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The Joyful Mother and The Gospel of Life
July 7, 2008, 10:45 pm
Filed under: Evangelium Vitae

Joyful Mother/Pope John Paul II Sculpture*

This is a statue of John Paul II kneeling before Mary, the Joyful Mother (Saint Peter Catholic Church Stevens Point, Wisconsin). An explanation of the significance of this statue is given below.


“…While reading the Encyclical Letter, The Gospel of Life, by Pope John Paul II, I was touched by the beautiful words: The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world.’ What a wonderful notion, that the joy, which accompanied the Birth of Christ, should be the same joy accompanying the birth of every child born into this world!

… Our major concern was to bring out the joy of motherhood as seen in Mary, the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church.

This concept was also to include two major events: the (commemoration) of the visit of the then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, primate of Poland, to our parish in 1976 and the 100th anniversary of the church of St. Peter.”

*The text on the statue’s granite base reads as follows:

Joyful Mother – The joy which accompanies the birth of the Messiah is thus seen to be the foundation and fulfillment of joy at every child born into the world. (The Gospel of Life) Pope John Paul II. Commemorating the visit of Karol Cardinal Wojtyla to the Church of St. Peter August 23, 1976, the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Church of St Peter 1897 – 1997. Given in memory of Alice Turzinski Zagrzebski 1995 & Helen Rogowski Zagzebski 1994 by their spouses Edwin R. Zagrzebski & Humphrey J. Zagzebski

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This is beautiful! I just read Evangelium Vitae last week! I love how Our Lady works, by putting on my heart things that are dear to her, and then finding those same things everywhere I turn! Be it a website, a book, a Saint…it’s uncanny! Thank you for this and God bless all you do! Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us! Pray for America and our presidential election! Guide the faithful to VOTE FOR LIFE!

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Thanks Susie,
I really loved this statue too. It is so joyful and expresses the love of God for babies. I too am praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe for this election. May the unborn be the real winners in this election.
You have a great blog. I visit it quite often.

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