Cardinal Stanislav Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow, and former secretary to the polish pope, honors the tomb of Blessed Pope John Paul II. It was here that I spent time praying with this beloved saint and asked him to pray for me, to help me find the courage to love the Lord in the manner he did. There was a great peace every time I visited Pope John Paul II in the Eternal City this past summer. I was among countless pilgrims who sought the prayers of this soon-to-be saint.
There was even moment when I snuck through the ropes to simply touch the stone of his tomb as the cardinal did in the picture above. Just as I touched the stone, as a way of connecting with heaven, the security guard graciously asked me to step away!! O those funny memories in the Vatican! Here’s a clip from the Funeral Liturgy of the Successor of Saint Peter as the world bid him farewell on his journey home to God.
Yesterday, when I least expected it, I found this at the front of my room and at that moment, I knew this saint who I visited many times in the Eternal City was with me! I took a moment to pray and thanked the person who gave me this gift only to tell her the story of why this picture and this note means so much.
We all belong to the Communion of Saints and moments like this remind me that God has gathered a family to himself to help us on our way home to heaven. May we remember those who intercede for us to Jesus as we move into the busiest part of the year!