As I read my Magnificat on the morning of the Feast Day of St. John Paul II, I could not help but imagine this picture my daughter took last week from her bed as she rose to get ready for school.
Prayer for the Morning - Psalm 19
For you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays. (Mal 3:20)
"Saint John Paul II liked to quote Saint Augustine: 'We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!' Through years of painful unity with Christ's cross, he focused always on the Resurrection. Just as every Sunday is a little Easter, so is every single sunrise a reminder of God's glorious victory over sin and death."
"The daybreak from on high will visit us!" (Lk 1:78)
"You are our light and our salvation, Lord. Through the intercession of Saint John Paul II, grant us light to see your truth and wisdom and to love what we see, that we may walk in your ways today and all the days of our life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen"
Saint John Paul II loved our youth, spent time with our youth, talked with our youth. May the impact he had on our young people, and still has through his writings, give them and us the strength to share the light of Christ in our lives so that, as we read today, we may, like Jesus, "set the earth on fire."