An inspirational memoir from the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II Following the success of the international bestseller Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II provides the world with a glimpse into his past in RISE, LET US BE ON OUR WAY. Chronicling the years he spent as a bishop and later archbishop in Krakow, Poland through his election as the firstAn inspirational memoir from the recently canonized Pope Saint John Paul II Following the success of the international bestseller Crossing the Threshold of Hope, Pope John Paul II provides the world with a glimpse into his past in RISE, LET US BE ON OUR WAY. Chronicling the years he spent as a bishop and later archbishop in Krakow, Poland through his election as the first Polish Pope in 1978, he recounts everything from communist efforts to suppress the church in Poland to his efforts to adopt a new and more open style of pastoral ministry. With recollections on his life as well as his thoughts on the issues facing the world now, Pope John Paul II offers words of wisdom in this book that will appeal to people of any faith looking to strengthen their spirituality....more
Hardcover, 240 pages
September 28th 2004
by Grand Central Publishing
(first published January 1st 2004)
....a concise biography of St. John Paul II... its very inspiring... his vocation... got to know a little background on Poland's politics during his days... This is a perfect book for those searching their vocations....
Pope John Paul II writes about his time as a Bishop in Krakow and a little bit about being the Pope. I feel this book is meant more for the clergy than for lay people but it still is interesting. One thing that stands out to me is when he decided to become a priest in Poland, he was told by a mentor "not to waste his talents on the priesthood." All I can think of is thank God, he wasted his talents on the priesthood. Can you imagine where the Church would be if he hadn't?
As expected, JPII is very insightful and shows his genuine love for Jesus in this book. He paints a beautiful picture of what it means to be a bishop in the Church. At first, I thought it would be very informative, but I wasn't sure how relevnant I would find it for my own life. I was overwhelmed with what I learned just by reading about this Pope's interactions with his people, and (as I should have known), came away with some beautiful quotes to live by.
At once autobiographical and didactic, this memoir by Pope John Paul II seamlessly weaves together a disarmingly candid account of his time as archbishop of Kraków with a heartfelt meditation on the significance of the episcopal office. His deep and humble character is revealed in his charmingly self-effacing recollections of his experiences leading up to his episcopal ordination. Throughout, he exhibits his profound respect for the significance of the bishop's office, and demonstrates an abidinAt once autobiographical and didactic, this memoir by Pope John Paul II seamlessly weaves together a disarmingly candid account of his time as archbishop of Kraków with a heartfelt meditation on the significance of the episcopal office. His deep and humble character is revealed in his charmingly self-effacing recollections of his experiences leading up to his episcopal ordination. Throughout, he exhibits his profound respect for the significance of the bishop's office, and demonstrates an abiding sense of responsibility towards his role in preserving the apostolic succession and caring for the souls under his care. Written in an informal, leisurely style, and studded with excerpts from his own poetry, this book perhaps provides a closer glimpse into the heart of a great pope than might be had from reading some of his more "official" papal writings or "serious" philosophical works (as wonderful as those are)....more
Pope John Paul II tells stories from his early priesthood. Some of them are covered in the movie John Paul II starring John Voight and Carey Elwes. It was wonderful to get the movie scenes in his own words. As a lay person, I really enjoyed hearing about this great man's life in his voice.
A very good book, written by Saint John Paul II where he describes his life as a bishop in Cracow, with a very simple and explicit vocabulary, very enjoyable and a book that teaches us many aspects of the life inside the Church,.
An interesting read which helped me to gain an inside view of the Catholic Church in all its workings from the eyes of the Pope, and the journey it took for him to become Pope. I feel like alot of this book was lived theology, so I will have to glean from it in a second purusing, but definitely showed me how much He was following Christ in good and bad times.
Wonderful story about John Paul II, as a catholic I loved reading his personal account of his life and PAPAL Life. I was lucky enough to have met him in a small group in July 1993. My cousin in Italy works @ the Vatican and myself and daughters were her guests (60 others) at his summer home. It was a blessed moment in time.
