| Saturday, August 16, 2003
| for the Pope
|THE TIRED POPE
DO YOU KNOW WHY THE POPE IS TIRED?
IN 23 YEARS OF HIS PONTIFICATE, THIS ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THE POPE IS TIRED:
NUMBER OF TRIPS OUTSIDE OF ITALY: 95
NUMBER OF TRIPS INSIDE ITALY, NOT INCLUDING ROME: 140
VISITS IN ROME AND CASTELGANGOLFO: 726 BEATIFICATIONS: 1,282
NUMBER OF NATIONS VISITED: 130
NUMBER OF CITIES VISITED: 604
NUMBER OF SPEECHES OUTSIDE OF ITALY: 3,430
SPEECHES DURING HIS PONTIFICATE: 20,341
NUMBER OF GENERAL AUDIENCES: 1,218
DOCUMENTS: 13 ENCYCLICAS
13 APOSTOLIC EXHORTATIONS
11 APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTIONS
41 APOSTOLIC LETTERS CATHECHISM
NUMBER OF PERSONS THAT HAVE ATTENDED HIS GENERAL AUDIENCES: 16,930,200
DURATIONS OF HIS TRIPS: 541 DAYS, 18 HRS, 25 MIN
TOTAL OF KILOMETERS: 1,400,607 (THIS IS 28,3 TIMES AROUND THE WORLD. IT IS 2,97 TIMES THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE MOON.
AND ALL THIS ACCOMPLISHED WITH 18 HOURS DAILY WORK.
HE DOES NOT TAKE ANY MEDICINES. HE HAS HAD 6 SURGERIES. IN ONE OF THESE, THEY CUT 2,5 METERS OF INTESTINE. HE HAS ARTROSIS IN ONE LEG, THIS MAKES IT DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO WALK. EVEN SO, HE NEVER COMPLAINS AND KEEPS GOING FORWARD.
WHATEVER YOUR BELIEF MAY BE, THIS POPE IS AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL, CHILDREN, YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS, SICK OR HEALTHY.
HE DOES THIS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THE LOVE OF GOD FOR MANKIND.
ON HIS LAST TRIP TO BULGARIA, HE WAS ASKED IF HE WILL STEP DOWN, AND HE ANSWERED: "IF CHRIST HAD STEP DOWN FROM THE CROSS, I WOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THE SAME"
POPE JOHN PAUL II HAS ASKED ON SATURDAY JULY 6TH WHEN HE WAS PRAYING THE ANGELUS IN FRONT OF PILGRIMS TO ST. PETER'S SQUARE, FOR US TO PRAY FOR HIM.
HE SAID HE IS STILL THERE BECAUSE OF THE STRENGTH THAT PRAYERS GIVE HIM. COULD YOU HELP HIM WITH A PRAYER? COULD YOU SEND THIS MESSAGE TO OTHERS SO THAT WE ALL PRAY FOR HIM?
I love what the Pope said there: "If Christ had stepped down from the cross, I would have the right to do the same."
It inspires me to never give up. I mean, if Christ never gave up on me, on us, then who am I to give up on Him?
Finally watched Finding Nemo this afternoon. It was so funny! Especially when Dory talked like a whale and the turtles! Omigoodness! But I think I laughed the hardest when I saw the teaser for the newest Disney Pixar movie, The Incredibles. It was so funny!
I watched the movie with my sister, my brother, his wife and two kids (Karlo and Kaleb), my cousin and her son, and Karlo's friend and his mom. Ack! Chaotic! Lost my patience actually. Sorry about that, Lord.
National Bookstore is on sale! Until the end of the month!
|posted by Jax @ 5:41:00 AM