The Totus Tuus Statuette is a touching depiction of Saint Pope John Paul II embracing Mary, the Mother of God. This hand-carved statuette is a beautiful expression of his profound devotion to Mary. This statuette will be a most appropriate gift for a wedding or wedding anniversary, ordination or ordination anniversary, profession of vows or vow jubilee, and for that person in your life who has a special devotion to Saint Pope John Paul II.
Totus Tuus Statuette – a Touching Labor of Love, Hope, and Faith
The Totus Tuus Statue is hand-carved from wood by cloistered sisters in French monastery. The sisters are true “contemplatives in action” who conceive, create, and hand-finish every piece in their monastic atelier in Western Europe. Where, how, and by whom the Totus Tuus Statuette is made signifies that this statuette is certainly ”culturally authentic” and a touching labor of love, hope, and faith!
Totus Tuus – I am wholly yours!
Totus Tuus (Latin for “totally yours”) was the apostolic motto of Saint Pope John Paul II during his papacy. He defined it as not only an expression of piety but also of a devotion that is profoundly rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity. In his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the Pope took this motto from the Marian prayer of consecration found in Saint Louis de Montfort’s book True Devotion to Mary. The complete text of the prayer in Latin: Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.” (“I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart”). As a young seminarian the Pope “read and reread many times and with great spiritual profit” writings by Saint Louis de Montfort. In his own words: “Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity.” In his own book Crossing the Threshold of Hope, the Pope speaks of the expression Totus Tuus:
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 de 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.