It’s easy, with a man like Pope John Paul II, to make a crucial mistake: to make him superhuman. The achievements in his life seem great and effortless, both at once.
Coming into the Church in the middle of a crisis of faith, he said, “Open the doors to Christ,” and many of us — eventually — did, as his prodding reached down to us, through the Church.
He wasn’t the great condemner many wanted him to be. Instead, he searched for the distorted truth at the core of modern errors and recovered it. He answered Marxism and Madison Avenue with the same message: “Work was made for man, not man for work.” He answered the sexual revolution with a revolution in Catholic thought about the beauty...READ MORE