His holiness John Paul II was a role model for all of us; especially those in the secular world. It is up to all mankind to live out the example that he left with us as the "Witness To Truth and Hope".
All too often we mistrust our neighbor (domestic and foreign). John Paul II reached out to all corners of the world - to people of every faith and origin; living Saints, all chidren of God regardless of age or infirmity. Catholic and non catholics, atheists and all would hear his voice or read his word. Further evidence of this hope filled and holy life was when John Paul met with his would be assassin. John Paul II also boldly lead the call for human rights and political oppression throughout the world.
Pope John Paul II lovingly embraced the world in many ways during course of his pastoral visits across the world. we in the metro Detroit area lovingly remember his day and a half visit in 1987. We were in Hamtramck, Michigan waiting all night amidst frequent showers just to see the Pope the next morning. Yes, we saw him from about ten feet away. His Pope mobile was coming to a stop right in front of us as he turned and gave us his blessing - what an overwhelming feeling. We are far from alone in this experience. Many a life has been changed by this apostle of God.
He will be with all of us now more than ever as his spirit has likely achieved it's reward in Heaven.
God Bless and keep Pope John Paul II !