The “JP2 Generation”

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the passing from this world of the late Servant of God: Pope John Paul II. Acclaimed by some already as “the Great” Pope John Paul II was undoubtedly one of the most charismatic and influential Pontiffs of the Church during the Twentieth Century. One of his most endearing qualities was his ability to relate to, inspire, and identify with young people.

World Youth Day, the global youth convention of his creation held every few years, was his primary venue for unleashing his enthusiastic encouragement towards youths. The essence of Pope John Paul’s message was always that Jesus Christ is the only way to true fulfillment in one’s life. The Catholic Church as well as all Christian traditions proclaims Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. However, some of Pope John Paul’s methods and interpretations of this “Truth”

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The View from Chicago


Like an Easter morning

Joy has erupted

into exclamations, sobs,

and the crisp bliss of Unity. 


Anxiety and fear have stepped aside to

allow a new era to arrive.

Faces glow with the energy of peace

and harmonious sighs of relief make music throughout the city.


Just like God intended it, we live now the Truth:

The quality of a leader is transcendent of judgment and image. 


Another God-given truth is manifested:

History doesn’t determine the destiny,

for an individual or a nation. 

In the blessed air of a November eve

Souls rejoice and bodies dance. 

Brothers and sisters of every race, age, tongue, religion

and nation embrace with anticipation.

The scents of autumn offer a comforting affirmation.

Trees drop confetti and the sky paints a promise. 


Hope has arrived.

The world has changed.