The Pontiff.

I got a chance to meet with His Emminence, Pope John Paul II, for the second time in my life. I mean, I’ve seen him in person 10 times now, but I never thought that I’d get another chance to get another blessing from him up close.

What is it about this man that makes you cry the minute he enters a church or a room? I mean, there are thousands of us and when you look around, everyone is experiencing something grand. What is it about him that makes you think, the media is so full of it, his spirit is so strong, he’ll live for another 15 years. What is it about him that makes you want to love Christ more, That makes you want to know God more, that makes you want love and peace in the world?

I mean, is it because he’s just a good, holy man? Is it because he’s been blessed by God in such a way that let’s him speak so many languages, that lets him survive a bullet wound that wasn’t survivable, that lets him break down the walls of communism? What an incredible inspiration he is.

I only wish that I could pray like he does. I only wish that I could have a quarter of his intelligence. You know, I learned that he goes to sleep at midnight every night and gets up no later than 5am every morning. People say that he multitasks as if he were not human. Perhaps that is why his secretary had a heart attack! And with everything he does, he prays. Even his letters and his writing is marked not with numbers but with the first letter of every word in the Hail Mary.

I really needed this trip, to be inspired again. If you’d like to be inspired by his vast writings, go to the Holy See.