It’s hard to believe it has already been six years since the passing of John Paul II.
What I remember most about the day he died is the reactions from evangelicals on and around Capitol Hill to his death. He had had a tremendous effect on them. With his love, with his language. He didn’t just write it; he was, in many ways, the Gospel of Life personified.
Any forum on Catholics and civic life ought to keep Evangelium Vitae alive. Literally.
Speaking of JPII and life — his and ours: I fear many who read Witness to Hope might not have bothered with George Weigel’s new book on John Paul II, figuring they’ve pretty much heard the story already. George’s new one, The End and the Beginning, however, is something you want to pick up. (I talked with him about the book here, in case you want a taste first.) Reading his chapter on JPII’s “Last Encyclical” — the Holy Father’s embrace of the Cross at the end of his life, showing us how to die — is not bad preparation for the beatification.