Gift and Mystery

Pope John Paul II

A perfect gift and a glorious celebration of the life of this much loved Pope. On the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination Pope John Paul II told the story of his vocation, relating memories of his innermost experiences and above all recalling his thoughts in order to thank the Lord. This is a smartly-produced book including charming illustrations of the churches and places that were important to him.

The outbreak of the war took me away from my studies and from the University. In that period I also lost my father, the last remaining member of my immediate family. All this brought with it, objectively, a progressive detachment from my earlier plans; in a way it was like being uprooted from the soil in which up till that moment, my humanity had grown. But the process was not merely negative. At the same time a light was beginning to shine ever more brightly in the back of my mind: the Lord wants me to become a priest. One day I saw this with great clarity.”

978 0385 40966 7

114 pages  Illustrated


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