by Anura Guruge
1/ John Paul II: Fastest beatification — ever. January 15, 2011 post.
2/ John Paul II beatification schedule. April 23, 2011 post.
3/ John Paul II new tomb goes against his will. April 24, 2011 post.
4/ Bl. John Paul II relics. May 2, 2011 post.
5/ Images of Bl. John Paul II’s new, above ground tomb. May 3, 2011 post.
Peruvian president, Alan Garcia, has publicly stated on Peruvian TV that the killing of bin Laden, on May 1, 2011, should be considered as the first miracle of Bl. John Paul II (#265) — whose beatification took place earlier that day. [I cannot find whether President Garcia was one of the 51 heads of state that attended the beatification ceremonies on Sunday, May 1, at the Vatican.] It is not clear whether President Garcia ran this by the White House before appearing on TV.
To be honest, push comes to shove, I prefer this supposed miracle to the one already credited to the blessed pope — i.e., that of curing French, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, of Parkinson’s disease following prayers directed to the pope. Yes, my mother, who also lived in France, suffered from Parkinson’s and prayed to the pope (and others). I am also think that she had met the pope at least twice (but that was probably before she was afflicted with Parkinson’s). But, what really bothers me about this miracle has to do with the age old adage: physician heal thyself. The pope’s stoic suffering in his latter days is hailed by many as a worthy example to us all. But, we all remember images of the pope being visibly irked by the cruel vagaries of Parkionson’s (as my mother used to be too). So this Parkinson’s cure bothers me. The pope at a minimum should have sought short-term, temporary respites …
That the newly blessed pope, who was alive in 2001, is getting credit for this rather than a even higher authority seems incongruous to me … but that could just be me.
A pope being credited with facilitating the killing of a human doesn’t faze me much — I studied the Crusades. That the Crusades weren’t as successful as the pope’s would have liked, though there were at least 60 papal saints up there to intercede, is just another enigma to me — one of thousands that I try to contend with.
Since Algardi is one of my favorite sculptors, the notion of deceased popes, flying about, wielding swords, ready to kill enemies, is a concept I am familiar with.
There are obviously other questions that come to MY mind — but that, I appreciate, is really just my own problem. On that day in September 2011, per my counting, there were at least 78 sainted popes and 10 blessed popes up there. If the newly blessed John Paul II can have such an immediate impact, it seems strange to me (and again, I confess, that this is my own peculiar daemons), that none of these ex-popes, let alone anyone else up there, did not feel that it was their ‘duty’ — if that is the right word — to intercede. Yes, I know. Free Will.
I won’t even explore the sons of Abraham aspect since most won’t even know what I am talking about. C’est la vie.
I am also not sure whether this means that Bl. John Paul II, as with his unprecedentedly energetic travels, creations and canonizations, will now be performing geo-political miracles on a regular basis. Maybe he could help President Obama (not to mention me) with the economy. Maybe get the Dow up to 14,000 by year end?
So, this is good news. Stay tuned and hope for MORE.