“Peace be with you” (John 20:19)
On This Date…
On April 2, 2005, a Saturday, Pope John Paul II died in Rome just short of his 85th birthday (May 18th). He was baptized as Karol (Charles), named for his father. His mother died when Karol was 8 years old. Karol excelled in academics and drama, played soccer, and was very devout, going to the church next door to his apartment. His father died in 1941, when Karol was 21; he entered the seminary the next year and was ordained in 1946. He became the spiritual leader to a group of young adults, with whom he went kayaking and camping; he wrote poetry. He became a bishop in 1958, a cardinal in 1967, and pope in 1978. In his homily at his installation on October 22, 1978, he said, “Be not afraid! Open the doors to Christ.” He was canonized on April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, an annual celebration inaugurated by Pope John Paul II, which this year began this evening.
In the Gospel for Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus’ first words after coming through the door of the Upper Room on Easter Night, were ,”Peace be with you”, words of courage and mercy.
– Father McLaughlin