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Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world and focusing particularly on the teachings of Saints Paul VI & John Paul II, Papas Benedict XVI & Francis. By dwelling on what is good, true and beautiful, it is hoped Totus2us can help us to pray and have the courage to trust and follow Jesus. There are voices from 128 countries on over 40 audio Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and on Totus2us RSS feeds, Spotify & iTunes amongst others, most mp3 episodes fall broadly into three areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life).

Some of the feast days this month: 1st July - St Oliver Plunkett   3rd July - St Thomas, the Apostle
4th July - Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati   6th July - St Maria Goretti   9th July - St Veronica Giuliani
11th July - St Benedict of Norcia   15th July - St Bonaventure   16th July - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
21st July - St Lawrence of Brindisi   22nd July - St Mary Magdalen   23rd July - St Bridget of Sweden
24th July - St Charbel Makhlouf   25th July - St James, the Apostle  31st July - St Ignatius of Loyola 

Today's something about Mary

is by Esther, from Malaysia      

"I love Mary because she’s really a mother to me and she guides me along my way, and to love her back I just want to be another little Mary."

On Sunday 13 October 2013, Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square. In June 1981 (just a month after the assasination attempt on JPII on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima), it was reported the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje (in what was then communist Yugoslavia), introducing herself to them as the 'Queen of Peace'. The 6 visionaries say she has been appearing every day since.

3 2us on Our Lady of Medjugorje, Queen of Peace  

Mgr Leo Maasburg: "Our Lady takes us to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and she comes to us, inviting us to open our hearts to the Lord. Our Lady is the expression of the highest dignity which God has bestowed on men and that dignity which makes him a real child of God. St John says 'Now we are children of God. What we are going to be, we do not know, but we will see Him as He is.' So let's get rid of false glitters and idols, that our eyes become clear and that we can collaborate with Our Lady, to bring not only ourselves to conversion, fasting, prayer, to the Lord, but to take many with us; to be co-redeemers, to be collaborators in the redemptive work of God; that we too one day can say 'Our Lady, your visit was not in vain. You have stayed so long with us but thank you because you have convinced us, that through your humility, through your simplicity, through your tender love, you have convinced us that we can follow you, that we can open our hearts to you and that you can lead us into the open heart of your son."

1st apparition of Our Lady in Medjugorje was on 24 June 1981, the Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist; she first spoke to the 6 children the next day, telling them she was the Queen of Peace.

3 2us on the Birth of Saint John the Baptist      

Mgr Leo Maasburg: "Mother Teresa of Calcutta always said that it was interesting that it is an unborn child who announces Jesus' presence in the womb of Our Lady. The unborn child is the first to recognise Christ and I believe that for our times this is a strong message to respect the life of unborn children. .. She also said the biggest power in the world is the power of tenderness, and although John was such an outspoken, strong person, he was still the herald and the messenger of the one who brought us God's tenderness.. I believe this is the message of St John: the tenderness of God with the clarity and the strength of the truth."

In Memory of Me      

John, 29 & from the UK: "The Eucharist is just the most beautiful thing in the world. I think whenever you gaze at the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar, for all the wonderful architecture examples or the art works around the world, there’s nothing more beautiful than looking at the Blessed Sacrament. It might appear to be just a white disc but actually you’re looking into eternity, you’re looking at the Creator, you’re looking at Jesus made man and resurrected and there is nothing that can surpass that."

Valiton, 25 & from Goa: "The inspiration that I get every time I go to Mass is that I am seeing Jesus and for me that’s the biggest thing I can offer to God by attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist."

To be a Pilgrim to Santiago      

Mimi, from Slovakia: "Coming to Santiago I was a little disappointed because all that way I had wanted to make it a spiritual impact in my life and I just couldn’t. First of all those worries of daily life: the food, the feet, where are you were going to sleep, we were cold … so it was challenging, a very challenging time. So I felt like I couldn’t really approach all that pilgrimage so much spiritually. So I thought, well I’m sure if this is going to count into any spiritual building or anything like that. But I was really surprised coming to Santiago and we spent three days there and we really let the atmosphere of the Church and the prayers together soak in us and afterwards when I came back home, I really felt the difference. Somehow the Lord has blessed us, a different way than I was expecting and I was living from this experience for another month very strongly."

Sharing in Mary's Joy - The Magnificat      

Fr Dominic Faure: "“His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him”. One condition is that this joy of receiving mercy, this joy of discovering how unique we are for Christ implies first of all this fear and therefore this poverty of those who know that everything in them depends on God, that everything in them depends on the transcendence of God. The fear of God is not a fear at the level of justice, it’s a fear of the source without whom we cannot be anything, we cannot do anything. It’s a good fear, the fear of those ultimately who are afraid of losing the presence of their source. It’s a fear of sin but more than this, it’s the fear of being cut from our source which is a holy fear and ultimately the fear linked to pure love, the fear of displeasing our source, the fear of hurting the heart of God. So it’s a fear coming from littleness, the fear of knowing that without God I cannot do anything, without God I cannot be anything. It’s a good fear and therefore the fear of being lost without Him. And then, when there is such a fear in us, fear is the beginning of wisdom, then we can be truly open to his merciful love because there is no pride in us. Pride is pretending that I can stand be myself. No. In front of God none of us can stand by ourself, we can only stand because of His merciful love."

Incredible Saint Charbel Makhlouf      

Denise, from England: "I really feel that St Charbel is one of the special saints for this time in the history of the Church. At the Vatican he is the number one miracle worker through his intercession .. so heaven itself is putting a spotlight on this saint. .. St Charbel during his life would actually pray very much for the Jews, for the Muslims and for all the faiths in the Middle East. So if you want a really powerful saint to pray for peace in the Middle East, please pray to St Charbel."

