Perhaps the late Karol Wojtyla was meant to live to become a priest, a Pope, who took the name John Paul II, and a saint.
Even before he was laid to his final resting place, 6 years ago, Pope John Paul II was so loved and worshipped by the Christian world that when his coffin was carried through St. Peter’s Square people were chanting: “Santo subito! Santo subito!”
All around the world a young generation became his avid followers believing in his genuine holiness and secretly reverberating the same chants in their hearts.
The chants became a prophecy, for on May 1, 2011, in Vatican City, John Paul II will be beatified, bringing him one step away from sainthood.
Just weeks after taking over, Pope Benedict XVI – his successor and intimate friend – launched the process waiving the normal five-year waiting period, which essentially put John Paul on a fast track to sainthood.
Benedict knew that John Paul’s character and achievements were gifts of God and were indisputable.
A condition required for beatification was for a miracle to happen and after a thorough review and investigation they found one in the story of Sister Marie Simon-Pierre who had been praying to John Paul II for cure of her Parkinson’s disease, which she had been suffering for four years, and was healed.
Two months after the pope passed away, the nun said she awoke one morning, to the shock of her doctor, feeling reborn and capable of performing previously difficult tasks, such as walking and writing. This happened on June 2, 2005. It will be noted that John Paul II suffered also from Parkinson’s disease.
The Congregation for the Causes of Saints said Vatican-appointed doctors “scrupulously” studied the case and found that the nun’s cure had no scientific explanation.
Benedict declared then that the cure of the French nun was a miracle.
After the beatification ceremony on May 1st, John Paul II will be considered “blessed” and can be publicly honored or venerated in his native country, Poland, only.
Another miracle is needed to declare John Paul II a saint to be venerated around the world.
Let us all pray it won’t be long.