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Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world, especially among St John Paul IIBenedict XVI & Pope Francis's 'dearest young people'. Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us wants to highlight what's good, true and beautiful, to help us to pray and not be afraid to follow Jesus Christ. There are voices from 127 countries on over 40 audio Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and on Totus2us RSS feeds, Spotify and iTunes (& other providers we can't keep up with :o) Most mp3 episodes are under 10 minutes and fall broadly into 3 areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life).

Some of the feast days this month: 14th April - Palm Sunday  18th April - Holy Thursday
19th April - Good Friday - beginning of Divine Mercy Novena  20th April - Holy Saturday
21st April - Easter Sunday (1st day of Easter Octave)   28th April - Feast of Divine Mercy (8th day of Easter Octave)

The Divine Mercy Novena
Easter Thursday - Day 7           (+ chaplet)  

"Today bring to Me the souls who especially venerate and glorify My mercy and immerse them in My mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my Passion and entered most deeply into My spirit. They are living images of My Compassionate Heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death."

Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident in Your Mercy; and united to You, O Jesus, they carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.

Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy and their hearts, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless mercy of His, He Himself, will defend as His glory. Amen.

Novena a la Divina Misericordia - en español
Jueves de Pascua - Día 7
        La Coronilla    

"Hoy, tráeme a las almas que verán y glorifican Mi misericordia de modo especial y sumérgelas en Mi misericordia. Estas almas son las que más lamentaron Mi Pasión y penetraron más profundamente en Mi espíritu. Ellas son un reflejo viviente de Mi Corazón compasivo. Estas almas resplandecerán con un resplandor especial en la vida futura. Ninguna de ellas ira al fuego del infierno. Defenderé de modo especial a cada una en la hora de la muerte."

Jesús misericordiosisimo, cuyo Corazón es el amor mismo, acoge en la morada de Tu compasivísimo Corazón a las almas que veneran y ensalzan de modo particular la grandeza de Tu misericordia. Estas almas son fuertes con el poder de Dios Mismo. En medio de toda clase de aflicciones y adversidades siguen adelante confiadas en Tu misericordia, y unidas a Ti, cargan sobre sus hombros a toda la humanidad. Estas almas no serán juzgadas severamente, sino que Tu misericordia las protegerá en la hora de la muerte.

Padre Eterno, mira con misericordia a aquellas almas que glorifican y veneran Tu mayor atributo, es decir, Tu misericordia insondable y que están encerradas en el compasivísimo Corazón de Jesús. Estas almas son un Evangelio viviente, sus manos están llenas de obras de misericordia y sus corazones, desbordantes de gozo, Te cantan, Oh Altísimo, un cántico de misericordia. Te suplico, Oh Dios, muéstrales Tu misericordia según la esperanza y la confianza que han puesto en Ti. Que se cumplan en ellas la promesa de Jesús quien dijo: “A las almas que veneren esta infinita misericordia Mía, Yo Mismo las defenderé como Mi Gloria durante sus vidas y especialmente en la hora de la muerte.

Neuvaine à la Miséricorde Divine - en français
jeudi de Pâques - Jour 7
       Le Chapelet    

"Aujourd’hui, amène-moi les âmes qui honorent et glorifient particulièrement ma miséricorde et immerge-les dans ma miséricorde. Ces âmes ont le plus vivement compati aux souffrances de ma passion et ont pénétré le plus profondément dans mon esprit. Elles sont le vivant reflet de mon cœur compatissant. Ces âmes brilleront d’un éclat particulier dans la vie future, aucune n’ira dans le feu de l’enfer, je défendrai chacune d’elles en particulier à l’heure de la mort."

Très miséricordieux Jésus dont le Cœur n’est qu’amour, reçois dans la demeure de Ton Cœur très compatissant les âmes qui honorent et glorifient Ta miséricorde. Ces âmes sont puissantes de la force de Dieu Lui-même ; au milieu de tous les tourments et contrariétés, elles avancent confiantes en Ta miséricorde, ces âmes sont unies à Jésus et portent l’humanité entière sur leurs épaules. Ces âmes ne seront pas jugées sévèrement, mais Ta miséricorde les entourera au moment de l’agonie.

