Today is the optional memorial of Blessed John Paul II who is to be canonised on the Feast of Divine Mercy 2014. May he intercede and pray for us!
O God, who are rich in mercy and who willed that the Blessed John Paul II should preside as Pope over your universal Church, grant, we pray, that instructed by his teaching, we may open our hearts to the saving grace of Christ, the sole Redeemer of mankind.
Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Blessed John Paul II in his last years showed the world that suffering can be dignified and holy, if accepted as a gift from God.
For this, he is venerable.