John P. Rovetto
  Wantage, United States
 
Thank you to John Paul II
  I sent this to his Holiness two weeks before he died. I'd like to share it with you. Your Holiness, I just wanted to say thank you for a few things. *Thank you for being strong when I was weak. *Thank you for defending the truth when lies were more convenient for me. *Thank you for being God's Vicar here on earth throughout my adult life even when I didn't appreciate it. *Thank you for being more concerned about my soul than my short-term feelings and convenience. *Thank you for believing in our elders when I thought their faith and morality was outdated and irrelevant. *Thank you for believing in our young people when I thought their faith and morality was non-existent. *Thank you for delivering us into a new millennium when I thought it was just another number. *Thank you for extending the church's hand to our separated brethren when I thought there were too many issues to overcome. *Thank you for defending the unborn when I feared that I would be stereotyped and labeled a hypocrite. *Thank you for speaking up for peace when I felt war might be justified. *Thank you for standing for the true dignity of women when I believed they should take on man's worse traits to compete in and validate the male world. *Thank you for not compromising our beliefs when I thought it might be a good idea to appease some of our critics after scandals occurred. *Thank you for reminding us how to love the sinner and hate the sin when I wrote them off. *Thank you for standing for justice when I thought there were many who didn't deserve it. Most of all - Thank you - You are in my prayers. John P. Rovetto
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