10 St. Pope John Paul II Quotes for theYCW

Yes, you're right. We love JPII. And we wanted to share with you some of our favorite quotes he has regarding the vocation and dignity of women. 

1. Holy women are an incarnation of the feminine ideal; they are also a model for all Christians. (Mulieris Dignitatem)

2. A woman’s dignity is closely connected with the love which she receives by the very reason of her femininity; it is likewise connected with the love which she gives in return. (Mulieris Dignitatem)

3. The Church gives thanks for all the manifestations of the feminine “genius” which have appeared in the course of history, in the midst of all peoples and nations; she gives thanks for all the charisms which the Holy Spirit distributes to women in the history of the People of God, for all the victories which she owes to their faith, hope and charity: she gives thanks for all the fruits of feminine holiness. (Letter to Women)

4. It can thus be said that women, by looking to Mary, find in her the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement. In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable: the self-offering totality of love; the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement. (Redemptoris Mater)

5. It is the duty of every man to uphold the dignity of every woman.
— General Audience, 1982

6. Women have the right to insist that their dignity be respected. At the same time, they have the duty to work for the promotion of the dignity of all persons, men as well as women. (XXVIII World Day for Peace 1995)

7. Perhaps more than men, women acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts.  They see them independently of various ideological or political systems. They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them.  In this way the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity and there is constantly revealed, in the variety of vocations, that beauty – not merely physical, but above all spiritual – which God bestowed from the very beginning on all, and in a particular way on women. (Letter to Women)

8. The liberating message of the Gospel of Life has been put into your hands… Like the great Apostle Paul, you too must feel the full urgency of the task. (Homily at World Youth Day 1993)

9. As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live. (Homily in Australia, 1986) 

10. Love is a task that God constantly sets for us, perhaps to give us courage to stand up to fate.
— Meeting with youth, 1987