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Fr Barron on St John Paul II and Self-Mortification

February 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Lent, Mortification, Videos

Fr Barron Comments on Pope John Paul II and Self-Mortification

John Paul II and self-mortification; Sepia of Flagellants, artist unknown, 15th century woodcut, Wikimedia Commons.

John Paul II and self-mortification; Sepia of Flagellants, artist unknown, 15th century woodcut, Wikimedia Commons.

What is self-mortification?  Is it an ascetical practice?  And, what is the truth about self-mortification, taking the discipline and Pope John Paul II?  What other discipline did Pope John Paul II practice?  Is this bizarre behavior?  Or rather, is this an indication of how holy the Pope was? Find out when Father Robert Barron comments on Pope John Paul II's self-mortification in this short video.

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Art: Sepia of Flagellants, artist unknown, 15th century woodcut, Wikimedia Commons.

 

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Editor's Note: Pope John Paul II (Karol Józef Wojtyla) was Pope from October 16, 1978 to April 2, 2005 (26+ years).  He was canonized on April 27, 2014 by Pope Francis and is often called Pope John Paul the Great or Saint John Paul the Great. Although many saints' feast days are celebrated on the anniversary of their deaths (their births to eternal life), St John Paul II's feast day is celebrated on October 22nd, the anniversary of his papal inauguration.  He was the second longest-serving pope in modern history, after Pope Pius IX, who reigned for almost 32 years.

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