Here are some of Pope Francis’ thoughts from the homily at this morning’s canonization Mass. This is my transcription, so don’t quote me – I tried to type fast enough to keep up with Pope Francis, but at 4am I’m not quite up to speed.
They were priests, bishops and popes of the twentieth century. They lived through the tragic events of that century but were not overwhelmed by them. Faith in Jesus the Redeemer of Man and Lord of History was more powerful. The love of God shown by those five wounds was more powerful. And more powerful, too, was the love of Mary, our mother. In these two men, who looked upon the wounds of Christ, there dwelt an indescribable joy… May these two new saints and shepherds of God’s people intercede for the Church. May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ, and to enter more deeply into the mysteries of Divine Mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.
Here are the official prayers to St. John Paull II and St. John XXIII.
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Prayer to St. John Paul II
Oh, St. John Paul, from the window of heaven, grant us your blessing! Bless the church that you loved and served and guided, courageously leading it along the paths of the world in order to bring Jesus to everyone and everyone to Jesus. Bless the young, who were your great passion. Help them dream again, help them look up high again to find the light that illuminates the paths of life here on earth.
May you bless families, bless each family! You warned of Satan’s assault against this precious and indispensable divine spark that God lit on earth. St. John Paul, with your prayer, may you protect the family and every life that blossoms from the family.
Pray for the whole world, which is still marked by tensions, wars and injustice. You tackled war by invoking dialogue and planting the seeds of love: pray for us so that we may be tireless sowers of peace.
Oh St. John Paul, from heaven’s window, where we see you next to Mary, send God’s blessing down upon us all. Amen.
Prayer to St. John XXIII
Dear Pope John,
Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes.
With outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good.
You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities.
With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears.
Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen.
Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II, pray for us!