As I write these words, it is the 100th birthday of the great pope, St. John Paul II.
I feel a close connection to him and have been thinking about him, praying for his intercession, reflecting on how his life has inspired me in my ministry.
I was ordained a priest two months before he was elected pope in 1978, and he appointed me a bishop in 2001. In December 2004, he named me an archbishop, just a few months before he died.
St. John Paul reminded all of us that the reason for our lives is to know Jesus, to love him, and to share his life with others.