Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The kids are Totus Tuus

Totus Tuus was the motto of Pope John Paul II. It was John Paul's reminder to the world of Mary's example of complete commitment to God - "Totally Yours". Regarding his motto, Pope John Paul said:

"Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more. During the Second World War, while I was employed as a factory worker, I came to be attracted to Marian devotion. At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood, in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption".

A catechetical summer program began to be developed by a seminarian of the Diocese of Wichita around 1987 in order to communicate the message of total commitment to God through Mary's example among grammar and high school age Catholics.

It has since spread to several other dioceses and is led in parishes by teams of college students including seminarians from the host diocese. This year, the program has debuted as a diocesan project in KCSJ with participation by nine parishes.

The above is a clip of the morning warm-up for the students participating at St. John LaLande in Blue Springs, MO.

Look for Marty Denzer's full coverage in the next issue of The Catholic Key.