Saturday, April 26, 2014
From The Friars eLetter: The Healing Humanity of 2PopeSaints!
The Healing Humanity of 2PopeSaints!
Two Sons of Peter -
Shepherds chosen by Jesus -
Instruments of Hope -
On April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Pope John 23rd and Pope John Paul II, officially declaring them to be saints. One surprised the world by calling Vatican Council II, the other guided the Church in it's authentic implementation.
One insight from people who knew them: they both lived their humanity in a warm and inspiring way. In a world that is so wounded, I think that we really need this example of manliness and fatherhood in particular. Get to know them and you will be healed by their humanity - God is always at work through the humanity of those He chooses. Modern man is so often allergic to authority. These two were shepherds after the heart of the Good Shepherd - serving with love not lording it over those in their charge.
I was able to meet Pope John Paul twice, and I felt that I was speaking with my grandfather - such love radiated from his eyes and voice! I believe that he embodied what Jesus had in mind when He instituted the Office of the Papacy.
Saint Popes John and John Paul, pray for us who are still making our way to the Father's House!
+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
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