Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II by George Weigel
By George Weigel
George Weigel, writer of Witness to pray, may be giving a sequence of lectures in Oxford, London, Manchester, and Birmingham in mid-February. The definitive, authoritative biography of Pope John Paul II, with remarkable co-operation from the Pope, together with entry to the Holy Father's papers. A groundbreaking portrait of the Pope as a guy, thinker, non secular chief and political determine destined to develop into a vintage. The authoritative biography of 1 of the singular figures --some may possibly even argue, the singular determine of the 20 th century. John Paul II's existence is full of drama; his existence is additionally replete with difficult principles, whose energy is available in half from the sensational personality of Wojtyla's existence and the integrity with which he has lived it. Even his critics concede that John Paul II occupies a distinct position at the global degree on the finish of this bloody century, and that he has positioned down markers that nobody can forget about or stay away from as humanity becomes a brand new millennium fraught with either hazard and threat. This e-book contains formerly unpublished primary-source documentation of an old caliber. The Pope is a guy of prodigious strength, and has performed a vital, but heretofore unknown function, during this century's such a lot momentous occasions, together with the autumn of communism, the Holy Sea/Israel negotiation of 1991-92, the disintegration of the Nicaraguan, Chilean, and Paraguayan regimes in the course of the Nineteen Eighties, and the unparalleled papal stopover at to Cuba. This biography explains the way it is this "man from a miles country," as he describes himself to the Roman crowds at the evening of his election, had performed all of that, and what his accomplishments could portend for the way forward for either the Church and the realm. Tues 18th Feb - The Chaplaincy (sp?), Oxford Wed nineteenth Feb - Westminster Cathedral Thur twentieth Feb - Manchester collage Fri twenty first Feb - Oratory, Birmingham
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as advised by means of the author,was hardly ever the case. we've modern snap shots of Francis displaying in a different way in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries similar to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back recommended through the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this kind of small city, it'll were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no list of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is true referring to Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As an issue of heritage, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the magical existence - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a notice indicates a way of life which can rarely painting the Francis of Assisi of old checklist. sure, he went to conflict yet we don't have any suggestion of what he did. He may have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not be aware of. We do understand he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as move at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted through a magical occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight? " as recommended via the writer. Francis concept another way. the matter right here seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If something could be stated approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not reside as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to ensure a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably notion as such a lot medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century prior. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't really to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being valuable till the Muslims accredited the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by means of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this skill, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many strong books on Saint Francis. this isn't one among them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which may understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to assert this isn't stable background. it's sloppy heritage reflecting the emotions of the current into the prior. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of heritage yet supply it one famous person for the canopy and one celebrity for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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Extra info for Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II
His faith is Karol Wojtyła, at the most profound level of his personhood. This intense rootedness can be startling, even disturbing, in a world in which assembling a personality from bits and pieces of conviction—religion here, politics there; morals here, aesthetics there—is one of the hallmarks of modernity. ” His life, forged in the furnace of the great political and intellectual conflicts of the twentieth century, is an embodiment of that proclamation, just as his teaching is an explanation of the sources of his fearlessness and his public ministry is the action implied by it.
10 The universality of Karol Wojtyła’s interests and concerns is thus a function of his particular, specific, and radical Christian commitment. It is important to clarify the meaning of “radical” here, for as it applies to Karol Wojtyła, it does not mean “further left” (on the conventional left/right spectrum) but deeper. ” To see Wojtyła as a “Christian radical,” then, is to try to understand his radicalism as an example of what the American philosopher Alfred North Whitehead once described as the simplicity that lies on the far side of complexity.
APRIL 13, 1929 ■ Emilia Kaczorowska Wojtyła, Lolek’s mother, dies. ” MAY 1929 ■ Lolek’s first holy communion. SEPTEMBER 1930 ■ Lolek enters secondary school. DECEMBER 5, 1932 ■ Edmund Wojtyła, Lolek’s older brother, dies. FALL 1934 ■ Lolek begins to perform in local theatrical productions. FEBRUARY 1936 ■ MAY 3, 1938 ■ MAY 27, 1938 ■ AUGUST 1938 ■ SPRING 1939 ■ JUNE 1939 ■ JULY 1939 ■ Karol Wojtyła begins intense work with avant-garde theatrical director Mieczysław Kotlarczyk. Karol Wojtyła is confirmed.