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Homily of Holy Father John Paul II delivered to the People of the Sea in Gdynia, 11 June 1987

Benedicite maria et flumina, Domino. (cf: Dn @ 3, 78.74)

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The Sea … it addresses man with specific speech. First of all it speaks a language of boundlessness. It is there, from the mouth of the Vistula River where the space opens, the space defined by the sheet of the Baltic Sea, endless distance that cannot be covered by human eyes.

Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Stella Maris on the Maritime Apostolate

APOSTOLIC LETTER
"MOTU PROPRIO"
STELLA MARIS
ON THE MARITIME APOSTOLATE

 

“Stella Maris” (“Star of the Sea”) has long been the favourite title by which people of the sea have called on her in whose protection they have always trusted: the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her son, Jesus Christ, accompanied his disciples in their vessels (1), helped them in their work and calmed the storms (2).

Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio Ineunte of His Holiness Pope John Paul II

APOSTOLIC LETTER
NOVO MILLENNIO INEUNTE
OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS CLERGY AND LAY FAITHFUL
AT THE CLOSE OF THE GREAT JUBILEE OF THE YEAR 2000

 

To my Brother Bishops,
To Priests and Deacons,
Men and Women Religious
and all the Lay Faithful.

1.At the beginning of the new millennium, and at the close of the Great Jubilee during which we celebrated the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of Jesus and a new stage of the Church's journey begins, our hearts ring out with the words of Jesus when one day, after speaking to the crowds from Simon's boat, he invited the Apostle to "put out into the deep" for a catch: "Duc in altum" (Lk 5:4). Peter and his first companions trusted Christ's words, and cast the nets. "When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish" (Lk 5:6).

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by Dr. Radut.