Pope John Paul II was Pope from 1978 to 2005. He was the first Polish Pope and was instrumental, along with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and U. S. President Ronald Reagan, in orchestrating the demise of the Communist Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Pope John Paul was a holy man whose deep faith permeated everything he undertook. He was not a politician but singularly, and solely, God’s highest representative on earth.
His continual support for the Christian family unit was one of Pope John Paul’s resounding legacies. He routinely expressed the need to reinforce the family as it was the primary entity responsible for the protection of the innocent children those marriages produced.
Here is one of Pope John Paul’s lovely prayers for the family.
For the Family
Lord God, from You every family in heaven, and on earth, takes its name.
Father, You are love and life.
Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, the fountain of divine charity,
grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.
Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives
for the good of their families and of all families in the world.
Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity
and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage,
may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family,
grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family, and through the family.
We ask this of you, who is life, truth and love with the Son and Holy Spirit.
How disturbing is it, that in just 10 years, our current Pope’s support for the family has eroded to the point where the ideology of radical feminism supersedes the tenets of Christianity when he responds, “Who am I to judge” when questioned about homosexual behavior.
I’ll take Pope John Paul II, over Pope Francis, any day of the week.