Title: Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves
Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Totus Tuus Press
Author: Jason Evert
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary: A brand new biography, featuring never-before published stories.
A French novelist once wrote, “Tell me what you love, and I will tell you who you are.” Although there are countless ways to study Saint John Paul the Great, the most direct route is by entering the man’s heart.
Discover the five greatest loves of Saint John Paul II, through remarkable unpublished stories about him from bishops, priests who organized his papal pilgrimages, his students in Poland, Swiss Guards, and others. Mining through a mountain of papal resources, Jason Evert has uncovered the gems and now presents the Church a treasure chest brimming with the jewels of the saint’s life. Rekindle your own faith by learning what (and who) captivated the heart of this great saint.
Actual Review: Where to even begin? It’s not a story, but yet it reads somewhat like a story. A story about one of the greatest Popes & Saints of our time. Pope Saint John Paul The Great (JP2). JP2 was so beloved and so holy during his life that just weeks after his death, the masses were already calling for his canonization to sainthood. Now typically, for those of you who don’t know, the canonization process normally does not begin until at least 5 years after the person in question has passed on. But his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, decided to waive this waiting period and the process had begun.
This book, His Five Loves, shows exactly why this 5 year waiting period was waived. This memoir/biography about JP2 is split in to two main sections while just being divided into chapters. The first section is a biography of sorts about his life growing up, his priesthood all the way leading up to his election as Pope after JP1 passed away (and predicted that the next one would be JP2, like this guy told the cardinals they would choose again very soon).
Karol Józef Wojtyła was born in Poland in 1920. Which means he was raised during World War 2 and to read about all the trials and tribulations it is clear that this man was blessed from the beginning. To read about his priesthood and just how much he gives to his parish is awe inspiring.And to read about his wit is an absolute delight. For many of us, JP2 died when we were too young to truly understand who this great man was. And this book makes me truly wish he had lived so much longer and that i could have encountered and truly felt his blessings on my life. He is the Pope that did so much for the world and for the Catholic faith.
The second part of the book is about his 5 great loves of his papacy. Each chapter dives deep into his experiences surounding each of these 5 loves during his papacy while still cataloging his timeline and his life in general. These 5 loves give so much insight and inspiration through this great man and makes it extremely clear just how much of a living saint this man was.
He truly is Pope Saint John Paul the Great.