“Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
― Pope John Paul II
A hero is someone who ignites love and light in the world, someone who sets up burning torches that can illuminate dark streets for men to see. The revered Pope John Paul II becomes a hero to many people. He became not just an inspiration but also a light that illuminates the entire world. He set good examples on how each of us must act in our day to day life as children of God. Because of this, the Catholics and non-Catholic alike have grown to love him. He is not just charismatic as a person; he also has humongous love and boundless care to all humankind.
Pope John Paul II was born on May 18, 1920 in Poland to a name Karol Jozef Wojtyła. When he was eighteen years old, he joined the theatrical school. However, after a year the school was shut down due to the Nazi occupation forces. Because of this, he was forced to work in a quarry and a chemical factory for a living. That was during that time when he first felt that God is calling him for priesthood. By then, he lost his parents and his siblings. Tragic as it is, he never let it be the cause of his downfall. He then started obtaining courses in Krakow seminary. He officially became a priest on November 1st a Bishop and eventually became a Cardinal. Unfortunately, on October 16, 1978 the current pope at that time died. The Cardinals then elected him as the new pope and he took the name Pope John Paul II.
There are so many qualities that people love about Pope John Paul II, but the most dominant of all is his strong and exceptional love for humanity. He travelled to different places and visited different kinds of people regardless of their religion. He has this firm confidence in truth and he has a remarkable stand on forgiveness and sacrifices. He showed to both believers and non-believers of God, the true meaning of faith, compassion and courage.
Pope John Paul II was fondly called the Pilgrim Pope because he travels a lot to reach out to people. His warm compassion conquered religious barriers that were untouched by his predecessor. Unlike other religious leaders, Pope John Paul II has placed a great amount of time visiting the people who need his religious guidance in their lives. He dedicated most of his life and energy in his ministry with an unfading missionary spirit. He made around 146 pastoral visits inside Italy and 104 pastoral visits outside Italy in his holiness as a Pope, but he had more of these travels when he was still a bishop. He does this on purpose to spread the message of faith and love to all humanity. He promotes an interfaith dialogue not known to Catholic Church before because he believes that the church is universal. Hence, his love is for everyone. However, amiable as he is, there was an unsuccessful plan to assassinate him and perhaps this is also the time when he earned the most respect of people when he willingly forgave his predator.
1978. He continued his studies until he became Pope John Paul II’s stand on love, forgiveness and sacrifice remained steadfast all throughout his life and this has become his strength to overcome all the obstacles.
Affirmation for today:
I have faith in a higher power that knows what's best for me!