Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world, especially among Blessed John Paul II's, Benedict XVI's & Papa Francisco's 'dearest young people'. Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us is here to highlight what's good & beautiful, and help us to pray & not be afraid. There are voices from 106 countries so far here on Totus2us's 38 mp3 audio podcasts. All free, all with music & available on iTunes, most episodes are under 10 minutes and fall broadly into 3 areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) & witness (love / life).
There's Something about Mary, In Memory of Me, Go in Peace, Mercy Mercy Mercy, To be a Pilgrim, Journeys of Faith, World Youth Days, The Incredibles, Man for Others, Blessed JPII We Love You, Papa Benedetto We Love You too, Viva Papa Francisco, In the Family, Word on the Street, TOP CHAT & Does God have a sense of humour. Then there's 3 2us, Sunday Evangelium, Philosophy & Faith, Talks 2us, Catholic Catechism, Mission Jesus, Catechesis with BXVI & with Pope Francis. The prayer podcasts are the Rosary (in English, French, Italian & Spanish), the Stations of the Cross (in English, French, Spanish), Novenas (18 so far, mainly including the writings of JPII / BXVI) & Jesus I trust in you (the Divine Mercy chaplet is in 12 languages).
"For me, the Madonna represents the goodness, the love, warmth and the tender care of life.
Per me la Madonna è l'amore, la gentilezza, i colori e la bontà della vita"
On Sunday 13 October 2013, Papa Francesco consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in front of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in St Peter's Square. In June 1981 (just a month after the assasination attempt on JPII on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima), it was reported the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to 6 children in Medjugorje (in what was then communist Yugoslavia), introducing herself to them as the 'Queen of Peace'. The 6 visionaries say she has been appearing in Medjugorje every day since.
"After I became pregnant, I realised I loved this child in the womb for being just what they were, just for existing, just for being alive, and life being so beautiful and precious. I loved my daughter before I knew who she was, I loved her for who she was before I knew who she was. So I could feel God looking at me in that way and I learned that when God looks at each of us He sees for what we really are, which is the child in the womb, his child. And it has become much easier for me to have mercy. On people that I become irritated with or am likely to judge, I take a moment to remember them as the child that they are and I'm able to see them as God sees them in some small way, and that helps me to try to love them as God loves them, and I think finally to begin to see myself and accept myself in the grace of being a child of God.”
The Incredlble Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe
Adam, a seminarian from the USA
"There was St Maximilian Kolbe who never lost his dignity of himself and of his fellow prisoners. And it was his love of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that allowed him to love both his fellow prisoners but also the guards there too. And it was also that same love for the Blessed Mother that allowed him to step out of line. As we were there in the courtyard what really rung true is that I've always heard the story that Maximilian Kolbe stepped out of line to take the place of this prisoner who was chosen to die for someone else who had escaped."
Ugo, who's from Nigeria: "The World Youth Day in Toronto prepared my faith to know, love and cherish God, and just not to be afraid. As our late Pope, Blessed John Paul II said: 'Do not be afraid to say yes to Jesus, do not be afraid to love Jesus, do not be afraid to serve Jesus, do not be afraid to visit Jesus, do not be afraid to open your door to Jesus. It's yes, yes, yes all the way because Jesus is meek and humble of heart. That's my experience of World Youth Day - it was beautiful."
Giulia, from Rome in Italian
"I think Papa Francisco is a model of a priest if you are looking for someone you can really find on the street. So it’s a very good opportunity for people who don’t believe in God to see how is the Church, how it should be and how it is if you are curious, if you are really interested in understanding what is the Church, the Catholic Church."
"Per me questa elezione del Papa Francesco rappresenta una buona possibilità per molte persone che non hanno altro modo di conoscere dei preti o delle persone della Chiesa come aiutato io che mi hanno portato a convertire a 33 anni. Si vero presenta un opportunità molto plateale per tutti di conoscere qual è la verità, qual è la vera identità della Chiesa chi e una Chiesa appartiene a Cristo. E quindi quando ci sono degli esempi cosi belli sia la capacità di capire esattamente cosi intendeva Cristo quando voleva edificare la sua Chiesa."
"I have had the fortune to become a priest because when Pope John Paul II came to Senegal to visit our country, I told myself ‘I want to be like this priest, like this bishop, and to dedicate all my life to announce Jesus Christ.’"
"En reconnaissance de ce qui arrivait en février de l'année 1992 quand Pape Jean-Paul II était au Senegal pour une visite pastorale, j'etais là parmi les jeunes de mon pays et lorsque j'ai eu la chance de le voir passer, traverser, quelque chose est passé en moi, c'est comme ca que je peux le resumer, et je n'ai pas pu resister a ce desir de lui ressembler, et c'est comme ça que tout est parti. Aujourd'hui c'est une grâce vraiment ineffable, je ne peux pas exprimer la joie qui m'habite en ce moment d'avoir pu célébrer la messe sur l'autel où Jean-Paul II repose en attendant d'être proclamé saint, mais pour moi il est déjà."
