John Paul II
Anthony Lane Stahlhut
Age Rating: 4 +
The lights went out in Rome tonight.
John Paul II took his last breath of air.
Parishioners spread the word of his death
and it radiated throughout the square.
The word of his passing circled the earth.
An outpouring of love for the Papal.
He brought people together to teach of the father
and will surely be missed by us all.
John Paul was known for his moral character
and stood fast on his beliefs about life.
He was not secluded, from any evils
for his time, did show him much strife.
Given life in the twenties, by a teacher and tailor
he saw many misfortunes in his days.
His sister, mother and brother died early
so he devoted time to poetry and plays.
His father wanted John Paul to be strong
and commit to God, the life that he had.
John Paul studied hard to learn all that he could,
but in the process, he buried his dad.
John Paul continued to pursue the priesthood
and in Krakow he was finally ordained.
He traveled the world to give hope and faith
and stop any prejudice that remains.
He was known in Poland as Karol Wojtyla,
changed to Pope John Paul II in seventy eight.
Became a leader of Christians and all men,
his father knew he was destined to be great.
John Paul II will be remembered forever,
for he has given us so many things.
I know for one that I will see his face
each time that the church bell rings!
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(FYI: No, not Roman Catholic here. Evangelical.) I've always been of two minds on JPII. He had a hand in helping win the Cold War, no question. But when it came to the part about fishers of men, he seemed inclined to catch-and-release. I do like Papa Ratzy a lot better, as he seems willing to take on some of the things JPII was perhaps too gentle-hearted to do. Both he and BXVI are Augustinians, and that is a good trend, I think. BXVI has a tough job ahead, trying to save Europe with some very old and worn tools. I wish him well.
The memory of John Paul II will always be with me because he was the only pope I've ever had (so to speak)! He was amazing though.
WOW this is a really great poem! Even though I'm not Catholic (I'm christian) I thought that he was a good person because he was doing work for Christ and was very peaceful.
Mary -BrytEyz- Ball
What a legacy... to leave behind so many memories... to have touched so many lives... to have inspired so many dreams. I am not Catholic, but I will always admire the positive efforts of others.
Catholic or not, he embodied all the things we are told will result from being connected to a higher source within oneself: humility, compassion, honesty, acceptance, calmness. He was a peaceful warrior like the Christ he stived to emulate. If only we could realize the man/God in ourselves as well.
I am not Catholic, so do not look upon him same way that a Catholic person might, but I do believe he had a great influence in the world for peace, love and human rights. He was a powerful man in his own way. I'm sure the world is a better place because of his influence.
This poem is a great tribute to him.
ahhh....you made me cry again!
I got a rosary from someone today at work...a very wonderful, wonderful woman, that was blessed by the holy father. And then I hear almost right after that he died, and I started sobbing. He was an amazing man, and I may not be Catholic, but I will always remember, and strive to make him proud.
"I have looked for you and now you have come to me, and I thank you." ~Pope John Paul II, as stated to the youth before his death.
I will never ever forget him. Touching poem, and definitly worthy of a man so great.