Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world, especially among Saint John Paul II's, Papa Benedict XVI's & Pope Francis's 'dearest young people'. Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us wants to highlight what's good, true and beautiful, helping us to pray and not be afraid.
There are voices from 115 countries so far here on 40 Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and available on iTunes, most episodes (audio mp3s) are under 10 minutes and fall broadly into 3 areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life).
19th March - Feast of Saint Joseph (& 2nd anniversary of inauguration of Pope Francis)
25th March - Solemnity of the Annunciation 29th March - Palm Sunday & XXX World Youth Day
2nd April - Holy / Maundy Thursday (& 10th anniversary of JPII's death) 3rd April - Good Friday
5th April - Easter Sunday & Easter day every day up to 12th April - Divine Mercy Sunday
"Mary for me is almost like a guidance figure. She's a woman that I feel like empowered by. Everyone else follows like celebrity people whereas Mary for me is the more inspiring: she managed to have Jesus and she managed to bring him up and later on watch him die on the cross. The strength that she must have had to overcome that is quite really powerful and really speaks to me because it helps me to overcome my own daily problems, coz my own problems can't live up to the sort of problems that she had. It really inspires me to keep on going and never give up."
If you'd be happy to say your something about Our Lady, please get in touch with Totus2us.
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.
Laura, who's 27 & from London: "Even during the day time when we were exploring around Madrid and you had a little freebie pass to get a lunch on the Pope's behalf, so queuing up for that you got to really like talk to the other pilgrims. It's such an amazing atmosphere. The transport system is alive with young people with flags and different musical instruments, and singing and dancing. So it was just such a joyful, wonderful experience. And then we had the Holy Hour in the aerodrome at night with Pope Benedict which was quite something!"
Carlene, who's 29 & from England: "I went to World Youth Day not really believing in God too much, not wanting anything to do with it, thinking it was all a bit boring and brass, and people were a bit fuddy-duddy who were Christian, to be honest with you. .. Seeing the millions of young Catholics gave me a different perspective. .. It was quite amazing to see how many people there were and to think that there was a diversity in the religion and everyone wasn't like 'hills are alive with the sound of music' people and you didn't have to be put into a certain box. You've got the freedom to be yourself.."
Kelly, 15 & from Sierra Leone & Kenya: "I like confession because it helps you release all of your sins and you feel like you can trust God more and you can let go of everything and can like begin to settle down. And it just helps you tune into your faith more because you can understand God more and know that He loves you."
Emily, from the United Kingdom: "I suppose confession can be a struggle and difficult and sometimes embarrassing but I know that God has really used it in my life to affirm me of his love for me. And suddenly I find myself not thinking about my failings and my faults but somehow realising quite how much He loves me and has reached out to me in the Sacrament through his priests, for which I am always deeply grateful and so touched. "
Emmett, 23 & from London: "Confession is liberating. It allows you to speak from the soul and gives you inner peace. So, who doesn't want that?"
Christina, from Scootland: "So when I heard the words this morning 'Do this in memory of me' it was just this invitation from the Lord to remember Him. For me that means going to daily Mass and receiving Him in the Holy Eucharist and remembering that He is the God who came down from heaven to be with me, to strengthen me, to purify me and to teach me how to be how like Him. To remember Him means to remember that our God is a God of miracles, our God is a God of mercy, our God is a God of love, and that is who He calls me to be but I can't be that person without Him. To really come to believe this and live this I need to sit with Him and to remember who He sees me to be. And so as I sit in adoration I remember that He is a God who loves me and that I have been created in His image and likeness. I remember that I've been created good, that I've been created to glorify God with my life and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. I remember that we are called to live lives full of hope and trust. I remember the words that Jesus spoke so many times, 'Do not be afraid. I am with you, yes even unto the end of time.'"
"What I would like to share with everybody is just the reality that God really is present in our lives more than maybe we can imagine and He really has a plan for us. But it's up to us to really be open, to be in his hands totally, to really trust Him that, when He permits something in our lives, it's really for the good of us and for the good of others. Sometimes we may not understand those things, maybe they are going to be painful or difficult, but if we really hope that He is there and trust Him, He really surpasses our expectations. I've been very happy in my congregation, in my religious vocation, and excited about the things that God wants to do through my priesthood."
Ernest Williams speaks about how his time over the summer of 1989 in Medjugorje, Santiago & Fatima, led to him founding Youth 2000:
"We came back early the next morning and it's a funny sight seeing a sea of half a million young people waking up, having slept in sleeping bags outside on the hilltop all night long. We arrived and filmed the Mass that morning. It was a beautiful Mass, visually quite stunning. And what I remember the most, because again it was all in Spanish (and some in French and Italian) the only point where he spoke in English and that's where I was able to register and it really stood out for me, was at the very end when John Paul II sent the young people off back to their countries to begin this mission of evangelization, which was the whole theme. He spoke these words in English: "Dear young people, let us commit our lives to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, her Son, the way, the truth and the life, and then we shall become the burning messengers of the new evangelisation and the generous builders of a new civilization of truth and love." When I heard these words, it struck something deep in my heart and I knew I had to respond. I knew I had to respond and I wanted to respond in a very direct way to this call and this challenge."