Clare, from Ireland
"I went to see Pope John Paul II in Galway in 1979, just the summer before I went away to university, We travelled down on a battered old bus from Belfast and it was a bit of a scary journey and we slept overnight in a factory on the floor in sleeping bags and then we made a night-time vigil across to Ballybrit racecourse in Galway. Everybody from the north of Ireland was in the stand and we waited a long time watching, anticipating, waiting to see a helicopter arrive. Then when Pope John Paul arrived, he got out of the helicopter, he got down on the ground and kissed the floor. And then he said 'Young people of Ireland, let's hope that you bring peace.'
Deacon Garrett, from Montana in the US
"The last day of the conference they had eucharistic adoration and there were 4000 college students all in this ballroom on their knees in complete silence and they processed the monstrance in and they placed the Lord on the altar. As soon as they exposed the Blessed Sacrament, my heart jumped, I just broke down. It hit me all of a sudden: that is God on the altar, that is God right in front of me, and I don't deserve to be present here in front of him, I don't deserve anything at all. And it struck my heart that that is the Lord right in front of me and, even in the midst of all my sin (I could name off every sin imaginable that a college student these days would be involved in) He was there to pull me up and it was through His presence in the Eucharist that I was really inspired to continue to pursue my vocation."
Collette, who's 25 & from Birmingham: "Three years ago I was a lapsed Catholic, living a life at complete odds to the Church, very far away from the Church. Pope Benedict came to England on his visit and through his words and his actions, Christ's love really broke through into my life and I had a really powerful conversion experience. I'll never forget his words at Bellahouston Park where he asked the young people to lead a life worthy of their vocation. He didn't just ask, he urged the young people to lead a life worthy of their vocation. And for me in my heart I knew there was something more in my life. A few days later I felt Christ's love in such a powerful way through his instrument Pope Benedict, when he told the young people at Twickenham, 'Dear young people, God loves you so much more than you could ever imagine and by far the best thing for you is to grow in holiness because God wants what's best for you.' And in that moment, through God's servant Benedict XVI, through Peter here on earth, I learnt the two greatest loves of my life: 1) that I am loved by God, that I am his child and He loves me and 2) that I am called to holiness and this has completely changed my life."
Jack, who's 26 & a seminarian from Washington in the US
"One of the beautiful things that I remember about it that I will never forget is as I was leaving, I told Father Mahoney 'That's why I came into your office last night and this morning was for this confession.' That was the only time that he got angry, was he said 'Never again put off confession.' He just knows the power and showed me the power that is the forgiveness of sins that is granted to a priest through the Holy Spirit and through the Church. It's not always easy, it didn't make me perfect (far from it), but it did in a real way introduce me to Christ's love and his compassion for all of us. So thanks be to God for that."
""Fear not to welcome Christ and accept his power. Help the Pope and all those who wish to serve Christ and by his power to serve the human person and the whole of mankind.
Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors to Christ. To his saving power open the frontiers of states, economic and political systems, the vast realms of culture, civilization, and development.
Do not be afraid. Christ knows 'what is in humans'. He alone knows!" (16th October 1978)
You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us's podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, DR Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guyana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
The countries not included above which Papa Benedict XVI, Blessed John Paul II &/or Paul VI have visited are: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, East Timor, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Jordan, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, Papua-New Guinea, Paraguay, La Réunion, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia & Uruguay.
Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović
Medjugorje, 25 November 2013
“Dear children! Today I call all of you to prayer. Open the doors of your heart profoundly to prayer, little children, to prayer with the heart; and then the Most High will be able to act upon your freedom and conversion will begin. Your faith will become firm so that you will be able to say with all your heart: ‘My God, my all.’ You will comprehend, little children, that here on earth everything is passing. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! Hoy los invito a todos a la oración. Abran profundamente la puerta del corazón, hijitos, a la oración, a la oración con el corazón, y entonces el Todopoderoso podrá obrar en vuestra libertad y comenzará la conversión. La fe llegará a ser tan firme que podrán decir con todo el corazón: ‘mi Dios, mi todo`. Comprenderán, hijitos, que aquí en la Tierra todo es pasajero. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! Oggi vi invito tutti alla preghiera. Aprite profondamente la porta del cuore, figlioli, alla preghiera, preghiera del cuore e allora l’Altissimo potrà operare nella vostra libertà e inizierà la vostra conversione. La fede diventerà forte così che potrete dire con tutto il cuore: ‘Mio Dio e mio tutto’. Comprenderete, figlioli, che qui sulla Terra tutto è passeggero. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata.”
Totus Tuus - All Yours - was Blessed John Paul II's motto, having entrusted his life, his priesthood, his 'all' to Mary. Totus2us is being built with the same intention: to be all Mary's. The play on lettering gives Totus2us a 2nd meaning - Everything2us - as that is what Mary means to us.
This mosaic of the Madonna and Christ Child is on the front of the Apostolic Palace in St Peter's Square (near the Pope's window for the Angelus prayer). Beneath it is John Paul II's coat of arms and his motto, Totus Tuus; and beneath this is written MATER ECCLESIAE - Mother of the Church.
It is a tribute John Paul II wanted to make to Mary for her having saved his life in the assassination attempt on 13th May 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Just 6 months later, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, John Paul II blessed the mosaic, a "sign of the heavenly protection of the Sovereign Pontiff, of the Church and of those who are in St Peter's Square."