Today, May 1, 2011, I attended my first Sunday mass in the Queen of Peace church in Singapore. It also happens to be the day when Pope John Paul II was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI. So this Sunday was special.
Pope Benedict XVI said, "The date chosen is very significant because it will, in fact, be the second Sunday of Easter which he himself dedicated to Divine Mercy, and on the eve of which his earthly life came to an end."
One way or another, Pope John Paul II has touched our lives. I remember during the 1995 World Youth Day held in Manila, Philippines, the anthem, "Tell The World of His Love" was very popular. I was in grade school then. Two years after, I used that song as an audition piece for our high school choir.
I'm glad to have experienced the pope of our generation being beatified, and hopefully soon canonized. Pope John Paul II, who initiated the World Youth Day, remains an inspiration to the world especially the youth.