Totus Tuus was Pope John Paul II's apostolic motto. It is a Latin phrase meaning "totally yours" and expressed his strong Marian devotion and his respect for Saint Louis de Montfort and the Mariology in his works. The former pontiff explained the meaning further in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope where he defines it as not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion and that it is deeply rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity.
According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae he borrowed the motto from the Marian consecrating prayer as found in the book True Devotion to Mary by Saint Louis de Montfort. The complete text of the prayer in Latin is: "Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt" ("I am all Yours, and all that I have belongs to You"). Pope John Paul II once recalled how as a young seminarian he "read and reread many times and with great spiritual profit" some writings of Saint Louis de Montfort and that:
- "Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord's Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity"
- ↑ Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html
- ↑ Holy See Press Office - Totus Tuus
- ↑ Pope Reveals Mary's Role In His Life
- ↑ "Totus tuus, Op.60". classicalarchives.com. Retrieved on 21 February, 2009.
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