Summary of today’s show: Today, April 2, marks the anniversary of the death of Blessed Pope John Paul II in 2005 and Scot Landry, Michael Lavigne, and Domenico Bettinelli discuss the legacy of the late Holy Father for the “John Paul generation,” including some of their personal memories of the pope they knew for their whole lives.
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Today’s host(s): Scot Landry
Today’s guest(s): Michael Lavigne and Domenico Bettinelli
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Today’s topics: Reflections on Blessed John Paul II
1st segment: Scot Landry welcomed everyone to the show and noted that today is the anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II and we’ll talk about the impact of this Pope on what’s called the John Paul Generation.
Scot welcomed Michael Lavigne and Domenico Bettinelli to the show. He said in the past couple months we’ve talked about Pope Benedict and Pope Francis a lot but there hasn’t been a lot of mention of John Paul and we’ll talk about him today.
Scot, Michael, and Dom first related the times they first became aware of or encountered Pope John Paul II. Michael did through the book “Crossing the Threshold of Hope”; Dom remembered the visit of Pope John Paul II to Boston in 1979; and Scot remembered when Pope John Paul II was elected and how joyous his Polish neighbors in Lowell were at the election.
They talked about his encounter with more than 1 billion people during his pontificate and the millions of who came to see him in Rome.
Scot, Dom, and Michael all talked about the saints that Blessed John Paul named, including Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
2nd segment: Scot discussed his three personal encounters with John Paul II as did Michael. Dom then talked about the story of his brother John and his family meeting the Holy Father, especially his two-year-old nephew.
They discussed John Paul as the youth minister par excellence and how he preached to all as if they were themselves youth with profound hope.
Scot and Michael and Dom discussed their favorite works by John Paul II: Novo Millenio Inuente, Evangelium Vitae, Familiaris Consortio, and Pastores dabo Vobis. The latter was on the proper formation of priests.