Saturday, April 26, 2014

JP2 we love you

I can still remember the day quite clearly.  I remember that it had started to rain.  I had a poncho on, but I stuck my head inside the poncho and made a little tent for myself.  I had brought along a little paperback book and I was reading it as we were passing the time.  I still remember this day being one of the more impressive days of my life.

Where was I?  I was in a canyon waiting for John Paul II to come in for the evening prayer at World Youth Day in Denver.

I had never seen such a vibrant expression of my Catholic faith before.  Here there were like a million people all drawn there to see this Pope.  I thought it was way toooo cool.

Years later I would think of my experience again when I started to ponder my priestly vocation.  I can say that John Paul was important there too since I read Pastores Dabo Vobis which very clearly helped me to understand what a vocation to priesthood meant and what I needed to do in order to become a priest.

John Paul died while I was in the seminary, but he was crucial in my priestly formation.  It's too bad I had never had the chance to say "John Paul our Pope" during the Eucharistic prayer.  But, now I will get to say something even better: St. John Paul II... ora pro nobis.

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