I Do Not Have Anyone But You
The recent beatification of Pope John Paul
II has rekindled a deep interest and love
towards Pope John Paul II. During his beatification
homily, Pope Benedict XVI hailed the Pope's
"strength of a titan" in defending
Christianity. "Society, culture, political
and economic systems he opened up to Christ,
turning back with the strength of a titan
- a strength which came to him from God -
a tide which appeared irreversible."
He touched the lives of innumerable people.
Here is one testimony, of a woman who dares
write to the Pope. "My name is L. I
am asking for help for myself and for my
two children. I have many pains and sorrows;
I am going through a bad period. No, that's
actually not true! It is life that I suffer.
I've never had a moment of happiness. Everything
"I ask for pardon… In a moment of anger,
I tore your picture to pieces. I lost faith
in God. I am a prostitute, but I believe
that if there is a God, he will surely forgive
me. Dear Holy Father, I have always done
good things in my life, but I have only received
evil. I only know few sincere and kind persons;
everybody has exploited me. I am suffering;
I am in a very bad shape. A person owns me
money, but I don't know where he is now.
If I only have that money today, I would
be able to stay at home at night. Is it all
the same if I don't pray? But I speak with
God, and yet I wonder why he doesn't answer
and help me.
"Holy Father, you are a good man, and
maybe someday, you will become a saint, so
please help me and my sons. If you look into
my heart, you will see a woman who is alone,
good, but unfortunately never loved. You
will also know that even my mother did not
love me. But I have suffered much, and my
life continues to be filled with pain and
sorrow. If you can see me now, I pray that
you don't let the same happen to my children
- they are young, they laugh, and they make
me laugh. Please help them in their journey
of life; please be always close to them.
Be near me also. Please don't abandon us.
I have spoken with you so many times. I have
asked you to send me a man who will love
me and desire what is good for me. But you
know that this is not the case."
"Holy Father, I don't go to mass, I
don't know how to pray. But I have never
done anything bad in my life; I am only sacrificing
myself for my children. Holy Father, it is
not good to be a prostitute. The father of
my children is sick, but I will not ask anything
for him. I cannot forgive him for the hell
I've suffered through with him. Please, Holy
Father, always be near me. I ask you this.
I don't have anyone but you! Please help
me find my faith again. I will continue to
speak with you. I love you."
How true do these words Pope John Paul
resound, "Have no fear of moving
the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly
that I am with you…"
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