Feast Day of St John Paul II
Along with countless others, I am still experiencing the ripple effect emanating from this one man. His was a life poured out in service to and for others.
These days, I particularly draw inspiration, over and over again,
from his Letter to Artists, as you might guess.
Morning prayer from Magnificat magazine offers a short reflection on Psalm 19:2-7 and this:
Saint John Paul II liked to quote St Augustine: We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!" Through the years of painful unity with Christ's cross, he focused on the Resurrection. Just as every Sunday is a little Easter, so is every single sunrise a reminder of God's glorious victory over sin and death.
Isn't it true that, even in the dead of winter, we are to look for the glorious rays of light that surround us? The dark nights of life are not meant to extinguish the flames of faith, hope and love but make them burn more brilliantly.
In St John Paul II's final earthly years, didn't we witness the unbelievable physical (and public) demise of a once vigorous body? That is when many, including myself, realized that he was embracing the call of St Francis of Assisi and other saints to "Preach Jesus, and if necessary use words."
This second painting (below) is from St Karls Church in Vienna, taken the week after the canonizations of St John Paul II and St John 23rd.
In the first portrait (above), we see a saint possibly struggling to follow the path God has mapped for his life.
Below, we see the same person transformed in glory. After a trial of suffering,
St John Paul II now breathes in the full light of our Risen Savior and is able to contemplate the unveiled face of the Christ.
Let us strive to be the Easter people today and forever;
remembering always that we are called to be children of the Resurrection.
"Be not afraid!"
and "let alleluia be our song!"
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