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Friday, December 20, 2013

Words of Wisdom on Men...

“Men are like wine-some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”  

-- Bl. Pope John XXIII, born Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, was Roman Pontiff from 1958 to 1963.  Affectionally called the "Happy" or "Good Pope," John XXIII is best known for convening the Second Vatican Council in 1962.  He was a man of wit, good humor, passion, zeal and many surprises, similar to current Pope Francis.  In fact, he caused a stir from the start by choosing the name of John, which had been avoided for 500 years, since an antipope by that name in the 14th Century. 

A learned man of the people, who avoided attention and was known for his humility and "ordinariness," Pope John served as a stretcher-bearer during World War I and saw the harrowing effects of war firsthand.  It may have influenced his deep involvement in finding a peaceful solution to the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. 

He is expected to be canonized alongside Bl. Pope John Paul II on April 27, 2014...

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