The Legacy of John Paul II

(Please I want all to observe some minute’s silence for the late JOHN PAUL II for a remarkable and memorable twenty-six-papacy reign)

Death do not be proudThough some have called thee mighty and dreadfulBut thou art not soNor yet canst thou kill …And death shall be no moreDeath thou shalt die

JOHN DANNE POET

Death is in evitable, goes the saying of old. An analytical look at the creation of man, (women inclusive), makes me come to the conclusion that dust shall all (no exemption, including myself) return, a “must” happen someday, one day, whichever.

I asked my lovely friend, the meaning of DEATH. And it said, “the end of life”. I really do not understand. I asked him again, this time around, what is LIFE? Replying, it said ” the period between birth and death”. Not confused and convinced, I said to myself, is it true that JOHN PAUL II life have actually ended? (It’s up to you to decide)

And death shall have no dominion.Dead men naked they shall be one with the man in the wind and the west moon;When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,They shall have stars at elbow and foot;Though they go mad they shall be sane,Though they sink through the sea they shall raise again;Though lovers be lost love shall not;And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.Under the windings of the seaThey lying long shall not die windily;Twisting on racks when sinews give way,Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;Faith in their hands shall snap in two,And the unicorn evils run them through;Spilt all ends up they shan’t crack;And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall no dominion.No more may gulls cry at their earsOr waves break loud on the seashores;Where blew a flower may flower no moreLift its head to the blows of the rain;Though they be mad and dead as nails,Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,And death shall have no dominion.

DYLAN THOMAS

Thoughts after thoughts came through my mind. Thoughts of the late John Paul II quotes as regard various sectors of a nation, which is known in business management as PEST.

Among the quotes are:”irresponsibility, injustice and inequality will not achieve peace”, he continued by saying ” the imperative distinction between church and public powers must not let one forget that one as well as the other are directed to man, and the church, expert in humanity cannot give-up inspiring political activities to direct them to the common good of society”POLITICS

“however, this progress not infrequently presents serious problems in relation to respect of human life and the dignity of the person”SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

“the profit motive, even when legitimate, cannot be the principal or even the exclusive motive of business or commercial activity, as such an activity much keep in mind the human factors and is subordinated to the moral exigencies proper to all human action”BUSINESS

“truth and solidarity are two of the most efficacious means available for overcoming hatred, resolving conflict and eliminating violence”THE MEDIA

That’s not all. As history holds, he is the only pontiff that asked for forgiveness, when he said, “let us forgive and ask for forgiveness”. Still preaching on his forgiveness message, he said, “our forgiveness should be motivated only by the love of God and our belief in his unsurpassed mercy”. Siting the Holy Bible, in Ezekiel 36 vs. 24-27, he said, “God’s forgiveness can transform the stony heart of every human being into a natural heart”.

He urges all Christians and non-Christians alike “keeping the Lord as the stronghold of one’s life through personal and communal prayer assures victor for the believer in the time of trial”

Catholics around the globe, the late John Paul II have this for you all ” let us feel ourselves more united than ever in reciting the holy rosary in a particular way for families and for peace in the world”, the virgin, is the first and principal teacher of Christian prayer… in her school, one learn to contemplate the face of the Lord, to assimilate his sentiments and accepts his values with generous consistency.

The late John Paul II changed the Roman Catholic to a truly global church by embracing justice and peace with his papacy first comment “be not afraid”. The world will remember him for his remarkable intellect, energy and enormous power for the true flame of freedom for the past twenty-six years and in time to come.

I implore all to always pray for the late John Paul II in our personal prayers.

May the soul of late John Paul II and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.

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