As we celebrate for the first time the Feast Day of St. John Paul II in the church I recall the day he passed away. When millions of people over the world mourned his death, as the bells of St. Peter’s Square somberly tolled continuously to mourn his passing. If one listened one could here the voice of our saint over the tolling bells with his admonition to all of us:
Be not Afraid!
“Unceasingly the Church implores from God mercy for everyone. At no time and in no historical period — especially at a moment as critical as our own — can the Church forget the prayer that is a cry for the mercy of God amid the many forms of evil which weigh upon humanity and threaten it. The more the human conscience succumbs to secularization, loses its sense of the very meaning of the word ‘mercy,’ as it moves away from God, and distances itself from the mystery of mercy, the more the Church has the right and the duty to appeal to the God of mercy with loud cries! Bl. John Paul II June 7, 1977 Divine Mercy Shrine in Lagiewniki, Poland.(Dives in Misericordia, n. 15).
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On the seventh anniversary of his death a documentary from ROME REPORTS: “John Paul The Great: A Pope Who Made History”