Novo Millennio Ineunte

In 2000, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to you and to me. In case you haven’t read it yet, we wanted to bring it to your attention. It is very important that we not only read this letter, but that we take it to heart.

The Pope takes his role as Shepherd very seriously and in this letter he is exhorting us to take our roles seriously as well, to be who we are meant to be and to do what we are meant to do. He wrote it because he has a vision to share with the People of God—a vision for a future full of hope!

The letter is entitled Novo Millennio Ineunte, translated “At the beginning of the new millennium.” While it includes reflections on the Great Jubilee which had just concluded, and rejoices in the outpouring of graces of that year, the real purpose of the letter is to look forward, not back.

Virginia King wrote the following articles to highlight some of the themes for your reflection.

A Vision for a Future Full of Hope

In 2000, Pope John Paul II wrote a letter to you and to me. In case you haven’t read it yet, I wanted to bring it to your attention. It is very important that we not only read this letter, but that we take it to heart. The Pope takes his role as Shepherd very...

Called to Holiness

by Virginia King As I mentioned in the first article I wrote on this Apostolic Letter, Pope John Paul II has written to us in order to exhort us to take our role as followers of Jesus very seriously—to be who we are meant to be and to do what we are meant to do. We...

The Way to Communion

by Virginia King After speaking of the encounter with the living Jesus Christ as the way to conversion, Pope John Paul teaches us that the fruit of conversion is communion. What does he mean by communion? As Catholics, we most often mean receiving the Body and Blood...

The Spirituality of Communion

by Virginia King The first article in this series gave the overview of the Letter and reflected on the Pope’s vision for “a future full of hope.” The second article focused on the “universal call to holiness.” The third major theme of this letter is the “spirituality...