City of Roses
(big hugggsssssss) Oh Ringo, that was absolutely beautiful, dearest friend, God Bless You for sharing that treasure!
Not only as a Catholic, but as an individual, my respect and admiration of Pope John Paul II is immense.
I believe ever since he was influenced in his youth by the Nazi occupation of Poland through which he lived and then by the subsequent 43 years of communist rule thereafter, that truly, I believe, must have left him with this cosmological sense of the importance of individual dignity in all the world.
I truly believe that may be what has made this Pope stand out among many others in recent memory. Not so much that he broke the 400-year tradition of Italian popes, but he gave that special, unique, incredibly dignified voice to the Vatican and to the world.
I guess the single greatest thing I will remember him by is by being the Pope who has travelled more across the world than any other Pope in history. I can't even begin to explain how deeply moved I am by that sort of kindness, travelling all across the Third World to visit and offer compassion to the poor and less fortunate.
I didn't always agree with the Pope on everything, such as his stance on gay marriage, but his dignity and love well overshadows any political disagreement.
God Bless You, Pope John Paul II. You are now truly forever in God's arms.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"