Sunday, April 24, 2011
To Get To Know My Pope (Viva il Papa!)
I missed Pope John Paul II terribly, as if he were my father. I didn't understand Benedict. And though six years passed by since he took office, I really hadn't given him a chance.
So when a friend recommended I read this book, I thought to myself, "perhaps I can see what this man is all about."
The book is a series of interviews by veteran journalist Peter Seewald about every imaginable topic: the state of our natural world, the clergy abuse scandal, and how this man feels about being Pope. If you, like me, had some preconceptions about the pontiff, if you considered him well, clueless about public relations and severe in his approach to life, if you missed the warm media-savvy charm of JP, please read this book.
Suspend whatever impressions of the man you might have picked up from the secular media, from other Catholics (liberal or traditional), from anyone or anything that might have led you to think one way or another about this man. Open your heart and your mind and listen. As you enjoy this Easter day, read the little excerpt here and watch the short book trailer below. Then, buy (or go to the library and check out) this book and let il Papa's words of warmth and wisdom find a place in your heart and soothe your soul. Here is an example of what awaits you,
Seewald asks "What about the Pope? Does he still believe what he believed as a child?"