Michael S. Rose in his new book Priest: Portaits of Ten Good Men Serving the Church Today communicates the virtuous institution of the priesthood by telling the stories of ten faithful priests who are living examples of holiness, sacrifice, and love of God.
Shortly after Pope John Paul IIs difficult September pilgrimage to Slovakia, I received an e-mail from a Polish friend, a poet and longtime friend of the Popes. In language whose insight and sincerity of feeling more than compensated for its deficiencies in grammar, my friend described what he had witnessed:
This Halloween, when I go trick-or-treating with my nephews, I'm dressing as an 18th-century Russian-born priest. Halloween is supposed to be about what's scary, and what Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin encountered - called by the Baltimore Catholic Review the "truest ghost story ever told" - sounds scary enough.
The Christian story is not simply one among many possible accounts of the way things are. Rather, Wojtyla has long been convinced and his pontificate is a series of variations on this one great theme that the story of the Church is the story of the world, rightly understood.
Here is a translation of John Paul II's homily during the beatification Mass for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, celebrated Sunday October 19, 2003 in St. Peter's Square. The text was read by Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, substitute for general affairs of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and by Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay, India.
There was once a young man whose parents, in an attempt to improve the family's finances, purchased a large house that was to be used as a school for young ladies.