On May 1, 2011, the Church will celebrate John Paul II’s beatification. Today I share with you a few words from my friend and colleague Joe Durepos, editor of Go in Peace and Lessons for Living, both collections of writings by John Paul II.
At the time of the Pope’s death in 2005, Joe wrote that John Paul’s:
…supreme desire was that we come to embrace a faith that transforms the way we work, the way we relate to other people, and the way we live in the world.
John Paul returned again and again to a few basic themes in all his writings and talks: faith, prayer, family, suffering, the Church, Mary, and most passionately, Christ—Christ as the answer to all life’s mysteries. He traveled the world bringing this very simple message.
Though the papacy of John Paul II has ended, his legacy lies tangibly before us in his writings. We can touch his books, hold his pages in our hands, take his words into our hearts. We should do this. He wanted us to. In so doing we may discover that the secret to John Paul II’s immense popularity was that he really believed in a faith that could change the world for the better. His words will bear eloquent witness to this hope for many years to come.