What does "Totus Tuus" mean?
Where does it come from?
Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “Totally Yours,” was the motto of Pope Saint John Paul II. Taken from St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary”, it signifies our desire to give ourselves entirely to Jesus Christ through Mary. It also expresses our effort to give our all to every young person we encounter. Through the teams’ example of joy and service, the youth see that these men and women are on fire with the Catholic Faith and long for the same thing in their lives.
St. Louis de Montfort
St. Louis was a French priest who is remembered for his love for the Blessed Mother and being the author of the classic True Devotion to Mary. Within that great work is a prayer where St. Louis writes of Mary: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt…I am totally yours and all that I have is yours.” With these words, St. Louis not only expresses his love for Mary but his desire to belong completely to God like her and with her. Louis believed that this Marian spirituality of “Totus tuus…totally yours” is “the most perfect of all devotions” because “it conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ” (St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary).
Pope St. John Paul II
In October of 1978, the newly elected Pope John Paul II revealed "Totus Tuus" as the motto for his pontificate. He desired to encourage the world to give its entire heart to Jesus through His mother, Mary.