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Seek what unites, not what divides.
    —    Pope John XXIII
Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.
    —    Vesta M. Kelly
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On This Day In:
2017 Out Of Luck
2016 Wavelengths Of The Earth
2015 God Said What To You?
2014 Not Saying
2013 Ears And Tongue
2012 The Story Of Joe (Middle-Class Republican)
2011 Happy Birthday, Diana
Depending On Kindness

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In the evening, Cardinal Luige Traglia, John’s vicar for Rome, celebrated an outdoor mass for the thousands drawn to Saint Peter’s Square.  The spring breeze was so soft that the altar candles barely flickered, and the murmur of prayer seemed to hang in the air even after the mass ended.  A little before eight, Cardinal Traglia spoke the traditional words of dismissal, “Ite, missa est” (“Go, the Mass is ended”).
And at that same moment, upstairs in the dimly lit bedroom where Sister Death waited, the man born Angelo Roncalli and destined for sainthood as John XXIII, took a last gasping breath and died.
The Vatican press office issued the final bulletin: “He suffers no more.”  Beyond the bedroom window, television lights swept across the piazza, packed with people, many on their knees.  And beyond the piazza, the world grieved, too.
Other popes had decried war and defended peace, praised virtue and condemned evil.  But in the experience of living men, none before John XXIII had ever moved the church toward the mainstream of human endeavor, or welcomed all men and all creeds to the good fight, or made it seem even remotely possible that they could win.
And even more deeply, the world’s millions were caught up with the man who lived beneath the robes of the supreme pontiff of the universal Church, bishop of Rome, vicar of Jesus Christ, and sovereign of Vatican City.  To the multitudes some devout, some disaffected, the peasant face with its undisguised warmth meant more than all the weighty titles.  “I am your brother,” he had told them.  And they had come to believe him.
    —    Lawrence Elliot
From his book: “I Will Be Called John
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On This Day In:
2013 I Hear Voices
2012 Positive Thoughts
Hope Works
2011 Look! Up In The Sky…
Humility Before The Unknowable

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When you are charitable you are sure of never being mistaken.  Learn how to understand, to forgive, to be gracious.  That’s Christianity.  By contrast, it is the way of the world to push, to parade, to use violence.
     —    Pope John XXIII (now Saint)
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On This Day In:
2013 A Very Long Time…
2012 Raise And Support
2011 Naturally
2010 A Quick Sunday Morning Read
Giants Win Game 4 In Shutout 4 to 0!!!

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See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
And…
Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
     —    Pope John XXIII
[Looking down from Heaven, Pope Saint John XXIII might add:  “Anybody can be a Saint; the proof of this is that I have become one.”  The “Caretaker” Pope who changed history.    —     KMAB]
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On This Day In:
2013 Not Much Change
Our Biggest Fear
2012 Brain, n.
2011 Styles Of Leadership
2010 Face Front!

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Consult not your fears, but your hopes and your dreams.  Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.  Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
    —    Pope Saint John XXIII
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On This Day In:
2013 Strength Is There
2012 Beyond Reasonable Doubt
2011 Celebrating Values
2010 Is it just me, or is it suddenly dark around here?
Dance!

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Whenever I see a wall between Christians, I try to pull out a brick.
    —    Pope (now Saint) John XXIII
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On This Day In:
2013 Artistic Demands
2012 Foundations
2011 Are We Devouring Yet?

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