Saturday, May 18, 2002

Happy Birthday to Pope John Paul II --82 today!

I sent the pope a birthday card almost 20 years ago, and included in it a passage from Scripture in Polish that I copied out of a Polish New Testament that was my Great-Grandfathers. The pope's secretary responded to my letter by including a crucifix blessed by the pope. Here in English was the Scripture that I sent the pope in the Card:

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you girded yourself and walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go. (John 21:18)

Of late, I am in almost daily contact with a Jewish woman, a close friend of the pope's. In a private audience with him this past January she had him write in a book that I had written the Preface to--there is a picture of what he wrote here.

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