“We need saints.” A beautiful call for saints! A poem INSPIRED by Bl John Paul II

The following poem is said to be inspired by Blessed Pope John Paul II

“We need saints without cassocks, without veils – we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music, that hang out with their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that look for time to pray every day and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity and all good things. We need saints – saints for the 21st century with a spirituality appropriate to our new time. We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor and to make the needed social change. We need saints to live in the world, to sanctify the world and to not be afraid of living in the world by their presence in it. We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs, that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods. We need saints that love the Eucharist, that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends. We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater. We need saints that are open sociable normal happy companions. we need saints who are in this world and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane. We need saints.”

Blessed Pope John Paul II

Blessed Pope John Paul II

 Everyone keeps asking where this poem came from. Here are two resources that I’ve found: 

Mario St. Francis Website and The Deacon’s Bench

I think it is very important that the correct person(s) be acknowledge for their work. But I don’t think we should disregard the message because there’s a debate over who said it. Which is why I’m not deleting this post.

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4 responses to ““We need saints.” A beautiful call for saints! A poem INSPIRED by Bl John Paul II

  1. Outstanding! Just the message we need.

    I also see that we need parents who pass on their faith lovingly not as an obligation, a checklist of duties that we do without love. And we need great religious ed so people, regardless of age, know why we do what we do. None of that’s impossible.

  2. Reblogged this on Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander and commented:
    Wisdom from Pope Francis

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