Monday, 2 May 2011
Yesterday, May 01, 2011 the late Pope John Paul II was beatified in Rome. And millions of Catholics around the world joined in the celebration. Beatification is the last step towards sainthood. At this stage he will be called “Blessed John Paul II” The next step will be the canonization wherein he will be called “St. John Paul II”.
The world Youth Day was a special gift that the pope has given to young Catholics. This has strengthened the bounds of young believers to their faith and the church. I saw the late pope in Manila during the celebration of World Youth Day last January 10-15, 1995. First time an Asian country has celebrated this momentous event and over five million has joined from all over the world. I was one of the volunteers in our school. We hosted delegates from Germany, Spain and etc. The experience and joy was still fresh for me and I will treasure that moment. I was there and had witnessed the immense love of people to the pope and to our faith, our church.
When I saw him I had goose-bumps. His presence alone was a blessing. My love and admiration to the pope is unceasing. And I do hope and pray his canonization will come soon. We only need one valid miracle to make this happen. And when this happens, I know millions of faithful Catholics will rejoice.
“Love of Christ does not distract us from interest in others, but rather invites us to responsibility for them, to the exclusion of no one….” – Pope John Paul II