• May 12, 2011

Beatification of Pope John Paul II:
Heaven on Earth

For the mag­nif­i­cent day of the beat­i­fi­ca­tion of Pope John Paul II, on Sunday May 1, Heart’s Home could not fail to be pre­sent. From dif­ferent regions of France and Italy, we came to live this great moment for the entire Church. Here is how Guillaume - member of the Molokai Fraternity - describes what he calls “An expe­ri­ence close to the heavens and the earth” :

“It was after a sleep­less night of tug of war that we arrived at the foot of the obelisk, the cen­tral point of St. Peter’s Square in Rome. How deep was our aston­ish­ment to see the Church rep­re­sented by these thou­sands of faithful, come to cel­e­brate with the Holy Father the beat­i­fi­ca­tion of our beloved Pope John Paul II! We were par­tic­u­larly touched by the influx and the fervor of the Polish people who came to cel­e­brate “their” Pope.

It is with great joy and great emo­tion, that the image of the Blessed, clinging to the facade of the basilica, was unveiled. “John Paul II is blessed!” pro­claims the Pope Benedict XVI at the begin­ning of his homily. Imagine the thou­sands of faithful, most of whom have known the Holy Father, answer to this event by a mul­ti­tude of loud applause!

It was for us a pro­found expe­ri­ence of prox­imity, in the com­mu­nion of saints: he was with us a few years ago; today he is always pre­sent and never ceases to repeat "Do not be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ!”

Guillaume de Laage, Molokai Fraternity

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