According to a recent article in the Catholic News Agency, perhaps up to 5 million people will be attending the canonization ceremony next month. I will be attending myself, and have to admit to anxiety about the heaving crowds that are expected! Of course I am thrilled to be present for JPII, but am also very much looking forward to seeing our rock star holy father, Pope Francis!
 
 
A great article from Forbes.com- "The Most Undervalued Leadership Traits of Women," is a superb testament to the feminine genius in action. I love how the author discusses a woman's entrepreneurial skills as well as her mothering skills; it is not an "either/or" but a "both/and" combination that keeps society and families going!
 
 
An expansive and fresh interpretation of JPII's 'Theology of the Body' which I highly recommend! It is written in a down-to-earth, informal style that  brings John Paul's masterpiece down to brass tacks. Buy in bulk and give out to your friends, it is transformational! http://www.emilystimpson.com/these-beautiful-bones-an-everyday-theology-of-the-body.html
 
 
Soon to be St John Paul II, pray for us! Happy feast day, Papa- we love you!
 
 
JPII most likely to be canonized in April of next year, at least according to the National Catholic Register in this article just out today. April 27 is Divine Mercy Sunday...the Divine Mercy devotion of course being associated with St Faustina, whom JPII canonized himself in 2000.

I have already booked my hotel in Rome and am absolutely thrilled! Pope John XXIII will also be canonized at the same ceremony. JPII and Blessed John XXIII, pray for us!
 
 
I've just heard a great podcast last night on the "Among Women" website: 'A Theology of Women and New Feminism Beneath a Guiding Star.'
Here is a description of their work-
"The Guiding Star Project is the next stage of the pro-woman & pro-life movement. Join us in creating holistic, comprehensive centers nationwide that provide support for natural means of family planning, fertility care, childbirth, breastfeeding, and family life."

The project's founder, Leah Jacobson, was interviewed and gave a fascinating account of how this idea was revealed to her. Please support this worthy cause!

 
 
As you may have heard , Pope Francis announced at the close of WYD in Rio that Krakow, Poland would be the next host city. Of course they are thrilled! Already a website is up and running, www.krakow2016.com.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Metropolitan of Krakow and former secretary of John Paul II said, “World Youth Days have always been linked to the great figure of John Paul I,” and the Archbishop hoped that “in the future we will be able to honour his birthplace as the homeland of a saint.  World Youth Day will therefore be a big day for Blessed John Paul II, a 'thank you' for his existence, for the person he was, for the love he showed young people and for all that he left behind – a great legacy we are still enjoying today.” 

JPII himself launched World Youth Day in 1984, held in Rome.
 
 
This workshop, ' Blessed JPII and the Role of the Family,' will be presented June 10-14 in Houston, TX, at St Michael's Catholic Church. How I would love to attend, but am making my summer trek to England during that time! If you attend and would like to report back on the workshop, please let me know and I will happily post your thoughts here!
 
 
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"Verily"...a provocative new kind of magazine for women...check out this article about Dr Brill, real life rocket scientist! - "Dr Brill and Equal Ledes For All"

 
 
This page from a Krakow tourist site has a 360 degree video of the crypt, definitely worth a look! The paintings of JPII are of Marian shrines significant to him, and the central altar contains a relic- a vial of his blood.
http://www.krakow-info.com/JPII-sanctuary.htm