Vatican City, Oct 9, 2019 / 07:05 am
Newly published manuscripts belonging to Karol Wojtyła have offered a glimpse into the future pope and saint's deep devotion and prayer throughout his writing process.
The 39 handwritten pages contain Wojtyła's reflections on St. Paul's Areopagus address to the Athenians described in the Acts of the Apostles. It is believed that these meditations and catecheses were written in or shortly after 1965, while Wojtya was Archbishop of Krakow. He was made a cardinal in 1967 and elected pope in 1978.
On each page, Wojtyła wrote a little prayer in Latin on the top right corner, such as "Veni, Sancte Spiritus" (Come Holy Spirit) and "Adoro te devote latens Deitas" (I devoutly adore you hidden God), a Eucharistic Hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas.
On the top of the first page he wrote, in Latin, the full quote of St. Louis de Montfort from which he had taken his episcopal motto, Totus Tuus: "I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart."