Friday, February 25, 2005
VATICAN CITY, FEB. 25, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II's first written words after his tracheotomy surgery had a jovial quality -- but he then quickly recalled his longtime Marian motto.The Pope, back in his 10th-floor room in the Gemelli Polyclinic on Thursday night, signaled for writing paper and then wrote: "But what have they done to me?" reported Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro Valls. The Holy Father then added: "But I continue to be always 'totus tuus'" -- "all yours" -- a reference to the motto of his pontificate and the entrustment of his life and ministry to the Virgin Mary.
"Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt," wrote St. Louis-Marie de Montfort (1673-1716) -- "I am all yours, and all that is mine is yours."