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SOUTH AFRICA - SUID-AFRIKA

Pope Saint John Paul II was a pilgrim to South Africa in 1995, visiting Johannesburg during his 67th apostolic journey.

Here below are responses to Totus2us podcasts given by South Africans
- many thanks to you all   ♥

To download the free mp3 audio recordings individually, right/double click on the play buttons.

Alfons      

"Whenever I've had trouble, I've always turned to Our Lady and I've discovered that the more you open your heart to her, the more she loves you in return and the more she comes to you."

Cheryl       

"When I've difficulties and problems, I always go to Mary because I find that she's always the one that answers my prayer."

Frances      

"To me Mary is somebody we can turn to, she's our mother and we talk to her with our hearts full of love. We can go to her when we're in pain, when we're in joy and share out deepest emotions wiht her, knowing that she loves us as our mother and that our prayers will sincerely be taken to Christ for us."

Francesca      

"I came to Our Lady late but now I see that, as the mother the Blessed Mother of Our Lord, this is the only way forward because she is there interceding for us, helping us with everything and at every moment of our lives she's there. And I give thanks for the Holy Mother of God."

Italia      

"Holy Mary means everything to me. She's always been a mother, she's never left me. Since the day I came to Italy, she's still with me. She's always been there for me, through good things and bad times."

Maryrose      

"Our Lady has always been there for me. She's been my bestest mother and bestest friend and I love her so much."

Norman      

Norman Servais gave some Top Chat about his background as a film maker and his present project working on Awestruck Global, a new Catholic hub / network / space, which has loads of potential with it's RSS streaming.

(This was recorded next to the Vatican on the Feast of St Luke, 18th October 2012)

Sister Pamela of the Holy Spirit ocd      

"Our Lady to me - when I'm down, she's the sunshine in my life; at night, she is my star. Otherwise, she's the rainbow in my life, a refuge, a consoler, a comforter and she has taken the place of my mum. I love her very much."

Carmelite Sister Pamela of the Holy Spirit is at the Notting Hill Carmel in London.

Runaine      

"I am sure that a consolation for many of us is the confidence that we have in a mother's accompaniment throughout life's journey, but most especially at those important life events. Mary, the Mother, accompanied her Son Jesus in those moments of joy, sorrow and glory which marked Our Lord's life. Our Lady accompanies us as spiritual children on our journey to full maturity in Christ. During these trying times, Our Lady of Sorrows stands with us near the cross and so we can cry out with confidence: 'Cross of Jesus, give us hope. Cross of Jesus, give us peace.'"

Runaine, a seminarian, chose Father Sean Tucker as his Man for Others       

"Truly a man for others, his priesthood was characterised by his faithful witness to Jesus Christ, his faithfulness to the Holy Mass and the prayer of the Church, and his availability to God's people, day and night, in moments of joy and sorrow. Today I am aspiring to be a priest because of Father Sean's example of a priest being in the person of Christ."

Thelma      

"I had a book where that would tell me imagine yourself sitting on a stoop with Mary. What is she telling you? What are you hearing? What a the difficulties that you feel you must let her know? Is there anything that you are holding back? So I feel all this movement, this being held, and then I can let go. And people think I don't have problems! I have plenty but I talk to this mother who listens to me and tells me what to do. I don't have to see her in an apparition, she's always around me."

Tom      

"For me it's all about Our Lady. I mean, in a sense, she brought me back to the faith a few years ago when I was struggling. I decided to just pick up the rosary every day and through that I believe she has led me to the faith and where I am now. Through her guidance and protection I've pursued my vocation as best I can. I've given it all to her and she's leading me to Jesus Christ, so it goes to Our Lady and I'm very grateful for everything she does for me."

When Tom started coming back to his faith, it was all about Pope Benedict XVI       

"I think he's doing so much for the Church in terms of the reform of the reform and that kind of thing. So for me you can see that he really, really wants to bring the Church back with regards to the liturgy specifically and I just think he's a great man, a living saint. I appreciate everything that he has done and I hope he has many, many more years."

If you'd be up for giving your something about Mary,
please do get in touch with the Totus2us team

- as well as hopefully bringing you joy,
you'd be really helping Totus2us   ♥

Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.
Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria. - St Louis de Montfort

Blessed John Paul II took his motto Totus Tuus from this quote.

"I am totally yours and all that I have is yours.
I accept you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.”