There comes a time in all of eternity when God looks out at us through human eyes.
Karol Wojtyla, John Paul II, looked upon all of us with the eyes of love, and it was through his eyes that we could see the measure of God's love for all of us. He loved us as a father loves his children, and it was out of a father's pure and unconditional love that he spoke to us of his faith in all of us, and how he wanted nothing less than our true happiness, the happiness that can only be found in God.
I have often wondered how such a pure and loving soul could have been born into this troubled world -- how could Heaven bear to send him down into a world where greed often reigned over generosity, and where the voice of cynicism spoke louder than the voice of compassion? Now I see that God, in His wisdom, shared John Paul II with us to show us -- bayond any doubt -- that there is, in all of us, the capacity to love people with a love that is truly beyond imagining. Karol Josef Wojtyla was born into this world to show us that there is in all of us the light of Christ, and that miracles are not events, but the people through whom God embraces us with His timeless, unconditional and unending love.
The world is an immeasurably lonelier place for me without Papa Karol. In a sense, I have lost both my fathers -- my father died in 1999, and since he and Papa Karol shared the same birthday, I must now live with the loss of my second father. But I am blessed to have had both of them in my life, to remind me that it is still possible to believe that in a world filled with uncertainty, there are still those who we know we can look to with absolute trust and love and faith. The only way that we can possibly thank God for sharing Papa Karol with us is if we can live his message of love, tolerance, compassion, respect and forgiveness, in every moment of our lives, and in everything we do.
Pray God that when it is my time to take that final journey, I shall see, at the journey's end, my two fathers -- Guillermo and Karol Josef -- smiling at me, to welcome me home, and to stand with me when I look upon the face of God ... the face of Love.