A most sad and sorrowful day here on earth and a very happy and glorious day in heaven. Pope John Paul the Great, I am confident, left this valley of tears and entered the joy of Paradise on the First Vespers (Evening Prayer I) of Divine Mercy Sunday. Our Lady and Her Divine Son surely greeted the Polish Pontiff with the words: “well done, good and faithful servant.”
His legacy is one of being the personification of the Second Vatican Council. Vatican II called for the revision of the Code of Canon Law, which he did in 1983 and for the revision of the Catechism, which he did in 1992 and he issued the epic encyclical Veritatis Splendor which codified the Natural Moral Law as the basis for moral theology. These three alone, should give him the title Doctor of the Church and his many pastoral visits and efforts to defend the faith for more than a quarter century should also give him the title The Great.
God rest his soul and thank the Lord for giving him to us for the time we had with him.
Father John Trigilio, Jr.
President, Confraternity of Catholic Clergy