St. John Paul II on the Final Confrontation

St. John Paul II

On April 27, 2014, Divine Mercy Sunday, the late Pope John Paul II (1920-2005), born Karol Józef Wojtyla, was canonized a saint.

To be eligible for canonization by the Catholic Church, two miracles must be attributed to a candidate. If the alleged miracle is a healing, a Vatican commission of doctors must conclude that the healing had no natural (medical) explanation.

Two miracles have been attributed to John Paul’s intercession with God, paving the way for his sainthood.

As reported by Josephine McKenna for Religion News Service, April 24, 2014, the first miracle attributed to John Paul was the apparent healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson’s disease with no medical explanation after praying to the late pontiff soon after his death in 2005.

The second miracle attributed to John Paul was the healing of Floribeth Mora Diaz‘s inoperable brain aneurysm three years ago.

In 2011, Diaz was suffering from persistent headaches and was told by doctors that she had only one month to live. Confined to bed, she lay holding a magazine with a cover photograph of the Polish pope in her home in Tres Rios de Cartago, 12 miles from the capital of San José, Costa Rica. She claimed her prayers were answered when John Paul II appeared to her in a vision on the day he was beatified, May 1, 2011 — the first step on the road to sainthood — after he was credited with his first miracle.

“When I woke up in the morning, I looked at the magazine cover which showed Pope Wojtyla with his arms outstretched. I felt a deep sense of healing. I heard his voice say to me, ‘Get up and don’t be afraid,’” she said, recalling one of John Paul’s signature lines.

In October 2013, Diaz was flown to Policlinico Gemelli, a church-run hospital in Rome, where doctors conducted rigorous tests for two weeks. Her own neurosurgeon was also convinced. “If I cannot explain it from a medical standpoint, something nonmedical happened,” said Dr. Alejandro Vargas Roman. “I can believe it was a miracle.”

Given John Paul’s sainthood, it is of no small significance that in August 1976, the Bicentennial of the founding of the United States of America, then Cardinal Karol Wojtyla gave a talk to Polish Americans at St Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan, where he made the following apocalyptic remarks:

“We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realized this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church … must take up.

It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations.”

Source: here; and Frank Renkiewicz, For God, Country and Polonia: One Hundred Years of Orchard Lake Schools, p. 146.

~Eowyn

5 responses to “St. John Paul II on the Final Confrontation

  1. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most profound post on the important warning of St. John Paul II. We are in the midst of “in your face evil” everywhere. We must, therefore, be true to our Faith, fight for the right and never give up. As St. John Paul II reminded us throughout his life, “Do Not Be Afraid! Praise Christ Jesus!”

  2. You wrote. “after praying to the late pontiff soon after his death in 2005.”

    I thought Jesus was the healer, and we are the donkey carrying Jesus.
    By His wounds you HAVE BEEN healed. 1Peter 2:24
    Luke 10:9 tells US to evangelize by healing.
    Jesus spoke to ALL believers saying “he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these”.John 14:12-14
    Jesus commanded US to “Heal the sick” Matthew 10:8

    But where do we get that power and authority? Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:19 is that we would know that Christians have the power (Holy Spirit) that raised Jesus from the dead living on the inside of us.

    We just need to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.(Romans 12:2) thru the Word to be a conduit for God’s grace. Miracles can flow thru YOU as they have thru me.

    • Richard,

      In my post, I clearly and specifically wrote “John Paul’s intercession with God.” Saints and Angels do what they do ONLY because of and through God’s power. What do you think Saints and Angels do with all their time — nothing less than eternity?

  3. I have read elsewhere that both miracles attributed to John Paul II are suspect. I hope not. But as Pope, John Paul did little or nothing to stem the tide of Modernism, as I see it, and he continued with his plan of false ecumenism.
    And for one who correctly pointed out a coming moral apocalypse, I do not believe John Paul as Pope did much to prepare the Church for it.
    I certainly hope John Paul has been saved. But given all that has happened in the Church since Vatican II, I hesitate to call him a saint. I do not believe the pronouncement to be infallible (as canonizations are supposed to be regarded).

    • Steven, you are wrong. You provide no substantial evidence of how both miracles are “suspect”. You provide no substantial evidence of how “John Paul did little or nothing to stem the tide of Modernism,” and finally, you provide no substantial evidence of St. John Paul’s “false ecumenism.”

      St. John Paul II literally, with Ronald Reagan, brought down Communism in Eastern Europe. Throughout his priesthood, he fought the evil philosophies of Nazism and Communism. I could go on and on about his goodness and love exhibited in his word and actions. Everything he did was for Our Lord Jesus Christ.

      But you and Richard have missed the point saying nothing about the substance of St. John Paul II’s prediction and how relevant it is today. Both you and Richard put your own spin on things missing the substance of Dr. Eowyn’s post. I knew that this wonderful post prepared by Dr. Eowyn would be subject to minimalized thinking and prejudice against the Catholic Church, clearly insulting the Church Triumphant.

      Remember what Alexander Pope said, “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

      I end my comment with the wonderful message of St. John Paul II:
      “Do Not Be Afraid! Praise Be Jesus Christ!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s