Pope John Paul II will be beatified today, May 1, 2011.
God our Father, in your wise and loving providence you raised up Pope John Paul II as shepherd and universal father of your pilgrim Church on earth. Your spirit made him a shining light ablaze with the radiance of your Son, even in the darkest shadows, that we might not fear.
Through him you called your Church to walk in justice, to taste your mercy, and to face in worship the Son whose fiery rays illumine the splendor and dignity of each human life.
He has now crossed the threshold of hope to hear the song of the Word, no longer in echoes but face to face with his beloved Mary and all the saints. Embrace him with your everlasting mercy and preserve in your Church the voice of this shepherd who said the the Fisherman: "Lord, you know that I love you." Amen.
John Paul the Great, pray for us.