Saint John Paul the Great
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: 2014-03-31
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Discover the five great loves of St. John Paul II through remarkable unpublished stories on him from bishops, priests , students, Swiss Guards, and others. Mining through a mountain of papal resources, Jason Evert has uncovered these many gems, offering a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint’s life. After a brief overview of John Paul’s life, Evert explores in depth his five great loves: Young People, Human Love, The Eucharist, Our Lady, The Cross.
This work is intended to be catechetical, inspiring, and evangelical. By looking at what he loved and why, the goal is to help readers learn more about key aspects John Paul’s life and teachings,
including Theology of the Body, Divine Mercy,Total Consecration, Eucharistic adoration, and redemptive suffering.
Woven throughout the book is an assortment of intriguing stories and facts that most Catholics don’t know about the saint, such as:
- How the communists actually selected him as archbishop
- How a priest stabbed him in Fatima, yet he continued with the liturgy
- How one of Osama Bin Laden’s “best men” nearly murdered him in the Philippines
- How he had conversations with the Virgin Mary
Having grown up with JPII as the only Pope I knew til I was in my twenties, this book is a lovingly nostalgic look at the man who became Pope and won the heart of the youth of the world. Evert does an excellent job of representing the many wonderful qualities of this modern Saint, but the book glosses over problems that JPII could have combatted and didn't (such as the many scandals surrounding indiscretion among the clergy) and problems that he exacerbated (such as the diminishing of the missions by his stance of ecumenism). I would like to see a more balanced treatment of his pontificate, as there is nothing to be gained by glorifying error.