This is the first year that we’ll celebrate the Feast of St. John XXIII following his canonization. October 11th is St. John XXIII’s special day in the Catholic Church and this one is extra special since his sainthood is official. It’s only been a few months since he and St. John Paul II were canonized in April, but it feels like it’s been longer to us! That’s probably because he was beatified in September of 2000, and even before that we still looked up to this great figure (and former Pope) of the Catholic Church.
In honor of St. John XXIII’s first Feast Day as a saint, we wanted to share some of our favorite quotes that he said throughout the years.
“Men are like wine: some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.” – This is a testament to the belief that life is a never ending, learning process. The best of us learn from our blunders and progress to new, greater levels with our increased knowledge and wisdom. When life throws us a curveball we have the opportunity to learn from it and knock it out of the park next time. Slamming the bat down and pouting on the bench about it (turning to vinegar) isn’t going to encourage growth.
“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” – As you may know, The Catholic Gift Shop is a family business. This quote from St. John XXIII hits home with us here, and we hope it does with you too. Family is such an important part of our lives and we think the value of healthy family relationships is paramount.
“Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.” – Pope Francis has become known for his great humility. Looks like Pope John XXIII was quite humble himself. He was an excellent person and Catholic. Being Pope is no small feat, and we love that he believed that every Catholic has the opportunity to hold that blessed position in the Church.
“If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light.” – How beautiful is this quote?! This is the outlook we must strive to keep at all times. When you’re struggling with something remember this. God sees you struggling and you will look back on that struggle in context later to realize how much you grew from it.