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Pope John Paul II soars on high, after his death, proceeding swiftly into Heaven, so complete was his union with God, and so great his holiness, simplicity and purity.
The message preached by a faithful Pope is consistent, coherent, and effective for those who receive it and who therefore 'live in the light'. It is a message for the whole world. And Pope John Paul II, who has preached it so well, and has now died, has 'soared' into the heart of the Godhead, in death - a 'place' with which he was familiar through prayer.
Pope John Paul II has been Christ-like in fearlessly speaking the truth about morals (as did Christ who spoke against divorce and adultery) whilst acting with great compassion towards individuals (as did Christ Who was kind to the adulteress).
Pope John Paul stands in heaven, stretching out his hand in greeting, as we ask for his help.
It is Christ Who has given the Church Popes to guide us, and has confirmed through Pope John Paul II that only men are called to be Sacred Ministers in the Church. There are only male priests; and this can never change.
Mother Teresa, and Pope John Paul II, each suffered greatly in earthly life, but did so without grumbling; rather, they accepted and offered up their pains in union with Christ, to save souls and to help the Church; and, through their faith in Christ, and His grace, they are now being embraced by Him in Heaven. They are immensely joyful.
God pours down His gifts from Heaven so that we can use them in the service of the Church and the world, just as Pope John Paul II did. If we use the gifts for personal fulfilment rather than to fulfil God's plans, it's as if we are building a roof over our lives, to avoid seeing God's wishes. We make a notice that says to Him: "Keep Out".
The Purpose of the Priesthood, by Elizabeth Wang
‘The Purpose of the Priesthood contains encouragement and advice for Catholic priests. It reminds them about the central meaning of the Priesthood, and about the need to teach the Catholic Faith in it...
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