Monday, April 04, 2005

Papa has gone home to the Lord.

I haven't really been able to bring myself to blog about this. I'm very full of mixed emotions. The world has lost a superhero among the good. I think it will be a long time before the world sees the likes of his intellect, understanding, simplicity, conviction and faith again. I do not believe it will be long before he's cannonized. And for all the good he's done on this earth, I can't imagine all the good he'll be able to do praying directly to God in heaven.

But I still feel like I've lost a friend. Which is strange for a man I've never known personally, only through his work in the world. I believe that what we saw is what we got--there was sincarity in him in a world that lacks sincarity. There was conviction in him in a world that changed views with the wind and shirks a tough path. There was also tremendous faith and the type of peace and fortitude that brings. I'd be blessed to have even a fraction of that in my life.

There's also a twinge of fear that accompanies uncertainty. Will the next pope be as great as this one was? I can't imagine so. They're already calling him John Paul The Great. It's hard/impossible to live up to a potential saint. Faith in God that he'll give us the pope we need is difficult. But that's because of my own human weakness.

Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord.
Let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls
of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another good man goes to God. Reqium In Pace

6:43 AM  

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