With people's stories of their journeys in search of beauty, goodness, truth, in search of the desire of their hearts. Visit Totus2us.com for much more - dedicated to Our Lady, it is inspired by Saint John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Our Lady.
Journeys of Faith -7- Leanne - Totus2us25/12/2014 Duration: 04min
Leanne, from England: "After the pizza, we had some games and met each other, and then I had the opportunity to ask questions. Now throughout High School I'd had all these questions building up, constantly building up and I'd never had the right people to ask them to, but the parish priest was there and this youth worker was there, and I just knew I could trust them with my questions. So I asked them a lot of questions around suffering, around like 'why do bad things happen to good people?' and that kind of stuff because those were the things that really effected me the most. And they gave answers and they were good answers, like fully to the book answers. But it wasn't the answers that they gave me that kept me coming back, it was the fact that I was able to talk about what I thought and what I believed without being judged. And so the next week I went back, and the next week and the next week, and we kept going to these youth Masses followed by youth groups. And in that I just found, I just found truth. You
Journeys of Faith -6- Eleanor - Totus2us08/09/2014 Duration: 03min
Eleanor, from England: "I had a real struggle a couple of years ago with self-worth and just seeing yourself as beautiful .. and I really struggled with body image, I suppose most girls do. Anyway I kept coming to the New Dawn conferences and there you can feel the Holy Spirit in you, He's working in you and He's giving you the strength. You're told by society you're something that you are not and it gets into your head. But at these conferences, you are just taught that Jesus loves you, no matter what you look like, no matter how much you weigh, He loves you so much. And this brings me on to Mary - I feel like Mary has been really strong in my life. If you look at her as a woman, as a woman of Christ, how much she just loved Jesus and how beautiful she is. She has really helped strengthen me. Anyway, I went through a rocky part in my life - I took Philosophy and Ethics A level and I felt that really put me off my faith. I had 5 hours of lessons a week and for that 5 hours I was told why God is not omnipoten
Journeys of Faith -5- Nick - Totus2us22/08/2014 Duration: 02min
Nick, from London: "Then in the closing months of the year I sort of came back towards it all. I really got the sense that I lived the life without the faith and it's a very dark one, one that there's a real sense of being lost and one that quite frankly isn't worth living. I'm very grateful now for the fact that I've got my faith back, and I'm a young person involved with God and Jesus and that to me is the most important thing in my life. Here I am now, 22 years old, 'going forward home' as they said at the end of the Youth 2000 conference and looking forward to kicking off a good life." Music by aniel Weatherley. For much more, visit Totus2us.com - dedicated to Our Lady, it is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Our Lady.
Journeys of Faith -4- Suzy - World Youth Day Rome and Madrid, the rosary and Our Lady - Totus2us05/03/2014 Duration: 09min
Suzy, from the UK: "After WYD Rome I went off to uni and rebelled. At the time I felt I was asserting my independence and finding out who I was, and I think all that time I was just lost. I was very lucky in that I had family and friends who prayed a lot, and I'm eternally grateful to their prayers and at the time I'd have hated to admit that. It just so happened that 6 or 7 years later, I went to work in a place where I had some Catholic colleagues. I was very objective about the experience and I said 'Well, OK, I don't practice but these people are good people.' As I worked with them, I just saw something in them that made me realise that they had something; a lot of people I knew were good people but these people had something else that made them see a value and a dignity in the human person that maybe other people didn't see. I slowly observed their behaviour and got to know them and became good friends and gradually that took me back into the Church. From there, I very suspiciously I suppose would go and
Journeys of Faith -3- Br David - Totus2us24/10/2013 Duration: 16min
Brother David, from the United States: "So that has kind of been the key in my faith is music, music and community. I’ll put those two together because I think they're important. So I guess you have to start back when I was 6 years old. At 6 I had this idea, the idea was to go sail boating (because I loved sail boating when I was younger), and while I was on the sail boat I would go to different countries and places and spread the Word of God. Now I found that kind of odd later on in life because like I really wasn't big into Church. It was one of those things that kind of sit with you and you let it just sit and you forget about it after a while and then you move on." Music by aniel Weatherley. Visit Totus2us.com for much more, which is inspired by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Totus Tuus (All Yours) was JPII's motto to Our Lady.
Journeys of Faith -2- Erin-Thérèse - Totus2us24/09/2013 Duration: 33min
Erin-Thérèse, from the United States: "My husband and I got married in the Easter break of our last year of university and after graduation, we moved from London to Devon where we made our first home together. We were in love with the Devonshire moors and chose to live in Ivybridge, which is a town that forms the gateway to the Two Moors Way, so we could spend as much time exploring the moorlands as we could. Many of my afternoons were spent walking up to Dartmoor, particularly around the area known as the Western Beacon, and looking back, I would call that moor my Damascus. It was here finally, that the beauty of God overwhelmed me, seduced me, drew me into Him---I would pass through groves of hawthorn, hedgerows laden with wildflowers and spicy with the scent of summer, and when I issued out into the open moorland with martins swooping above me, it was as though a veil had been lifted, and I was gazing beyond the beauty of the landscape into the face of the Author of Beauty, the Great Mystery Himself. I
Journeys of Faith -1- Francis Thompson - The Hound of Heaven - Totus2us23/09/2013 Duration: 14min
Francis Thompson (1859 - 1907), from England: "Now of that long pursuit Comes on at hand the bruit; That Voice is round me like a bursting sea: “And is thy earth so marred, Shattered in shard on shard? Lo, all things fly thee, for thou fliest Me! Strange, piteous, futile thing! Wherefore should any set thee love apart? Seeing none but I makes much of naught” (He said), “And human love needs human meriting: How hast thou merited — Of all man’s clotted clay the dingiest clot? Alack, thou knowest not How little worthy of any love thou art! Whom wilt thou find to love ignoble thee, Save Me, save only Me? All which I took from thee I did but take, Not for thy harms, But just that thou might’st seek it in My arms. All which thy child’s mistake Fancies as lost, I have stored for thee at home: Rise, clasp My hand, and come!” Halts by me that footfall: Is my gloom, after all, Shade of His hand, outstretched caressingly? “Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest, I am He Whom thou seekest! Thou dravest love from thee, who dr