God rest his soul.
In my view, he was one of the greatest men of the last century.
John Paul II was lover of freedom. Readers of ths blog may be interested in this quote from him: “Where self-interest is suppressed, it is replaced by a burdensome system of bureaucratic control that dries up the wellspring of initiative and creativity.” He had lived under communism. He knew the score.
He devoted his life to the service of God, as he saw it, through all hardships, and in the face of all opposition.
He was a deep thinker and a prolific writer. It will take decades for the Church, and the world, to digest and fully understand what he wrote and his vision for the Church going forward.
We will not see anything like him again.
May God have mercy on his successor, and grant him courage. He’ll need it.
Oremus pro beatissimo Papa nostro Joanni Paulo.