Why I Love St. John XXIII

Happy canonization day!


With all the hype around JPII’s canonization I couldn’t help but feel bad for John XXIII. I mean, he became a saint too and if it wasn’t on the same day as one of the most beloved popes in very recent memory well…he would probably get more attention.

I have seen a few things on John XXIII and I’ve been doing my own research too to incorporate facts and quotes about him in the Sunday bulletin I edit for campus ministry. And you know, the more quotes I read, the more stories I hear, the more I love him.

So, I’ve compiled some of my favorite quotes, stories, and pictures from around the web all about the brand-new St. John XXIII.

First, check out some short bios on the new saint. Though he was only pope for a few years, John XXIII had a major impact on the church. This man saved thousands of Jews during anti-semitism in the 1930’s and 40’s. He served as an army chaplain during World War I.

Oh, and he opened Vatican II….


See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.”

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.”

“If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light.”

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”

“It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.”

“The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light.”

Memes and Pictures

Man of the Year 1962
Man of the Year


John XXIII Beard


My favorite….

One of the first things I came across was John XXIII’s decalogue or “Only for Today”.

     Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

     Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be       courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

     Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

     Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

     Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

     Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

     Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

     Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

     Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearances, that the good providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

    Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for twelve hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

For Your Further Enjoyment

John XXIII’s humor and wit

Lifteen article on “Good Pope John”

Also, a quick video on how awesome St. John XXII is

Yep, this is one of the saints whose canonization Mass I stayed up until 5am this morning watching. #worthit



3 thoughts on “Why I Love St. John XXIII

  1. In the pre.St.John Paul II era, St.John XXIII was just as big a name. He became pope the year before I was born. He was exceptionally charismatic, charming & good.natured. Please read his autobiography, “Journal Of A Soul”

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