Saturday, April 30, 2011
Tomorrow the Catholic Church will beatify Pope John Paul II. Well-known for his wide influence over the fall of Communism, his indefatiguable trodding of the nations of the world carrying out the message of Christ, his care for the youth that created the World Youth Day, his strong rule of the post-Vatican II Church, and his leadership in everything moral, John Paul II was soon recognized as the greatest pope who ever lived. His many achievements include his elevation of so many men and women to sainthood more than all his predecessors did together, his many encounters with leaders of other Churches and Christian Communions in the hope of restoring full Christian unity, his openness to other religions manifested in the Assisi Prayer for the first time in the history of Christianity, his submission to the will of God in all of his actions, and his adamant support for evangelization. The day John Paul II passed away, the millions who gathered at St. Peter's Square shouted for declaring him a saint. And distinguished theologians gave him the title John Paul the Great! It is another achievement that Pope John Paul II is being declared Blessed by his immediate successor Pope Benedict XVI in only 6 years since his death. May the prayers of John Paul II accompany the entire Church as she faces the challenges of postmodernism and fundamentalism.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I pray to you my God and Lord Jesus Christ. The world needs you even though the world does not know you. Above all, many Christians have abandoned you in this part of the world even though their civilization was built on your gospel. And in the Middle East many people are being killed by powers of the world and their blood cries out to you for justice. But I know that your justice is mercy. For this reason, I ask your mercy upon us all. Forgive the tyrants and the revolutionaries for they do not know you. Forgive the atheists here for they do not know you. Forgive me for I am a sinner and do not know you in spite of all you have done for me and my family. To you and your Father and the Holy Spirit be glory for ever. Amen