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Dedicated to Our Lady, Totus2us is giving voice to faith, hope and love from all around the world and focusing particularly on the teachings of Saints Paul VI & John Paul II, Papas Benedict XVI & Francis. By dwelling on what is good, true and beautiful, it is hoped Totus2us can help us to pray and have the courage to trust and follow Jesus. There are voices from 128 countries on over 40 audio Totus2us podcasts. All free, all with music and on Totus2us RSS feeds, Spotify and iTunes (& other providers we can't keep up with), most mp3 episodes fall broadly into three areas: prayer (faith / way), Catholic teaching (hope / truth) and witness (love / life).

Some of the feast days in this Our Lady's month of May:  1st May - St Joseph the Worker  
2nd May - St Athanasius   3rd May - Ss Philip & James, Apostles  10th May - St John of Avila  
12th May - 4th Sunday of Easter   13th May - Our Lady of Fatima
14th May - St Matthias, Apostle   18th May - St Leonard Murialdo  22nd May - St Rita of Cascia 
25th May - St Bede the Venerable  27th May - St Augustine of Canterbury   29th May - St Paul VI
30th May - Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (40 days after Easter Sunday)
31st May - The Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth

Today's something about Mary

is by Ivan, from Hong Kong      

"It is wonderful because in my life Mary has done miracles, especially about my work, so I cannot deny her for sure. That is why this time I have to come to see her [in Fatima] and I feel so good."

On Sunday 13 October 2013, Pope Francis 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 every day since.

In Memory of Me      

Marcela, 39 & from Slovakia: "I feel like Jesus is always saying ‘thank you for receiving me with an open heart.’ And it’s one of the most beautiful moments I can have thinking that He is the one who created the earth and heaven, and He’s the one who saved us, He’s the one who died for me. But for me most importantly He’s the friend who’s knocking at the door of my heart. He wants to be there, He wants to help me with whatever I need, He wants to tidy up my mess, He wants to just spend time with me and those are the most beautiful moments."

To be a Pilgrim to Santiago      

Mimi, from Slovakia: "Coming to Santiago I was a little disappointed because all that way I had wanted to make it a spiritual impact in my life and I just couldn’t. First of all those worries of daily life: the food, the feet, where are you were going to sleep, we were cold … so it was challenging, a very challenging time. So I felt like I couldn’t really approach all that pilgrimage so much spiritually. So I thought, well I’m sure if this is going to count into any spiritual building or anything like that. But I was really surprised coming to Santiago and we spent three days there and we really let the atmosphere of the Church and the prayers together soak in us and afterwards when I came back home, I really felt the difference. Somehow the Lord has blessed us, a different way than I was expecting and I was living from this experience for another month very strongly."

Sharing in Mary's Joy - The Magnificat      

Fr Dominic Faure: "“His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him”. One condition is that this joy of receiving mercy, this joy of discovering how unique we are for Christ implies first of all this fear and therefore this poverty of those who know that everything in them depends on God, that everything in them depends on the transcendence of God. The fear of God is not a fear at the level of justice, it’s a fear of the source without whom we cannot be anything, we cannot do anything. It’s a good fear, the fear of those ultimately who are afraid of losing the presence of their source. It’s a fear of sin but more than this, it’s the fear of being cut from our source which is a holy fear and ultimately the fear linked to pure love, the fear of displeasing our source, the fear of hurting the heart of God. So it’s a fear coming from littleness, the fear of knowing that without God I cannot do anything, without God I cannot be anything. It’s a good fear and therefore the fear of being lost without Him. And then, when there is such a fear in us, fear is the beginning of wisdom, then we can be truly open to his merciful love because there is no pride in us. Pride is pretending that I can stand be myself. No. In front of God none of us can stand by ourself, we can only stand because of His merciful love."

Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Chaplet           (+ sung chant)  

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity, of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

La Coronilla a la Divina Misericordia - en español    

Padre Eterno, te ofrezco el Cuerpo, Sangre, Alma y Divinidad de tu amadísimo Hijo, Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, como propiciación de nuestros pecados y de los del mundo entero.

Por su dolorosa Pasión, ten misericordia de nosotros y del mundo entero.

Le Chaplet de la Miséricorde Divine - en français    

"Père Eternel, je t’offre le Corps et le Sang, l’Ame et la Divinité de ton Fils bien aimé, Notre Seigneur Jésus Christ. En réparation de nos péchés et de ceux du monde entier.

Par sa douloureuse Passion,sois miséricordieux pour nous et pour le monde entier.

La Coroncina della Divina Misericordia - in italiano      

"Eterno Padre, Ti offro il Corpo e il Sangue, l'Anima e la Divinità del tuo dilettissimo Figlio e Signore Nostro Gesù Cristo in espiazione dei nostri peccati e quelli del mondo intero.

Per la sua dolorosa Passione abbi misericordia di noi e del mondo intero.

Terço a Divina Misericordia - em português      

"Eterno Pai, eu Vos ofereço o Corpo e Sangue, Alma e Divindade de Vosso Diletíssimo Filho, Nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo, em expiação dos nossos pecados e dos do mundo inteiro.

Pela sua dolorosa Paixão, tende misericórdia de nós e do mundo inteiro.

والاكليل الرحمة الإلهية - بالعربية      

"صلاة مسبحة الرحمة
نصلي مرة واحدة: أبانا - السلام - قانون الإيمان. ثم نصلي كالتالي باستعمال حبات السبحة الوردية:
- على الحبات الكبيرة: "أيها الآب الأزلي, إني أقدم لك جسد ودم ونفس ولاهوت ابنك الحبيب سيدنا يسوع المسيح تكفيرا عن خطايانا وخطايا العالم".
- على الحبات الصغيرة: "بحق آلامه المقدسة, ارحمنا وارحم العالم أجمع".
- عند ختام المسبحة يقال ثلاثا: "قدوس الله, قدوس القوي, قدوس الذي لا يموت ارحمنا".

Der Rosenkranz zur Barmherzigkeit Gottes - auf Deutsch      

"Ewiger Vater, ich opfere Dir auf den Leib und das Blut, die Seele und die Gottheit Deines über alles geliebten Sohnes, unseres Herrn Jesus Christus, um Verzeihung zu erlangen für unsere Sünden und die der ganzen Welt.

Durch Sein schmerzvolles Leiden habe Erbarmen mit uns und mit der ganzen Welt.

ΤΟ ΡΟΔΑΡΙΟ ΤΟΥ ΘΕΙΟΥ ΕΛΕΟΥΣ - στα ελληνικα      

"Αιώνιε Πατέρα, σου προσφέρω το σώμα και το αίμα, την ψυχή και τη θεότητα του πολυαγαπημένου Υιού σου και Κυρίου μας Ιησού Χριστού, ως εξιλέωση των αμαρτιών μας κι εκείνων όλου του κόσμου.

Δια του οδυνηρού σου Πάθους, ελέησε εμάς και όλον τον κόσμο.

Corona Divinae Misericordiae - Latine      

Pater aeterne, offero tibi Corpus et Sanguinem, animam et divinitatem dilectissimi Filii Tui, Domini nostri, Iesu Christi, in propitiatione pro peccatis nostris et totius mundi.

Pro dolorosa Eius passione, miserere nobis et totius mundi.

Koronka do Milosierdzia Bozego - po polsku      

Ojcze Przedwieczny, ofiaruje Ci Cialo i Krew, Dusze i Bóstwo najmilszego Syna Twojego, a Pana naszego Jezusa Chrystusa na przeblaganie za grzechy nasze i calego swiata.

Dla Jego bolesnej meki miej milosierdzie dla nas i calego swiata.

