According to a popular account, Pope John Paul II was introduced to Our Lady at his birth. The home in which he was born was in sight of the Wojtylas’ church. He was born in May, the month of Mary, while the daily parish devotions to her were resounding throughout the town square. His mother is reputed to have asked an attendant to open the windows fully so that the first sounds her newborn son would hear would be those beautiful hymns to Our Lady.
Such a maternal sentiment would not be unusual in a country like Poland, which venerates Mary, the Matka Boska (Theotokos — the God-bearer) in 430 recognized shrines throughout the country. It would be natural for Karol as he grew to imbibe...READ MORE