John Paul II was ‘my pope’ for a long time. I was able to see him in person when I attended my 1st World Youth Day in Toronto in 2002. I love everything he writes and says, but, to be honest, I understand little of it. He’s just so smart.
His ‘smarts’ wasn’t ever what attracted me to him though, it was his holiness. His love for young people. His love for Jesus. One of my favorite quotes of his is: “It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.” (The short version of 3 paragraphs of heart-provoking delightful spiritual writing).
This just came out (and I received a free copy to review from the publisher) and is a translation of some unpublished teachings he wrote sometime after 1965 but probably before he was elected pope in the late 70s. It’s inspiring and relevant. I highly recommend! Read it with a friend so you can discuss (hi Sarah)!