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How to Seek the Intercession of John Paul II

By Dr. Jeff Mirus ( bio - articles - email ) | Jul 22, 2005

Before it is completed, John Paul II’s beatification process will require a miracle attributed to his intercession. For this reason, the Church has published an official prayer which we can use to seek John Paul II’s help. Here is the text:

O Blessed Trinity,

We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for allowing the tenderness of Your fatherly care, the glory of the cross of Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd, and has shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and is the way of achieving eternal communion with You.

Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among Your saints.


Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and See full bio.

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  • Posted by: mary_conces3421 - Sep. 05, 2019 4:30 AM ET USA

    Thank you for your consistent application of both faith and reason to the agonizing dilemmas of our times. I guess complacency and the cross are incongruous. Darn.

  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Sep. 05, 2019 2:31 AM ET USA

    Pray, pray and keep praying.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Sep. 04, 2019 5:39 PM ET USA

    I hope and pray that you are correct in your analysis.

  • Posted by: MWCooney - Sep. 04, 2019 10:54 AM ET USA

    So much of what you have said here made me want to scream in protest, but on one thing we are in complete agreement: All is in God's hands, and we remain very much in the dark as to the actual workings of His plan. We cannot know with certainty who have been good actors, who have been bad actors, and who have been nothing more than dumb instruments, but we must strive to fully accept that most difficult of all prescriptions: Not my will, but Thine be done!