Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord. (Jer 17:7)

The papal motto of Blessed John Paul II was TOTUS TUUS (“totally yours”).  This statement of trust in the Blessed Virgin Mary is not an unimportant factor in reflecting on the life of this great pope.  John Paul, following the Marian piety of Saint Louis de Montfort, entrusted all his prayers and works to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We would do well to entrust all our cares and our very lives to her, for she is “the safest, easiest, shortest and mort perfect way” to Jesus and to sanctity. (Treatise on the True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort,55).


I know that a lot of religions do not honor Mary as we Catholics do, nor do they call her the Blessed Virgin Mary.  So in that case, they may wonder why Pope John Paul had such trust in Mary’s help.   I will try to answer some of these questions in the future, but smarter minds than mine have had 2000 years to figure this out.  For more information, go to:  There you can find answers to your questions.


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