expression of my hope I send you all, from the depths of my heart, my blessing." This beautiful framed blessing includes the much loved image of the Blessed John Paul II with his papal crucifix. A special gift for you parish priest, or for anyone with a special devotion to Pope John Paul II.
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