Totus tuus

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Totus tuus was routinely used to sign off letters written in Latin, meaning "all yours", often abbreviated as "t.t." (a variation was ex asse tuus). In recent history Totus tuus was used by Pope John Paul II as his personal motto to express his personal Consecration to Mary based on the spiritual approach of Louis de Montfort and the Mariology in his works.[1] The pontiff explained the meaning further in his book Crossing the Threshold of Hope where he defines it as not only an expression of piety but also of devotion that is deeply rooted in the Mystery of the Blessed Trinity.[2]


Coat of arms of John Paul II, with the Marian Cross

According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae he borrowed the motto from the Marian consecrating prayer found in the book True Devotion to Mary by Louis de Montfort.[3] The complete text of the prayer in Latin is:

"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")

Pope John Paul II once recalled how as a young seminarian he "read and reread many times and with great spiritual profit" some writings of Louis de Montfort and that:

"Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord's Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity."[4]

In 1987, Henryk Górecki composed a choral piece (Totus Tuus Op. 60) to celebrate the Pope's third pilgrimage to his native Poland that summer.[5] While the motet opens with the same words as the apostolic motto, the piece actually uses a poem by Maria Boguslawska for its text.[6]

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  1. ^ Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae
  2. ^ Holy See Press Office - Totus Tuus
  3. ^ Saint Louis de Montfort, Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 266
  4. ^ Pope Reveals Mary's Role In His Life
  5. ^ "Totus tuus, Op.60". Retrieved on 21 February 2009.
  6. ^ Górecki, Henryk Mikolaj (1989). Totus Tuus. New York: Boosey & Hawkes. ISMN 979-0060082320.