“Totus tuus.” Completely yours. This was the last pope’s personal motto.
About his motto, John Paul II wrote in “Crossing the Threshold of Hope,”
“Totus Tuus. This phrase is not only an expression of piety, or simply an expression of devotion. It is more. During the Second World War, while I was employed as a factory worker, I came to be attracted to Marian devotion. At first, it had seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood, in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to Saint Louis of Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Christocentric, indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption”./1
This Latin phrase well expresses the difference between the Roman Catholic religion and true biblical Christianity.
The first distinction between the two appears when defenders of Marian devotion say it is better to exceed the muted statements of Scripture than lack in praise of Mary.
Christians insist on not going beyond what is written when it comes to considering other people:
“Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other” (1 Corinthians 4:6, NASB).
Besides this approach to Scripture is another basic difference. On a car adhesive seen widely in Brazil is written: “Ask the Mother, so that the Son will answer.”
Christians prefer to follow Jesus’ own command: “if you ask the Father in My name, He will give it to you (John 16:23; see also 15:16). There is but one mediator between God and man, the MAN (not woman!) Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5).
A third distinction, and the most imortant one, returns to the object of the phrase “Completely yours.” No one can pledge to another such a complete devotion and submission unless it is God himself and his Son Jesus Christ.
The first commandment makes this clear (Matthew 22:37). Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) and is the way, the truth, and the life, through whom only can we have access to God (John 14:6). To put another in his place is nothing less that total abandonment of of the faith once for all delivered to the saints.
That the supreme head of a religion that calls itself Christian would adopt — and be approved of doing so — the personal motto “Completely yours” that does not refer to God, demonstrates how far it is from the true faith of Jesus Christ.
May we all give ourselves completely to Emmanuel as the only Lord and Savior. Completely His.
1/ Cited on www.vatican.va/news_services/press/
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