- Posted by Lin Wilder
- On October 29, 2013
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He fascinates me, this Karol Wojtyla, the man who would be Pope: This was so long before I had any inkling that I would become a Christian Catholic.
I recall vividly my reaction to a mid-eighties article in Harper’s Magazine. The journalist wrote about Pope John Paul’s trip to Denver for what the Pope called, World Youth Day.
I no longer remember the actual year nor the actual number of the millions of young people who attended that week long event. I remember only my complete sense of bafflement that a man who, to me, personified the dark ages would evoke the thunderous adulation and joy among the many millions of his young participants..
Along with the journalist writing about this new Catholic Pope, I was astounded by his claims about abortion, contraception, sexuality in general. I remember angrily denouncing the man and his views, only dimly aware that my reaction was way out of proportion to an article.
Decades later, I read his forward to the first book he published as Pope: Sign Of Contradiction. And I understand, only now, why the then Cardinal Wojtyla chose to title the series of talks he gave at the Lenten Retreat in March, 1976 to Pope Paul Vl and his co-workers, Sign Of Contradiction.
This man, blessed and burdened with immense grace and wisdom is telling us that Simeon’s prophecy to the infant that the young Mary holds in her arms at the Presentation, will be a sign of contradiction, applies to all who follow Christ:
Behold, he is set for the rise and fall of many in Israel, and as a sign of contradiction; and for your part, a sword will pierce your soul…”
This book I hold reminds me that I too, am called to be a sign of contradiction.