TODAY IS the Feast of Blessed Pope John XXIII

[Today is the Feast Day of Blessed Pope John XXIII who is one of the most beloved and despised popes at the same time. His simplicity, humor and humility touched people. Normally, a saint’s feast day is the date of his death. But October 11 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Opening of Vatican Council II. It is because of changes in the Roman Catholic Church which happened in the ensuing years that is is vilified by his detractors. I invite you to watch this two minute video before considering some quotations. ]

See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.

Just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. 
Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. 
Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, 
but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pure prayer is listening to God, conversing with God, and being silent before God.


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to TODAY IS the Feast of Blessed Pope John XXIII

  1. 1 correction…At the time of hus election to the Chair of Peter, Angelo Cardinal Roncalli was the Cardinal Patriarch of Venice, Italy. Venice still is filled with stories of Good Pope John”.

  2. …He was created Cardibnal in the Consistory of 1953.

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