Food For Thought
This is a bit dated in that it goes back to the spring when the world was mourning the passing of Pope John Paul II, but i just came across this post from funkstille.
i include an excerpt as something to ponder :
How does Karol Wojtyla become John Paul the Great? John Paul the Great. . . Ayn Rand would say he'd been cut from the scarlet cloth, I suppose, there's no other way. But despite cutting a Fountainhead-like figure, Karol Wojtyla would never have had a place among Miss Rand's modern heroes. After all, Karol Wojtyla became the head Witch Doctor. Forget that.
So was he JP II from birth? Or was his greatness contingent upon some of those little brush stokes in life, the moments and the people we'll never know about that kept deflecting the slider down into the slot, again and again, until it was all set up for a Babe Ruth swing.
After watching the world express their thanks to John Paul, I wonder in what exact directions John Paul would have wanted to extend his thanks, assuming that The Pope could recall, or even fully know, all of the inconsequential moments that were responsible for dragging him beyond the life of Karol Wojtyla.