Written for priests and bishops to follow, and for people to have a model for what their priests and bishops should be. Entirely focuses on his time as a bishop and thoughts about how bishops should be. Easy read overall with a solemn tone. He mentions a lot of people but you don't need to keep track of them.
A nice easy read about John Paul II's time as a bishop; chapters are short enough to keep attention, and lots of his interesting perspectives about life as a bishop and his road to the Vatican. He addresses the book towards other bishops, so it is interesting, but not fully applicable to everyone.
Based on your interest for Catholic authors and books on the Catholic faith, you may be interested in this autobiography which gives insights on the former Pope’s ideas on faith and his 46 years as a bishop.
Saint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła.
The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years. Driven by hisSaint Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła.
The Cardinals elected him Pope at the Conclave of 16 October 1978, and he took the name of John Paul II. On 22 October, the Lord's Day, he solemnly inaugurated his Petrine ministry as the 263rd successor to the Apostle. His pontificate, one of the longest in the history of the Church, lasted nearly 27 years. Driven by his pastoral solicitude for all Churches and by a sense of openness and charity to the entire human race, John Paul II exercised the Petrine ministry with a tireless missionary spirit, dedicating it all his energy. He made 104 pastoral visits outside Italy and 146 within Italy. As bishop of Rome he visited 317 of the city's 333 parishes. He had more meetings than any of his predecessors with the People of God and the leaders of Nations. More than 17,600,000 pilgrims participated in the General Audiences held on Wednesdays (more than 1160), not counting other special audiences and religious ceremonies [more than 8 million pilgrims during the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000 alone], and the millions of faithful he met during pastoral visits in Italy and throughout the world. We must also remember the numerous government personalities he encountered during 38 official visits, 738 audiences and meetings held with Heads of State, and 246 audiences and meetings with Prime Ministers. His love for young people brought him to establish the World Youth Days. The 19 WYDs celebrated during his pontificate brought together millions of young people from all over the world. At the same time his care for the family was expressed in the World Meetings of Families, which he initiated in 1994. John Paul II successfully encouraged dialogue with the Jews and with the representatives of other religions, whom he several times invited to prayer meetings for peace, especially in Assisi. Under his guidance the Church prepared herself for the third millennium and celebrated the Great Jubilee of the year 2000 in accordance with the instructions given in the Apostolic Letter Tertio Millennio adveniente. The Church then faced the new epoch, receiving his instructions in the Apostolic Letter Novo Millennio ineunte, in which he indicated to the faithful their future path. With the Year of the Redemption, the Marian Year and the Year of the Eucharist, he promoted the spiritual renewal of the Church. He gave an extraordinary impetus to Canonizations and Beatifications, focusing on countless examples of holiness as an incentive for the people of our time. He celebrated 147 beatification ceremonies during which he proclaimed 1,338 Blesseds; and 51 canonizations for a total of 482 saints. He made Thérèse of the Child Jesus a Doctor of the Church. He considerably expanded the College of Cardinals, creating 231 Cardinals (plus one in pectore) in 9 consistories. He also called six full meetings of the College of Cardinals. He organized 15 Assemblies of the Synod of Bishops - six Ordinary General Assemblies (1980, 1983, 1987, 1990, 1994 and 2001), one Extraordinary General Assembly (1985) and eight Special Assemblies (1980,1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998 (2) and 1999). His most important Documents include 14 Encyclicals, 15 Apostolic Exhortations, 11 Apostolic Constitutions, 45 Apostolic Letters. He promulgated the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the light of Tradition as authoritatively interpreted by the Second Vatican Council. He also reformed the Eastern and Western Codes of Canon Law, created new Institutions and reorganized the Roman Curia. In the light of Christ risen from the dead, on 2 April a.D. 2005, at 9.37 p.m., while Saturday was drawing to a close and the Lord's Day was already beginning, the Octave of Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, the Church's beloved Pastor, John Paul II, departed this world for the Father. On April 1, 2011, he was raised to the glory of the altars and on April 27, 2014 canonized....more