Mercy Mercy Mercy      

Ruth, 1 of the Totus2us team & from Britain: "Pope Francis announced the themes for the next 3 World Youth Days and they’re based on the Beatitudes and they are: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit’ and then ‘Blessed are the pure in heart’ and then the third year is ‘Blessed are the merciful’. And for me it is the poor in spirit and pure in heart who have shown me both mercy and how to receive mercy. I mean they have shown me mercy and they have shown me how I need to be if I want to receive mercy. They seem to be so interlinked and, as the Beatitude on mercy goes, 'Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy'. So I'm incredibly grateful to all the poor in spirit and pure in heart who have shown me mercy, because through them I have really been shown the merciful face of Jesus, they have so many times been Jesus for me, and for this I am incredibly grateful.”

Papa Francis, at the Angelus on 17 November 2013 said: 'Now I would like to recommend a medicine to you. Some of you may be wondering: 'Is the Pope a pharmacist now?' It's a special medicine which will help you to benefit from the Year of Faith. It is a medicine that consists of 59 threaded beads; a “spiritual medicine” called Misericordin. A small box containing 59 beads on a string. This little box contains the medicine, & will be distributed to you by volunteers as you leave the Square. Take them! There is a rosary, with which you can pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, spiritual help for our souls and for spreading love, forgiveness & brotherhood everywhere. Do not forget to take it, because it is good for you. It is good for the heart, the soul & for life in general!'

Papa Francis's homily at the Easter Vigil 2018      

"And if yesterday, with the women, we contemplated “the one whom they have pierced” (cf Jn 19, 36; cf Zech 12, 10), today with them we are called to contemplate the empty tomb and to listen to the words of the angel: “Do not be afraid… He is risen” (Mt 28, 5-6). Words that want to reach our deepest convictions and certainties, our ways of judging and dealing with everyday events; especially our way of relating with others. The empty tomb wants to challenge, move, question us, but above all it wants to encourage us to believe and trust that God “happens” in any situation, in any person, and that his light can reach into the most unpredictable and closed corners of existence. He has risen from death, he has risen from the place from which nobody awaits anything and He awaits us – as He awaited the women – so as to render us participants in his work of salvation. This is the foundation and the strength that we have as Christians so as to spend our lives and our energy, intelligence, affections and will in seeking and especially in generating pathways of dignity. He is not here… He is risen! It is the announcement that sustains our hope and transforms it into concrete gestures of love. How much we need to let our fragility be anointed by this experience! How much we need our faith to be renewed, our myopic horizons to be challenged and renewed by this announcement! He is risen and with Him rises our creative hope to face actual problems, because we know that we are not alone."

Mary Magdalen, Apostle of Hope      

Francis: "And Jesus calls her “Mary!”: the revolution of her life, the revolution destined to transform the existence of every man and woman, begins with a name which resounds in the garden of the empty sepulchre. The Gospels describe for us Mary’s happiness: the resurrection of Jesus is not a joy given with a dropper, but a waterfall that cascades over the whole of life. Christian existence is not woven with soft happiness, but with waves that sweep over everything. Try to think, you as well, in this instant, with the baggage of disappointments and failures that each of us bear in our hearts, that there is a God close to us who calls us by name and tells us: ‘Arise, stop weeping, because I have come to liberate you!” This is beautiful."

Words of Hope - Sharing in Mary's Joy     

Fr Dominic Faure: "So the first dimension of the joy of Christ: to be in the Father, from the Father, turned towards Him and that’s the Prologue of the Gospel of John. And the second dimension of the joy of Christ is a joy towards us and there there are many, many moments in the Gospel where we see that, especially in St Luke, all the parables on mercy …. It’s a joy of giving. I was going to say thanks to the Incarnation and the Redemption, Jesus can manifest and experience in his humanity a new joy, the joy of giving. As a Son his joy is first of all to receive and as a Son Incarnate Redeemer it is also the joy of giving, giving mercy, giving mercy, giving mercy. The joy of receiving from the source and the joy of becoming also a source for us."