Père Eternel, jette un regard de miséricorde sur les âmes qui glorifient et honorent Ton plus grand attribut, c’est-à-dire Ton infinie miséricorde, qui sont enfermées dans le Cœur très compatissant de Jésus. Ces âmes sont un vivant Evangile, leurs mains sont pleines d’actes de miséricorde et leur âme débordante de joie chante l’hymne de la miséricorde du Très-Haut. Je t’en supplie mon Dieu, manifeste-leur Ta miséricorde selon l’espérance et la confiance qu’elles ont mis en Toi, que s’accomplisse en elles la promesse de Jésus qui leur a dit : les âmes qui vénèreront mon infinie miséricorde, je les défendrai moi-même durant leur vie et particulièrement à l’heure de la mort, comme ma propre gloire.

La Novena alla Divina Misericordia - in italiano
Giovedi di Pasqua - Giorno 7
      La Coroncina    

"Oggi conduciMi le anime che venerano in modo particolare ed esaltano la Mia Misericordia ed immergile nella Mia Misericordia. Queste anime hanno sofferto maggiormente per la Mia Passione e sono penetrate più profondamente nel Mio spirito. Esse sono un riflesso vivente del Mio Cuore pietoso. Queste anime risplenderanno con una particolare luminosità nella vita futura. Nessuna finirà nel fuoco dell'inferno, difenderò in modo particolare ciascuna di loro nell'ora della morte."

Misericordiosissimo Gesù, il cui Cuore è l'amore stesso, accogli nella dimora del Tuo pietosissimo Cuore le anime che in modo particolare venerano ed esaltano la grandezza della Tua Misericordia. Queste anime sono forti della potenza di Dio stesso, in mezzo ad ogni genere di tribolazioni e contrarietà, avanzano fiduciose nella Tua Misericordia. Queste anime sono unite a Gesù e reggono sulle loro spalle l'umanità intera. Esse non saranno giudicate severamente, ma la Tua Misericordia le avvolgerà nell'ora della morte.

L'anima che esalta la bontà del Suo Signore, Viene da Lui particolarmente amata, È sempre accanto alla sorgente viva, Ed attinge la grazia dalla divina Misericordia.

Eterno Padre, guarda con occhi di Misericordia alle anime che esaltano e venerano il Tuo più grande attributo, cioè la Tua insondabile Misericordia e che sono racchiuse nel misericordiosissimo Cuore di Gesù. Queste anime sono un Vangelo vivente, le loro mani sono colme di opere di Misericordia e la loro anima è piena di gioia e canta all'Altissimo l'inno della Misericordia. Ti supplico, o Dio, mostra loro la Tua Misericordia secondo la speranza e la fiducia che hanno posto in Te; si adempia in essi la promessa di Gesù che ha detto loro: "Le anime che onoreranno la Mia insondabile Misericordia, Io stesso le difenderò come Mia gloria durante la vita, ma specialmente nell'ora della morte."

Novena a Divina Misericordia - em português
Quinta-feira de Páscoa - Dia 7
       Terço  

"Hoje, traze-Me as almas que veneram e glorificam de maneira especial a Minha misericórdia e mergulha-as na Minha misericórdia. Estas almas foram as que mais sofreram por causa da minha Paixão e penetraram mais profundamente no meu espírito. Elas são a imagem viva do meu Coração compassivo. Estas almas brilharão com especial fulgor na vida futura. Nenhuma delas irá ao fogo do Inferno; defenderei cada uma delas de maneira especial na hora da morte."

A alma que glorifica a bondade do Senhor É por Ele especialmente amada;É por Ele especialmente amada; Ela está sempre próxima da fonte viva E bebe as graças da misericórdia divina.

Eterno Pai, olhai com misericórdia para as almas que glorificam e honram o Vosso maior atributo, isto é, a Vossa insondável misericórdia. Elas estão encerradas no Coração compassivo de Jesus. Estas almas são o Evangelho vivo e as suas mãos estão cheias de obras de misericórdia; suas almas repletas de alegria cantam um hino da misericórdia ao Altíssimo. Suplico-Vos, ó Deus, mostrai-lhes a Vossa misericórdia segundo a esperança e a confiança que em Vós colocaram. Que se cumpra nelas a promessa de Jesus, que disse: As almas que veneram a Minha insondável misericórdia, Eu mesmo as defenderei durante a sua vida, e especialmente na hora da morte, como Minha glória. Amém.

