I will never forget hearing St. John Paul II preach at two World Youth Days. Today is his feast day. Being officially declared a saint by the Church doesn’t mean that a person was without flaws, it means that he or she lived a life of extraordinary holiness and is now in Heaven. For more, read James Martin in The Wall Street Journal: Do We Still Need Saints? Watch two videos on the life of St. John Paul II and read some of his preaching on Jesus here:
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” -St. John Paul II