Fat Steve's Blatherings

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Why Didn't He Take the Easy Way Out?

      He being the Pope, of course.  An answer, from Gerard Van der Leun:
Ronan Mullen says it well when he writes:

As the Pope approaches the culmination of his suffering, it is easier to see the thematic significance of what was going on all along. John Paul II has been trying to live in imitation of Christ. From the beginning of his papacy, he determined to be a teaching Pope. Yet, to imitate Christ, he knew he must also accept suffering. The case history is as well known to us as that of a well-loved relative. We remember his shooting in 1981 because we saw it on television. We learned of the tumour in his colon, the dislocated shoulder, the broken leg and, finally, the Parkinson's disease. We have seen a person stripped gradually but relentlessly of all those faculties which made him so remarkable to the world's eyes. The man who loved to travel could no longer walk. The actor who loved to gesture could no longer smile. And now the Pope who loved to communicate can no longer speak.

Perhaps not, but I believe that these last days of John Paul will speak volumes, if we have but ears to hear, but not merely about how to die when the fall is all, but how to live when it is always all.

      Both pieces are well worth reading in full.


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