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John Paul II: Man of the 20th Century


Carly Andrews - published on 04/24/14

“After he was shot in St. Peters Square John Paul II went to Fatima,” he explained, “now everyone knows about the bullet that he put in the crown of the Virgin. But what he said there was very important. On May 13 1982, he said that ‘in the designs of providence there are no mere coincidences.’”

Weigel explained that this phrase encompasses a “facet of a great Divine design that we just haven’t understood yet.”

He emphasised that a person who really believes this and lives according to it is one “who refuses to submit to the tyranny of low expectations.”

“And when we look at his life,” he continues, “who would have thought in 1978 that 10 years later the Berlin wall would have fallen? Who would have thought that the Philippines and other countries like in Latin America would have made these profound transitions in their lives?”

“And I think that’s the kind of legacy he has left us: of not submitting to the possible…Don’t think too low! Don’t think too narrowly!”

“God is not through with surprises in history yet,” he concluded.

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