The Wisdom of John Paul II
Karol Józef Wojtyła, known as John Paul II since his October 1978 election to the papacy, was born in the Polish town of Wadowice, a small city 50 kilometers from Krakow, on May 18, 1920. He was the youngest of three children born to Karol Wojtyła and Emilia Kaczorowska. His mother died in 1929. His eldest brother Edmund, a doctor, died in 1932 and his father, a non-commissioned army officer died in 1941. A sister, Olga, had died before he was born.
Along with Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, John Paul II is attributed with the bringing down of communism. In the last decade of his life he suffered a great deal with Parkinson's disease. He endured his suffering with grace and left many significant teachings to those he served. Here are a few words of wisdom he left from the significant life he lived. We can take these words to heart to become better servants to an ever truth seeking world.
1) My faith took shape in the mist of the terrors of World War II, like an inner fact of unquestionable and absolute charity.
2) In all my reading and studies I always tried to achieve a harmony between faith, reason and the heart.
3) What God commands, which may seem humanly impossible, He gives us the means to carry out. God alone is our true and unfailing support.
4) Do not be afraid, open wide the doors to Christ, to His saving power that confines the vast fields of culture, civilization ,and development. Jesus is the Lord of life, the author and the source of life without end.
5) The Holy Spirit is living breath of prayer. The spirit instills in us a desire for great things to come and the secret of our sanctification.
6) Authentic love is an inner attitude that involves the whole human being. Man cannot live without love. Real love is demanding.
7) Today’s world is more than ever yearning for more truth, for more love, for more you. All can be found in Christ and His way of life.
Be blessed, and then be a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx