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Oct. 22, 2020: St. John Paul II

Oct. 22, 2020: St. John Paul IIOn this memorial of St. John Paul II, it will be helpful for us to study the saint who has influenced his mystical, interior life--St. John of the Cross. 
Young Karol Wojtyla attended Kraków’s Jagiellonian University in 1938 where he studied Polish language, literature, theater, and poetry. He also performed in local theatrical productions, co-founding the Rhapsodic Theater of Kraków. It was during this time that he met his spiritual mentor, Jan Tyranowski, and was introduced to the Carmelite mysticism of St. John of the Cross. This meeting profoundly changed the course of his life, leading him to the priesthood. However, his studies were interrupted when Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939. In order to remain in the country, Karol was forced to work in a stone quarry as well as night shifts at the Solvay chemical plant. During this time, Karol suffered the loss of his father, who died of a heart attack on February 18, 1941. In 1944, he miracul…

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