I’d like to express to you my conviction that the point of Papal Artifacts’ remembrance of so many dates and anniversaries on this site is for the same reason Pope John Paul II expresses below: these events concerning our pontiffs, saints & blesseds and notable individuals indicate God’s actions in history. Time is sanctified in often dramatic fashion in the events of their lives. And John Paul believed there are no mere coincidences; God is present in all of these circumstances. So we will continue to honor those events by bringing them to you on their anniversaries or as they are happening. —-Father Richard Kunst.
This is such a lovely remembrance of Pope St. John Paul II, and a reminder of the commitment of the Papal Artifacts’ website to bring to your attention significant dates in the lives of our Church, dates, which are, “no mere coincidences,” according to Pope St. John Paul II.
George Weigel, in Witness to Hope, sights John Paul’s conviction that God’s action in history has sanctified time. For Christians, time is no mere chronology; time is the dramatic arena that God chose to enter for the salvation of the world. Anniversaries.. are occasions to bring the depth dimension of history to the surface of Christian consciousness. (Witness to Hope, p. 471)