Blessed John Paul II Devotion App


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In July of 2002, I gathered with over 400,000 of my closest friends to celebrate World Youth Day in Toronto, Canada.  At one point our small group had somehow managed to secure a spot along the path where then Pope John Paul II would drive past on his way to the stage.  I get chills just thinking about the excitement and anticipation we all felt as we waited.  And then there he was! As he went past he looked directly at me and there was a love and depth in his eyes that touched my soul in a way I had never before felt.  The only way I could describe it was that it felt as if I was looked at by Christ Himself.  And it was truly awesome!

Did this great man really look at me?  Of all the people in the crowd…did he really wave at me?  I found that everyone I talked to that night felt the same.  That he had looked right at them.  And maybe that’s part of the mystery.  Maybe that was a little gift given to us by our Heavenly Father…a small chance to feel just a taste of the intense Love of Christ through the eyes of His Pope.

I will forever have a soft place in my heart for Blessed Pope John Paul II, so when I saw this e-Voations App for Android I just had to try it. (It’s also available for iPhone.)

Features include:

  • An introduction by Archbishop Charles Chaput
  • A Brief History/Biography & Links to several videos of him speaking
  • A novena with the ability to send alert notifications at a time you specify
  • Prayers both to and by Blessed John Paul II
  • Several beautiful photographs of Blessed John Paul II over the years

I found this app to be easy to use, simple to navigate, and as a busy and forgetful gal I LOVE the notification alerts I’m able to set.

I look forward to using this app again in the future especially as we near the Second Feast Day of Blessed John Paul II this fall on October 22!

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Copyright 2012 Kristin Detloff


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  1. Monica Carrillo-Klein on

    I missed the opportunity to see the Holy Father in 2000 the Jubilee Year :(. I am glad you were able to see him!!! Monica Carrillo-Klein

  2. Kristin – thanks for profiling this lovely app and for being a part of our site! We’re thrilled to have you joining the family!!

  3. Monica – Toronto was the last WYD I was able to attend. I’m so excited to be able to go back sometimes in the future and take our Children along! What an amazing moment that will be!

    Lisa – Thank YOU for allowing me to be a part of Catholicmom and the new Tech Talk section! I’m having a blast!

  4. Ali @ Be Not Afraid on

    So neat! I had a very similar experience meeting Jean Vanier. When I spoke to him it was as if he were completely focused on me in an amazing, holy way I’d never experienced before. It gave me just a small sliver of what it must have felt like to speak with Christ Himself. Thanks for sharing your beautiful memory of Blessed John Paul II.

    Blessed John Paul’s message – Be Not Afraid – has been my families mantra as I’ve fought cancer the past year and a half, and I’d love to learn more of his words so I can share them with my own John Paul (whose a toddler 🙂 .)

  5. I was blessed to go to WYD in both Denver and in Paris. When we were in Paris we had a similar experience as you! I will always remember what it felt like – you described it perfectly!

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