(Thanks go to Bernadette for guest writing this blog post for me!)
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the death of our beloved Pope John Paul II. In just a month we will celebrate his beatification.
I have a special place in my heart for our former Holy Father. I came back to the faith in 2000, the Jubilee year, wanting to fully live the life of a Catholic but not understanding many things the church teaches, it was kinda hard. I soon discovered the Theology of the Body and it was as if the scales fell from my eyes and I understood why Holy Mother Church, in Her wisdom held close the teachings that She did.
Pope John Paul II has such a special place in my heart that we gave our son the same name that Pope John Paul was given at birth, Karol Jozef.
Juan Pablo Segundo te quiere todo el mundo!
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virginâ€™s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
â€œHail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.â€
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
â€œDo not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.â€
But Mary said to the angel,
â€œHow can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?â€
And the angel said to her in reply,
â€œThe Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.â€
Mary said, â€œBehold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.â€
Then the angel departed from her.