Pope Francis in Mexico: Holy Mass with priests, men and women religious, consecrated people and seminarians - FULL TEXT Homily -
There is a saying which goes “tell me how you pray, and I will tell you how you live; tell me how you live and I will tell you how you pray. Because showing me how you pray, I will learn to find the God for whom you live, and showing me how you live, I will learn to believe in the God to whom you pray”. For our life speaks of prayer and prayer speaks of our life; our life speaks through our prayer and our prayer speaks through our life. Praying is something learned, just as we learn to walk, to speak, to listen. The school of prayer is the school of life and in the school of life we progress in the school of prayer.
[Original text: Spanish] [Vatican-provided translation]
MARTYR AND FORMER SLAVE
Feast: February 16
HE was a Phrygian by birth, slave to Philemon, a person of note of the city of Colossæ, converted to the faith by St. Paul. Having robbed his master and being obliged to fly, he providentially met with St. Paul, then a prisoner for the faith at Rome, who there converted and baptized him, and sent him with his canonical letter of recommendation to Philemon, by whom he was pardoned, set at liberty, and sent back to his spiritual father, whom he afterwards faithfully served. That apostle made him, with Tychicus, the bearer of his Epistle to the Colossians, and afterwards, as St. Jerome and other Fathers witness, a preacher of the Gospel and a bishop. He was crowned with martyrdom under Domitian in the year 95.
(Taken from Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler
The Vatican has distanced itself from an BBC Vatican documentary that examines the relationship between Pope John Paul II and a US philosopher Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, "The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II" is a documentary to be aired in England. It considers the Polish-born American philosopher. Tymieniecka worked on the English translation of one of the Pope’s books, "The Acting Person", that was written while he was the bishop of Krakow. According to the documentary their personal correspondence led to speculation that they may have fallen in love.
However, as noted in this Observatore Romano Article from 2011; Saint Pope John Paul II had a profound respect for women. He therefore obtained their opinions with regards to issues pertaining to the Church and women. His correspondence shows that he valued the opinion of women.
Tymieniecka was married to the Harvard professor Hendrick S. Houthakker, who was honoured by the Pope in 2003. Tymieniecka denied being romantically involved with the pontiff. The BBC has obtained previously unseen letters from John Paul II to Tymieniecka. “It was known that he was friendly with Tymieniecka and Poltawska,” a Vatican official told the Guardian. Wanda Poltawska published a 2009 memoir which included detailed correspondence between herself and John Paul II, to whom she was considered a close confidante. The BBC Panorama program is not expected to allege that either woman had a physical relationship with John Paul II, who was canonized a Saint in 2011.