This morning, I was made to remember one of the most loved Popes that ever lived–Pope John Paul II. While visiting Catholic.org, I read a post titled “Pope John Paul II could be recognized as a saint in record time;” and it told of a second Vatican-approved miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed John Paul II and the plans for his canonization.
Pope John Paul II was a wonderful leader of the Catholic Church–he maintained unswerving fidelity to its teachings, preserved the purity of the Catholic doctrine, and tirelessly preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ. But more importantly, what made us all love him even after he died was his loving nature, kind spirit, and inspiring wisdom.
In his years of papacy, Pope John Paul II served not only as a leader but also as a father, a beacon of light, an inspiration, and a source of strength and wisdom.
Let me share with you one of the most inspiring messages of the late Pope:
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.
Truly beautiful words that I hope resonate with you as much as they do with me.