St. John Paul II was a truly holy man. Born in 1920, he would go on to become the head of the Catholic Church by becoming pope in 1978. He would serve in this role until his death in 2005. Almost instantly after his death, countless Catholics called for him to be declared a saint as a result of the virtuous and holy life that he led. He would go on to be declared a saint in 2014 which is one of the reasons why a prayer to St. John Paul II, similar to a prayer to St. Jude or a prayer request to St. Rita is so powerful today.
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St. John Paul II Prayer
During his lifetime, St. John Paul II wrote and developed several prayers. Today, there are several Catholics all over the world who incorporate St. John Paul II prayers into their regular prayer life. One of the most popular St. John Paul II prayers was his prayer to Christ for America which goes as follows:
We thank you, Lord Jesus,
because the Gospel of the Father’s love,
with which you came to save the world,
has been proclaimed far and wide in America
as a gift of the Holy Spirit
that fills us with gladness.
We thank you for the gift of your Life,
which you have given us by loving us to the end:
your Life makes us children of God,
brothers and sisters to each other.
Increase, O Lord, our faith and our love for you,
present in all the tabernacles of the continent.
Grant us to be faithful witnesses
to your Resurrection
for the younger generation of Americans,
so that, in knowing you, they may follow you
and find in you their peace and joy.
Only then will they know that they
are brothers and sisters
of all God’s children scattered
—throughout the world.
You who, in becoming man,
chose to belong to a human family,
teach families the virtues which filled with light
the family home of Nazareth.
May families always be united,
as you and the Father are one,
and may they be living witnesses
to love, justice and solidarity;
make them schools of respect,
forgiveness and mutual help,
so that the world may believe;
help them to be the source of vocations
to the priesthood and the consecrated life,
and all the other forms
of firm Christian commitment.
Protect your Church and the Successor of Peter,
to whom you, Good Shepherd, have entrusted
the task of feeding your flock.
Grant that the Church in America may flourish
and grow richer in the fruits of holiness.
Teach us to love your Mother, Mary,
as you loved her.
Give us strength to proclaim
your word with courage
in the work of the new evangelization,
so that the world may know new hope.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America,
pray for us!
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