|So, I found all of the JPII images on Pinterest|
He traveled more than any other pope. He held the second-longest papacy. He showed total forgiveness after his assassination attempt. He was humble, modern, but held steadfast on the Church's teachings and Tradition. JPII to me is simply what a Catholic is. He was a compassionate, merciful, and humble leader who help end communism in troubled times and brought me about to the Church. On Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday, he will be canonized as Saint John Paul the Great. Which he was. He was great. He was the leader the Church, no, the WORLD needed for all of those years. Truly a Holy Man, I am simply honored that I got to walk the same Earth as he.
The canonization process can take years- hundreds for some (like Saint Juan Diego, the man to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared) or just a few years, like JPII. Officially, to be recognized as a saint, two miracles must have been brought about through intercession of the person, after their earthly death. They will be granted a feast day, where we as Catholics celebrate their lives and their holy work, and churches can be built in their honor.
|The Image of Divine Mercy that Jesus instructed St. Faustina to have|
painted and venerated. [source]
How are you celebrating the #2PopeSaints/Diving Mercy weekend?