Monday, October 11, 2010

Blessed Pope John XXIII

I recently "got acquainted" with Pope John XXIII through the book My Life with the Saints by Fr. James Martin. I marvelled at his life (1881-1963) and felt very connected to this holy pontiff. The thing that most impressed me about his story, is that he was very unlikely to have been elected Pope and then once elected, he did several very unexpected things.

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!


  1. Alexandra BlackhurstJune 29, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    Hi Julie! Pope John XXIII is also one of my favorite Popes, as well as John Paul II. Both Popes worked very hard to unite different religions and reached out to all peoples worldwide. Humanity has broken down many barriers to overcome prejudice between genders, countries, cultures, races, but there is still a lot of fear, prejudice and dissent amongst different religious groups. People seem to forget that no matter what their religion may be, there is only one God!!! I really like your Blog, especially about St. Teresa of Lisieux - one of my favorite saints. Keep up the good work! Alexandra Blackhurst - Miami, FL

  2. Alexandra BlackhurstJune 29, 2011 at 1:43 AM

    PS: What a beautiful family you have!!!! May God bless you always!!!