William flew away

May 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Don’t waste your life in doubts and fears: spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the best preparation for the hours or ages that follow it.
Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor (The Splendour of the Truth) changed Fr Emmanuel Mansford’s view of the Pope as a young seminarian. “It’s about moral choices and it resonated with me. I thought this guy is not some man on TV, he loves Jesus and he wants to teach us how to follow him in a concrete way.” For such admirers, beatification and canonisation of the man who brought their faith alive cannot come too soon. Oddie would argue, in any case, that talk of a generational divide is misplaced, and that JP2, like his successor, was concerned with a search for an authentic understanding of Vatican II, at odds perhaps with the aspirations of some of the council’s most enthusiastic supporters, but in fact entirely consistent and continuous with its true spirit. Canonisation would acknowledge a divisive figure but a symbol of renewal and unity. Others, however, wonder whether the JP2 effect may not already be running out of steam. Anna Arco, the chief feature writer at the Catholic Herald, says:

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