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Why was the Rosary Pope John Paul II’s favorite prayer?

Posted on August 4th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Pope John Paul II - Young During World War II, when the Nazis were trying to destroy Poland, young John Paul II and his teenage friends were members of a living rosary prayer group.

Pope John Paul II - Young When Karol Wojtyla became Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, he faced huge challenges. Each day he engaged in an intense battle that sought to destroy the Catholic Church. One ways he contended with these forces was to visit his favorite Marian Shrines in Krakow, where he would walk the grounds and pray the rosary, asking our Blessed Mother to intercede for him. During these times of prayer he received solutions to some of his most difficult problems. By praying the rosary at this sanctuary, some of his greatest problems were resolved through the intercession of Mary.

Pope John Paul II - Young When Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II, he continued his practice of praying the Rosary daily. After lunch each day, he loved to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary in the Vatican gardens. John Paul II understood that Jesus gave his mother Mary to each one of us as a spiritual mother. This is why he had the phrase “Totus Tuus” on his coat of arms (“I am all yours Jesus, through Mary”). John Paul II learned experientially that the closer we come to Mary, the closer she unites us to Jesus. Will you live the legacy of Pope John Paul II by making a commitment to pray the rosary every day?