- Feast Day: October 22nd
- Patron Of: World Youth Days
- Born: Karol Wojtyla on May 18, 1920
- Died: April 2, 2005
Isn’t it so very exciting to witness the canonization of a saint who lived during our time?
We hope that our beautiful Pope Saint John Paul II Vignette Prayer Pillowcase helps you not only recall the holy man behind the saint (who, by the way, graced the cover of Time Magazine as “Man of the Year” in 1994!) but move you and your loved ones to seek his prayers and guidance. After all, Saint John Paul II fully understands the modern challenges we face!
In the foreground of our wonderfully detailed vignette you find the saint depicted as Pope John Paul II, in homage to his nearly 27 years as one of the world’s most loved Popes. For the background we choose the historic Wawel Cathedral in Poland, where the newly ordained Father Karol Wojtyla performed his first Mass in 1946. And to the right we see the man behind the saint in the midst of young people gathered outdoors. This is significant because as a priest (and even as a Cardinal!) Fr. Wojtyla organized outdoor trips as a favorite way to interact with youth to share and build the Faith.
Pope John Paul II was a loving advocate for the youth of the world – remember, he’s the one who started World Youth Day! He both encouraged and challenged young Catholics to strive for holiness and sainthood, urging them, “Do not be afraid to become the saints of the new millennium!” The companion quotation we've used here shows that as Pope our new friend in Heaven was truly in touch with the fears we face:
"I plead with you, never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be Not Afraid."
Saint John Paul II's encouraging words “Be Not Afraid” are an inspiration to all who strive to follow in the footsteps of Christ and give us the confidence to pray for his intecession to help us live the faith with courage and enthusiasm. To share the wisdom of the loving, lovable man who became Saint John Paul II choose this Saint John Paul II Vignette Prayer Pillowcase!
Personalize the Saint John Paul II Vignette Prayer Pillowcase for an inspiring gift of devotion! See image above right to see how it looks personalized then select the Personalize It! option to add your loved one's name.