Monday, October 11, 2010
Blessed Pope John XXIII
Each part of his life prepared him for the next. It makes me think of something my mother always said "everything is a stepping stone" meaning each thing we do leads to the next and prepares us for the next.
He went to the seminary at age 12. This was a surprise because his family was very poor. He became a priest, taught at seminary, bishop, archbishop, Cardinal of Venice and then Vatican delegate to Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece and France.
Once elected Pope he called for the history making Second Vatican Council. The council opened on Oct 11 and that is why we celebrate his feast day today and not on the actual date of his death. Pope John is often called "Good Pope John." He had a wondrful sense of humor. Throughout his life, he was always open to the will of God, even when unexpected. May we each be open to the Holy Spirit in our own lives!