Exactly 3 years ago John Paul 2 died. My whole country froze for a while. People went out on the streets to pray and cry together. This is the "JP2 generation". This is the generation that has seen political independence for the first time after WWII, and John Paul was one of the main reasons they did. In 1979 he visited Poland for the first time. Still communistic oppression.
This is how the lines looked to buy anything. (I remember during my vacation time I had to stand in a line twice a week at 5 am till they opened the store, at about 10 am, just in case something was delivered).
An then we had a Polish pope who came to visit. The governmental, regime TV(we only had 2 channels, showing only about 8 h of programs on each) was showing the main parts of His pilgrimage, but the directions for the Media crew filming the meetings was strict: do not show the masses of people, only the close ups. The militia was everywhere.
John Paul landed in Warsaw and this afternoon He preached about the Holy Spirit on the Victory Square in Warsaw. 1 mln people showed up.
There he spoke words that changed the world in consequence.
I wołam ja, syn polskiej ziemi, a zarazem ja - Jan Paweł II, papież, wołam z całej głębi tego tysiąclecia, wołam w przeddzień Święta Zesłania, wołam wraz z wami wszystkimi: Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! I odnowi oblicze ziemi. Tej Ziemi!” (Jan Paweł II, Warszawa, 2 czerwca 1979 r.)
And I, the son of Polish land, and at the same time I - John Paul II, the pope, I am crying out from the depths of this millennium, I am crying at the dawn of Pentecost, I am crying with all of you:
May Your Spirit come!
May Your Spirit Come!
And change the outlook of land,
If you would ask people who were present there or those who watched TV what happened there, a lot of them would respond that that was the day their hope for freedom returned.
I watched Pope's visit then on TV. I remember that when He landed on Polish soil I knelt down (in front of TV, 13 years old) and prayed. Something happened then. It was like an awakening moment. I did not know how to describe that then. Even today I am not sure. Sense of worth, courage, hope, patriotism, a new beginning.
One year later "Solidarity" movement in Poland started. This was the beginning of the end for Communism as we knew it.
There is so much more I can share about this man...
His last words were: Let me go to the House of the Father. When He died, people were crying and clapping hands, missing Him and giving thanks to God for His life.
In Polish language "saint" and "holy" are one and the same word "swiety" (sh'vyeen-tee). So God is "swiety" and the saints are "swiety".During His memorial service, before it even began, people were carrying signs with the words: SUBITO SANTO, which is: SAINT NOW. Swiety juz teraz.