Papa St JPII's homily at Mass in Drogheda    
Ireland, 29 September 1979

"I join my voice today to the voice of Paul VI and my other predecessors, to the voices of your religious leaders, to the voices of all men and women of reason, and I proclaim, with the conviction of my faith in Christ and with an awareness of my mission, that violence is evil, that violence is unacceptable as a solution to problems, that violence is unworthy of man. Violence is a lie, for it goes against the truth of our faith, the truth of our humanity. Violence destroys what it claims to defend: the dignity, the life, the freedom of human beings. Violence is a crime against humanity, for it destroys the very fabric of society. I pray with you that the moral sense and Christian conviction of Irish men and women may never become obscured and blunted by the lie of violence, that nobody may ever call murder by any other name than murder, that the spiral of violence may never be given the distinction of unavoidable logic or necessary retaliation. Let us remember that the word remains for ever: "All who take the sword will perish by the sword".

10. There is another word that must be part of the vocabulary of of every Christian, especially when barriers of hate and mistrust have been constructed. This word is reconciliation. "So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift" (Mt 5, 23-24). This command of Jesus is stronger than any barrier that human inadequacy or malice can build. Even when our belief in the fundamental goodness of every human being has been shaken or undermined, even if long-held convictions and attitudes have hardened our hearts, there is one source of power that is stronger than every disappointment, bitterness or ingrained mistrust, and that power is Jesus Christ, who brought forgiveness and reconciliation to the world."

Incredible Saint Charbel Makhlouf      

Denise, from England: "I really feel that St Charbel is one of the special saints for this time in the history of the Church. At the Vatican he is the number one miracle worker through his intercession .. so heaven itself is putting a spotlight on this saint. .. St Charbel during his life would actually pray very much for the Jews, for the Muslims and for all the faiths in the Middle East. So if you want a really powerful saint to pray for peace in the Middle East, please pray to St Charbel."

Man for Others      

Father Vincent Dike, from Nigeria: "So my prayer, my ordination, my priesthood and my vocation I would say came from my mum, who had been praying earnestly, just like St Monica, the mother of St Augustine. But as a person going through the seminary I remember taking a decision after my junior seminary that I wanted to be a priest. This was when I was 19 years old, I was in the senior seminary and I asked God, 'If you know I will be a good priest, please call me to your altar; and if you know I cannot make this, please help me to go and help out my family in any way your want.' And this journey has been amazing. And now 22 years a priest, I'm happy, I'm joyful, I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Go in Peace      

Leon, 35 & from the Philippines: "Very often we hear arguments: why do I have to go to a priest, why do I have to speak my sins? Well, you see, this is not a draconian requirement put on us by Our Lord but actually a sign of his love, that he has wanted to speak the language of the senses, the language of words and with those languages .. he has wanted to say to us 'I absolve you of your sins. I forgive you.' So that with the very ears with which hear the car horns on the street, the very ears with which we hear the most mundane things, we can hear his mercy. And his mercy spoken specifically to our own words, our own description of our sins. .. That's confession!"

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All around the world - our universal Catholic faith

You can listen by country to the witness given, by young people in particular, on Totus2us podcasts. Countries represented so far are: Albania, Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkino Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, DR Congo, Congo-Brazaville, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech RepublicDominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Finland, France, the Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts & Nevis, 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, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, UK, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Countries not included above which Saints Paul VI, John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI &/or Pope Francis have visited: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Curaçao, Denmark, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Iceland, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Morocco, Myanmar (Burma), Palestine, Papua-New Guinea, La Réunion, San Marino, Sao Tome & Principe, Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates & Uruguay.

Our Lady's message through Mirjana Soldo:
Medjugorje, 2 September 2018

"Dear children, My words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth — I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world. The more that you come to know Him — the more that you come close to Him — all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray — think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you."

Totus Tuus, Totus2us   

Totus Tuus - Totally Yours - was St 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."