Celebrate the Life of a Wonderful Leader!
But it is his life we will celebrate. I have sometimes heard depressed voices crying out that there are no more heroes. I believe that there are, they are just less glamorized than they used to be; sometimes a bit harder to find. This man was never hard to find.
Karol Wojtyla was born in Wadowice, Poland, near Krakow, in 1920. He rose to become the youngest Pope in 1978, at the age of 58. He was also the first non-Italian pope in 455 years.
Among his greatest achievements, inn my opinion, was his bringing together of people from all cultures, nations, and religions. He preached love and peace in everything he said and did. He loved and was loved particularly by children. He always had kind words for everyone. Even as he participated in the decline of communism, which he claimed demeaned the spirits of the people; he was congenial to Mikhail Gorbachev and Fidel Castro. He would go anywhere to visit the people of the world carrying his message, becoming the most traveled pope of all time.
But he believed that it was not the socioeconomic system that was important, but what was carved in the hearts of men. He was also critical of the way in which capitalist countries divided wealth and exploited the weak.
He preached that "conversion is not necessary for salvation", enjoining Christians, Jews, Muslims, and all other religions of the world to join in peace and seek divine guidance. Pope John Paul II was opposed to war. He was a strong advocate for the preservation of all life. He spoke against abortion, the death penalty, and euthanasia. Even in his dying days, he proclaimed the benefits of suffering and pain.
At his celebratory mass tonight, in Los Angeles, CA, the homily proclaimed that "John Paul II never cared about being too politically correct."
He taught me that we will ever be where we need to be, but we must always work to get there.
My hero has died, my hero will live forever. I pray and I invite you to join me.
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