My Heart is Too Small

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I ran across this remarkable and beautiful story from the Nigerian Daily Independent. It starts out thus:

Benedict XVI: One Year On The Papacy

By Michael Uchebuaku

“Nobody is so poor that he has nothing to give, and nobody is so rich that he has nothing to receive.”
-John Paul II

A man of God asked a small boy, “My child, do you love God?”

“Oh yes, sir!”

“Do you love him with all your heart?”

“No, my heart is too small for that. I love Him with all His heart.”

For men like Pope Benedict XVI who love God with all their hearts, April 2, 2006 was the day to remember the life of one of the world’s greatest moral and spiritual leaders. The grand moral icon was Pope John Paul II who died on April 2, 2005.

It was Kant, the German philosopher, who said that the only bad thing in the world is a bad will. Thus, the first anniversary of the death of the departed supreme Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II was celebrated with great joy both within the Catholic Church and in the international community as a time to remember a man of towering hope and courage, who, through a life of immense faith and love, tried to impress good will and compassion on a world disfigured by bad will and conflict.

“John Paul died as he lived, moved by an indomitable courage of faith,” Pope Benedict told tens of thousands of people from around the world who flocked to the Vatican last Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II and pray that he be made a saint soon. Pope Benedict said his predecessor had “left a deep mark on the history of the Church and of humanity,” and added that John Paul suffered without complaint, like Christ.

It seems inconceivable to imagine such a story being printed in, say, the New York Times, doesn't it? It is a wonderful tribute to our late Holy Father.

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