No one who saw it was unmoved by the suffering of John Paul II. I will not forget the last time I heard him preach. It was 2004. He was barely audible, his words a slur. He was seated. But he radiated a kind of serenity. It was clear to me that Pope John Paul II was a living saint.
Two years earlier, at World Youth Day in Toronto, I’d heard him say that “holiness is not a question of age; it is a matter of living in the Holy Spirit.” Those who watched the last years of John Paul II watched a man alive in the Holy Spirit.
St. John Paul was holy. He was heroic. And legions of Catholics, young and old, modeled their lives after him: desiring to be like John Paul II, desiring to be...READ MORE