John Paul II’s 1983 Visit to Poland: Anniversary Reflections

It was sixty years ago that the Hungarian émigré historian, John Lukacs, published his first book, The Great Powers and Eastern Europe, a masterful treatment of the subject, whose conclusion, including an elegy on the lost world he left behind, has haunted me for years.   Surveying the wreckage of that shattered and divided world, he declared that “only the magnetic force of a rejuvenated, remade, and truly united Western Europe, one that has recovered the erstwhile spiritual greatness of that Christian continent, can eventually develop enough attraction to penetrate the steely barriers separating the West from Eastern Europe’s modern police state.”

That was written in 1953, beneath the cloudless skies of the Eisenhower years, which means that thirty-five more years would need to elapse before the world could witness the final and conclusive collapse of the Soviet Empire in Europe.  It all started a quarter century ago, in other words, beginning with the so-called Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia in November of 1989, which smashed the fist of the single-party Communist state, leaving the rest of us, especially those smugly ensconced amid the flesh pots of the capitalist West, in a state of stunned surprise.

How, we asked ourselves, could a people divided for more than forty years by such a massive and impregnable symbol of Soviet sanctioned oppression as the Iron Curtain, come suddenly together in spontaneous and joyous fashion to dance atop the ruins of the Berlin Wall?

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Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC — Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, delivers a talk to  Franciscan University students about Mary’s role in Divine Mercy and how John Paul II was a champion of this message.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC — Mary’s Gift of Mercy: John Paul II and the Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, Director of the Association of Marian Helpers, delivers a talk to  Franciscan University students about Mary’s role in Divine Mercy and how John Paul II was a champion of this message.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

Dr. Alan Schreck — John Paul II: A Teaching Pope

Join Host Michael Hernon, panelists Dr. Regis Martin and Dr. Scott Hahn, and special guest Dr. Alan Schreck, as they discuss the legacy of the writings of John Paul II.

HANDOUT: Get Dr. Schreck’s handout for this episode.

February 2013 Show: “John Paul II: A Teaching Pope”

Dr. Alan Schreck in classFebruary 2013 Show: “John Paul II: A Teaching Pope”

With special guest Dr. Alan Schreck

Blessed John Paul II touched the hearts and minds of billions of people across the world, and his teachings will help shape the Catholic Church for generations to come. Join Dr. Alan Schreck, professor of theology and Church history at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as he unpacks for us the wisdom found in Pope John Paul II’s 14 encyclical letters.

Download the free handout: The Legacy of John Paul II.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Reagan and John Paul II: Best Friends

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the relationship between Blessed John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how it led to the fall of Communism.  His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on the life and times of Blessed Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, the collaboration and friendship between those men, and the difference it made for the world on issues such as Soviet Communism and defense of life. His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Andreas Widmer — Papal Prayer Life: Leading By Example

Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and author of “The Pope and the CEO,” speaks at Franciscan University on leadership secrets he learned from Pope John Paul II. His talk, given on November 10, 2011, was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

Watch the full talk here: The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Swiss Guard.

Dr. Paul Kengor — Be Not Afraid: John Paul II and Ronald Reagan on the Power and Witness of Hope

Dr. Paul Kengor, professor of political science at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, and executive director of the college’s Center for Vision and Values, speaks on the life and times of Blessed Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan, the collaboration and friendship between those men, and the difference it made for the world on issues such as Soviet Communism and defense of life. His talk was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

The Year of Faith: The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization

A biblical theologian and Franciscan University professor discusses the recently-begun Year of Faith.

The new evangelization was never meant to be a short-term project.  That much should have been clear to anyone paying attention to Pope John Paul II in 1983.

That year, while addressing the Latin American Bishops’ Conference in Haiti, the Pope called for the Church universal to embark on a new evangelization of the post-Christian West.  He didn’t, however, simply call for a new evangelization: He also laid out a timeline.

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Andreas Widmer — The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Swiss Guard

Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and author of The Pope and the CEO, speaks at Franciscan University on leadership secrets he learned from Pope John Paul II. His talk, given on November 10, 2011, was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

PODCAST: Download the podcast of this talk here.

Andreas Widmer — The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Swiss Guard

Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and author of The Pope and the CEO, speaks at Franciscan University on leadership secrets he learned from Pope John Paul II. His talk, given on November 10, 2011, was part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.

VIDEO: Watch the video of this talk here.

Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B. — I Want to Know God’s Will: Finding a Calling to Religious Life

Mother Dolores Hart, OSB, speaks at Franciscan University of Steubenville on discernment. This clip is excerpted from “Jesus the Actor: Theatre and Benedictine Spirituality,” the talk she gave us as part of the 2012 installment of the John Paul the Great Fine Arts Lecture Series.

Watch the full talk here: Jesus the Actor: Theatre and Benedictine Spirituality.

John Paul II vs. The Iron Curtain

A clip from a homily given by Father Dominic Foster, T.O.R., Director of Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville at the Men’s Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville in June 2010.

The Varied Legacy of John Paul II

George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the two-part biography of Blessed John Paul II Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, spoke on “The Achievement of John Paul II–A Retrospective” at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speaker series in spring semester 2011.  In this talk, Weigel examines the massive legacy of Pope John Paul II and highlights ten major contributions made by the late Holy Father to the Church and to the world.  “The papacy was not a role John Paul II sought,” said Weigel, “but it is a role he fulfilled in a striking way for 26 and a half years and fulfilled as a continuation, as an expression of the defining commitment of his life, which was to be a Christian disciple.”

The Reconstitution of the Papacy

George Weigel, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and author of the two part biography of Blessed John Paul II Witness to Hope and The End and the Beginning, spoke at Franciscan University of Steubenville as part of the Distinguished Speaker series in spring semester 2011.  In this talk, ” The Achievement of John Paul II–A Retrospective”,  Weigel examines the massive legacy of Pope John Paul II and highlights ten major contributions made by the late Holy Father to the Church and to the world.  “The papacy was not a role John Paul II sought,” said Weigel, “but it is a role he fulfilled in a striking way for 26 and a half years and fulfilled as a continuation, as an expression of the defining commitment of his life, which was to be a Christian disciple.”

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