Pope John Paul II quotes

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

— 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

“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

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

— Pope John Paul II

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

— Pope John Paul II

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

— 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

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

— 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

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

— 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

“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

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

— 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

“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

“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

“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.”

— 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

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

“I have a sweet tooth for song and music. This is my Polish sin.”

— 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

“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.”

— 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

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

— 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

“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

“From now on it is only through a conscious choice and through a deliberate policy that humanity can survive.”

— Pope John Paul II
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