pope john paul ii: beatification?

I am a bit behind on updating this. With projects galore that all required time late this week and staying up all night to watch the funeral, I just haven’t updated.
I’ll start playing catch-up as some very interesting things have happened. First, the Pope’s Last Will was published. Unlike a will to just describe who gets what possessions and whatnot, it is an examination of death. Also, the papal funeral, and the unique liturgical rite, is well-worth examination. This is ignoring the activities of the cardinals during the 4th, 5th and 6th meeting.
However, this caused me to smile so I didn’t want to forget to write about it. In today’s Vatican briefing e-mail, it makes note that Joaquin Navarro-Valls, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, received “countless” questions regarding Pope John Paul II and his beatification process.
Beatification is one step on the route to being declared a saint by the Church. Under rules created by Pope John Paul II (that he bended himself for Mother Teresa’s beatification process), there is a five-year “waiting period” before starting the process. This is to help ensure that we, both the faithful and those who are investigating, do not get too caught up in the emotional aspects. It allows time also to give a proper investigation to ensure there is nothing that would cause great scandal to the faithful’s spiritual guidence if the person is lifted up as being a role model. Many saintly stories are of conversions to the faith and so the mere presence of something questionable does not mean anything; however and in any case, the Church wishes to investigate as fully as possible the life of the proposed saint.
That being noted, the Vatican Press Office is receiving question after question regarding when will the process start for Pope John Paul II.
What I really enjoyed was the response by Navarro-Valls in which he did not mention anything of what I just said above about a normal waiting period. His response was simply that it is completely up to the new pope.
Bishop Aymond of Austin has said on multiple occasions that he thinks it would be a great thing if the new pope’s first act would be to beatify Pope John Paul II. The Vatican Press Office has helped spark that thought in my mind. There’s a bed calling my name to catch up on sleep, but more entries are on the way.

pope john paul ii: day seven of mourning

Matthew 10:1-4
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
O God,
from whom the just receive an unfailing reward,
grant that your servant John Paul, our Pope,
whom you made vicar of Peter and shepherd of your Church,
may rejoice for ever in the vision of your glory,
for he was a faithful steward here on earth
of the mysteries of your forgiveness and grace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

pope john paul ii: day six of mourning

Today’s prayer is going online early. With the Pope’s funeral in the early morning hours and all the crazy things going on, I would rather be early than late as I was today. The Pope’s will has been published and so expect comments on it in the next day or so.

A reading from the Encyclical Letter Ut Unum Sint (That All May Be One) nos. 92-93 of Pope John Paul II
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
All-powerful God,
you made Pope John Paul II, your servant,
the guide of your family.
May he enjoy the reward of all his work
and share the eternal joy of his Lord,
who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever. Amen.

pope john paul ii: day five of mourning

My apologies for this one. I left it in the queue too long…

Luke 22:31-34
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
Lord,
you gave Pope John Paul II, your servant and priest
the privilege of a holy ministry in this world.
May he rejoice for ever in the glory of your kingdom,
where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

pope john paul ii: day four of mourning

A reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Our Father…Hail Mary…Glory Be…
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him.
Father,
in your wise and loving care
you made your servant, John Paul II, Pope and teacher of
all your Church.
He did the work of Christ on earth.
May your Son welcome him to eternal glory,
where he lives and reigns with your for ever and ever. Amen.

pope john paul ii: vatican tv

I’m not sure if this is new or not but you can pull a live feed from Vatican TV online now. The feed, via the Vatican website, is provided in RealMedia and Windows Media Player formats in three bitrates.
On a related note, the Papal Funeral Mass will be presented live at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Austin. Everyone is invited to watch it, starting at 3 a.m. Friday morning. Following that, Bishop Aymond and various priest-concelebrants will celebrate Mass. Lastly, a light breakfast will be provided.