Thought for the Day – 22 October – The Memorial of St Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)
St Peter’s Square had a special meaning for St John Paul. In earlier days he wrote a poem about it. Below is an excerpt from it:
our feet meet the earth in this place,
there are so many walls,
so many colonnades,
yet we are not lost. If we find
meaning and oneness,
it is the floor that guides us….
Peter, you are the floor, that others
may walk over you… You guide their steps…
You want to serve their feet that pass
as rock serves the hooves of sheep.
The rock is a gigantic temple floor,
the cross a pasture.
St Peter’s name means “a rock” and Christ said of him “on this Rock I will build my Church.” The poem is about the role of the Holy Father, who is a shepherd to his flock, a guide to the Church.