Friday, December 18, 2009
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Two months after his death several medical teams classified the cure of a French nun with Parkinson's, as 'scientifically inexplicable'.
We promised we would continue to cover the progress of the cause of the late Servant of God John Paul II. Stay tuned.
ROME (Catholic Online) – I remember it all like it was yesterday. Like millions throughout the entire world, my eyes and my heart were turned to Rome in April 2005. The servant of the Servants of God, Pope John Paul II was placed in the earth after a long period of suffering.
The “transitus”, the passing to eternal life, of this holy and wonderful gift from God was completed. The whole earth stood still, profoundly and significantly changed by the witness of one man so singularly conformed to the One whom he served, Jesus Christ.
He died as he had lived, giving himself in surrendered love to the Lord, for the Lord and, in the Lord, for others; carrying forward the redemptive mission of Jesus, through his words and his witness of life and death. He was, in both life and death, a “living letter”, as St Paul wrote. He became like the Master whom he loved so eloquently, a “grain of wheat”, fallen to the ground.
Like many others my life was changed by this giant and prophet who occupied Peters’ chair for such a brief time. As a young man, I was captured by his life, his message and his vision for our age. Once I started reading his writings, I could not stop.
I had to consume them, become them and offer them to others. In fact, it was the writings of this great Pope which prompted a later call in life for this lawyer to the Diaconate and then to the pursuit of a Masters Degree at his Institute and studies for the PhD in Moral Theology. I want to be a part of his call for the “New Evangelization”.
Over many years I have tried to proclaim and practice his message of love, and live his new example of evangelization and his call to communion. I have tried to practice his version of authentic ecumenism and his invite others into his engaging message of authentic freedom. I have failed to even begin.
His body of extraordinary teaching, contained in his letters, his apostolic exhortations, his allocutions and his encyclical letters, re-present the timeless relevance of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an age that has lost its heart and soul. They also give us materials out of which we can rebuild the Church and, through her, birth the new missionary age.
Our call is the same call that has faced the Christian Church of every age, to restore all things in Christ, to bring a dying world and its inhabitants back to life through an encounter with Jesus Christ who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Pope John Paul II was the great evangelist of the Third Christian Millennium.
His name and his service for twenty six years carried forward the trajectory of the Second Vatican Council, the great missionary and ecumenical Council of the last part of the Second Millennium, and helped us to cross what he called the “threshold of hope” into the Third Millennium.