"John Paul II is a very important saint for me because he was really one of the people that inspired me to become a Catholic (I'm a convert from the Anglican Church). I think when you look at him you can see the joy that the Catholic faith brings, in his humility and his wisdom and also his humour. I think in his love of the arts he just showed to me what it is to be Catholic, that it is so rooted in joy and also rooted in Christ. He obviously had an incredibly difficult life, living under the Nazis and under the Communists, but he really showed what the purpose of life is, in amidst that suffering. He upheld the dignity of people in his country, but also throughout the world. He continued to do that throughout his pontificate, especially in upholding the dignity of the unborn and the very ill. And the end of his life was a witness to that because he was so frail, but just by his example of carrying on in that frailty he showed that everyone is loved by God and everyone is valued. And that was an incredible witness and it really inspired me to throw myself into the Church wholeheartedly."
Martha, di Roma
"La cosa in cui forse Papa San Giovanni Paolo II piu mi ha aiutato, e sento che mi aiuta ancora, è proprio nell'amore a nostra Madre Maria. E non solo nell'amore, ma in un affidamento totale, in sentirsi un figlio con tutta la tenerezza del figlio piccolo verso una madre vera, fatta di carne e ossa. Ogni volta che lo prego, io chiedo di participare in qualche modo ( del suo amore), di darmi il suo amore a Maria, e sento da lui una spinta a questa fiducia, perché questa è la realta insomma.. E quindi sono molto grata e lo sento ancora molto come padre, e ancora molto vivo."
"I didn't know that Jesus was a complete loving God, that he was all goodness and he wanted me to be good also and beautiful. And then one day I realised it and this feeling of fear disappeared and it was transformed also by time. Then one day I kind of realised that I wanted to go to confession, this is something I wanted because I knew that behind the priest was God, was Jesus, and Jesus loved me."
"J’imagine Jésus derrière le prêtre qui m’accueille, qui me pardonne et qui est là pour moi, pour m’aimer, pour me dire 'Perrine, je t'aime, je t'aime. Je veux t'apprendre comment aimer mieux, comment je veux te voir dans le bonheur, t'enlever de l'esclavage du péché qui te fait du mal, et te recevoir et t'aimer et te pardonner toujours, toujours, car Dieu pardonne toujours. Merci Seigneur."
Fr John Edwards SJ: "I don’t know what more God could do to point to the message of Lourdes and Fatima. The message of Medjugorje? The same - prayer and penance, and the prayer Our Lady mentions is the rosary. Why? Because with these things - prayer, penance, fasting - she says then we'll be converted, turned around, twisted, linked to her Son. And if we can do that, then peace. Our Lady is not just talking about international peace (she says the world is on the brink of disaster, well, we know that) but she's talking about peace where it's got to begin, in your heart, in my heart. I think heaven is shouting to us. I think heaven for 150 years through the Mother of God, who brought Jesus to us, is giving us in the technical sense a prophecy." (talk given in 1987)
Sarah, who's 20 & from the USA
"Pope Francis is very, very dear to my heart, mostly because of his incredible love and joy, his caringness for the poor and for those who need it most. He really brings us back to what true humanity is and what it means to be a Christian in the most simple and most profound sense of the word: in just following Christ and loving each person for who they are and who God made them to be, and not for their certain qualities or their physical beauty or anything like that. Just the heart that God gave them is all that we need to love and that's exactly what he shows to us. He's such a beautiful example that we can follow in our daily lives and it's something that the whole world has noticed, and not even necessarily Catholics or Christians, but everybody has noticed his love and he inspires everybody to act that way."
"Among other things, I’ve read quite a lot of Benedict XVI’s writings and I think he’s a very profound and great writer. But I think he’s much more relevant and knows much more about the modern world than most people realise - so I'm principally thinking of his idea of the dictatorship of relativism. I've been at university for 5 years now and to me it's extremely obvious that he was completely right about this …just in terms of ideas of free speech, society's obsession with relativism and the fear of the absolute means that anyone who expresses or wishes otherwise are deemed intolerant or bigoted. … I think Benedict is an extremely loving, caring and cheerful man in his own way, but we don't see it so much, and he's able to express it in words like no-one else I've ever read."
You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, 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, the Gambia, 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, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, 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, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Countries not included above which Pope Francis, Papa Benedict XVI, St John Paul II &/or Paul VI have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, East Timor, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Finland, Gabon, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Iran, Jordan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, Rwanda, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia & Uruguay.
Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović
Medjugorje, 25 February 2015
“Dear children! In this time of grace I call all of you: pray more and speak less. In prayer seek the will of God and live it according to the commandments to which God calls you. I am with you and am praying with you. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
“Queridos hijos! En este tiempo de gracia, los invito a todos: oren más y hablen menos. En la oración busquen la voluntad de Dios y vívanla según los Mandamientos a los que Dios los invita. Yo estoy con ustedes y oro con ustedes. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."
"Cari figli! In questo tempo di grazia vi invito tutti: pregate di più e parlate di meno. Nella preghiera cercate la volontà di Dio e vivetela secondo i comandamenti ai quali Dio vi invita. Io sono con voi e prego con voi. 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."