The Divine Mercy chaplet is also here on Totus2us in Arabic, Czech, German, Greek, Latin, Polish & Slovak.

Today's something about Mary

is by Manuel, who's from Portugal      

"Mary is the patron of our country for almost 400 years now and she has managed to protect us and safeguard us; without this intercession we probably would not be an independent country. And she keeps protecting us through the ages, through all these hardships that we have, like from forest fires to political and economic crises, and she’s always there to listen to our needs. Since she has this enormous heart that keeps us in her embrace and safe, she has also given us an example of how we ourselves should behave and do the same for others, and this is why we can never be grateful enough for what she has been doing for us."

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.

Papa Francis's homily at the Easter Vigil 2018      

"And if yesterday, with the women, we contemplated “the one whom they have pierced” (cf Jn 19, 36; cf Zech 12, 10), today with them we are called to contemplate the empty tomb and to listen to the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid… He is risen” (Mt 28, 5-6). Words that want to reach our deepest convictions and certainties, our ways of judging and dealing with everyday events; especially our way of relating with others. The empty tomb wants to challenge, move, question us, but above all it wants to encourage us to believe and trust that God “happens” in any situation, in any person, and that his light can reach into the most unpredictable and closed corners of existence. He has risen from death, he has risen from the place from which nobody awaits anything and He awaits us – as He awaited the women – so as to render us participants in his work of salvation. This is the foundation and the strength that we have as Christians so as to spend our lives and our energy, intelligence, affections and will in seeking and especially in generating pathways of dignity. He is not here… He is risen! It is the announcement that sustains our hope and transforms it into concrete gestures of love. How much we need to let our fragility be anointed by this experience! How much we need our faith to be renewed, our myopic horizons to be challenged and renewed by this announcement! He is risen and with Him rises our creative hope to face actual problems, because we know that we are not alone."

Mary Magdalen, Apostle of Hope      

Francis: "And Jesus calls her “Mary!”: the revolution of her life, the revolution destined to transform the existence of every man and woman, begins with a name which resounds in the garden of the empty sepulchre. The Gospels describe for us Mary’s happiness: the resurrection of Jesus is not a joy given with a dropper, but a waterfall that cascades over the whole of life. Christian existence is not woven with soft happiness, but with waves that sweep over everything. Try to think, you as well, in this instant, with the baggage of disappointments and failures that each of us bear in our hearts, that there is a God close to us who calls us by name and tells us: ‘Arise, stop weeping, because I have come to liberate you!” This is beautiful."

Words of Hope - Sharing in Mary's Joy     

Fr Dominic Faure: "So the first dimension of the joy of Christ: to be in the Father, from the Father, turned towards Him and that’s the Prologue of the Gospel of John. And the second dimension of the joy of Christ is a joy towards us and there there are many, many moments in the Gospel where we see that, especially in St Luke, all the parables on mercy …. It’s a joy of giving. I was going to say thanks to the Incarnation and the Redemption, Jesus can manifest and experience in his humanity a new joy, the joy of giving. As a Son his joy is first of all to receive and as a Son Incarnate Redeemer it is also the joy of giving, giving mercy, giving mercy, giving mercy. The joy of receiving from the source and the joy of becoming also a source for us."

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."

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."

To be a Pilgrim

Lucy, 20 & from England was a pilgrim on the Camino from Le Puy      

"I’d prayed a prayer that was out of my heart but I knew it was stupid to pray, but God like fulfilled that in a way that just really lifted our hearts and gave us that courage and strength that we needed to know that on this Camino He was really with us and Our Lady was really with us - she’d been listening to our rosary and she was there waiting for us in that little stable. .. It was very special and very beautiful."

In Memory of Me      

Klara, 30 & from the Czech Republic: "The Eucharist for me is beyond words. I often when I look at the Host I think about the fact that it’s just bare flesh, the heart of Jesus, and that God is so extremely humble that He comes to us in this way, that He cuts out a piece of his heart and gives it to us and at our disposal, and there are people that are doing bad things to the Eucharist and He still allows us to take Him because He loves us so much."

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, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Pope Francis, Papa Benedict XVI, St John Paul II &/or Bl Paul VI have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, East Timor, 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 & 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."