Papa St JPII's homily at Mass in Drogheda    
Ireland, 29 September 1979

"I join my voice today to the voice of Paul VI and my other predecessors, to the voices of your religious leaders, to the voices of all men and women of reason, and I proclaim, with the conviction of my faith in Christ and with an awareness of my mission, that violence is evil, that violence is unacceptable as a solution to problems, that violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroys the very fabric of society. I pray with you that the moral sense and Christian conviction of Irish men and women may never become obscured and blunted by the lie of violence, that nobody may ever call murder by any other name than murder, that the spiral of violence may never be given the distinction of unavoidable logic or necessary retaliation. Let us remember that the word remains for ever: "All who take the sword will perish by the sword".

10. There is another word that must be part of the vocabulary of of every Christian, especially when barriers of hate and mistrust have been constructed. This word is reconciliation. "So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift" (Mt 5, 23-24). This command of Jesus is stronger than any barrier that human inadequacy or malice can build. Even when our belief in the fundamental goodness of every human being has been shaken or undermined, even if long-held convictions and attitudes have hardened our hearts, there is one source of power that is stronger than every disappointment, bitterness or ingrained mistrust, and that power is Jesus Christ, who brought forgiveness and reconciliation to the world."

Papa St JPII's homily at Mass in Warsaw      
Poland, Vigil of Pentecost, 2 June 1979

„3a. Kościół przyniósł Polsce Chrystusa — to znaczy klucz do rozumienia tej wielkiej i podstawowej rzeczywistości, jaką jest człowiek. Człowieka bowiem nie można do końca zrozumieć bez Chrystusa. A raczej: człowiek nie może siebie sam do końca zrozumieć bez Chrystusa. Nie może zrozumieć, ani kim jest, ani jaka jest jego właściwa godność, ani jakie jest jego powołanie i ostateczne przeznaczenie. Nie może tego wszystkiego zrozumieć bez Chrystusa.

I dlatego Chrystusa nie można wyłączać z dziejów człowieka w jakimkolwiek miejscu ziemi. Nie można też bez Chrystusa zrozumieć dziejów Polski — przede wszystkim jako dziejów ludzi, którzy przeszli i przechodzą przez tę ziemię. Dzieje ludzi! Dzieje narodu są przede wszystkim dziejami ludzi. A dzieje każdego człowieka toczą się w Jezusie Chrystusie. W Nim stają się dziejami zbawienia.

Dzieje narodu zasługują na właściwą ocenę wedle tego, co wniósł on w rozwój człowieka i człowieczeństwa, w jego świadomość, serce, sumienie. To jest najgłębszy nurt kultury. To jej najmocniejszy zrąb. To jej rdzeń i siła. Otóż tego, co naród polski wniósł w rozwój człowieka i człowieczeństwa, co w ten rozwój również dzisiaj wnosi, nie sposób zrozumieć i ocenić bez Chrystusa. „Ten stary dąb tak urósł, a wiatr go żaden nie obalił, bo korzeń jego jest Chrystus” (Piotr Skarga, Kazania sejmowe).

Trzeba iść po śladach tego, czym — a raczej kim — na przestrzeni pokoleń był Chrystus dla synów i córek tej ziemi. I to nie tylko dla tych, którzy jawnie weń wierzyli, którzy Go wyznawali wiarą Kościoła. Ale także i dla tych, pozornie stojących opodal, poza Kościołem. Dla tych wątpiących, dla tych sprzeciwiających się."

Man for Others      

Father Vincent Dike, from Nigeria: "So my prayer, my ordination, my priesthood and my vocation I would say came from my mum, who had been praying earnestly, just like St Monica, the mother of St Augustine. But as a person going through the seminary I remember taking a decision after my junior seminary that I wanted to be a priest. This was when I was 19 years old, I was in the senior seminary and I asked God, 'If you know I will be a good priest, please call me to your altar; and if you know I cannot make this, please help me to go and help out my family in any way your want.' And this journey has been amazing. And now 22 years a priest, I'm happy, I'm joyful, I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Go in Peace      

Leon, 35 & from the Philippines: "Very often we hear arguments: why do I have to go to a priest, why do I have to speak my sins? Well, you see, this is not a draconian requirement put on us by Our Lord but actually a sign of his love, that he has wanted to speak the language of the senses, the language of words and with those languages .. he has wanted to say to us 'I absolve you of your sins. I forgive you.' So that with the very ears with which hear the car horns on the street, the very ears with which we hear the most mundane things, we can hear his mercy. And his mercy spoken specifically to our own words, our own description of our sins. .. That's confession!"

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All around the world - our universal Catholic faith

You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech RepublicDominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Saints Paul VI, John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI &/or Pope Francis have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Uruguay.

Our Lady's message through Mirjana Soldo:
Medjugorje, 2 September 2018

"Dear children, My words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth — I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world. The more that you come to know Him — the more that you come close to Him — all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray — think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you."

Totus Tuus, Totus2us   

Totus Tuus - Totally Yours - was St John Paul II's motto, having entrusted his life, his priesthood, his all to Mary. Totus2us is being built with the same intention: to be all Mary's. The play on lettering gives Totus2us a 2nd meaning - Everything2us - as that is what Mary means to us.

This mosaic of the Madonna and Christ Child is on the front of the Apostolic Palace in St Peter's Square (near the Pope's window for the Angelus prayer). Beneath it is John Paul II's coat of arms and his motto, Totus Tuus; and beneath this is written MATER ECCLESIAE - Mother of the Church.

It is a tribute John Paul II wanted to make to Mary for her having saved his life in the assassination attempt on 13th May 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Just 6 months later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, John Paul II blessed the mosaic, a "sign of the heavenly protection of the Sovereign Pontiff, of the Church and of those who are in St Peter's Square."