Since the day that Pope John Paul II entered into heavenly glory (April 2, 2005), I had been praying for his Beatification. It was so important to me that I wrote it on my email signature so other people would see how important it was to me as well. Currently my email signature says, “Pray for the Canonization of Blessed John Paul II.” When the Vatican announced that he was going to be Beatified, I remember being very happy and excited to watch the Beatification Mass on EWTN, although other news broadcasts televised it as well.
On May 1, 2011, I decided to invite some friends over to watch the Beatification Mass that began at 2 a.m. in the morning here in Austin. Only a few people came over since it was in the middle of the night and I did not live in the most user friendly apartment complex, but it was still a great time watching the Holy Mass live from the Vatican with other Catholic young adults who claim Blessed John Paul II has their Pope as well. We are the JP 2 Generation!
Here is a picture of me celebrating the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II. I brought home all of the pictures that I have of Blessed JP 2 in my classroom to decorate my apartment for the party. I laid out all the documents that he wrote which are shelved in my library on my coffee table so my friends could view them during the Beatification Party.
On January 15, 1983, Pope John Paul II promulgated the norms of Divinus perfectionis magister governing the causes of the saints. The norms provided for a 5-year waiting period before the initiation of a Cause for Beatification and Canonization for any new saint. On May 9, 2005, Cardinal Vicar of Rome, His Eminence Camillo Cardinal Ruini asked that the 5-year waiting period be lifted for the life of Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI granted it. During an assembly of the clergy of the Diocese of Rome on May 13, 2005, the Holy Father announced the dispensation. The miracle that opened the Holy Father to Beatification was the healing of Sr. Maria Simon Pierre, a French religious sister who had Parkinson’s disease, the same disease that eventually took the life of Blessed John Paul II. Sr. Maria Simone was present during the Beatification Mass and carried up a vile of the late Holy Father’s blood. You can see her in the video above.
I long to see Blessed John Paul II canonized and hope to be in the City of the Saints when he is fully declared as St. Pope John Paul II. People often ask me if I think he will be a Doctor of the Church someday – without a doubt, I think the Church will declare him a Doctor. His theology has made such an impact on the life of the Church that it would be an injustice not to raise him up with the other Doctors. The Theology of the Body alone should allow him to have that title. The impact that the TOB is having on the Church now and will continue to have in the years to come is staggering. If there was any doubt before the TOB, then we could look at his 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters, his promulgation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the 5 books he published as a private Doctor, and the countless homilies and other speeches he gave as well.
If you have a Twitter account and ever talk about Blessed John Paul II, please use the hashtag – #BLJP2. Let’s catechize the Twitter World as Blessed JP II brought the faith to the world in the New Evangelization. It will be known as “Tweetalization.”
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BLESSED JOHN PAUL II…PRAY FOR US!