St. John Paul II

Cartoon Roundup: the St. John Paul II Edition

I nabbed these cartoons forever ago, when St. JPII died, and I ran them on my blogspot blog a few years later.  I still think they’re great, and today seemed like a great day to re-run them:

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This picture and this quote seemed to capture him nicely.  And it’s a great reminder that death is not the end.

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This is a particularly famous quote of his.  I love it because FAR too many people seem as if they need to be reminded that the sky is NOT falling at any given time.  And I love the silhouette + quote layout – simple and sweet.

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“We are the light of the world, may our light shine before all, that they may see the good that we do and give glory to God.”  ~Jean Greif, “We are the Light of the World”  I am generally not one for Biblical references, mainly because they tend to get overused, tired out, and/or used to bludgeon the heathen unbelievers (or Catholics, those idol-worshipping demonspawn), but this Matthew 5:14 reference is very poetic here – when St. JPII died his earthly light went out.  But see also the first picture above – death is not the end.

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And another Biblical reference – this time Matthew 25:21.  Usually when I see this verse applied to someone contemporary it comes across as insufferably arrogant, but somehow it feels okay to do this for a canonized pope.  This is definitely my favorite use of this particular verse that I have seen.

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And I saved my favorite for last – St. JPII was famous for kissing the ground everywhere he went, and I love the imagery of him stopping to kiss the ground even before entering the gates of Heaven.

Happy St. John Paul II Feast Day!

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Happy St. John Paul II Feast Day!

So this is the first modern saint that I have any sort of passing familiarity with.  In reading about his life and living through his papacy, it is very clear that his canonization was well-deserved.  And WOW was it exciting to see the canonization fast-track!  I had no idea Church bureaucracy could move so fast.

Anyway, in his honor today I am sharing a somewhat old video of St. JPII quotes autotuned to the song “Dynamite” –

You really do want to watch all the way through to the end.  The beginning is very clunky and not all that pleasant to listen to, in my opinion, but by the middle it had definitely grown on me.  And when I say “watch” I do mean that – there’s some very heartwarming clips in there.  My favorite is the one where St. JPII is speaking somewhere in front of a microphone, a toddler comes crawling up to him, and before one of the other priests can grab the toddler out of the way, St. JPII has already picked him up with a big smile.

Anyway – enjoy!