The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II

EWTN’s Tribute…The Pontificate of Pope John Paul II

"From Poland will Come a the Spark that will Prepare the World for My Final Coming"

I read these words from St. Faustina’s diary that were spoken to her by Jesus back in 1978. They were published before anyone had even thought of a Polish pope, but somehow one knew that Jesus was referring to this pope and twenty six years later the spark has spread it’s fire throughout the world and the devotion to the Divine Mercy is one of the most popular.

I wrote to the pope back in those early days and received the standard reply from a Monsignor that the Holy Father had received my message and sent his blessings. Enclosed in the letter was a small crucifix. What I had written the pope was the following message from teh Gospel of John in Polish:

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young,

you girded yourself and walked where you would;

but when you are old,

you will stretch out your hands,

and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go.”

(This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.)

And after this he said to him, “Follow me.”

John 21:18-19

It is Our Lord’s message to St. Peter. I was reminded of this today at Mass when the Gospel reading was from John and the verses immediately preceding this passage. When I sent it to the Holy Father those many years ago I did so because I thought of how his embracing of the Petrine office was taking him away from his beloved Poland. But in these last years it has seemed even more prophetic as he is wheeled out and put around.

If indeed he is the spark that was to prepare the world for the Lord’s coming what awaits us after his entrance into the Father’s Kingdom?

Cardinals Summoned to Rome

From Bloomberg.com: Europe:

“The world’s cardinals, who will select John Paul II’s successor, have been summoned to Rome, a sign that preparations are under way for a conclave, the secretive election procedure that must begin within three weeks of the pope’s death.

Another sign of the gravity of the pope’s condition was a decision by the Vatican to keep open its press office, which normally closes at 3 p.m. “

Drudge Headline…

DRUDGE REPORT 2005: “Chatolics pray in fear for Pope”

Who are they?

Divine Mercy and Pope John Paul II

I’ve heard several reports that the Pope has known all along the day that he would die. The fact that he asked not to be taken to the hospital is probably a sign that day approaches or is here. Yesterday in the novena of divine mercy said between Good Friday and Divine Mercy Sunday (declared by this pope) the intention was:

“Today bring to me those souls who especially glorify and venerate my mercy.”

Fitting.

All along Pope John Paul has been the pope that has transcended his office. Like St. Francis, in our own day Mother Teresa, he has been venerated by people of all faiths. One of his staunchest defenders in this country is a Jewish woman I befriended several years ago. He has been an Apostle of God’s mercy and his pontificate has been a time of grace, of preparation.

At the same time that the pope may be entering into his final hours the very public and international specticle of a woman not being shown mercy and armed guards keeping anyone from extending that mercy to her against the wishes of the President of the United States and the Congress of the United States in the United States makes one wonder if we have entered into a battle of an evil force that defies any rational explanation.

This pope has steered the barque of Peter between the pilars of devotion to Mary and the Eucharist…may we who now must go on in this culture of death hold on dearly to these gifts of our faith and trust in God’s mercy to bring us to his kingdom.

Pray for the pope.

Pope’s condition ‘very serious’

From Pope’s condition ‘very serious’:

“The pope suffered heart failure during treatment for a urinary tract infection on Thursday, the Vatican said earlier Friday, but it denied an Italian news report that he was in a coma.”

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