In today’s Refill:

It’s the feast of St. John Paul II! His feast day is the anniversary of the day he was inaugurated as the Pope in 1978. Check out some video from that day!

Hear a deep-dive into the life and legacy of St. John Paul II, including his early life, how he hid from the Nazis to go to seminary, his adventurous early priesthood, and his quarter century papacy traveling the world and inspiring millions of Catholics with his teaching, holiness, and love.

What better day to hear from the Ask Christopher West podcast about the importance and beauty of Theology of the Body and its great author, St. John Paul II. Christopher and his wife Wendy combine their wisdom to tackle questions dealing with vocation, sexuality, marriage, and the Catholic faith submitted by listeners. In this clip, they’re talking about why we should all care about Theology of the Body and how we can use it to help understand the Church’s teaching.

If you’re looking for more about St. John Paul II today check out a whole list of prayers he wrote during his pontificate here and some of the best quotes from his speeches, homilies, and writings here and here. Listen to Bishop Rhoades share his memories about being a seminarian in Rome during St. John Paul II’s pontificate here.

Some of the favorite quotes of Redeemer Radio staff members:

The Daily Refill host, Andrea Serrani:

“Yours is the gigantic task of overcoming all evil with good, always trying amidst the problems of life to place your trust in God, knowing that his grace supplies strength to human weakness. You must oppose every form of hatred with the invincible power of Christ’s love.”

“What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.”

“The human being is single, unique, and unrepeatable, someone thought of and chosen from eternity, someone called and identified by name.”

“Stupidity is also a gift of God, but one mustn’t misuse it.”

Executive Director, Cindy Black:

“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of His Son Jesus.”

“Darkness can only be scattered by light, hatred can only be conquered by love.”

“Men are like wine–some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”

The Kyle Heimann Show host, Kyle Heimann:

“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.”

“Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”

Programming Director, Mariam Schmitz:

“The ultimate test of your greatness is how you treat every human being.”

Corporate Accounts Executive, Trisha Benzing:

“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you.”

Mission Advancement Director, Becky Reidy:

“It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.”