Be Not Afraid: A Retreat Guide on St. John Paul II

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When Karol Wojtyla, the Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome after being chosen by the conclave of cardinals as Pope John Paul II, he made history.

That night, he hand-wrote his first papal homily, which set the tone for the next 26 years of his papacy. In it he said:

Brothers and sisters, do not be afraid to welcome Christ and accept his power… Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ… So often today man does not know what is within him, in the depths of his mind and heart. So often he is uncertain about the meaning of his life on this earth. (Homily, 22 October 1978)

“Be Not Afraid!” That is the title of this Retreat Guide, which will give us a chance to reflect on what made this Polish Pope so holy, inspiring, and spiritually fruitful.

  • The First Meditation will explore his conviction about the power of ideas.
  • The Second Meditation will explore his belief in the power of witness.
  • And the Conference will reflect on the theme of vocation—of life as a calling.




First Meditation


Second Meditation




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  1. I just saw the first day meditation. Very profound and timely. It is uplifting to hear again the messages of clarity by Pope St. John Paul II a giant who was followed by another great one , Pope Benedict XVI. As parents and grandparents we find ourselves struggling to combat the false “ideas” or lies, which unfortunately are being promoted in the West, by governments, mainstream media, universities, and even people within the Church who in the name of “charity” and inclusion of all regardless of lifestyle foment the kind of confusion and chaos which robe our young people from the message of truth. “Be not afraid” indeed! Thank you!

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