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He started out as the only pope that could snow ski. That was LONG before he developed Parkinson’s. John Paul the Second in the end, showed us how to suffer well. It was his way of sharing in the suffering of Christ. Somebody pointed out to me that even his shepherd’s cross was “bent”. Each pope gets to make his own unique cross and staff to carry. Early in his time as pope, long before he knew he would have Parkinson’s, John Paul had chosen a “bent” crucifix as his emblem. Now the little stooped man with the crooked, and bent cross has become a symbol of strength to many, including non-catholics like myself. He didn’t let the disease define him, but defined himself in how he responded to suffering.


Written by martyworld

August 8, 2011 at 3:36 am

Posted in Parkinson's

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    Al G

    August 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm

  2. I think the amazing thing was the “bent cross”…


    August 8, 2011 at 10:26 pm

  3. Yeah, a perfectly iconic symbol!

    Al G

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm

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