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Pope Benedict's Homily at the Beatification of Pope John Paul II


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Pope John Paul II Saw With the Eyes of Faith
Nun miraculously cured of Parkinson's disease. (L'Osservatore Romano Vatican-Pool via Getty Images)

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, miraculously cured of Parkinson's disease through the intercession of Pope John Paul II, holds relics of John Paul II during his beatification, May 1, 2011.

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The text of Pope Benedict XVI's homily at the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, 2011, continued from the previous page:

Today's second reading also speaks to us of faith. St. Peter himself, filled with spiritual enthusiasm, points out to the newly-baptized the reason for their hope and their joy. I like to think how in this passage, at the beginning of his First Letter, Peter does not use language of exhortation; instead, he states a fact. He writes: "you rejoice", and he adds: "you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls" (1 Pt 1:6, 8-9). All these verbs are in the indicative, because a new reality has come about in Christ's resurrection, a reality to which faith opens the door. "This is the Lord's doing", says the Psalm (Ps 118:23), and "it is marvelous in our eyes", the eyes of faith. (continued on next page)

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